ⓘ James Edward Adkins. He was born on 14 December 1867 in Belfast, the son of James Adkins and Emma Ryan. He studied at the Royal College of Music and trained at ..

                                     

ⓘ James Edward Adkins

He was born on 14 December 1867 in Belfast, the son of James Adkins and Emma Ryan. He studied at the Royal College of Music and trained at Ely Cathedral under the organist, Edmund Thomas Chipp.

He married Louisa Day on 29 July 1889 in Richmond Upon Thames. They had three children:

  • Eric Alan Edward Adkins 1904 - 1982
  • Edouardine Adkins b.1892
  • Edith Grace Adkins b.1890
  • James Francis Basil Adkins 1899 - 1917

His son James Francis Basil Adkins, a Private in the 2nd Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment, was killed in Flanders on 1 Oct 1917.

His other son Eric was also a fine musician. Both Basil and Eric were st Pauls Cathedral choir boys.

Whilst in Preston he was conductor of the Preston Amateur Operatic Society 1895 - 1901, Conductor of Chorley Choral Society, 1890 – 1891, and Conductor of Preston Choral Society, 1905 - 1907.

He died on 4 January 1939 in Amounderness, Lancashire.

                                     

1. Appointments

  • Organist at St. Stephens Church, East Twickenham
  • Organist at All Saints Church, Grosvenor Road, London
  • Organist at St. Georges Church, Esher
  • Organist at Preston Parish Church 1890 – 1912
  • Organist at St. Annes Church, Wandsworth
                                     

2. Compositions

He composed

  • Te Deum in G 1911
  • Hibernia Overture Adagio & Allegretto from the Brandenburg Concerto No. 1. J. S. Bach. Arrangement 1923
  • Magnificat and nunc dimittis in D 1898
  • Magnificat and nunc dimittis in G 1911
  • Magnficat for treble voices 1911
  • Te Deum for treble voices 1911
  • Magnificat and nunc dimittis for mens voices 1910
  • Jubilate in G 1911
  • Tears, idle Tears. Four-Part Song for mixed voices 1908