Porter (Bell-Porter), William Edward Bell 13.jan.1866-21.feb.1947 England, London Bethnal Green - London Kensington
pianist, organist, choirmaster, Mus.Doc, he used his given name Bell (grandmother's name) as surname, 6.oct.1867 baptized at St Clement in Worcester, educated at Worcester Cathedral Grammar School where he gained a choristership in 1879 and a King's scholarship, 1895-1897 organist/choirmaster of St Paul's in Worcester, 1897-1913 residing at Pendene 88 Oaklands Road in London Hanwell, 1898-1900 musical director at Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Stratford-on-Avon, 1902-1904 toured with the Moody-Manners Opera Company, 1905 musical director at the Empress Club on Dover Street London, 1910-1919 organist/choirmaster of Holy Innocents in London Hammersmith, 1917 of Eltham Parish Church London, 1918 residing at 63 Netherwood Road in London Kensington, 1928 teacher organ and piano and giving recitals, he died at Du Cane Road Hospital London Hammersmith while residing at 4 Fielding Road West Kensington ; son of chemist Dr. William Edward Porter (Worcester Broadwas 21.oct.1832-1909 Upton on Severn) and Mary Ann Davies (Worcestershire, Alfrick 1838-) ; 26.jul.1897 at St Stephen's in Worcester Barbourne he married singer with the Moody-Manners Opera Company Lillian Blanche Staley (Worcester 1870-) who divorced him 12.dec.1913 because the marriage had never been consummated because of his incurable impotence

Title Parts

[] Maresca. Piano
performed by the composer at the meeting Worcester Liberal Association 5dec1890

[] The souls of the righteous. Anthem
pub Weekes & Co., London 1892

[] Gavotte in G. Piano
performed by the composer in Worcester 13apr1895

[] Gwenllean caprice. Piano
pub 158 Holland Park Avenue, London

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