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James Hook (b.June 3,1746 - 1827: This most prolific composer was born in Maddermarket, Norwich, England. His father, also James Hook, was a razor grinder and cutlery maker. Young James had a club foot and was known as 'The Cripple of Maddermarket', but he showed a keen ear for music, and whilst still a young man was appointed Organist at the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens in London. Here he wrote many of his works, and was expected to perfom a… read more

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