Edmund Thomas Chipp (25 December 1823 – 17 December 1886) was an English organist and composer. His compositions were principally church organ music and oratorios. He was born in London on Christmas Day, 25 December 1823. He was the eldest son of musician (Thomas) Paul Chipp (1793–1870) harpist, principal drummer of his day and chorister of the Chapel Royal, Whitehall. He was educated in the Chapel Royal as a chorister, and later became a member of William IV's and then Queen Victoria's private band. He was a Chorister of the Chapel Royal under William Hawes from the age of seven until he was 17. On 28 June 1838 Chipp sang at the coronation of Queen Victoria.
Chipp studied the organ under George Cooper (organist at St Pauls Cathedral and St. James's Palace d.1838), and violin. He became a Member of the Society of British Musicians in 1842 and of the Royal Society of Musicians in 1848. He was violinist in Her Majesty's Private Band from 1844, and a violinist in the Philharmonic and other orchestras.
In 1859 he obtained a music degree at Cambridge University and became Doctor of Music in 1861.
The Musical Times of 1 February 1887 stated: "Mr Chipp's skill as an organist was by no means confined to his church duties; he was often called upon to display the resources of new organs. On these occasions he frequently performed the whole of his programme from memory."
Chipp also has a close association with the Sonatas of Mendelssohn, having been involved with the first performances of them, including a performance of all six at the Hill Organ factory on 13 December 1848.
The "24 Sketches" are a group of pieces that are mostly brief, and could serves as etudes.
In most of these pieces, the influence of Mendelssohn is clearly present.
"Con moto", in G major, is a scherzo-like piece that reminded me of a happy brook running along!
The score is attached, as well as a drawing of Chipp, and some photos of the magnificent Ely Cathedral, Chipp's final post as organist.