Charles Vincent (19th September 1852 - 28th February 1934), Mus.B. (Oxon, 1878), Mus.D. (Oxon, 1885), was born at Houghtonle Spring, Durham, and, beginning in 1864, was a chorister at the Cathedral under Dr. Philip Armes. (This shows just HOW MUCH LATER boys' voices were changing then they are today!!!)
He studied at the Leipzig Conservatory under Dr Karl Reinecke, and held a number of church appointments: 1875-76. Organist of Monkwearmouth Parish Church, 1864-68; St. Mark’s, Sunderland; Tavistock Parish Church, 1877-83; Kelly College, Tavistock, 1877-83; and Christ Church, Hampstead, 1883-91.
He was editor of the “Organist and Choirmaster”; founded the Vincent Music Publishing Co.; taught harmony at Trinity College London. Composed cantatas, organ pieces, songs, &c. Son of C. J. Vincent; brother of George F. Vincent and H. S. Vincent. He served as examiner for Trinity College, London, travelling to South Africa and Australia.
He died in Monte Carlo in 1934.
He wrote quite a bit of organ music, all of which is certainly "of the period," but much of it has great appeal.
"Chœur Ecclesiastique " comes from a collection entitled, "Twelve Postludes or Concluding Voluntaries," where it is the 1st in the group. It was published by the Vincent Music Company, Ltd. in 1902, a company that was owned (I think) by his brother, George. It is dedicated: "To my friend Dr. H. Walmsley Little."
It is a fine and fun piece, very much in the style of some of the grand chœurs of William Faulkes. It need no explanation, as the appeal and effect is immediate!
At the top of the score, Vincent describes his conception of the piece, and that description is given in the First Comment.
The score is attached as well as church where Vincent served as organist.
Sadly, I have no photos of Charles Vincent.