||Richard R. Chope|
||Chope, R. R. (Richard Robert), 1830-1928|
Chope, Richard Robert, M.A., born Sept. 21, 1830, educated at Exeter College, Oxford, B.A., 1855, and took Holy Orders as Curate of Stapleton, 1856. During his residence at Stapleton the necessities of the Choir led him to plan his Congregational Hymn and Tune Book, published in 1857. In 1858 he took the Curacy of Sherborne, Dorset; in the following year that of Upton Scudamore, where he undertook the training of the Chorus of the Warminster district for the first Choral Festival in Salisbury Cathedral; and in 1861 that of Brompton. The enlarged edition of The Congregational Hymn Book was published 1862, and The Canticles, Psalter, &c, of the Prayer Book, Noted and Pointed, during the same year. In 1865 he was preferred to the parish of St. Augustine's, Queen's Gate, South Kensington, and subsequently published Carols for Use in Church during Christmas and Epiphany, 1875; Carols for Easier and Other Tides, 1887; and other works. Mr. Chope has been one of the leaders in the revival and reform of Church Music as adapted to the Public Services. He was one of the originators of The Choir and Musical Record, and was for some time the proprietor and assistant editor of the Literary Churchman.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)