Joseph Nicholds, Composer (1784 - 1860)

Joseph Nicholds was prominent in the early fortunes of Upper Ettingshall's "Sodom Chapel."

Sodom Chapel

He was a famous man of the time and became a successful composer. Many of the early recitals of his work paid for the initial building of the construction and then the upkeep of the church. His most famous composition is 'Babylon - an Oratorio'. It is this music that contains a special and almost unique piece for the curiously nicknamed instrument, 'osse's leg'. This brass rarity is called a ophyloliede and from all accounts was a very difficult object to blow. Sadly his music is very seldom heard these days, but the enthusiastic members of the church will often sing these very rare, but very local hymns

Fynn Titford-Mock's Wikipedia Article about the life of Nicholds


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