Edinburgh World Heritage - Learn more about Lampe’s work and musical connections


Learn more about Lampe’s work and musical connections

John Frederick Lampe, originally Johann Friedrich Lampe, was born in Germany around 1703.  He moved to England around 1724 and played the bassoon in opera houses.  He is said to have played at King George II’s coronation in 1727.  He worked with famous composers of the time, including Handel and Thomas Arne (who composed the music for Rule Britannia).  Lampe’s wife, Isabella, was a singer and Thomas Arne’s sister-in-law.      

Lampe himself wrote operas and music to accompany plays at Drury Lane Theatre in London.  He was also a friend of Charles Wesley, the famous hymn writer, and wrote musical accompaniments to his hymns.  In November 1750 John moved to Edinburgh to work at the Canongate Theatre which was in Old Playhouse Close near the top of the Canongate.  He died here on 25 July 1751.

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