James Adcock, a native of Eton, Bucks, was born July 29, 1778.
In 1786 he became a chorister in St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, under William Webb (and afterwards under Dr. Aylward), and in Eton College Chapel under William Sexton.
In 1797 he was appointed lay clerk in St. George’s Chapel, and in 1799 obtained a similar appointment at Eton.
He soon afterwards resigned those places and went to Cambridge, where he was admitted a member of the choirs of Trinity, St. John’s, and King’s Colleges.
He afterwards became master of the choristers of King’s College.
He died April 30, 1860. Adcock published several glees of his own composition, and ‘The Rudiments of Singing’, with about thirty solfeggio to assist persons wishing to sing at sight.