Born: Ju­ly 20, 1796, Bris­tol, Eng­land.

Died: Sep­tem­ber 1, 1867, Clif­ton, Bris­tol, Eng­land.

Buried: Church of Saint Ma­ry the Vir­gin, Stan­ton Drew, So­mer­set, Eng­land.


Hodges’ mu­sic­al gift showed it­self at an ear­ly age. By 1819, he was play­ing the or­gan at St. James’ Church in Bris­tol, and at St. Ni­cho­las’ (1821–38).

He al­so had a me­cha­ni­cal ap­ti­tude, and spurred sev­er­al tech­ni­cal im­prove­ments in or­gan de­sign.

He com­posed a numb­er of ser­vic­es and an­them piec­es, and Cam­bridge Uni­ver­si­ty aw­ard­ed him a doc­tor­ate in mu­sic in 1825. Hodg­es ev­en­tu­al­ly emi­grat­ed, ac­cept­ing a post at the ca­thed­ral in To­ron­to, Ca­na­da, in 1838.

The next year, he be­came mu­sic di­rect­or at Tri­ni­ty Par­ish in New York Ci­ty. He be­came the or­ganist at Tri­ni­ty Church when it op­ened in 1846 (the church had its or­gan built to his spe­ci­fi­ca­tions). He re­tired for health rea­sons in 1859, and re­turned to his na­tive Eng­land in 1863.