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Classical Composers A-Z: Thomas Tomkins

Peter Wintersgill tells of an early Welsh composer.

Thomas Tomkins, 1572 - 1656

Born
1572 in St. David’s, Pembroke.

Family
Musical for three generations.

Adult life
Pupil of Byrd's. Organist of Worcester Cathedral from 1596, and of Chapel Royal from 1621.

Published a book Songs and Madrigals (1622), containing many madrigals, over 50 keyboard pieces and pavans, pieces for virginals and viols.

He died 9th June, 1656, in Martin Hasingtree, Worcester, aged 84.

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