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date: 13 December 2019

Farrant, Richardlocked

  • Peter Le Huray
  • , revised by John Morehen


(b ?c1525–30; d London, Nov 30, 1580). English cathedral musician and composer. His name first appears in a list of Gentlemen of the Chapel Royal (GB–Lbl Stowe 571, f.36) in the summer of 1552. It seems that he had only recently joined the choir, for he was placed 31st in the list of 32 fully stipendiary Gentlemen. He continued to sing in the choir during the reign of Mary Tudor, resigning his post in 1564 to take up duties as Master of the Choristers and as one of the organists at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. Before this he had been a close colleague of Richard Bower, Master of the Chapel Royal choristers; he married Bower’s daughter Anne, and acted as his legal representative after his death in June 1561. Among the ceremonial events in which Farrant took part were the funeral of Edward VI, the coronation of Mary I and her funeral, and the coronation of Elizabeth I. In ...

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