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date: 12 November 2019

Hampton, Johnlocked

  • Roger Bowers

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(bc1455; d after 1520). English church musician and composer. In 1474 there was a clerk of that name in the choir of the collegiate church of Westbury-on-Trym, near Bristol. In June 1484 Hampton became master and organist of the Lady Chapel choir at Worcester Cathedral, retaining this position until September 1521. In the 1470s John Alcock, Bishop of Worcester, had reorganized this choir, adding a permanent team of eight boys and rebuilding the chapel in which it sang. By his indenture of appointment Hampton undertook (among other things) to teach the boys plainsong and polyphony, and to direct the singing of the daily Lady Mass in the chapel, and of the Marian antiphon Salve regina each evening during Lent. A five-part setting of Salve regina by Hampton is in the Eton Choirbook (MB, xi, 1958, no.22). Among Hampton's other activities was the singing of carols with his boys on Twelfth Night. In ...

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