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date: 02 June 2020

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  • Nicholas Temperley,
  • David Charlton,
  • Trevor Fawcett
  •  and Christopher Smith


City in England. Traces of human habitation from 2000 bce have been found at Norwich, nearby Caistor St Edmund was an important British settlement in the early Roman period, and the Danes sacked the Saxon burgh early in the 11th century; but the only remaining evidence of the practice of music in early times has been found at Bergh Apton, 11 km south-east of the city; it is a 7th-century lyre unearthed from a grave, and a reconstruction is displayed in the Castle Museum. Norwich rose to become one of the kingdom's major cities, but since Elizabethan times has been only a provincial centre.

The East Anglian see was transferred in 1095 from Thetford to Norwich, where a Benedictine priory with 60 monks was established a year later, the cathedral being consecrated as its church in 1101. The Norwich Customary, dating from the mid-12th century but reflecting earlier liturgical and ritual practice derived from Fécamp and developed over the years, makes many references to singing. It was regulated by a precentor, and boys took part in services on certain feasts....

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