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date: 17 November 2019

Allinson, Thomas locked

  • Brian Crosby


(bap. Durham, Jan 16, 1670; bur. Lincoln, Feb 11, 1705). English composer and cathedral musician. Allinson was first a chorister (c1682–6) and then a lay-clerk (1689–93) at Durham Cathedral, where his musical ability was nurtured by William Greggs. He was admitted as organist of Lincoln Cathedral on 5 May 1693 and held that position until his death. Parts of five anthems survive, four being represented at both Durham (where one had been transcribed by 1693 and all four by 1699) and Lincoln. Only his full anthem O give thanks unto the Lord is complete. In his verse anthems, two of which lack only their treble part, he displays ability whether writing a declamatory solo or for small groups of voices.

B. Crosby: A Catalogue of Durham Cathedral Music Manuscripts (Oxford, 1986) H.W. Shaw: The Succession of Organists of the Chapel Royal and the Cathedrals of England and Wales from c1538...

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