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date: 10 December 2019

Gibbons, Orlandolocked

  • Peter Le Huray
  • , revised by John Harper


(b Oxford, bap. Dec 25, 1583; d Canterbury, June 5, 1625). English composer and keyboard player. He was a leading composer of vocal, keyboard and ensemble music in early 17th-century England. Orlando was the youngest son of William Gibbons (d 1595), a town wait in Cambridge from 1567. William took a similar post in Oxford in 1580 and then moved back to Cambridge around 1588. Orlando’s eldest brother, Edward (b Cambridge, 1568; d Exeter, ?c1650), was master of the choristers at King’s College, Cambridge (1592–8), and later lay vicar and (by dispensation) succentor of Exeter Cathedral, being appointed ‘teacher of the choristers’ in 1608, a post he held until the Interregnum (1649).

John Harper

From February 1596 until May 1599 (regularly to Michaelmas 1598) Orlando Gibbons is listed as a chorister at King’s College, Cambridge, where his brother Edward was master of the choristers. He entered the university in ...

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