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date: 12 July 2020

Raylton, Williamlocked

  • Robert Ford

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(b Canterbury, bap. Aug 3, 1688; d Canterbury, bur. March 20, 1757). English organist and composer. The son of a glazier and nephew of a Canterbury Cathedral singing-man, he became a chorister at the cathedral in March 1698, a ‘substitute’ (by this time a second-class singing-man) in December 1707, and a lay clerk in July 1720. He studied with William Croft in 1713–14 according to several payments by Canterbury's dean and chapter and an inscription which reads: ‘The organ book of William Raylton when under Dr. Croft's tuition’. An organ manuscript (J-Tn N-3-35) headed ‘William Raylton his Book g[iven] b[y] y[e] M.C. March ye 31 170[?]’ was, however, more probably a gift from the ‘Master of the Choristers’ Daniel Henstridge than one from ‘Mr Croft’, as has been claimed. Raylton apparently served as apprentice to, and music copyist for, Henstridge, whom he succeeded as master of the choristers and organist at Canterbury in all but name on ...

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