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Cooke, Henry (d. 1672), singer, composer, and choirmaster, was 'bred up' in the Chapel Royal according to Anthony Wood, but Joseph Bridge's suggestion that his father was John Cooke of the chapel, formerly a vicar-choral at Lichfield, is speculative. Cooke joined the royalist army in the civil wars; it is uncertain whether he was the ...

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Payne, John Charles (1872–1952), singer and choirmaster, was born in Montgomery, Alabama, USA, in 1872, the son of former slaves. As a young man he 'possessed an outstanding soprano voice' (Cornish Times, 10 Oct 1952), which changed to a rich baritone, and he found work in various venues around the ...

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Testwood, Robert (c. 1490–1543), musician and protestant martyr, is of unknown parentage. For seven years he was educated and trained in music as a boy chorister of the Chapel Royal of Henry VII. Thereafter he made his career in the profession of church music, as both singer and specialist choir-trainer in the elaborate polyphony of the period. He became master of the choristers successively at the collegiate church of ...