Choral Evensong - 27 February 2016

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Saturday, 27 February 2016

Thomas Weelkes lived from 1576 to 1623 and was an organist as well as a composer. He became organist of Winchester college in 1598 before moving to Chichester Cathedral. His compositional output consists mainly of vocal music and he was a notable composer of madrigals as well as sacred works. 

Whilst at Chichester Cathedral, Weelkes was often in trouble for poor behaviour and appears to have become an alcoholic. In 1616, he was reported to the Bishop for being 'noted and famed for a comon drunckard (sic) and notorious swearer & blasphemer'. At one stage, Weelkes was even dismissed form the post of organist for being drunk at the organ and using bad language during divine service, although he was then reinstated and held the post for the remainder of his life. 

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