(bc. 1616; d Hampton Court, 1672). Eng. bass and choirmaster. Choirboy in Chapel Royal; later joined the royalist forces and became captain; at Restoration, 1660, returned to Chapel Royal as Master of the Children, among whom were Pelham Humfrey, John Blow, and Henry Purcell. Introduced It. style of singing and technique of comp. Was favourably known not only as their teacher but as composer for stage and church, as actor and as singer.
From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.