RICHARD FARRANT (1525 - 1580)
A Gentleman of the Chapel Royal, perhaps first under Edward VI, the English composer Richard Farrant was appointed Master of the Choristers at St George’s, Windsor in 1564, and in 1569 he succeeded to the same position in the Chapel Royal, holding both until his death in 1580.
Church and Consort Music
Farrant was also employed to provide plays for court entertainment with the boys in his charge, although the plays he wrote are lost. His surviving vocal compositions include a ‘High’ Service, two full anthems, two consort songs and a verse anthem, this last an early example of a form that was to assume growing importance in English church music.