WILLIAM CROFT (1678 - 1727)
A pupil of John Blow, as a chorister in the Chapel Royal, William Croft resumed his service in the Chapel, later as Master of the Children and organist of Westminster Abbey. He was a leading figure in English music in the generation after that of Blow and Purcell.
Croft wrote a quantity of music for the Church of England, including services and anthems which remain in current cathedral repertoire. The best known of the hymn tunes attributed to him remains St Anne.
Croft wrote music for the theatre, instrumental sonatas and keyboard pieces, the last including organ voluntaries and other works.