Thomas Bateson

(c.1570 -1630)

English composer. After serving as organist at Chester Cathedral (from 1590) he went to Holy Trinity (now Christ Church) Cathdral, Dublin, as a singer in 1609, and became master of the choristers in 1618; in 1615 he became the first Dublin B.Mus, and M.Art (Trinity College, Dublin) in 1622. He wrote church music and published two volumes of madrigals--the First Set of English Madrigals (1604) and Second Set of English Madrigals (1618)--which included some fine serious pieces that show an excellent taste in poetry. One Madrigal was composed for inclusion in The Triumphes Of Oriana (1603) but not included in that collection.

The English Madrigalists   |   IV M: England Through 1635