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The sixteenth-century school at St. Mary-at-Hill, London

The sixteenth-century school at St. Mary-at-Hill, London
The sixteenth-century school at St. Mary-at-Hill, London
The churchwardens’ accounts for the City of London parish of St. Mary-at-Hill are extensive for the period 1420–1558 and provide a wealth of evidence for the cultural life of the community. As a result, the parish and its church have received much attention from scholars; the parish has provided a case study for social history projects, and the church is well-known to musicologists as a staging post in the careers of sixteenth-century musicians such as Thomas Tallis and for its connections with the larger musical institutions of London. This article provides an overview of the history of the choir school at the church and its organisation. In doing so, it offers an explanation for the particular success of the school and for the first time suggests that although it might have ceased to function as a choir school after 1548, an educational establishment continued in some form at the church into the 1550s. Finally, it identifies a manuscript source compiled by a network of musicians, dramatists and poets centring on St. Mary-at-Hill, which contains pedagogical material and seems to represent a repertoire for the school in the middle decade of the sixteenth-century
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Rayment, Louise
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Rayment, Louise
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Rayment, Louise (2016) The sixteenth-century school at St. Mary-at-Hill, London. The London Journal, 41 (2), 111-127. (doi:10.1080/03058034.2016.1165787).

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The churchwardens’ accounts for the City of London parish of St. Mary-at-Hill are extensive for the period 1420–1558 and provide a wealth of evidence for the cultural life of the community. As a result, the parish and its church have received much attention from scholars; the parish has provided a case study for social history projects, and the church is well-known to musicologists as a staging post in the careers of sixteenth-century musicians such as Thomas Tallis and for its connections with the larger musical institutions of London. This article provides an overview of the history of the choir school at the church and its organisation. In doing so, it offers an explanation for the particular success of the school and for the first time suggests that although it might have ceased to function as a choir school after 1548, an educational establishment continued in some form at the church into the 1550s. Finally, it identifies a manuscript source compiled by a network of musicians, dramatists and poets centring on St. Mary-at-Hill, which contains pedagogical material and seems to represent a repertoire for the school in the middle decade of the sixteenth-century

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e-pub ahead of print date: 28 June 2016
Organisations: Faculty of Humanities

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Local EPrints ID: 387097
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/387097
ISSN: 0305-8034
PURE UUID: 6b30fcaa-805b-4cb3-8057-9351158f21d7

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Date deposited: 18 Feb 2016 11:50
Last modified: 15 Jul 2019 20:47

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Author: Louise Rayment

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