William boyce

By Blandira Calvillo

fact 1

Born in London to John Boyce, a cabinet-maker and joiner, and his wife Elizabeth Cordwell, Boyce was baptised on 11 September 1711 and was admitted by his father as a choirboy at St Paul's Cathedral in 1719, before studying music with Maurice Greene after his voice broke in 1727

fact 2

A house in the present choir school is named after him. His first professional appointment came in 1734 when he was employed as an organist at the Oxford Chapel. He went on to take a number of similar posts before being appointed Master of the King's Musick in 1755 and becoming one of the organists at the Chapel Royal in 1758

fact 3

February 1779 Boyce died from an attack of gout. He was buried under the dome of St Paul's cathedral
William Boyce 1711 - 1779 Concerto Grosso in B minor