Robert White (c.1538-1574)
During his short life, Robert White held a number of prestigious positions. He succeeded Christopher Tye as Master of the Choristers at Ely Cathedral in 1562 before taking up a similar position at Chester Cathedral in 1566. At Chester, his reputation as a choir trainer grew and in 1570 he was appointed organist and master of the choristers of Westminster Abbey. White and his family died in an outbreak of Plague in the Westminster area in 1574. Whilst his music today is not especially well-known, Thomas Morley ranks him alongside other great English 16th century composers such as Fayrfax, Taverner and Byrd in A Plaine and Easie Introduction to Practicall Musicke (1597) and his Latin motets are some of the finest examples of the genre from the second half of the 16th century.