Clement Woodcock

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Clement Woodcock (d. 1590)[1] was an English organist.

Career[edit]

After some years as a lay clerk of King's College, Cambridge between 1562-3, Woodcock was a singer at Canterbury Cathedral before being appointed Organist of Chichester Cathedral from 1570. He was appointed Master of the Choristers in November 1571 and led a recruitment drive for new choristers. By April 1574, Woodcock was in Holy Orders. In 1580 he resigned the Mastership of the Choristers in favour of Christopher Paine; however, he returned to the post in the last year of his life.[2]

Compositions[edit]

Woodcock composed a total of five instrumental pieces of music, four of which are dated 1578, in Chichester. They are pioneer compositions in the style later cultivated by William Byrd and other Tudor and Jacobean composers. He wrote three settings of In Nomine.[3][4]

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Cultural offices
Preceded by
Christopher Paine
Master of the Choristers
of Chichester Cathedral

1589-1590
Succeeded by
John Cowper
Preceded by
William Payne
Master of the Choristers
of Chichester Cathedral

1571-1580
Succeeded by
Christopher Paine
Preceded by
Michael Woods
Organist
of Chichester Cathedral

1570-1589
Succeeded by
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