Thomas Bateson, Batson or Betson (c.1570 – 16 March 1630) was an Anglo-Irish composer of madrigals and vocal church music in the early 17th century.
Probably born in Cheshire, Bateson was organist of Chester Cathedral from 1599. He came to Dublin in April 1609 and served as organist and vicar choral at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin from 1609 until his death.
In 1612 Bateson was the first Bachelor of Music at Trinity College, Dublin, a degree for which he submitted a seven-voice anthem entitled Holy, Lord God Almighty. He is known to have written more church music, but only this anthem has survived.
His fame mainly rests on madrigals, which give him an important place among late Elizabethan and Jacobean composers. He published two sets of madrigals in 1604 and 1618, and both collections have been reprinted in 1922 and again in 1958–60. He died in Dublin.
- Brian Boydell: "Thomas Bateson and the Earliest Degrees in Music Awarded by the University of Dublin", in: Hermathena vol. 146 (1989), pp. 53–60.
- William Henry Grindle: Irish Cathedral Music. A History of Music at the Cathedrals of the Church of Ireland (Belfast: Institute of Irish Studies, Queen's University of Belfast, 1989).
- Barra Boydell: Music at Christ Church Before 1800: Documents and Selected Anthems (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 1999).
- Barra Boydell: A History of Music at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin (Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2004).
- ^ Barra Boydell: "Bateson, Thomas", in: The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland, ed. Harry White and Barra Boydell (Dublin: UCD Press, 2013), p.65–66.
- ^ Barra Boydell: Music at Christ Church Before 1800: Documents and Selected Anthems (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 1999; with a music edition on pages 187–193).
- Free scores by Thomas Bateson in the Choral Public Domain Library (ChoralWiki)
- Free scores by Thomas Bateson at the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)
- 1570s births
- 1630 deaths
- 16th-century English composers
- 17th-century English composers
- 17th-century male musicians
- British male organists
- Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin
- Classical composers of church music
- English male composers
- English organists
- Irish classical composers
- Irish organists
- Musicians from Cheshire