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John Amner

John Amner was one of the most gifted of the English provincial composers who flourished during the early Stuart period. He was born at Ely in Cambridgeshire where, apart from a period of study at Oxford, he spent his whole life. He was appointed lnformator choristarum at the Cathedral in 1610, ordained as a deacon in 1617 and shortly after was appointed as a minor canon, a position he held concurrently with the post of Organist until his death. Nearly all his works are of a sacred nature including four Services as well as his published volume Sacred Hymnes of 3, 4, 5 and 6 parts for Voyces and Vyols (1615), a collection which comprises seventeen works, including the extended verse anthem for Christmas, 0 ye little flock. A considerable number of other sacred pieces survive in manuscript sources.

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