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.