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Thomas Weelkes

Thomas Weelkes wrote some fifty anthems of which approximately a half are verse anthems. Many of the anthems survive only in an a fragmentary state and no more than two dozen, including just eight verse anthems, are complete or can be reconstructed with a reasonable degree of confidence. As with his services and full anthems, the verse anthems vary greatly in scope and difficulty reflecting, in most cases, the forces for which he was writing. At Chichester Cathedral, where Weelkes was Organist, the Choir was of limited size but the resources at the Chapel Royal were altogether larger and more expert. Although there is no direct evidence that he held the coveted position of Gentleman of the Chapel Royal much of his larger-scale church music was written for the Chapel.