William Child was born in 1606 or 1607 and became a lay-clerk at St. George's Chapel, Windsor in 1630. Two years later he was appointed Organist, a post which he retained until his death in 1697. His tenure therefore extended to half a century, allowing for the period of the Commonwealth in the 1640s and 1650s. He composed a large amount of music for the Anglican rite most of which reflected the style of the earlier part of the century. Although it was widely performed in his day much of it is rather four-square and lacks inspiration and individuality.