William Turner was one of the first generation of choristers in the reconstituted choir of the Chapel Royal following the Restoration in 1660. His musical precocity was demonstrated by his collaboration with fellow choristers, Pelham Humfrey and John Blow, in the composition of 'Club Anthem'(/ will always give thanks - c. 1664) and also by his appointment as Master of the Choristers of Lincoln Cathedral at the age of sixteen. He rejoined the Choir of the Chapel Royal in 1669 and became a member of the King's Private Musick in 1672. At various periods he also sang as a noted countertenor in the choirs of both St Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. Turner composed more than forty anthems all of which were written by 1700; his secular works include several odes and some fifty solo songs. In 1696 he was awarded a doctorate by Cambridge University. He died in 1740 and was buried in the cloisters of Westminster Abbey.