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John Taverner

Born: c. 1490, Lincolnshire, England

Died: 18th October 1545, Boston, England

Nationality: English

Nothing is known of Taverner's activities before 1524. He appears to have come from the East Midlands, possibly being born in Tattershall, Lincolnshire, but there is no indication of his parentage. According to one of his own letters, he was related to the Yerburghs, a well-to-do Lincolnshire family. The earliest information is that in 1524 Taverner travelled from Tattershall to the Church of St Botolph in nearby Boston as a guest singer.

Further Reading: Taverner

Recording of the Week, The Tallis Scholars sing John Taverner's Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas

The British vocal ensemble mark their fortieth anniversary with ‘a full-blooded forty-five-minute epic that Phillips compares favourably to a Britten opera or an Elgar symphony’.

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