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Osbert Parsley

Born: 1511, England

Died: 1585, Norwich, England

Nationality: English

Osbert Parsley (also written Persleye) was an English renaissance singer and composer. Few details of his life are known, although he evidently married in 1558 and lived for a period in the parish of St Saviour's Church, Norwich. He died in Norwich in 1585 and was buried in Norwich Cathedral, where he worked as a member of the choir all his life.

Parsley began his musical career as a boy chorister. First mentioned as a lay clerk, he was appointed a 'singing man' in c.1534 and was probably the cathedral's unofficial organist for half a century.

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