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Masters of the King's or Queen's Music


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The first 'Kings Musick' as they were originally referred to, was composer and artist Nicolas Lanier, appointed by King Charles I in 1626. Traditionally, the appointment is given to people eminent in the field of classical music and compositions are written to commemorate royal events such as birthdays and coronations. Serving the monarch of England, they also act as the Sovereign's advisor in musical matters. Up until 2004, the Master of the King's or Queen's music held the positions for their lifetime. In 2004, the fixed term was shortened to ten years in order to make the post more attractive to prospective composers. In 2014, Judith Weir became the first woman to be appointed to the role.

Sir Arnold Bax

Sir Arnold Bax

1883-1953
Composer
Sitter in 33 portraits
Sir Arthur Bliss

Sir Arthur Bliss

1891-1975
Composer
Sitter in 41 portraits
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

1934-2016
Composer and conductor
Sitter in 6 portraits
Sir Edward Elgar, Bt

Sir Edward Elgar, Bt

1857-1934
Composer and conductor
Sitter in 19 portraits
Judith Weir

Judith Weir

1954-
Composer
Sitter in 3 portraits
William Boyce

William Boyce

1711-1779
Organist and composer
Sitter in 2 portraits
Franz or François Cramer

Franz or François Cramer

1772-1848
Violinist
Sitter in 2 portraits
Sir William George Cusins

Sir William George Cusins

1833-1893
Pianist and conductor
Sitter in 3 portraits
Sir (Henry) Walford Davies

Sir (Henry) Walford Davies

1869-1941
Composer and organist
Sitter in 9 portraits
Maurice Greene

Maurice Greene

1696-1755
Composer
Sitter associated with 3 portraits
Nicholas Lanier

Nicholas Lanier

1588-1666
Master of the King's music and artist
Sitter in 6 portraits
Sir Walter Parratt

Sir Walter Parratt

1841-1924
Composer and organist
Sitter in 5 portraits
Sir William Parsons

Sir William Parsons

1746?-1817
Professor of Music, Oxford
Sitter in 1 portrait
William Shield

William Shield

1748-1829
Composer
Sitter in 9 portraits
John Stanley

John Stanley

1714-1786
Blind musician
Sitter in 3 portraits
Malcolm Benjamin Graham Christopher Williamson

Malcolm Benjamin Graham Christopher Williamson

1931-2003
Composer, pianist and organist
Sitter in 4 portraits

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