TYE, Christopher. b. ca.1505; d. before 15 March 1573. Tye took the BMus degree at Cambridge in 1536 and became a lay clerk at King’s College, Cambridge in 1537. Later he was Magister choristarum of Ely Cathedral and was awarded a DMus degree at Cambridge in 1545. Although evidence is scant, we know that Tye was introduced to the court of Henry VIII, most likely through his friendship with Dr Richard Cox, Archdeacon of Ely, and tutor to the young Prince Edward. Tye dedicated his metrical version of the Actes of the Apostles to the Prince in 1553 and may have had a strong connection to the Chapels Royal during the last years of Henry’s reign and those of Queen Mary and Edward VI. Whether Tye...
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