RAVENSCROFT, Thomas. b. ?1589; d. ? Ravenscroft became a chorister at Chichester Cathedral in 1594 and then, ca. 1598, of St Paul's Cathedral. At that time the choirboys of St Paul's, in addition to their cathedral duties, also constituted a theatrical company which put on plays in the private theatres - plays in which music had a prominent place. While at St Paul's he studied at Gresham College, and at the age of 14 went to Cambridge University, from where he graduated in 1605. He first sought employment at the Blackfriars Theatre, where the Children of the Queen's Revels played. In 1608 he became apprenticed to the stationer Robert Barker, and it was during his seven-year apprenticeship...
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