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This week a blue plaque is to be erected on 9 College Green in recognition of the great composer Thomas Tomkins’ work. The unveiling on Saturday 29 July at 2pm, is during the Three Choirs Festival in Worcester. This will be just before the afternoon concert in the Cathedral by singers from King’s College, Cambridge, who open their Choral Classics concert with two pieces by Tompkins.

Thomas Tomkins spent sixty years of his life here, having been born at St David’s in Wales in 1572. At the age of 24 he was appointed Organist and Master of the Choristers at Worcester Cathedral. Tomkins composed both sacred and secular music and much of his output has survived and has been sung regularly by the Cathedral Choir. He is remembered for his Anthems and Madrigals, perhaps his best known composition being “ When David Heard that Absolom Was Slain”, which will be sung as part of the Choral Classics concert on Saturday afternoon.

Thomas Tomkins was a pupil of the most famous of all Elizabethan musicians William Byrd. Amongst other things Tomkins wrote a seven part anthem for the Coronation of King James I in 1603. The extra money helped him to build a new house - No. 9 College Green, which is still there today only slightly altered. He lived there from 1627 until 1654. He died 2 years later in 1656 aged 84.

All are welcome to attend the unveiling outside No. 9 College Green at 2pm on Saturday 29 July.

Tickets for the Choral Classic Concert are available from the Three Choirs Festival box office on College Green or the website or by ringing 01452 768928/