Baptized: De­cem­ber 10, 1678, Ne­ther Et­ting­ton, War­wick­shire, England.

Died: August 14, 1727, Lon­don, Eng­land.

Buried: West­min­ster Ab­bey, Lon­don, Eng­land.

As a boy, Croft was a chor­is­ter at the Cha­pel Roy­al. From 1700-1712, he was or­gan­ist at St. Anne, Soho, Lon­don. From 1704 on, he was, joint­ly with Jer­e­m­i­ah Clarke, organ­ist of the Cha­pel Roy­al. In 1708 he be­came Mas­ter of the Child­ren at Cha­pel Roy­al and or­gan­ist at West­min­ster Ab­bey. In 1713 he re­ceived a Doc­tor of Mu­sic de­gree from Ox­ford Uni­ver­si­ty. In 1726, the Aca­de­my of Vo­cal Mu­sic (later the Aca­de­my of An­cient Mu­sic) was found­ed by 13 mu­si­cians, in­cluding Croft, Pep­usch, Bo­non­ci­ni, and Gem­i­ni­a­ni.

Croft was com­pos­er to Queen Anne and was rec­og­nized as the fore­most church mu­si­cian of his time. Croft also wrote in­stru­ment­al works (e.g., cem­balo and so­na­tas for flute (re­cord­er). His works inc­lude:

Sources

Music

  1. Binchester
  2. Croft’s 148th
  3. Hanover
  4. St. Anne
  5. St. Matthew
  6. Ye Holy Angels Bright