Norris, Thomas

1741-1790

 

Singer and composer; born at Mere, Wiltshire, in 1741. He was chorister in Salisbury Cathedral, sang at the Worcester and Hereford Festivals of 1761 and 1762, and at Drury Lane. In 1765 he was organist of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, and that year graduated from Oxford as Bachelor of Music, and then was appointed organist of St. John's College. He appeared at the Gloucester Festival in 1766 as tenor soloist, at the festivals of the Three Choirs until 1788, and was one of the principal soloists at the Handel commemoration festival in 1784. He became very popular and was engaged for many oratorios in London, appearing for the last time in the Birmingham Festival in 1790, as he died in September of that year. His compositions include glees; symphonies for strings, oboes and horns; several anthems, only one of which has been printed; and an overture to Purcell's Tempest.