Weelkes, Thomas (b ?Elsted, baptised 25 October, 1576 - d London, buried 1 December, 1623)
Weelkes was organist at Winchester College from 1598 to c1602, and then at Chichester Cathedral. In 1602 he took the Oxford B.Mus., and may have been a member of the Chapel Royal. After his temporary dismissal from Chichester for drunkenness in 1617 he spent time in London. As a leading church composer and gifted madrigalist he produced ten services, over 35 anthems, nearly 100 madrigals (four books between 1597 and 1608), and a little consort music. His best works are noted for their brilliant counterpoint and inventive textual imagery.