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It's an institution that goes back almost 500 years. Today, Judith Weir is Master of the Queen's Music but who were her illustrious predecessors?
Louis Grabu was a Catalan-born composer and violinist. He was probably trained in Paris by Lully and moved to England at the time of the Restoration, where French music was very popular. King Charles II appointed Grabu as a composer for his own private music in 1665 and, with the death of Lanier the following year, Grabu became the second Master of the King's Musick. He appears to have fallen foul of the Test Act, passed in 1673, which banned Roman Catholics from court.
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