Born: February 7, 1710, London, England.
Died: February 7, 1779, Kensington, England.
Buried: St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, England.
William was the son of John Boyce and Elizabeth Cordwell.
He started his musical career singing in the choir at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
After studying under St. Paul’s organist, Maurice Greene, he became organist at the Earl of Oxford’s chapel.
In 1736, he became composer at the Chapel Royal, and organist at St. Michael’s, Cornhill. In 1749, he received music degrees from Oxford.
Deafness forced him to retire from performing in the 1760’s, but he continued to write.
He compiled a three volume Cathedral Music (1760–73), and wrote stage works, anthems, instrumental pieces, and other music.