Thomas Morley (1557-1602) was born in Norwich, England, and was a choirboy there in the cathedral He studied with William Byrd. In 1583 he became choirmaster at Norwich. Later he studied at Oxford, then he went to London as organist at St Paul's Cathedral.
As well as composing music, Morley became a publisher, especially of madrigals, including earlier Italian ones. However, his own Madrigals acquired his own distinctive character, with tuneful, light melodies in the soprano part, and plenty of counterpoint in the other parts. This became established as the "English" style of madrigal, and it was widely adopted by other English composers of this period.