1749 - Mus. Doc. William Boyce.
Born in 1710; was educated at St. Paul's School, and was a chorister of St. Paul's, under Charles King. He was afterwards articled to Maurice Greene.
In 1734 he became Organist of Oxford Chapel, Vere Street, now St. Peter's. He was at this time a pupil of Dr. Pepusch, and had a wide reputation as a teacher of the harpsichord.
In 1736 he succeeded Keiway at St. Michael's, Cornhill, and was in the same year sworn in as composer to the Royal Chapel.
In 1737 he was appointed Conductor of the Three Choirs Festival. In 1749 the degree of Mus. Doc. was conferred on him, on the occasion of the installation of the Duke of Newcastle as Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, for which ceremony he composed music to Mason's Ode. On the following day an anthem by him, with orchestral accompaniments, was performed at St. Mary's Church as his exercise. In the same year he became Organist of All Hallows', Thames Street. In 1755 he succeeded Greene as Master of the King's Band, and Conductor of the Festival of the Sons of the Clergy.
He suffered all his life from deafness, and this increased so much, that in 1758 he retired to Kensington, where he occupied himself with editing his famous "Cathedral Music," the materials for which had been left him by Greene. The first volume was published in 1760.
He died in 1779, and was buried under the dome of St. Paul's.
His compositions are very numerous, and take an important place in English music. His masque "Peleus and Thetis" was performed by the Philharmonic Society in 1734, his Oratorio "David's Lamentation over Saul and Jonathan" by the Apollo Society in 1736.
His best-known work is a serenata, "Solomon," composed in 1743. Among his other works are twelve Sonatas for two violins and cello, or harpsichord; "Lyra Britannica," a collection of songs and cantatas, in six volumes; several masques and operettas; a large number of Odes for the King's birthday and New-Year's Day are preserved in the Music School at Oxford; anthems and additional accompaniments to Shakespeare's plays. "Hearts of Oak" is one of his songs.

Extract: A short historical account of the degrees in music at Oxford and Cambridge.
(Williams, C. F. Abdy)