Cornyshe, William [ William Cornish] (b E. Greenwich, c.1465; d Hylden, Kent, 1523). Eng. composer and actor. Member of Chapel Royal 1496. Master of children, Chapel Royal, 1509–23. Organized mus. at masques, pageants, and banquets for Henry VIII and supervised mus. at Field of Cloth of Gold 1520. Wrote part-songs, notable for inventiveness and jovial humour, church mus., and several plays.
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