A minute of 6 February 1562/3, in the Chapter Acts of Lincoln Cathedral, refers to Byrd’s appointment as the cathedral’s Organist and Master of the Choristers.1 We do not know how news was circulated of vacancies for church musicians.2 The Dean and Chapter may have asked someone at the Chapel Royal to suggest a suitable replacement for Thomas Appleby, who had served the cathedral, with one break, since 1537;3 but whether the Dean of Lincoln sought advice from the Dean of the Chapel, or whether enquiries were instituted at a higher or lower level, is unrecorded.