October 5, 1758, Wingfield (near Chesterfield, Derbyshire), England.
July 18, 1831.
Thomas was the son of Anthony Greatorex (organist at what later became Leicester Cathedral), and father of Henry Wellington Greatorex. He studied with Benjamin Cooke, organist of Westminster Abbey, and was a protégé of the Earl of Sandwich. For four years he played the organ at Carlisle Cathedral, then went to live and work in Italy, where he became a friend of Charles Edward Stuart, or Bonnie Prince Charlie. When the young pretender died in 1788, he left some of his music books to Greatorex, who returned to London the same year. He was soon in much demand as a music teacher and succeeded Joah Bates as conductor of the Concerts of Ancient Music. He also directed music festivals at Birmingham, York and Derby. In 1819, he succeeded George Ebenezer Williams as organist of Westminster Abbey.