Henry was proficient in playing a large number of musical instruments including recorders, the flute, the keyboard, the harp and the organ.
He was also known for composing many pieces of music and reportedly had a fairly good singing voice.
Apart from being able to play many instruments, Henry owned hundreds of musical instruments in his private collection including 150 recorders.
He also hired a large number of musicians to his royal staff who would adorn his court with music at all times.
According to one estimate, he had nearly 60 musicians on the royal staff at the time of his death.
Music remained a vital part of worship in Tudor England. Since chapel music mostly relied on vocal finesse, ecclesiastical authorities were frequently on the search for the best of men and young boys who could contribute an excellent voice to the church choir.
This sometimes led to an interesting but friendly rivalry between Tudor monarchs, who similarly sought good choir singers, and the leading cardinals.
Some of the musicians who originally began in the chapel during the Tudor period eventually found them in royal service once their talent caught the eyes of a Tudor monarch.
A notable example of this is Mark Smeaton who originally sang in a chapel and was subsequently hired by Henry VIII.