St Tutilo

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Monk, and gifted musician. St Tutilo was an Irish monk who lived in the late ninth and early tenth centuries. He was educated at the Benedictine monastery of Saint-Gall in Switzerland.

A good-humoured person of many talents, he was a poet, portrait painter, sculptor, orator, architect and mechanic. But his greatest talent was music. He could play all the instruments known to the monks. Together with his friend, Blessed Notker, he composed much church music and taught at the abbey school.

Only three poems and one hymn remain of all Tutilo's works. But his paintings and sculptures are still found today in several cities of Europe. Tutilo is said to have been a 'giant in strength, stature and wits'. He praised God through all his work. St Tutilo died in 915.