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Avison, Charles (bap. 1710, d. 1770), composer and writer on music, was baptized on 16 February 1710 in Newcastle upon Tyne, the fifth of nine children of Richard and Ann Avison. His early training in music presumably began at home with his father, a town wait and also practising musician. While in the service of the ...

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Bacon, Richard Mackenzie (1776–1844), newspaper editor and music critic, was born in Norwich on 1 May 1776, the only son of Richard Bacon (1745–1812), proprietor from 1794 of the Norwich Mercury, one of the leading provincial organs of liberal opinion. He was educated at the ...

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Browne, William Charles Denis (1888–1915), composer and music critic, was born on 3 November 1888 at Lynnwood, 111 Lillington Avenue, Leamington Spa, the youngest of the five children of William Denis Browne (1836–1916), retired land agent and juror at the 1883 Phoenix Park...

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Ivor Atkins

revised by Nigel Scaife

Colles, Henry Cope (1879–1943), music historian and critic, was born at Bridgnorth, Shropshire, on 20 April 1879, the third child and elder son of Abraham Colles MD FRCS (and thus the great-grandson of Abraham Colles), and his wife, Emily Agnes Georgina, daughter of ...

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W. B. Squire

revised by Anne Pimlott Baker

Danneley, John Feltham (bap. 1785, d. 1834x6), writer on music, was baptized on 1 April 1785 in Wokingham, Berkshire, the second son of George Danneley, a lay clerk at St George's Chapel, Windsor, and his wife, Elizabeth. He was taught music by his father, and at the age of fifteen he studied thoroughbass with ...

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Davison, James William (1813–1885), music critic, was born on 5 October 1813 in London, the son of James Davison (d. 1858) and his wife, the actress and singer Maria Rebecca Davison, née Duncan (1780x83–1858). He was given his first lessons in singing and the piano by his mother, and was then educated at ...

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Davy, Charles (1722/3–1797), Church of England clergyman and writer on music, was born in Norwich, the son of Charles Davy of Hatton Garden, London; his mother may have been Sarah Davy. He was educated at Mr Haslehurst's school at Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, Mr Pigge's school...

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Eastcott, Richard (bap. 1744, d. 1828), writer on music and Church of England clergyman, was baptized on 22 November 1744 at Launceston, Cornwall, the son of Sandford Eastcott. He matriculated at Oriel College, Oxford, on 9 July 1764. He does not seem to have taken a degree, but was at some point ordained. He devoted his life to musical circles in ...

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Garth, John (bap. 1721, d. 1810), musician, was born in Harperley, near Witton-le-Wear, near Bishop Auckland, co. Durham, and was baptized at Witton-le-Wear on 27 December 1721. He was fifth of the six children of William Garth (bap. 1672, d. 1726) of ...

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Graham, George Farquhar (1789–1867), writer on music, was born on 28 December 1789 in Edinburgh, the eldest son of Lieutenant-Colonel Humphrey Graham. He was educated at Edinburgh high school and the University of Edinburgh, and taught himself music. He was one of the secretaries of the first Edinburgh music festival in 1815 and composed an overture for one of the concerts. In 1816 he published ...

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Sir George Grove (1820–1900) by Robert Jefferson Bingham, 1863 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Grove, Sir George (1820–1900), writer on music and lexicographer, was born on 13 August 1820 at Thurlow Lodge, 74 Thurlow Terrace, Clapham, Surrey, the eighth of the eleven children of Thomas Grove (1774–1852), fishmonger and venison dealer, and his wife, Mary (1784–1856), née...

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Heyworth, Peter Lawrence Frederick (1921–1991), music critic, was born on 3 June 1921 in New York city, the son of Lawrence Ormerod Heyworth (1890–1954), a rubber dealer, and his wife, Ellie, née Sterne (1891–1927). He was educated at Charterhouse School (1935–9) and, after six years' army service that included a period in ...

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Hipkins, Alfred James (1826–1903), writer on musical instruments, was born on 17 June 1826 at 22 Medway Street, Westminster, London, the only son in the family of two children of James Hipkins (1800–1882), a cabinet and piano maker, and his wife, Jane Mary Grant (1802–1865)...

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Holmes, Edward (1797?–1859), music critic, was probably born in London in 1797, though his death certificate gives his age in 1859 as fifty-nine. At John Clarke's school, Enfield, he became friends with Keats, whose respect he won first as a fighter but subsequently for his literary taste. He was in turn influenced by the headmaster's son, ...

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Howes, Frank Stewart (1891–1974), music critic and author, was born on 2 April 1891 at 13 Cobden Crescent, Oxford, the elder child and only son of George Howes (1866–1949), a grocer and amateur singer of Oxford, and his wife, Grace Selina Phipps (1866–1949)...

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Hughes, William (1718/19–1798), writer on music and Church of England clergyman, was the son of William Hughes (d. 1768), who was made minor canon of Worcester Cathedral in 1718 and in 1721 was presented to the vicarage of Old Sodbury, Gloucestershire, which he held until his death. The younger ...

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Hunt, Edgar Hubert (1909–2006), musician, was born on 28 June 1909 at 2 Upper Byron Place, Clifton, Bristol, the only son and elder child of Hubert Walter Hunt (1865–1945), organist and master of the choristers at Bristol Cathedral, and his wife, Clara Harriett Clements...

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J. C. Hadden

revised by David J. Golby

Latrobe [La Trobe], John Antes (1799–1878), writer on music, was born in London, the son of the composer Christian Ignatius La Trobe (1758–1836) and his wife, Hannah Benigna Sims (1758–1824). His family was originally of Huguenot descent, and he was named after the Moravian composer ...

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Liston, Henry (1771–1836), inventor of a musical instrument and writer on music, the eldest son of Robert Liston, minister of Aberdour, Fife, was born on 30 June 1771. He matriculated at Edinburgh University in 1787 and read physics and mathematics before studying for the church. In 1793 he became minister of the parish of ...