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Clifford, James (bap. 1622, d. 1698), Church of England clergyman and musician, son of Edward Clifford, a cook, was born at Oxford, in the parish of St Mary Magdalen, where he was baptized on 2 May 1622. He had three brothers and two sisters. He was a chorister at ...

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Dickerson, Isaac Perry (1850/1852–1900), singer and preacher, was born into slavery in Wytheville, in south-west Virginia's Appalachian Mountains, probably in July 1850 or in 1852 (sources differ). His formal schooling started as a teenager, following emancipation in 1865, and in Chattanooga, Tennessee, he worked for a Jewish shopkeeper whose son taught him to read and write. In 1867 he enrolled at ...

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Estwick, Sampson (1656/7–1739), musician and Church of England clergyman, was, according to Hawkins, one of the first set of children of the Chapel Royal under Henry Cooke, after the Restoration; however, this claim lacks support. Having matriculated at Christ Church, Oxford, on 4 April 1674, aged seventeen (registered among the commoners), he proceeded BA in 1677, MA in 1680, and BD in 1692. He was appointed chaplain of ...

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Folcard (d. after 1085), monk, musician, and hagiographer, was a Benedictine of St Bertin's, at St Omer in Flanders, who became acting abbot of Thorney (c.1069–85). He can be compared with Goscelin of St Bertin. All that is known of him comes from some, mostly cryptic, autobiographical remarks in the prefaces to his few extant works and a brief notice in ...

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Goscelin (b. c. 1035, d. in or after 1107), Benedictine monk, musician, and hagiographer, was a Fleming by birth, and joined the Benedictine order at the abbey of St Bertin in St Omer. His background is obscure. But he could have entered St Bertin...

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Gostling, John (1649/50–1733), singer and Church of England clergyman, was born at East Malling, Kent, the son of Isaac Gostling (d. 1669), a chandler, and educated at the King's School, Rochester. In 1668, aged eighteen, he was admitted as sizar to St John's College, Cambridge...

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MacEwan, (Alfred) Sydney Marley (1908–1991), singer and Roman Catholic priest, was born on 19 October 1908 at 130 Keppockhill Road, Glasgow, the younger of the two sons of John Smith MacEwan, commercial traveller, and his wife, Jane (née Marley). His father left the family when ...

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Osbern (d. 1094?), Benedictine monk, hagiographer, and musician, was precentor of Christ Church, Canterbury, whose life centred around the saints and relics of his priory. The earliest information concerning him comes from his Miracula S. Dunstani, where he describes how as a boy he was witness to two of the saint's miracles. It is also known that he visited ...

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Testwood, Robert (c. 1490–1543), musician and protestant martyr, is of unknown parentage. For seven years he was educated and trained in music as a boy chorister of the Chapel Royal of Henry VII. Thereafter he made his career in the profession of church music, as both singer and specialist choir-trainer in the elaborate polyphony of the period. He became master of the choristers successively at the collegiate church of ...