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Helmore, Thomas (1811–1890), teacher and choirmaster, was born in Kidderminster on 7 May 1811, the son of a Congregational minister. Before going to Magdalen Hall, Oxford (BA, 1840; MA, 1845), he trained his father's choir and taught in his day school at Stratford upon Avon...


Nicholson, Sir Sydney Hugo (1875–1947), founder of the Royal School of Church Music and choral director, was born on 9 February 1875 at 26 Devonshire Place, London, the third and youngest son of Sir Charles Nicholson, first baronet (1808–1903), of Luddenham, and Sarah Elizabeth Keightley...