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Allen, Sir Hugh Percy (1869–1946), musicologist and conductor, was born at Reading on 23 December 1869, the youngest of the seven children of John Herbert Allen, who was in business with Huntley and Palmers of Reading. His mother, Rebecca, was the daughter of ...

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Ashley, John (c. 1734–1805), conductor and bassoonist, was probably born in London, although it is impossible to place or date this with certainty. Little is known of Ashley's musical training and his earlier professional years. He was a bassoon player of considerable ability and may have held an appointment in a wind band of the militia, for ...

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Barnby, Sir Joseph (1838–1896), composer and conductor, was born on 12 August 1838 at Swinegate, York, the youngest child in the family of fifteen children of Thomas Barnby, a shoemaker and organist, and his wife Barbara, née Robinson. At the age of seven he became a chorister at ...

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Bates, Joah (bap. 1741, d. 1799), musician, was baptized at Halifax on 8 March 1741, the son of Henry Bates, a former woolcomber, turned innkeeper and parish clerk, and his wife, Susan Lister. He received his early education at Dr Ogden's school, and learned music from ...

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Bunney, Herrick Cyril William (1915–1997), organist and conductor, was born on 12 May 1915 at 17 Elm Grove Road, Barnes, Surrey, the son of Cyril Herbert Herrick Bunney (1881–1969), electrical engineer and civil servant, and his wife, Ethel Letitia, née Ardley (1877?–1958). Educated at ...

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Collinson, Francis James Montgomery (1898–1984), musical director and musicologist, was born on 20 January 1898 at Coates House, Manor Place, Edinburgh, the third of five children (three sons, two daughters) of Thomas Henry Collinson (1858–1928), organist at St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh, and his wife, ...

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F. G. Edwards

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Cusins, Sir William George (1833–1893), pianist and conductor, was born in London on 14 October 1833. As a child he sang in the Chapel Royal, then entered the Brussels conservatory where for two years he studied composition, piano, and violin under François-Joseph Fétis...

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J. A. F. Maitland

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Ella, John (1802–1888), violinist and conductor, was born at Leicester on 19 December 1802, the son of Richard Ella (b. 1769), a baker from Thirsk in Yorkshire. He was intended for the law, but, turning to music, studied with Fémy. He made his first professional appearance on 18 January 1821, in the orchestra at ...

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Greatorex, Thomas (1758–1831), organist and conductor, was born at North Wingfield, near Chesterfield, Derbyshire, on 5 October 1758. The pedigree compiled by Hayman in The Reliquary (4.220) shows his descent from Anthony Greatrakes of Callow, of a family that has flourished for over five centuries in the neighbourhood of ...

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Groves, Sir Charles Barnard (1915–1992), conductor, was born on 10 March 1915 at 52 Park Hall Road, London, the only child of Frederick Groves and his wife, Annie, née Whitehead. His father, who had been invalided out of the trenches during the First World War, died when ...

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Sir Charles Barnard Groves (1915–1992) by unknown photographer © News International Newspapers Ltd

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Harty, Sir (Herbert) Hamilton (1879–1941), conductor and composer, was born on 4 December 1879 in Main Street, Hillsborough, co. Down, Ireland, the fourth of ten children of William Michael Harty (1852–1918), organist of Hillsborough church, and his wife, Annie Elizabeth, daughter of Joseph Hamilton Richards...

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Sir (Herbert) Hamilton Harty (1879–1941) by Harold Speed, 1905 © reserved / Photograph courtesy the National Gallery of Ireland

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Sir Edward Richard George Heath (1916–2005) by Jane Bown, 1978 © Guardian News and Media Ltd 2005

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Heath, Sir Edward Richard George [Ted] (1916–2005), prime minister, was born at 1 Holmwood Villas, Albion Road, Broadstairs, Kent, on 9 July 1916, the elder son of William George Heath (1888–1976), carpenter and builder, and his wife, Edith Annie, née Pantony (d...

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John Holmstrom

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Leslie, Henry David (1822–1896), composer and conductor, was born in London on 18 June 1822, the fourth of nine children (five sons and four daughters), and the first son to survive infancy, of John Leslie, a fashionable tailor and keen amateur viola player, and his wife, ...

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J. C. Hadden

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Lucas, Charles (1808–1869), composer, cellist, and conductor, was born at Salisbury, Wiltshire, on 28 July 1808, the son of a music-seller. He was a chorister at Salisbury Cathedral for eight years under Arthur Thomas Corfe. In 1823 he was admitted to the Royal Academy of Music...

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Mar, Norman René Del (1919–1994), conductor and writer on music, was born on 31 July 1919 at 12 Kidderpore Gardens, London, the youngest of the three sons of Max Levi (1876–1963), a brush manufacturer, and his wife, Vera, née Del Mar (1891–1964). Max...

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Norman René Del Mar (1919–1994) by Derek Allen, 1954 © Derek Allen; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sale, John (1758–1827), singer and conductor, was born in London, the son of John Sale (1734–1802). He was probably the John Sale baptized on 12 March 1758 at St Sepulchre, Holborn, London, son of John and Alice Sale. From 1767 to 1775 he sang as a chorister of ...