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Clapham, John (1908–1992), musicologist, was born on 31 July 1908 at Studland, Baldock Road, Letchworth, Hertfordshire, the only son and the second of the three children of John Clapham (1870–1947), stockbroker, and his wife, Edith Maud Taylor (1875–1956). After school at Bedales, Clapham...

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Janet Helen Rosemary Craxton (1929–1981) by unknown photographer, 1960s private collection

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Craxton, Janet Helen Rosemary (1929–1981), oboist and teacher, was born on 17 May 1929 at 8 Grove End Road, London, the only daughter and the youngest of the six children of (Thomas) Harold Hunt Craxton (1885–1971) and his wife, Essie May Faulkner (1890–1977)...

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Dent, Edward Joseph (1876–1957), musicologist, was born at Ribston Hall, Wetherby, Yorkshire, on 16 July 1876, the fourth and youngest son of John Dent, barrister and for many years an MP, and his wife, Mary Hebden, daughter of John Woodall, of Scarborough. A scholar at ...

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Peter Andrew Hall (1936–1996) by unknown photographer © reserved; News International Syndication; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hall, Peter Andrew (1936–1996), folklorist and musicologist, was born on 28 June 1936 at 285 Harrow Road, Paddington, London, the son of Thomas Temple Hall, corporal in the Coldstream Guards, and Marion Coghill Smith. His parents married shortly after his birth. After an upbringing in ...

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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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Kington, Miles Beresford (1941–2008), humorist, jazz critic, and broadcaster, was born on 13 May 1941 at Down County Infirmary, Downpatrick, co. Down, the elder son of William Beresford Nairn Kington (1909–1982), a brewer then serving as a captain with the 4th Royal Welch Fusiliers...

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Miles Beresford Kington (1941–2008) by unknown photographer, 2006 Rex Features

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Kinkel [née Mockel], Johanna (1810–1858), music teacher and exile, was born at 13 Josephstrasse, Bonn, on 8 July 1810. Her father, a schoolmaster, encouraged her musical talent; she was taught piano by Beethoven's instructor, Franz Anton Ries. In 1832 Johanna married a music publisher, ...

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Lloyd, Albert Lancaster (1908–1982), ethnomusicologist and radio and television broadcaster, was born on 29 February 1908 at 136A Trevelyan Road, off Tooting High Street, London, the son of Ernest Lancaster Lloyd, a draper's packer, and his wife, Mabel Emily Barrett. His father was an accountant's son from ...

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Newman, Ernest [formerly William Roberts] (1868–1959), music critic, was born William Roberts in Everton, Lancashire, on 30 November 1868, the only child of Seth Roberts, a tailor, and his second wife, Harriet Spark, whose first married name was Jones. Both parents also had families by their first spouses. ...

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Sir (Charles) Hubert Hastings Parry, baronet (1848–1918) by Emil Otto Hoppé, 1915 by permission of the E. O. Hoppé Trust, Curatorial Assistance, Inc., Los Angeles; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Parry, Sir (Charles) Hubert Hastings, baronet (1848–1918), composer and historian of music, was born on 27 February 1848 at 2 Richmond Terrace, Bournemouth, the sixth of six children of Thomas Gambier Parry (1816–1888) of Highnam Court, Gloucestershire, painter and art collector, and his first wife, ...

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Sams, Eric Sydney Charles (1926–2004), musicologist and literary scholar, was born at 3 Cedars Avenue, Walthamstow, Essex, on 3 May 1926, the only child of Henry Sydney Sams (1897–1968), a petty officer in the Royal Navy, and later a clerical officer in the ...

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Scott, Charles James Kennedy Osborne [known as Charles Kennedy Scott] (1876–1965), musician, was born on 16 November 1876 in Church Street, Romsey, Hampshire, the only child of William Scott (1819–1891), silk mercer, and his wife, Rosa (1852–1933), daughter of John Frederick Osborne JP...

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Cecil James Sharp (1859–1924) by Esther Blaikie Mackinnon, 1921 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sharp, Cecil James (1859–1924), collector of English folk-songs and dances, was born on 22 November 1859 at Denmark Hill, London, the eldest son and third of the eleven children of John James Sharp (1827–1903), a slate merchant, and his wife, Jane (1829?–1915), the daughter of ...

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Desmond Christopher Shawe- Taylor (1907–1995) by unknown photographer © News International Syndication; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Taylor, Desmond Christopher Shawe- (1907–1995), music critic, was born at 92 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin, on 29 May 1907, the elder of the two sons of Francis Manley (Frank) Shawe-Taylor (1869–1920), of Castle Lambert, co. Galway, magistrate and high sheriff for co. Galway...