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Abrams, Harriett (c. 1758–1821), singer and composer, was, according to her niece's husband, Thomas Adolphus Trollope, the daughter of a man who came to England 'in the suite of some Hanoverian minister, in what capacity I never heard' (Trollope, 151). She was described by ...

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Aldridge, Amanda Christina Elizabeth [pseud. Montague Ring] (1866–1956), singer and composer, was born on 10 March 1866 at Luranah Villa, Hamlet Road, Penge, Surrey, the second of three daughters and third of four children of Ira Frederick Aldridge (1807?–1867), the distinguished African-American tragedian, and his second wife, Swedish opera singer ...

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Allitsen, Frances [real name Mary Frances Bumpus] (1848–1912), composer, was born on 30 December 1848 at 159 Oxford Street, London, one of the seven children of John Bumpus (1817/18–1880), a bookseller, and his wife, Emma Louisa Barton (1824/5–1892). She was baptized Mary Frances Bumpus...

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Barthélémon [married name Henslow], Cecilia Maria (1767–1859), pianist and composer, was born on 1 September 1767, the daughter of the French-born violinist François Hippolyte Barthélémon (1741–1808); her mother, Mary (Polly) Young (1749–1799) [see under Young family (per. c. 1700-1799)], 'also … a musician of no mean capacity' (...

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Bartholomew [née Mounsey], Ann Shepherd (1811–1891), composer, pianist, and organist, was born on 17 April 1811 at 21 Old Compton Street, Soho, London, the eldest child of Thomas Mounsey, a licensed victualler, and his wife, Mary, née Briggs. Her younger sister, Elizabeth Mounsey...

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Bright [married name Knatchbull], Dora Estella (1862–1951), composer and pianist, was born on 16 August 1862 at 375 Glossop Road, Ecclesall Bierlow, Yorkshire, the daughter of a merchant's clerk, Augustus Bright, and his wife, Katherine Coveney Pitt. In February 1881 she entered the ...

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Brown, (Elizabeth) Iona (1941–2004), violinist and conductor, was born on 7 January 1941 at the Cedars Nursing Home, Manor Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire, the first of four children of Antony Francis Brown, pianist and organist, and his wife, Fiona Mary, née Whitham, violinist. At the time of her birth her parents lived at ...

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Carmichael, Mary Grant (1850/51–1935), pianist and composer, was born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, the daughter of John Carmichael of Corosal. Her youngest brother, Montague (1857–1936), entered the diplomatic service and was the author of a number of belletristic books on Italy. Mary was educated in ...

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Clarke, Rebecca Helferich (1886–1979), composer, was born on 27 August 1886 at College Road, Harrow, London, one of four children of Joseph Thacher Clarke and his wife, Agnes Paulina Marie Amalie Helferich. Her father was a Bostonian, and was described on the birth certificate as an architect. Her mother was the niece of the German historian ...

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Collins, Dorothy Ann [Dolly] (1933–1995), folk musician, was born on 6 March 1933 at Fernbank Nursing Home, Old London Road, Hastings, the elder of the two daughters of (Leonard) George Collins (1910–c.1970), a milk roundsman, and his wife, Dorothy Florence Ball (...

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Dorothy Ann Collins (1933–1995) by Brian Shuel, 1966 [right, with her sister Shirley Collins] Collections / Brian Shuel

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Connor, Geraldine Roxanne (1952–2011), ethnomusicologist, theatre director, and composer, was born on 22 March 1952 at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London, the elder child of Edric Esclus Connor (1913–1968), actor, singer, and folklorist, and his wife, Pearl Cynthia, née Nunez (1924–2005) [see...

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Derbyshire, Delia Ann (1937–2001), composer, was born on 5 May 1937 at 124 Cedars Avenue, Coventry, the daughter of Edward Derbyshire, a sheet metal worker in a motor car factory, and his wife, Mary Amelia, née Dawson. She later made the link between her upbringing in blitz-ravaged ...

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Dering [née Harvey], Mary, Lady Dering (bap. 1629, d. 1704), composer, was baptized at St Laurence Pountney, London, on 3 September 1629, the daughter of Daniel Harvey (1587–1647), merchant, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Kynnersley (bap. 1601, d. 1655). Her father was described by his son-in-law as 'a ...

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Mary Dering, Lady Dering (bap. 1629, d. 1704) by Sir Peter Lely, 1651 from the collection at Parham House and Gardens, West Sussex

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Dolby, Charlotte Helen Sainton- (1821–1885), singer and composer, was born in London on 17 May 1821, the daughter of Samuel Dolby, a merchant. A precocious child, she first took piano lessons with a Mrs Montague. After the death of her father she entered the ...

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Charlotte Helen Sainton- Dolby (1821–1885) by W. & D. Downey, 1874? © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dring [married name Lord], Madeleine Winefride Isabelle (1923–1977), composer, was born on 7 September 1923 at 66 Raleigh Road, Hornsey, London, the younger child of Cecil John Dring (1883–1949), an architect and surveyor, and his wife, Winefride Isabel (1891–1968), the daughter of ...