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Anderson [née Philpot], Lucy (1797–1878), pianist, was born on 12 December 1797 in Bath, the daughter of John Philpot (1757/8–1843), a music seller, and his wife, Susanna Saunders. Her father, who intended her to take up the harp, was her first piano teacher, but in spite of her poor eyesight she soon made such progress on the piano that she appeared as a solo player in ...

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Lucy Anderson (1797–1878) by Richard James Lane, pubd 1835 (after Johannes Notz, c. 1833–4) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Armstrong [née Cobbe], Lucie (1851–1907), musician and writer on etiquette, was the daughter of Major Charles Henry Cobbe and granddaughter of General George Cobbe (b. 1782), who was descended on the paternal side from Charles Cobbe (1687–1765), archbishop of Dublin (1742–3). She was the second cousin of ...

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(Una) Winifred Atwell (c. 1913–1983) by unknown photographer, 1957 collection of Stephen Bourne

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Atwell, (Una) Winifred (c. 1913–1983), pianist and entertainer, was born on 27 April c.1913 in Jubilee Street, Tunapuna, near Port of Spain, Trinidad, the only child of a chemist, Frederick Monroe Atwell (d. 1958), and a district nurse, Sarah Elizabeth (...

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Atwell, (Una) Winifred (c. 1913–1983)

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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)], '...

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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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Blaney, Norah [real name Norah Mignon Cordwell; married names Lyne, Durham, Hughes] (1893–1983), pianist and revue artist, and Farrar, Gwendoline [Gwen] (1897–1944), cellist and revue artist, met in France during the First World War when they were performing in ...

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Norah Blaney (1893–1983) [right] and Gwen Farrar (1897–1944) [left], by unknown photographer, 1924

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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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See Dussek [née Corri; other married name Moralt], Sophia Justina [Giustina]

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Rita Evelyn Cann (1911–2001) by Val Wilmer, 1990 photograph © Val Wilmer

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Cann, Rita Evelyn [performing name Rita Lawrence] (1911–2001), pianist and singer, was born on 24 January 1911 at Heathfield, Box Ridge Avenue, Beddington, Surrey, the elder daughter and eldest of three children of Albert Sam Cann (1871–1930×34), an import–export merchant, and his wife, ...

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Carmichael, Mary Grant (1850–1935), pianist and composer, was born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, where she was baptized on 5 September 1850, the sixth child and fifth daughter of John Carmichael (1803/4–1873), who was born in the Bahamas, and his Scottish-born wife, Sarah Anne, ...

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Harriet Pearl Alice Cohen (1895–1967) by Fred Daniels, 1918 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cohen, Harriet Pearl Alice (1895–1967), pianist, was born on 2 December 1895 at 58 Angell Road, Brixton, London, the eldest daughter of Joseph Woolf Cohen, company secretary, and his wife, Florence White. The soprano (Kathleen Irene) Myra Verney (1905–1993) was her younger sister. An amateur cellist and composer, her father was of Lithuanian extraction. Her mother, a gifted pianist herself, taught ...

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Corrigan, Kathleen [name in religion Felicitas Corrigan] (1908–2003), nun, writer, and church musician, was born on 6 March 1908 at 16 Gurnall Street, Everton, Liverpool, the second of eight surviving children of Joseph Corrigan, a 'private coachman' or taxi driver of Irish extraction, and his wife, ...

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Cumming, Barbara Theresa [name in religion Hildelith Cumming] (1909–1991), nun, printer, and musician, was born on 15 December 1909 at 61 Thurleigh Road, Battersea, the third daughter of Frederick Mann Cumming (1869–1931), a civil engineer's assistant, and his wife, Emma Georgiana Love (1868–1935)...

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Frances Mary Jemima Woodhill Davies (1861–1934) by Sasha Getty Images – Sasha; collection Royal College of Music, London