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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...

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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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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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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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Derbyshire, Delia Ann (1937–2001)

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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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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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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 '...

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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 ...

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Dussek [née Corri; other married name Moralt], Sophia Justina [Giustina] (1775–1847), singer and composer, was born on 1 May 1775 in Edinburgh, the daughter of Domenico Corri (1746–1825) [see under Corri family], an Italian musician who had settled in Edinburgh...

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Flower, Eliza (1803–1846), radical and composer, was born at Harlow in Essex on 19 April 1803, the eldest daughter of Benjamin Flower (1755–1829), a Cambridge printer, and his wife, Eliza, née Gould (1770–1810), a schoolteacher, the eldest daughter of John Gould of Dodbroke...

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Gambarini [married name Chazal], Elizabeth [Elisabetta de Gambarini] (1730–1765), composer, keyboard player, and singer, was born on 7 September 1730 in Holles Street, St Marylebone, Middlesex, the third of the four children of Charles Gambarini (d. 1754) and his wife, Joanna (Giovanna Paula) Stradiotti (...

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Holmès [née Holmes], Augusta Mary Anne (1847–1903), composer, born in the rue de Berri, Paris, on 16 December 1847, was the daughter of Captain Dalkeith Holmes, an Irishman who had settled in Paris in 1820 and married Augusta Shearer in 1827. Her godfather was the poet ...

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Howell, Dorothy Gertrude (1898–1982), composer and pianist, was born on 25 February 1898 in Handsworth, Birmingham, the daughter of Charles Edward Howell (1855–1932) and his wife, Viola Rosetta Feeny (1862–1942). Dorothy's father worked as an ironmaster in Birmingham; he was a self-taught pianist and was for a time organist and choirmaster at ...

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Elizabeth Nina Mary Frederica Lehmann (1862–1918) by Flora Lion, 1915 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lehmann [married name Bedford], Elizabeth Nina Mary Frederica [Liza] (1862–1918), composer and singer, was born on 11 July 1862 at 139 Westbourne Terrace, London, the daughter of the painter (Wilhelm Augustus) Rudolf Lehmann (1819–1905) and his wife, the composer Amelia Lehmann (‘A. L.’), ...

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Miles [née Guest], Jane Mary [Jenny] (c. 1762–1846), pianist and composer, was born about 1762, probably in Bath: her father, Thomas Guest (fl. 1760–1800), was a tailor there. Nothing more is known of her parents other than that her father played a role in ...

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Owen, Morfydd [pseud. Morfydd Llwyn-Owen] (1891–1918), composer, was born on 1 October 1891 at 72 Park Street, Trefforest, Glamorgan, the last of four children born to William Owen (1864–1948), an accountant, and his wife, Sarah Jane Jones (1865–1918). She was encouraged to develop her interest in music at home, and studied from 1902 at the ...

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Park [née Reynolds], Maria Hester (1760–1813), composer and keyboard player, was born on 29 September 1760. She was almost certainly the Miss Reynolds who on 5 November 1772 sang and played a harpsichord concerto in a concert at the Oxford Music Room...