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Arabella Spencer Churchill (1949–2007) by Ian Hargreaves, 1976 © Ian Hargreaves / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Churchill, Arabella Spencer [Bella] (1949–2007), festival and charity founder, was born on 30 October 1949 at 12 Catherine Place, Westminster, London, the only daughter of Randolph Frederick Edward Spencer Churchill (1911–1968), journalist and politician, and his second wife, June Hermione, née Osborne (1922–1980)...

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Cornelys [née Imer; married name Pompeati], (Anna Maria) Teresa [known as Madame Trenti, Mrs Smith] (1723?–1797), singer and impresario, was born in Venice, probably in 1723, to the Genoan actor and impresario Giuseppe Imer (d. 1758) and his wife. Many particulars of her life, especially before 1759, derive from ...

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Emery, Lina Madeleine Lalandi- [née Lina Madeleine Yeleki Kaloyeropoulou; known as Lina Lalandi] (1920–2012), harpsichordist and founder and director of the English Bach Festival, was born on 13 July 1920 in Athens, Greece, the daughter of Nikolas Kaloyeropoulos, director of the Byzantine Museum, Athens...

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Ingpen [née Williams], Joan Mary Eileen (1916–2007), musicians' agent and opera administrator, was born on 3 January 1916 at 5 Beverley Gardens, Golders Green, London, the daughter of John Hamilton Williams, civil engineer, and his wife, Daisy, née Howe. In 1919 her father was sent to ...

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Lemare, Iris Margaret Elsie (1902–1997), conductor and concert organizer, was born on 27 September 1902 at 43 Emperor's Gate, Kensington, London, the daughter of Edwin Henry Lemare (1865–1934), organist, and his wife, Elsie Reith (b. 1876/7). After studying at Bedales School in ...

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Mandikian, Arda (1924?–2009), singer and arts administrator, was born on 1 September 1924 (some sources suggest 1921) in Smyrna, Turkey, the daughter of Krikor Mandikian and his wife, Beatrike Ananian. Her parents, of Armenian descent, had escaped the Turkish massacres of Armenians in 1915. They settled in ...

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Angela Morley (1924–2009) by Dennis Matthews, 1988 © reserved; by kind permission of Christine Parker

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Morley, Angela [formerly Walter Morley Stott or Wally Stott] (1924–2009), composer and musical arranger, was born at 331 Kirkstall Road, Leeds, on 10 March 1924, the elder son of Albert Stott (1894–1933), a watchmaker and jeweller, and his wife, Ethel, née Chappell...

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Oram, Daphne Blake (1925–2003), composer and sound engineer, was born on 31 December 1925 at Ivy House, Devizes, Wiltshire, the daughter of James Oram, a coal merchant's manager, and his wife, Ida Murton, née Talbot, an amateur artist. At the time of her birth her parents were living at ...

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Dame Ruth Railton (1915–2001) by Walter Bird, 1966 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Railton [married name King], Dame Ruth (1915–2001), founder of the National Youth Orchestra, was born on 14 December 1915 at 16 Millfield, Folkestone, the daughter of David Railton (1884–1955), Church of England clergyman, and his wife, Ruby Marion, née Willson. Her family background had a strong tradition of Christian service. Her grandfather, ...

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Wood, Anne (1907–1998), singer and opera administrator, was born on 2 August 1907 at The Grange, Crawley, Sussex, a daughter of Percival Wood, JP for Sussex, and his wife, Eleanor. She was educated at St Mary's School, Calne, and studied singing with Elena Gerhardt...