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Barnes, Frederick Jester (1885–1938), singer, was born on 31 May 1885 at 219 Great Lister Street, Saltley, Birmingham, the only child of Thomas William Barnes (1860/61–1913), butcher, and his wife, Mary Alice Jester (d. 1899/1900). The family moved across to 214 Great Lister Street...

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Blow, John (1648?–1708), musician and composer, was baptized at St Mary Magdalene, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, on 23 February 1649. The record of his doctorate at Lambeth Palace confirms the identification; the age on his marriage allegation suggests that he was born in 1648. He was the second of three children of ...

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Coborn, Charles [real name Colin Whitton McCallum] (1852–1945), music-hall entertainer and songwriter, was born Colin Whitton McCallum on 4 August 1852 at 25 Sydney Square, Mile End, London, the son of Colin McCallum (1799–1872), shipbroker and freeman of the City of London...

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Deller, Alfred George (1912–1979), singer, was born on 31 May 1912 at 42 Clifton Terrace, Margate, Kent, the son of Thomas William Deller (1871–1951), a physical training instructor, and his wife, Mary Ann Cave (1874–1946). He was the sixth of seven children. He was educated at the ...

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J. A. F. Maitland

Reviser Donald Burrows

Gates, Bernard (1686–1773), musician, was born on 23 April 1686 at The Hague, Netherlands, the second son of Bernard Gates (d. 1718?) and his wife, Maria (d. 1725?). His father accompanied William III to England in 1688 and subsequently served as page of the presence to ...

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Olive Baldwin and Thelma Wilson

Knyvett, Charles (1752–1822), musician and singer, was born on 11 February 1752 in the parish of St Margaret's, Westminster, the son of Charles Knyvett (1710–1782) and his wife, Jane, née Jordan (1714–1785). Educated at Westminster School from 1762, he was a boy chorister at ...

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Lawes, Henry (bap. 1596, d. 1662), singer and composer, was born at Dinton, near Wilton, Wiltshire, and baptized there on 5 January 1596, the eldest son of Thomas Lawes (d. 1640), a church musician, and his wife, Lucris (or Lucrece or Lucretia) Shepherd (...

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Lough, Ernest Arthur (1911–2000), singer, was born at 56 Glenparke Road, Forest Gate, London, on 17 November 1911, the son of Arthur Henry Lough, cashier to a lace merchant, and his wife, Caroline Ellen Frisby. He sang as a treble in the choir of his local church, ...

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Norris, Thomas (bap. 1742, d. 1790), singer and organist, was baptized at St Michael's, Mere, Wiltshire, on 15 August 1742, the son of John Norris. A chorister at Salisbury Cathedral from 1752 under John Stephens, he sang as Master Norris in concerts at ...

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Pears, Sir Peter Neville Luard (1910–1986), singer, was born on 22 June 1910 at Newark House, Searle Road, Farnham, Surrey, the youngest in the family of three sons and four daughters (one of whom died in infancy) of Arthur Grant Pears, a civil engineer and later a director of ...

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Reeves, (John) Sims (1818–1900), singer, was born on 26 September 1818 at Woolwich, London, the son of John Reeves, a Royal Artillery bandsman, and his wife, Rosina. He was christened John; ‘Sims’ was added later. His first professional appearance was as a baritone in ...

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Reinhold, Frederick Charles (1741–1815), singer and organist, was born in London on 11 February 1741 and baptized that day at St Anne's, Soho, Westminster, one of four children of the singer Henry Theodore Reinhold (c. 1690–1751) and his wife, Sarah. He was a chorister at ...

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Secombe, Sir Harry Donald (1921–2001), entertainer, was born in Swansea on 8 September 1921, the younger son and third of four children of Frederick Ernest Secombe, a commercial traveller for the wholesale grocery firm Walters and Batchelors and an amateur cartoonist, and his wife, ...

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Smith, John Stafford (bap. 1750, d. 1836), musician and musical antiquary, was baptized in Gloucester Cathedral on 30 March 1750, the son of Martin Smith (c.1715–1786), organist of Gloucester Cathedral from 1739 to 1781, and Agrilla Smith, née Stafford. Smith was first taught music by his father, who in 1761 sent him to ...

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Suett, Richard (bap. 1755, d. 1805), actor and singer, was baptized on 29 July 1755 at St Luke's, Chelsea, the son of John Suett (d. 1783), a butcher and later an officer of St Paul's Cathedral, and his wife, Jane, probably the ...

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F. G. Edwards

Reviser Anne Pimlott Baker

Weiss, Willoughby Hunter (1820–1867), singer and composer, the son of Willoughby Gaspard Weiss, a flute teacher and music publisher in Liverpool, was born there on 2 April 1820. He was a pupil of George Smart and Michael Balfe, and made his first public appearance at a concert of his own at ...

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Wilson, John (1595–1674), composer and musician, was born in Faversham, Kent, on 5 April 1595. In view of his later association with the King's Men company of actors he was probably the 'Iohn Wilson' who was apprenticed on 18 February 1611, for eight years, to the actor ...