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Abel, Karl Friedrich (1723–1787), composer and concert impresario, was born on 22 December 1723 in Cöthen, Saxony, one of six children. His father, Christian Ferdinand Abel (c.1683–1737), served as violinist for Johann Sebastian Bach, under whom Karl Friedrich may have studied at the ...

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Aprahamian, (Apraham) Felix Bartev (1914–2005), music critic and concert organizer, was born on 5 June 1914 at 16 Inderwick Road, Hornsey, London, the son of Avedis Aprahamian, formerly Hovhanessian (b. 1871), carpet dealer, and his wife, Araxie, née Garabedian. His parents were both Armenian immigrants from ...

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Arden, Don [real name Harry Levy] (1926–2007), rock music manager and promoter, was born on 4 January 1926 at 123 Crescent Road, Crumpsall, Manchester, the son of Lazarus Levy, a machinist in a factory making waterproof garments, and his wife, Sarah (Sally), ...

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Aspinall, Neil Stanley (1941–2008), music executive, was born at Chatsworth House, Prestatyn, Flintshire, on 13 October 1941, the son of Stanley Arthur Aspinall, a dock labourer then serving as a petty officer in the Royal Navy, and his wife, Ivy, née Shaw. His mother had been evacuated to ...

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Bing, Sir Rudolf Franz Joseph (1902–1997), opera manager, was born in Vienna on 9 January 1902, the son of Ernst Hoenigsvald Bing, head of the Austro-Hungarian Steel and Iron Trust, and his wife, Stefanie. The youngest of four children, he left school at the age of sixteen. He trained his attractive light baritone voice, but did not consider becoming a professional. In 1919 he obtained a job with the Viennese booksellers ...

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Boyce, William (bap. 1711, d. 1779), composer, organist, and music editor, was born in Maiden Lane, London, and was baptized on 11 September 1711 at St James Garlickhythe, the youngest of four children of John Boyce (1673–1752), joiner and cabinet-maker, and his wife, ...

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Britton, Thomas (1644–1714), concert promoter, book collector, and coal merchant, was born on 14 January 1644 at Rushden near Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire. He migrated to London where he apprenticed himself to a ‘small-coal’ (slack-coal, or charcoal) merchant near St John the Baptist's Street...

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Christie, Sir George William Langham (1934–2014), arts administrator, was born on 31 December 1934 at Glyndebourne, near Lewes, Sussex, the only son and younger child of John Christie (1882–1962), founder of Glyndebourne Opera, and his wife, (Grace) Audrey Laura St John-Mildmay...

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Christie, John (1882–1962), founder of Glyndebourne Opera, was born on 14 December 1882, at Eggesford, Devon, the only child of Augustus Langham Christie (1857–1930), a country squire, and his wife, Lady Rosamond Alicia Wallop (d. 1935), third daughter of the fifth earl of Portsmouth...

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Drummond, Sir John Richard Gray (1934–2006), television producer, broadcaster, and music administrator, was born on 25 November 1934 at 64 Holland Park, London, the only child of Archibald Richard George Drummond, a tone-deaf Scottish master mariner, and his wife, Esther Wynne, née Pickering...

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Epstein, Brian Samuel (1934–1967), popular music entrepreneur and retailer, was born on 19 September 1934 at a private nursing home at 4 Rodney Street, Liverpool, the first of two children of Harold (Harry) Epstein (1901–1967) furniture retailer, and his wife, Malka (Queenie), née...

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Heidegger, Johann Jakob (1666–1749), impresario, was born in Zürich on 19 June 1666, the son of a professor of theology from Nuremberg. He married in 1688, but otherwise his early career remains obscure. At an unknown date he abandoned his wife and four children and went to ...

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Lascelles, George Henry Hubert, seventh earl of Harewood (1923–2011), opera administrator and festival director, was born on 7 February 1923, the elder son of Henry George Charles Lascelles, Viscount Lascelles, later sixth earl of Harewood (1882–1947), and his wife, Princess Mary (1897–1965), only daughter of ...

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Legge, (Harry) Walter (1906–1979), impresario and record producer, was born in Keith Grove, Ravenscourt Park, London, on 1 June 1906, the son (there was to be a younger sister) of Harry Legge (b. 1871) and his wife, Florence (b. 1871). His father was a successful tailor, and ...

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Linley, Thomas (1733–1795), impresario and composer, was born at Badminton, Gloucestershire, on 17 January 1733 and baptized at Badminton parish church on 20 January, the eldest child of the carpenter William Linley (bap. 1704, d. 1792) and his wife, Maria (1701–1792). He was evidently musically precocious, as on the family's move to ...

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Lumley, Benjamin (1811/12–1875), opera manager and author, was the son of Louis Levy, a Jewish merchant of Canada, who died in London about 1831. Benjamin Levy assumed the name Lumley early in life. After being educated at King Edward's School at Birmingham, he was admitted a solicitor in ...

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MacKay, Angus (1813–1859), collector and editor of highland bagpipe music, was born on 10 September 1813, probably on the Isle of Raasay, Inverness-shire. He was the third of four piping sons of John MacKay of Raasay (1767–1848), the leading composer and teacher of his generation, and his wife, ...

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McLaren, Malcolm Robert Andrew (1946–2010), music and fashion industry entrepreneur, was born at 47 Carysfort Road, Stoke Newington, London, on 22 January 1946, the younger son of Peter James Philip McLaren (1919–1999), a mechanic of Scottish descent who had served as a sapper in the ...

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Most, Mickie [real name Michael Peter Hayes] (1938–2003), singer and record producer, was born on 20 June 1938 at Louise Margaret Hospital, Aldershot, Hampshire, the son of Harold Victor Hayes, a sergeant (later regimental sergeant-major) in the Royal Artillery, and his wife, ...

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Novello, (Joseph) Alfred (1810–1896), music publisher, was born in London on 12 August 1810, the eldest son of Vincent Novello (1781–1861), music publisher, arranger, and composer, and Mary Sabilla Novello, née Hehl (1789–1854). Apprenticed to the York music dealer, John Robinson, from 1824 to 1829, he commenced business in ...