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Barbirolli, Sir John [formerly Giovanni Battista] (1899–1970), conductor and cellist, was born Giovanni Battista at 12 Southampton Row, London, on 2 December 1899, the elder son and second of the three children of an émigré Italian violinist, Lorenzo Barbirolli (1864–1928), and his Parisian wife, ...

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Barclay, Victor Robert [Bob] (1911–1987), musician and bandleader, was born at 45 Wellington Street, Greenock, Renfrewshire, on 10 July 1911, the elder son and eldest of three children of William Bartholomew Barclay, labourer and coalminer, and his wife, Janet Adamson, née Chrystal, factory worker. His father was of ...

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Barriteau, Carl Aldric Stanley (1914–1998), clarinettist and bandleader, was born on 7 February 1914 in Port of Spain, Trinidad, the elder son and eldest of four children of Josiah Stanley Barriteau, stenographer and journalist, and his wife, May (b. c.1894). Both parents were Trinidadian. He spent his early childhood in ...

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Beecham, Sir Thomas, second baronet (1879–1961), conductor, was born on 29 April 1879 in Westfield Street, St Helens, Lancashire, the elder son and second child of Sir Joseph Beecham, first baronet (1848–1916), manufacturing chemist, and his wife, Josephine Burnett, née Dickins (1850–1934). The family's prosperity began with ...

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Benedict, Sir Julius (1804–1885), conductor and composer, was born at Stuttgart, Germany, on 27 November 1804 (in some nineteenth-century reference works the date was given incorrectly as 24 December 1804), the son of a rich German Jewish banker. At the Stuttgart Gymnasium he received a thorough general education and showed exceptional ability in all his studies. His musical talents were fostered by ...

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Benson, Ivy (1913–1993), bandleader, was born at the Malt Shovel, 26 Lowerhead Row, Holbeck, Leeds, a public house owned by her grandparents, on 11 November 1913. She was the only daughter and third child of Douglas Rolland Benson (1890–1977), a musician, and his wife, ...

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Berlioz, (Louis) Hector (1803–1869), composer and conductor, was born on 11 December 1803 in La Côte St André, in the département of Isère, France, the first of four children of Dr Louis-Joseph Berlioz and his wife, Marie-Antoinette-Joséphine, commonly known as Joséphine, the daughter of ...

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Black, Stanley (1913–2002), bandleader, pianist, and composer, was born in the London Hospital, Whitechapel, London, on 14 June 1913, the son of Lewis Schwartz, shoe dealer, and his wife, Sophia, formerly Diamond. He began taking piano lessons at the age of seven, and went on to study at the ...

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Blech, Harry [formerly Hirsch] (1909–1999), conductor and violinist, was born in the East End of London in June 1909, the son of Henri Blech, provisions merchant and commercial traveller, and his wife, Sophie Stock. Shortly after he was born his father went to ...

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Boult, Sir Adrian Cedric (1889–1983), conductor, was born on 8 April 1889 at 4 Abbots Hayes, Liverpool Road, Chester, the only son and second child of Cedric Randal Boult (1853–1950), an oil merchant, and his wife, Katherine Florence Barman (d. 1927). He showed exceptional early musical promise. He entered ...

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Colyer, Kenneth (1928–1988), jazz musician, was born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, on 18 April 1928, the third son in a family of three sons and two daughters of Kenneth Edward Colyer, a chauffeur and butler, and his wife, Ruby Erhardt (d. c...

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Costa, Sir Michael Andrew Angus [formerly Michele Andrea Agniello] (1808–1884), conductor and composer, was born in Naples on 4 February 1808, the son of Pasquale Costa. He studied with his father, his maternal grandfather Giacomo Tritto, and Giovanni Furno, then at the ...

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Cotton, William Edward [Billy] (1899–1969), bandleader and radio and television broadcaster, was born on 27 May 1899 at 31 New Tothill Street, Westminster, London, the youngest of the ten children of Joseph Cotton, a water turncock, and his wife, Susan Harmer. He was educated at ...

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Davis, Sir Colin Rex (1927–2013), conductor, was born at 45 High Street, Weybridge, Surrey, on 25 September 1927, the youngest of three sons of Reginald George Davis (d. 1944), then a clerk for an oil company, later a bank clerk, and his wife, ...

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Deniz, Francisco Antonio [Frank] (1912–2005), guitarist and bandleader, was born at 9 Christina Street, Cardiff, on 31 July 1912, the eldest of three sons of Antoni (or Antonio) Francisco Deniz, formerly Diniz (1878–c.1931), a donkeyman (engine-room sailor), and his wife, Gertrude Blanch (or Blanche), ...

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Downes, Sir Edward Thomas [Ted] (1924–2009), conductor, was born at 23 John Street, Aston, Birmingham, on 17 June 1924, the third and youngest child of Alfred Downes, shipping clerk, and his wife, Amy Ethel, née Hayward. Ted (as he was always known to family, friends, and colleagues) attended a modest local school where his gifts soon became apparent. From the age of five he studied violin and piano, and sang with his father in the local church choir; but an atmosphere of religious intolerance combined with parental horror at the idea that their son might become a professional musician ('...

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Dvořák, Antonín Leopold (1841–1904), composer and conductor, was born on 8 September 1841 in Nelahozeves, to the north of Prague, the eldest of nine children of František Dvořák (1814–1894), musician, butcher, and innkeeper, and his wife, Anna Zdeňková (1820–1882). Recognition of his early musical talent led to his being sent at the age of twelve to ...

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Elgar, Sir Edward William, baronet (1857–1934), composer and conductor, was born on 2 June 1857 at The Firs, Broadheath, Worcestershire, the fourth of the seven children of William Henry Elgar (1821–1906), an organist and tradesman, and his wife, Ann (1821/2–1902), the daughter of ...

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Gibbons, Carroll Richard (1903–1954), bandleader and pianist, was born in Clinton, Massachusetts, USA, on 4 January 1903, the son of Peter R. Gibbons (b. 1868/9), barber, and his wife, Mary. He played the piano from his childhood days and studied music in ...

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Gibson, Sir Alexander Drummond (1926–1995), conductor, was born in Motherwell maternity home, Lanarkshire, on 11 February 1926, the son of James McClure Gibson, a butcher, and his wife, Williamina Williams. Educated at Dalziel High School, he was taken at the age of twelve to his first opera, ...