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W. B. Squire

revised by Anne Pimlott Baker

Anderson [née Philpot], Lucy (1797–1878), pianist, was born on 12 December 1797 in Bath, the daughter of John Philpot, a music seller. Her father, who intended her to take up the harp, was her first piano teacher, but in spite of her poor eyesight she soon made such progress on the piano that she appeared as a solo player in ...

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Armstrong, Sir Thomas Henry Wait (1898–1994), organist and college administrator, was born on 15 June 1898 at Peterborough, the only son of Amos Ebenezer Armstrong (1878–1950), an organist and choirmaster, and his wife, Elizabeth Annie West, née Handford (1880–1939), a former headmistress. He had two younger sisters, ...

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Attwood, Thomas (1765–1838), composer and organist, was born on 23 November 1765, probably at 20 Eaton Street, Pimlico, Middlesex. He was the second of the six children of Thomas Attwood (d. 1825), a coal merchant and musician who played trumpet, horn, and viola in the king's band, and his wife, ...

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Atwell, (Una) Winifred (c. 1913–1983), pianist and entertainer, was born on 27 April c.1913 in Jubilee Street, Tunapuna, near Port of Spain, Trinidad, the only child of a chemist, Frederick Monroe Atwell (d. 1958), and a district nurse, Sarah Elizabeth (...

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Benjamin, Arthur Leslie (1893–1960), composer and pianist, was born on 18 September 1893 in Sydney, Australia, the son of Abram Benjamin and his wife, Amelia (whose maiden name may also have been Benjamin). His father worked on the stock exchange. Benjamin began his career as a pianist at the age of six. He studied at ...

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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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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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W. G. Alcock

revised by Judith Blezzard

Bridge, Sir (John) Frederick (1844–1924), organist and composer, was born on 5 December 1844 at Oldbury, Worcestershire, the eldest son of John Bridge, of Oldbury, and his wife, Rebecca Cox. After moving to Rochester, John Bridge was appointed a vicar-choral at the cathedral. ...

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Cann, Rita Evelyn [performing name Rita Lawrence] (1911–2001), pianist and singer, was born on 24 January 1911 at Heathfield, Box Ridge Avenue, Beddington, Surrey, the elder daughter and eldest of three children of Albert Sam Cann (1871–1930×34), an import–export merchant, and his wife, ...

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Child, William (1606/7–1697), composer and organist, was born in Bristol, and, according to Anthony Wood (Wood, Ath. Oxon., 2.265), educated under Elway Bevin, the cathedral organist. There is, however, no evidence that he was a chorister at the cathedral, although on 5 April 1620 he was apprenticed to one of the lay clerks, ...

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Chopin, Fryderyk Franciszek [Frédéric François] (1810–1849), composer and pianist, was born at Żelazowa Wola, near Warsaw, probably on 1 March 1810, the second of the four children of the Frenchman Nicolas (Mikołaj) Chopin (1771–1844), a tutor, and his Polish wife, Tekla-Justyna Krzyżanowska (1782–1861)...

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Clementi, Muzio (1752–1832), composer, pianist, and teacher, was born on 23 January 1752 in Damaso, Rome, the eldest of seven children of Nicolo Clementi (1720–1789), a silversmith, and his wife, Magdalena, née Kaiser (d. 1785). He received the standard musical training of a church organist from various teachers in ...

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Cohen, Harriet Pearl Alice (1895–1967), pianist, was born on 2 December 1895 at 58 Angell Road, Brixton, London, the eldest daughter of Joseph Woolf Cohen, company secretary, and his wife, Florence White. The soprano (Kathleen Irene) Myra Verney (1905–1993) was her younger sister. An amateur cellist and composer, her father was of Lithuanian extraction. Her mother, a gifted pianist herself, taught ...

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Conway, Russ [real name Trevor Herbert Stanford] (1925–2000), pianist and composer, was born at 71 Coronation Road, Bedminster, Bristol, on 2 September 1925, the son of Herbert Stanford, a commercial traveller in the confectionery trade, and his wife, Patranella, née Green (...

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Cooper, Joseph Elliott Needham (1912–2001), musician and broadcaster, was born on 7 October 1912, at Southdene, Southfield Road, Westbury-on-Trym, near Bristol, the youngest of the three children of Wilfrid Needham Cooper, manager of the Westbury branch of the National Provincial Bank, and his wife, ...

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Cramer, Johann Baptist [John Baptist] (1771–1858), pianist and composer, was born on 24 February 1771 in Mannheim, the eldest son of the violinist Wilhelm Cramer (bap. 1746, d. 1799) and his first wife. The details of his childhood remain unclear, but probably in 1774 he accompanied his mother to ...

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Craxton, (Thomas) Harold Hunt (1885–1971), pianist and teacher, was born on 30 April 1885 at 6 Dorchester Place, Marylebone, London, the first son of Thomas Robert Craxton (1858–1908), a surveyor's assistant, and his wife, Sarah Jane Hunt (1852–1905). The Craxtons originated in Northamptonshire...

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Croft, William (bap. 1678, d. 1727), organist and composer, was born presumably at the Shirley Manor House in Nether Eatington, Warwickshire, the fourth of seven children of William Croft (1614–1690) and his wife, Jane Brent, daughter of the late vicar of Nether Eatington...

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Crotch, William (1775–1847), composer and organist, was born on 5 July 1775 at Green's Lane, St George Colgate, Norwich, the only child of Michael Crotch (1735–1813), a carpenter, and his second wife, Isabella (1737–1830); he had two older half-brothers, the children of his father's first marriage to ...

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Curzon, Sir Clifford Michael (1907–1982), pianist, was born on 18 May 1907 in London, the younger son and second of three children of Michael Curzon, antique dealer, and his wife, Constance Mary Young, an accomplished amateur singer. His uncle, the composer Albert Ketèlbey...