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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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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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Lehmann [married name Bedford], Elizabeth Nina Mary Frederica [Liza] (1862–1918), composer and singer, was born on 11 July 1862 at 139 Westbourne Terrace, London, the daughter of the painter (Wilhelm Augustus) Rudolf Lehmann (1819–1905) and his wife, the composer Amelia Lehmann (‘A. L.’), ...

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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 ...