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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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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, 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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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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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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Phillips, Harold Adolphus [known as Lord Woodbine] (1929–2000), calypsonian and music promoter, was born on 15 January 1929 in Laventille, Trinidad, the fifth of the seven children of James Phillips, a Venezuelan-born butcher, and his wife, Edna, who was originally from Grenada...

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Railton [married name King], Dame Ruth (1915–2001), founder of the National Youth Orchestra, was born on 14 December 1915 at 16 Millfield, Folkestone, the daughter of David Railton (1884–1955), Church of England clergyman, and his wife, Ruby Marion, née Willson. Her family background had a strong tradition of Christian service. Her grandfather, ...

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Salomon, Johann Peter (bap. 1745, d. 1815), violinist and impresario, was born in Bonn, where he was baptized on 20 February 1745. His father, Philipp Salomon, was a violinist at the court of the elector of Cologne. At the age of thirteen he joined the court orchestra, where his colleagues included ...

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Swiny [McSwiny, Swiney, MacSwiny, MacSwinny], Owen (1676–1754), impresario, was born near Enniscorthy in Ireland, the son of the Revd Miles Swiny (d. 1690) of Ballyteige, co. Wexford. He entered Trinity College, Dublin, on 11 November 1694. By the spring of 1703 he was in ...

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Wilson, Anthony Howard [Tony] (1950–2007), television broadcaster and music entrepreneur, was born at Hope Hospital, Salford, Lancashire, on 20 February 1950, the only child of Sydney Wilson (1917–1997), tobacconist, and his wife, Doris Emily, née Knupfer (1904–1975). Thirteen years older than her husband and a widow when they married in 1948, ...

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Wood, Henry Harvey (1903–1977), writer and a founder of the Edinburgh international festival, was born on 5 September 1903 in Edinburgh, the second of the three children of Henry Wood (d. 1934), paper maker, and his wife, Anne Cassidy. He was educated at the ...