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Arne, Thomas Augustine (1710–1778), composer and musical performer, was born in King Street, Covent Garden, London, on 12 March 1710, the son of Thomas Arne (bap. 1682, d. 1736) [see under Arne family], upholsterer and undertaker, and his second wife, Anne, ...

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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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J. A. F. Maitland

revised by David J. Golby

Cooke, Thomas Simpson [Tom] (1782–1848), singer and composer, was born in Dublin, and received his first musical instruction from his father, Bartlett Cooke, an oboist at the Smock Alley Theatre. He performed a violin concerto in public at the age of seven. He later studied composition with ...

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Dolby, Charlotte Helen Sainton- (1821–1885), singer and composer, was born in London on 17 May 1821, the daughter of Samuel Dolby, a merchant. A precocious child, she first took piano lessons with a Mrs Montague. After the death of her father she entered the ...

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Harrison, George (1943–2001), musician and composer, was born on 25 February 1943 at 12 Arnold Grove, Wavertree, Liverpool, the youngest among the four children of Harold Hargreaves Harrison (d. 1978) and his wife, Louise, née French. His father was a former Cunard...

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Judge, John Thomas [Jack] (1872–1938), music hall entertainer and composer, was born at 18 Low Town, Oldbury, Worcestershire, on 3 December 1872, the eldest son of John Judge (1849–1888), ironworker, and his wife, Mary, née McGuire (1853–1922). His father, from Carrowbeg, co. Mayo...

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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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Tenducci, Giusto Ferdinando (c. 1735–1790), singer and composer, was born in Siena; his principal singing teacher was the castrato Caffarelli (Gaetano Majorano) and he received his musical education at the Naples conservatory (c.1744–1750). He made his début as a soprano castrato at ...

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F. G. Edwards

revised by Anne Pimlott Baker

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 ...