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Baddeley [née Snow], Sophia (1745?–1786), actress and singer, was born, according to her friend and biographer Elizabeth Steele, in the parish of St Margaret, Westminster, in 1745, the daughter of the trumpeter Valentine Snow (d. 1770). Her baptism is not recorded in the register of ...

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Baillie, Dame Isobel [real name Isabella Douglas Baillie] (1895–1983), singer, was born on 9 March 1895 at 2 Princes Street, Wilton, in the border town of Hawick, Roxburghshire, Scotland, the youngest in a family of a son and three daughters of Martin Pott Baillie...

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Bannister [née Harper], Elizabeth (1757–1849), actress and singer, was, according to the encomium in the Thespian Magazine (1793), the daughter of a Mrs Harpur, 'now a mantua-maker [dressmaker] at Bath', who, having made a marriage disapproved of by her family, educated her daughter perforce 'to her business' (...

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Barnes, Frederick Jester (1885–1938), singer, was born on 31 May 1885 at 219 Great Lister Street, Saltley, Birmingham, the only child of Thomas William Barnes (1860/61–1913), butcher, and his wife, Mary Alice Jester (d. 1899/1900). The family moved across to 214 Great Lister Street...

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Billington [née Weichsel], Elizabeth (1765–1818), singer, was born in Litchfield Street, Soho, London, on 27 December 1765, the first of the three children of Carl Friedrich Weichsel (1728–1811) and his wife, Fredericka Weirman (d. 1786). Weichsel, a native of Freiburg, Saxony...

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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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Broadwood, Lucy Etheldred (1858–1929), musician and folk-song collector, was born on 9 August 1858 at Pavilion House, Melrose, Scotland, the youngest of the eleven children of Henry Fowler Broadwood (1811–1893), piano manufacturer, and his wife, Juliana Maria, née Birch (1816–1898). She was the great-granddaughter of ...

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Butt, Dame Clara Ellen (1872–1936), singer, was born on 1 February 1872 at 4 Adur Terrace, Southwick, Sussex, the eldest daughter and eldest surviving child of Henry Butt, a captain in the mercantile marine, and his wife, Clara Hook, great-granddaughter of Theodore Hook...

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Olive Baldwin and Thelma Wilson

Catley, Ann (1745–1789), singer and actress, was born in an alley off Tower Hill, London, the daughter of a washerwoman and a hackney coachman, Robert Catley. According to The Life and Memoirs of the Late Miss Ann Catley (1789–90) she was a pretty and sexually precocious girl who earned money singing at public houses and to officers at the ...

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Coborn, Charles [real name Colin Whitton McCallum] (1852–1945), music-hall entertainer and songwriter, was born Colin Whitton McCallum on 4 August 1852 at 25 Sydney Square, Mile End, London, the son of Colin McCallum (1799–1872), shipbroker and freeman of the City of London...

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Deller, Alfred George (1912–1979), singer, was born on 31 May 1912 at 42 Clifton Terrace, Margate, Kent, the son of Thomas William Deller (1871–1951), a physical training instructor, and his wife, Mary Ann Cave (1874–1946). He was the sixth of seven children. He was educated at the ...

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Falkner [Faulkner; married names Donaldson, Lumm], Anna Maria (d. 1796/7), singer, was said to have been the niece and adopted daughter of the Dublin publisher George Faulkner (1703?–1775). On 23 November 1745 she sang Eurydice in the pantomime afterpiece Orpheus and Eurydice...

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Fenton [née Besswick; married name Powlett or Paulet], Lavinia, duchess of Bolton (1710–1760), actress and singer, was born on 7 October 1710 and baptized at St Margaret Westminster on 22 October as Lavinia Besswick, daughter of Peter and Elizabeth. According to The Life of Lavinia Beswick, alias Fenton, alias Polly Peachum...

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Ferrier, Kathleen Mary (1912–1953), singer, was born on 22 April 1912 at 1 Bank Terrace, Higher Walton, Walton-le-Dale, Lancashire, the third surviving child of William Ferrier, schoolmaster, and his wife, Alice Murray. Ferrier's father taught in a school in Blackburn, where her natural talent as a pianist (she became an ARCM at the age of eighteen) already suggested a career before she became a ...

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Gates, Bernard (1686–1773), musician, was born on 23 April 1686 at The Hague, Netherlands, the second son of Bernard Gates (d. 1718?) and his wife, Maria (d. 1725?). His father accompanied William III to England in 1688 and subsequently served as page of the presence to ...

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Grisi, Giulia (1810?–1869), singer, was born in Milan, probably on 22 May 1810, the daughter of Gaetano Grisi, a surveyor officer in Napoleon's army, and his wife, Giovanna Grassini. Her aunt and sister were famous opera singers. After convent schooling at Gorizia...

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Hunt, Arabella (1662–1705), singer and musician, was born on 27 February 1662 and baptized on 14 March in the parish of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, the only surviving child of Richard Hunt, gentleman and landowner, and his wife, Elizabeth, whose maiden name was probably ...

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Olive Baldwin and Thelma Wilson

Knyvett, Charles (1752–1822), musician and singer, was born on 11 February 1752 in the parish of St Margaret's, Westminster, the son of Charles Knyvett (1710–1782) and his wife, Jane, née Jordan (1714–1785). Educated at Westminster School from 1762, he was a boy chorister at ...

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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.’), ...