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Banastre [Banaster], Gilbert (d. 1487), composer and poet, is of obscure origins, but was possibly related to (or even the son of) Henry Banaster (d. 1456) of Southwark, a yeoman of Henry VI's household. His mother, Alice, was still alive when he made his will. A birth date not later than ...

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John Burgess Wilson [Anthony Burgess] (1917–1993) by Denis Waugh, 1980 © Denis Waugh / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wilson, John Burgess [pseud. Anthony Burgess] (1917–1993), writer and composer, was born on 25 February 1917 at Carisbrook Street, Harpurhey, Manchester, the only son of Joseph Wilson (1883–1938) and his wife, Elisabeth Burgess (d. 1919). Joe Wilson was a bookkeeper who played the piano in picture houses and pubs; his wife was ...

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Sir Noël Peirce Coward (1899–1973) by Dorothy Wilding, 1930 © Tom Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Coward, Sir Noël Peirce (1899–1973), playwright and composer, was born at Helmsdale, 5 Waldegrave Road, Teddington, Middlesex, on 16 December 1899, the second in the family of three sons (the eldest of whom died at the age of six) of Arthur Sabin Coward (1856–1937)...

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Dale, Joseph (1749/50–1821), music publisher and composer, is of obscure origins, although it is possible given his later interests that he was Scottish. He is first identified as the organist of St Antholin, Budge Row, Watling Street, London, in February 1777, a post he held until only a few months before his death. ...

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Fethy [Futhie], John (d. 1568x70), musician and Roman Catholic priest, was the author of two notable lyrics (nos. 288 and 309) in the Bannatyne collection (1568)—for no. 309 at least there is evidence that he also composed music—and of words and music for ...

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Flackton, William (bap. 1709, d. 1798), bookseller and musician, was born in Canterbury and baptized on 27 March 1709 in the parish of St Alphege there, the eldest surviving son of John Flackton (bap. 1679) and his wife, Catharine Sharp, who married in 1702. ...

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Foss, Hubert James (1899–1953), music publisher and composer, was born on 2 May 1899 at Woodcroft, Park Hill Road, Croydon, Surrey, the thirteenth and youngest child of Frederick Foss (1850–1908) and his wife, Anne Penny Bartrum (1853–1924). His father, a solicitor, served as a JP and was mayor of ...

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Ivor Bertie Gurney (1890–1937) by unknown photographer © reserved; The British Library; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gurney, Ivor Bertie (1890–1937), composer and poet, was born at 3 Queen Street, Gloucester, on 28 August 1890, the elder son and second in the family of two boys and two girls of David Gurney (1872–1919), proprietor of a small tailoring business, and his wife, ...

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Hall, Henry (c. 1656–1707), musician and poet, was reputedly born in New Windsor, Berkshire, the son of a tailor named Captain James Hall (bap. 1616, d. 1672), but although this information derives from Anthony Wood, documentary evidence for the assertions is lacking. When young, ...

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Harvey, Edmund George (1828–1884), author and composer, was born on 20 February 1828 at Penzance, the eldest son of William Woodis Harvey (1798–1864) and his first wife. The father was born in Alverton Vean, Penzance, on 15 June 1798. He was educated at a school in ...

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Haym, Nicola Francesco (1678–1729), composer and librettist, born on 26 June 1678 at Rome, was conjecturally the eldest of three children of a German, Sebastiano Haym (d. before 1700), and his wife, Elena. Nicola was a professional violoncellist in 1694, a member of the ...

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Leighton, Sir William (c. 1565–1622), poet and composer, of Plash Hall, Plaish, Shropshire, was the elder of two sons of William Leighton (d. 1607), chief justice of the Welsh marches, and Isabella, daughter of Thomas Onslowe. Besides his probable attendance at Shrewsbury School...

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Marsh, John (1752–1828), musician and writer, was born on 31 May 1752 at Dorking, Surrey, the first of the five children of Henry Marsh (1713–1772), captain in the Royal Navy, and his wife, Mary (Molly; 1715×20–1759), probably the daughter of Edward Tyler, a dissenting tradesman of ...