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Allen, Sir Hugh Percy (1869–1946), musicologist and conductor, was born at Reading on 23 December 1869, the youngest of the seven children of John Herbert Allen, who was in business with Huntley and Palmers of Reading. His mother, Rebecca, was the daughter of ...

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Bantock, Sir Granville Ransome (1868–1946), composer, was born on 7 August 1868 at 44 Cornwall Road, Notting Hill, London, the eldest son of an eminent surgeon and gynaecologist, George Granville Bantock (1837–1913), and his wife, Sophia Elizabeth (Bessie) Ransome (1843–1909). George Bantock had been born in ...

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Sir Granville Ransome Bantock (1868–1946) by Herbert Lambert, pubd 1923 © Jenny Letton, administered by Composer Prints Ltd.; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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L. M. Middleton

revised by K. D. Reynolds

Griffin, Thomas (1706?–1771), organ builder, was the son of a wharfinger. He was apprenticed on 5 July 1720 to George Dennis, a barber, for seven years; was admitted 'by servitude' on 4 February 1729 to the freedom and on 6 March 1733 to the livery of the ...

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Hacomblen [Hacomplaynt], Robert (1455/6–1528), college head and composer, is of unknown parentage. The record of his admission in 1469, as a king's scholar, to Eton College, where he spent three years, provides all that is known of his origins: he was thirteen years old and from the parish of ...

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Hadley, Patrick Arthur Sheldon (1899–1973), composer and university teacher, was born at 66 Barton Road, Cambridge, on 5 March 1899, the younger of the two sons of William Sheldon Hadley (1859–1927), fellow and later master of Pembroke College, Cambridge, a distinguished classical scholar; his mother was ...

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N. D. F. Pearce

revised by Anne Pimlott Baker

Hague, Charles (1769–1821), university professor, was born on 4 May 1769 at Tadcaster, Yorkshire, the son of Robert Hague. He was taught music and the violin by his elder brother William. In 1779 he moved to Cambridge, where his brother had a music shop, and studied the violin and singing with ...

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William Hayes (bap. 1708, d. 1777) by Thomas Park, pubd 1787 (after John Cornish) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hayes, William (bap. 1708, d. 1777), composer and university professor, son of William Hayes (1685–1758), shoemaker, was baptized at St John's, Gloucester, on 26 January 1708. His name first appears among the list of choristers at Gloucester Cathedral in 1717, where it remains for the next ten years, during which time he was articled to the organist, ...

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McEwen, Sir John Blackwood (1868–1948), composer and college head, was born on 13 April 1868 at East Bank manse, Hawick, Roxburghshire, the son of James McEwen, United Presbyterian minister, and his first wife, Jane Blackwood. His father became minister of Sydney Place United Presbyterian Church, Glasgow...

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L. M. Middleton

revised by David S. Knight

Phillips, Arthur (1605–1695), organist and composer, was a younger son of William Phillips of Winchester. He matriculated at New College, Oxford, on 15 November 1622. He was appointed organist of Bristol Cathedral in 1638 and Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1639, and graduated BMus in 1640. From 1639, following in the footsteps of his predecessor at ...

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Stevens, John Edgar (1921–2002), musicologist, was born on 8 October 1921 at 10 Tarbert Road, East Dulwich, London, the son of William Charles James Stevens, a senior clerk for the London county council, and his wife, Fannie, née Lines, a teacher and one of the first female mathematics graduates of ...

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F. G. Edwards

revised by David J. Golby

Taylor, Edward (1784–1863), lecturer and writer on music, the son of John Taylor (1750–1826), a hymn writer and nonconformist minister, and his wife, Susanna Taylor (1755–1823) [see under Taylor, John (1750-1826)], a literary hostess, was born in Norwich on 22 January 1784. He came from an old Unitarian family, and his great-grandfather was the dissenting divine and Hebrew scholar ...

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Whittaker, William Gillies (1876–1944), composer and musicologist, was born on 23 July 1876 in Newcastle upon Tyne, the only son of John Whittaker, a railway clerk for the North Eastern Railway Company, and his wife, Mary Jane Gillies (c.1854–1932), daughter of a ...

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Wood, Charles (1866–1926), organist and composer, was born on 15 June 1866 at 11 Vicar's Hill, Armagh, the third son and fifth child of fourteen children of Charles Wood (1833–1893), lay vicar of Armagh Cathedral and diocesan registrar of Armagh, and his wife, ...