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Farrant, Richard (c. 1528–1580), musician and theatrical producer, is of unknown parentage. An upbringing in the music of the church may be presumed, since he occurs as a lay gentleman of the Chapel Royal by July 1553. He formed a close association with ...

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Fisher, David (1788–1858), actor and musician, was born on 29 December 1788 in St Giles's, Norwich, the eldest of the five surviving children of David (I) Fisher (1760–1832), who was at that time a singer and actor at the Norwich Theatre Royal, and his wife, ...

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Fisher, David Nunn [known as David Fisher] (1816–1887), actor and musician, was born in July 1816 at East Dereham, Norfolk, the first child and only son of David Fisher (1788–1858), actor, musician, and painter, and his first wife, F. B. Bane, (1788/9–1818)...

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William Kimber (1872–1961) by unknown photographer, 1912 courtesy EFDSS

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Kimber, William (1872–1961), morris dancer and musician, was born on 8 September 1872 at Huggett's Cottage, Old Road, Headington Quarry, Oxford, eldest of the four sons and two daughters of William Kimber (1849–1931), builder, and his wife, Sophia Ann (1850–1931), née Kimber, smocker, of ...

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Reed, (Thomas) German (1817–1888), musician and actor, the son of Thomas Reed, a musician, and his wife, Frances German, was born in Bristol on 27 June 1817. At the age of ten he began a career that lasted more than forty years by appearing as a musical performer at the ...

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(Thomas) German Reed (1817–1888) by Henry Squire & Co. © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Rosseter, Philip (c. 1568–1623), lutenist, composer, and theatre manager, was born about 1568 according to a deposition of 22 June 1601 describing him as a musician of about thirty-three. Nothing is known of his parentage, early life, or musical education; the family may have come from ...

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Wells, William Nathan [Jinky] (1868–1953), morris dancer and musician, was born on 30 January 1868 at Mill Arches, Weald, Bampton, Oxfordshire, the illegitimate elder son of Sarah Ann Taylor (1849–1932). Born into a complex of interrelated morris-dancing families, within his own community he was known as ...