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George Sainton Kaye Butterworth (1885–1916) by unknown artist, © Lebrecht Music & Arts

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Butterworth, George Sainton Kaye (1885–1916), composer and folk dancer, was born on 12 July 1885 at 16 Westbourne Square, Paddington, London, the only child of Sir Alexander Kaye Butterworth (1854–1946), a solicitor and later general manager of the North Eastern Railway Company, and his wife, ...

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Connor, Geraldine Roxanne (1952–2011), ethnomusicologist, theatre director, and composer, was born on 22 March 1952 at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London, the elder child of Edric Esclus Connor (1913–1968), actor, singer, and folklorist, and his wife, Pearl Cynthia, née Nunez (1924–2005) [see...

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Dibdin, Charles (bap. 1745, d. 1814), actor, composer, and writer, was baptized privately (possibly because he was sickly at birth) on 4 March 1745 at Southampton, and again publicly on 26 March at Holyrood Church, Southampton, where his father, Thomas Dibdin, was parish clerk; his mother's name has been given as ...

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Charles Dibdin (bap. 1745, d. 1814) by Thomas Phillips, 1799 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hopkins, (Ernest William) Antony (1921–2014), composer, conductor, and broadcaster, was born Ernest William Anthony Reynolds on 21 March 1921 at 13 Gardenia Road, Bush Hill Park, Edmonton, London, the third of four children of (Reginald) Hugh Reynolds (1891–1925) and his wife, ...

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Ledger, Sir Philip Stevens (1937–2012), conductor, pianist, and composer, was born on 12 December 1937 at Newdigate House, Knole Road, Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex, the son of Walter Stephen Ledger (1907–1986), secretary of the Bexhill-on-Sea Building Society, and his wife, Winifred Kathleen, née Stevens (1911–2001)...

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Moore, Dudley Stuart John (1935–2002), actor, musician, and composer, was born on 19 April 1935 at Charing Cross Hospital, London, the son of John (Jock) Moore (born John Havlin; d. 1971), a Glaswegian engineer with the Stratford East Railway, and his wife, Ada Francis, ...

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Dudley Stuart John Moore (1935–2002) by unknown photographer, 1987 Sipa Press / Rex Features

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Novello, Ivor [real name David Ivor Davies] (1893–1951), composer, actor, and playwright, was born on 15 January 1893 at Llywn yr Eos (Nightingales' Grove), 95 Cowbridge Road, Cardiff, the only son of David Davies (1852?–1931), a rent collector for Cardiff council, and his wife, ...

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Ivor Novello (1893–1951) by Paul Tanqueray, 1928 © Estate of Paul Tanqueray; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Pasquali, Nicolò [Niccolò] (1717/18–1757), musician and actor, was born in Cosenza, Italy. Little is known of his life until he arrived in London about 1743, accompanied by his younger brother Francis Pasquali (fl. 1743–1795), also a musician, as well as a publisher, scene designer, and impresario...

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Peacock, Francis (1723/4–1807), dancing-master and musician, was possibly born in or near York, although precise details of his birthplace are unknown. He studied dancing under Desnoyer, later dancing master at George III's court. In 1747 he was recommended to Aberdeen as 'a capable master … of a discreet and moral character' (...

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Pélissier, Harry Gabriel (1874–1913), comedian, composer, and producer, was born at Elm House, Church End, Finchley, Middlesex, on 27 April 1874, the second son of Frederic Antoine Pélissier (d. 1914), a French diamond merchant, and his wife, Jennie, née Kean. In 1894, after an unhappy six months in the family business in ...

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Reeve, William (1757–1815), actor and composer, was born in London and was apprenticed to a law stationer in Chancery Lane, where a fellow clerk was Joseph Munden, later a comedian. Keen to become a musician, Reeve gave up business to study with Richardson...

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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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Robert Wilfred Levick Simpson (1921–1997) by Suzie E. Maeder © News International Newspapers Ltd

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Simpson, Robert Wilfred Levick (1921–1997), composer and radio producer, was born on 2 March 1921 in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, the son of Robert Warren Simpson, of Scottish descent, and his wife, Helena Hendrika, née Govaars, of Dutch descent. Both parents worked for the ...

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See West [née Cooke], Sarah