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Ashley, John (c. 1734–1805), conductor and bassoonist, was probably born in London, although it is impossible to place or date this with certainty. Little is known of Ashley's musical training and his earlier professional years. He was a bassoon player of considerable ability and may have held an appointment in a wind band of the militia, for ...

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Bates, Joah (bap. 1741, d. 1799), musician, was baptized at Halifax on 8 March 1741, the son of Henry Bates, a former woolcomber, turned innkeeper and parish clerk, and his wife, Susan Lister. He received his early education at Dr Ogden's school, and learned music from ...

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Bunney, Herrick Cyril William (1915–1997), organist and conductor, was born on 12 May 1915 at 17 Elm Grove Road, Barnes, Surrey, the son of Cyril Herbert Herrick Bunney (1881–1969), electrical engineer and civil servant, and his wife, Ethel Letitia, née Ardley (1877?–1958). Educated at ...

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F. G. Edwards

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Cusins, Sir William George (1833–1893), pianist and conductor, was born in London on 14 October 1833. As a child he sang in the Chapel Royal, then entered the Brussels conservatory where for two years he studied composition, piano, and violin under François-Joseph Fétis...

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J. A. F. Maitland

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Ella, John (1802–1888), violinist and conductor, was born at Leicester on 19 December 1802, the son of Richard Ella (b. 1769), a baker from Thirsk in Yorkshire. He was intended for the law, but, turning to music, studied with Fémy. He made his first professional appearance on 18 January 1821, in the orchestra at ...

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Greatorex, Thomas (1758–1831), organist and conductor, was born at North Wingfield, near Chesterfield, Derbyshire, on 5 October 1758. The pedigree compiled by Hayman in The Reliquary (4.220) shows his descent from Anthony Greatrakes of Callow, of a family that has flourished for over five centuries in the neighbourhood of ...

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J. C. Hadden

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Lucas, Charles (1808–1869), composer, cellist, and conductor, was born at Salisbury, Wiltshire, on 28 July 1808, the son of a music-seller. He was a chorister at Salisbury Cathedral for eight years under Arthur Thomas Corfe. In 1823 he was admitted to the Royal Academy of Music...

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Sir George Thomas Smart (1776–1867) by William Bradley, 1829 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Smart, Sir George Thomas (1776–1867), conductor and organist, was born in London on 10 May 1776, the eldest of the six children of George Smart (1750/51?–1818?), a music publisher and dealer and an amateur bass player, and his wife, Ann, née Embrey (...

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Leopold Anthony Stokowski (1882–1977) by Jack Henderson, 1975 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Stokowski, Leopold Anthony (1882–1977), conductor and organist, was born on 18 April 1882 at 13 Upper Marylebone Street, Marylebone, London, the first of three children of Kopernik Joseph Boleslaw Stokowski (1862–1924), cabinet-maker, and his wife, Anne Marion (1858–1952), daughter of Thomas Moore, journeyman bootmaker....