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Barcroft, George (d. 1610), Church of England clergyman and musician, is of unknown parentage. From 1565 to 1571 he was a chorister of Winchester Cathedral. He entered Trinity College, Cambridge, as a sizar on 12 December 1574, and graduated BA in 1578; during 1575–7 he was also a singing-man of the chapel choir. In 1578–9, despite his youth, he was admitted organist and master of the choristers of ...

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Bassano, Alvise (d. 1554), musician and instrument maker, was presumably born in Bassano, near Venice, in the late fifteenth century, the second son of Maestro Jeronimo (d. 1539?), known as Piva (‘bagpipe’). By 1515 he was playing in Venice, and he served in ...

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Brind, Richard (d. 1718), organist and music teacher, was the son of Richard Brind and an unknown mother. He was educated as a chorister, and later admitted as a probationer vicar-choral, at St Paul's Cathedral, where he remained, succeeding Jeremiah Clarke as organist in 1708. He held this post for the rest of his life....

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Lucy Etheldred Broadwood (1858–1929) by unknown photographer, 1901 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Broadwood, Lucy Etheldred (1858–1929), musician and folk-song collector, was born on 9 August 1858 at Pavilion House, Melrose, Scotland, the youngest of the eleven children of Henry Fowler Broadwood (1811–1893), piano manufacturer, and his wife, Juliana Maria, née Birch (1816–1898). She was the great-granddaughter of ...

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Bullock, Sir Ernest (1890–1979), organist and music teacher, was born in Wigan, Lancashire, on 15 September 1890, the youngest child of Thomas Bullock and his wife, Eliza Stout. He had one sister, the eldest of the family, and four brothers, and both his parents died while he was still at school. As a small boy he joined the choir at ...

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Cumming, Barbara Theresa [name in religion Hildelith Cumming] (1909–1991), nun, printer, and musician, was born on 15 December 1909 at 61 Thurleigh Road, Battersea, the third daughter of Frederick Mann Cumming (1869–1931), a civil engineer's assistant, and his wife, Emma Georgiana Love (1868–1935)...

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Eccles, Solomon (1617?–1682), musician and Quaker missionary, was probably baptized on 14 September 1617 at Hatfield, Hertfordshire, the son of Solomon Eccles. His father was a musician, but little else is known of Eccles's early life. He appears to have lived at ...

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Garth, John (bap. 1721, d. 1810), musician, was born in Harperley, near Witton-le-Wear, near Bishop Auckland, co. Durham, and was baptized at Witton-le-Wear on 27 December 1721. He was fifth of the six children of William Garth (bap. 1672, d. 1726) of ...

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Hipkins, Alfred James (1826–1903), writer on musical instruments, was born on 17 June 1826 at 22 Medway Street, Westminster, London, the only son in the family of two children of James Hipkins (1800–1882), a cabinet and piano maker, and his wife, Jane Mary Grant (1802–1865)...

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Imogen Clare Holst (1907–1984) by Mary Potter, 1954–5 courtesy of The Britten–Pears Library, Aldeburgh; photograph Nigel Luckhurst; reproduced by permission of the Mary Potter Estate

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Holst, Imogen Clare (1907–1984), musician, was born at 31 Grena Road, Richmond, Surrey, on 12 April 1907, the only child of the composer Gustav Theodore Holst (1874–1934) and his wife, (Emily) Isobel Harrison (1876–1969). Imogen was brought up in west London (with a holiday home from 1915 in, or near, ...

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Hunt, Edgar Hubert (1909–2006), musician, was born on 28 June 1909 at 2 Upper Byron Place, Clifton, Bristol, the only son and elder child of Hubert Walter Hunt (1865–1945), organist and master of the choristers at Bristol Cathedral, and his wife, Clara Harriett Clements...

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Jones, Edward [called Bardd y Brenin] (1752–1824), harpist and music antiquary, was born at a farm called Henblas, Llandderfel, Merioneth, and baptized at Llandderfel on Easter day, 29 March 1752, the fourth of nine children of John Jones (b. 1721?) and his wife, ...

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Pole, William (1814–1900), engineer, musician, and authority on whist, was born on 22 April 1814 at Birmingham, the fourth son of Thomas Pole. He was educated at Mr Guy's private school in the city before being apprenticed in 1829 to Charles H. Capper...

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Rawlings [Rawlins], Thomas (c. 1703–1767), musician and music copyist, was born 'about the year 1703' according to information supplied by his grandson to John Sainsbury for his Dictionary of Musicians of 1824. It has been suggested that he may have been the son of the instrument maker and seller ...

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Reading, John (c. 1645–1692), musician and composer, of unknown parentage, is listed among the choristers of St Paul's Cathedral in 1661, and it is likely that it was he who became a junior vicar-choral in 1667 (10 October) and poor clerk (28 November) at ...

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Robert ap Huw (c. 1580–1665), harpist and compiler of manuscripts, may have been born at Penmynydd, Anglesey, the sixth of the nine children of Huw ap Siôn (d. 1590/91?) and his wife, Catrin (d. 1644), daughter of William ap Lewis, of ...

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Robinson, Thomas (fl. 1588–1609), musician and author, was, according to his own account, the son of a servant of William Cecil, Lord Burghley, and himself was 'sometimes servant' to Burghley's son Thomas Cecil, earl of Exeter, claiming to be a 'Student in all the seuen liberall Sciences' (...