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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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Avison, Charles (bap. 1710, d. 1770), composer and writer on music, was baptized on 16 February 1710 in Newcastle upon Tyne, the fifth of nine children of Richard and Ann Avison. His early training in music presumably began at home with his father, a town wait and also practising musician. While in the service of the ...

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Bagenal, (Philip) Hope Edward (1888–1979), architectural theorist and acoustician, was born on 11 February 1888 at 9 Mount Street, Dublin, the second of five children of Philip Henry Bagenal (1850–1927), civil servant and journalist, and his wife, Harriot Jocelyn Hore (1851/2–1942). He was always known by his second name, ...

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Baldwin, John (d. 1615), music copyist and composer, is of unknown origins and parentage. According to Ernest Brennecke, Baldwin was admitted a lay clerk of St George's Chapel, Windsor, in 1575; he cites no documentary evidence in support of this claim and none exists today, though subsequent repair work on the ...

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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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Barton, William (1597/8–1678), translator and hymnologist, matriculated as a sizar at Trinity College, Cambridge, in Lent 1619; he graduated BA in 1622 and proceeded MA in 1625. He was ordained priest on 21 September 1623. He is probably to be identified with the ...

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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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Bing, Stephen (bap. 1610, d. 1681), singer and music copyist, was born in Canterbury and baptized on 20 September 1610 in the parish of St George the Martyr, the only son and second of five children of Stephen Bing (d. 1632?), probably a beer-brewer, and his wife, probably ...

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Birchensha, John (c. 1605–1681?), musical theorist and teacher, was (according to Flood, 214) a son of Sir Ralph Birchensha (c.1565?–1622?) and his wife, Elizabeth (d. after 1618). They were possibly the Raphe Byrkenshaw and Elizabeth Morall who were married at ...

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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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Browne, William Charles Denis (1888–1915), composer and music critic, was born on 3 November 1888 at Lynnwood, 111 Lillington Avenue, Leamington Spa, the youngest of the five children of William Denis Browne (1836–1916), retired land agent and juror at the 1883 Phoenix Park...

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Buck, Sir Percy Carter (1871–1947), musician, was born Percy Hartshorn Buck on 25 March 1871 in West Ham Lane, West Ham, Essex, the son of William Richard Buck, clerk in the War Office, and his wife, Alice Emmeline Wilson. He was educated at ...

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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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Bunting, Edward (1773–1843), collector of folk music, was born in February 1773 at Armagh, the youngest of the three children of a mining engineer at Dungannon colliery in Coalisland, co. Tyrone (originally from Shottle, Derbyshire), and his wife, Mary (née O'Quin)...

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John Wall Callcott (1766–1821) by Frederick Christian Lewis senior, pubd 1824 (after Sir Augustus Wall Callcott) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Callcott, John Wall (1766–1821), composer and music teacher, was born on 20 November 1766 at The Mall, Kensington Gravel Pits, London, the son of Thomas Callcott, builder, and his second wife, Charlotte, née Wall; his brother was the painter Sir Augustus Wall Callcott...

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Carroll, Walter (1869–1955), music educationist and composer, was born on 4 July 1869 at 156 Bury New Road, Manchester, the only son and last of the five children of Robert Carroll (bap. 1829), a commercial traveller, and his wife, Fanny Wormald, née...