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Amis, John Preston (1922–2013), music critic and broadcaster, was born on 17 June 1922 in a nursing home at 80 Thurlow Park Road, Dulwich, London, the younger child of James Preston Amis (1886–1980) and his wife, Florence Mary, née Weight (1890–1963). At the time of his birth registration the family lived at ...

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(Abraham) Felix Barter Aprahamian (1914–2005) by Pete Wicker © Pete Wicker; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Aprahamian, (Apraham) Felix Bartev (1914–2005), music critic and concert organizer, was born on 5 June 1914 at 16 Inderwick Road, Hornsey, London, the son of Avedis Aprahamian, formerly Hovhanessian (b. 1871), carpet dealer, and his wife, Araxie, née Garabedian. His parents were both Armenian immigrants from ...

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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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Bacon, Richard Mackenzie (1776–1844), newspaper editor and music critic, was born in Norwich on 1 May 1776, the only son of Richard Bacon (1745–1812), proprietor from 1794 of the Norwich Mercury, one of the leading provincial organs of liberal opinion. He was educated at the ...

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Eric Walter Blom (1888–1959) by Howard Coster, 1942 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Alec Hyatt King

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Blom, Eric Walter (1888–1959), music critic and lexicographer, was born on 20 August 1888 in Bern, Switzerland, the only son and eldest child of Frederick Walter Blom, bookseller and amateur singer of Danish origin, and his wife, Anna Elise Rosalie Wenger. He was educated privately and was always very reticent about his early years: he seems to have been largely self-taught in music. ...

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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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Cardus, Sir (John Frederick) Neville (1888–1975), writer on cricket and music critic, was born on 3 April 1888 at 4 Summer Place, Rusholme, Manchester, the illegitimate child of Ada Cardus (1870–1954). His forenames were registered as John Frederick. His father may have been ...

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Carr, Ian Henry Randell (1933–2009), jazz trumpeter and author, was born at Charnwood Maternity Home, Dumfries, on 21 April 1933, the son of Thomas Randell Carr, tea salesman, later company director, and his wife, Phyllis Harriet, née Carr. At the time of his birth registration his parents lived at ...

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Ian Henry Randell Carr (1933–2009) by unknown photographer, 1970 © JazzSign / Lebrecht Music & Arts

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Chissell, Joan Olive (1919–2007), music critic, was born on 22 May 1919 at 115 Mill Road, Cromer, Norfolk, the only child of George Ernest Chissell (1880–1936), railway clerk, and his wife, Eva Ellen, née Lennard (1884–1954). She was educated at the Manor School...

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Ivor Atkins

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Colles, Henry Cope (1879–1943), music historian and critic, was born at Bridgnorth, Shropshire, on 20 April 1879, the third child and elder son of Abraham Colles MD FRCS (and thus the great-grandson of Abraham Colles), and his wife, Emily Agnes Georgina, daughter of ...

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Cooke, Deryck Victor (1919–1976), writer on music and composer, was born on 14 September 1919 at 32 Duncan Road, Leicester, the only child of Henry Victor Cooke, an army pensioner, and his wife, Mabel Judd. He began his musical studies with piano lessons. After leaving ...

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W. B. Squire

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Crosse, John (1786–1833), writer on music, was born on 7 July 1786 in Hull. In 1825 he published his only work, An account of the grand musical festival held in September 1823, in the cathedral church at York, with a brief history of music festivals in ...

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W. B. Squire

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Danneley, John Feltham (bap. 1785, d. 1834x6), writer on music, was baptized on 1 April 1785 in Wokingham, Berkshire, the second son of George Danneley, a lay clerk at St George's Chapel, Windsor, and his wife, Elizabeth. He was taught music by his father, and at the age of fifteen he studied thoroughbass with ...

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Davison, James William (1813–1885), music critic, was born on 5 October 1813 in London, the son of James Davison (d. 1858) and his wife, the actress and singer Maria Rebecca Davison, née Duncan (1780x83–1858). He was given his first lessons in singing and the piano by his mother, and was then educated at ...

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Davy, Charles (1722/3–1797), Church of England clergyman and writer on music, was born in Norwich, the son of Charles Davy of Hatton Garden, London; his mother may have been Sarah Davy. He was educated at Mr Haslehurst's school at Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, Mr Pigge's school...

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Dean, Winton Basil (1916–2013), musicologist, was born on 18 March 1916 at 37 Bidston Road, Oxton, Birkenhead, the oldest of three sons of Basil Herbert Dean (1888–1978), theatre director and producer, then serving as a captain in the Cheshire regiment, and his first wife, ...

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Eastcott, Richard (bap. 1744, d. 1828), writer on music and Church of England clergyman, was baptized on 22 November 1744 at Launceston, Cornwall, the son of Sandford Eastcott. He matriculated at Oriel College, Oxford, on 9 July 1764. He does not seem to have taken a degree, but was at some point ordained. He devoted his life to musical circles in ...