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Ayrton, William (1777–1858), impresario and writer, was born in London on 24 February 1777, one of the fourteen children of Edmund Ayrton (1734–1808), composer, and his wife, Ann (1739–1800), daughter of Benjamin Clay. He was unsuccessful in winning the Gresham professorship of music in 1801; however, in 1807 he was elected a fellow of the ...

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Bisse, Thomas (1675–1731), Church of England clergyman and founder of the Three Choirs festival, was baptized on 6 April 1675 at Oldbury on the Hill, Gloucestershire, one of two sons of John Bisse (c.1638–1686), rector of that parish, and his wife, ...

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Grant, John Peter, of Rothiemurchus (1885–1963), promoter of highland bagpiping, was born at 20 India Street, Edinburgh, on 24 June 1885, son of John Peter Grant of Rothiemurchus (1860–1927), advocate, and his wife, Edith Mary, née Brewster-Macpherson (d. 1922). He was to achieve distinction in three separate spheres but dominating his life was an abiding love of the Scottish highlands and their culture....

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(Harry) Walter Legge (1906–1979) by unknown photographer © EMI Records UK

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Legge, (Harry) Walter (1906–1979), impresario and record producer, was born in Keith Grove, Ravenscourt Park, London, on 1 June 1906, the son (there was to be a younger sister) of Harry Legge (b. 1871) and his wife, Florence (b. 1871). His father was a successful tailor, and ...

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Thomas Linley (1733–1795) by Thomas Gainsborough, c. 1771 by permission of the Trustees of Dulwich Picture Gallery

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Linley, Thomas (1733–1795), impresario and composer, was born at Badminton, Gloucestershire, on 17 January 1733 and baptized at Badminton parish church on 20 January, the eldest child of the carpenter William Linley (bap. 1704, d. 1792) and his wife, Maria (1701–1792). He was evidently musically precocious, as on the family's move to ...

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Moore, Joseph (1766–1851), benefactor and impresario, was born at Shelsley Beauchamp or Shelsley Walsh, Worcestershire. Details of his parentage and exact date of birth are not known, but he was educated in Worcester. In 1781 he was sent to Birmingham to learn die-sinking, and afterwards entered into a partnership in the button trade. On acquiring an independent position he devoted his leisure to works of charity. In conjunction with ...

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Sackville, Charles, second duke of Dorset (1711–1769), politician and impresario, was born on 6 February 1711 and baptized at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, on 25 February, the eldest son of the six children of Lionel Cranfield Sackville, first duke of Dorset (1688–1765), politician, and his wife, ...