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Ashley, John James (1771–1815), organist and singing teacher, was born on 6 March 1771 in London, probably at 4 Pimlico Terrace, Chelsea, the second son of John Ashley (c. 1734–1805), a bassoonist and conductor, and his wife, Mary, née Jane (d. 1809)...

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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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Brown, Robert Urquhart (1906–1972), piper, piobaireachd player, and teacher, was born on 1 May 1906 in Strachan, Kincardineshire, son of Francis Farquharson Brown (1875–1955?) head keeper of Blackhall estate, and his wife, Margaret Dunbar (1871–1937). He was educated at Banchory Academy. He started piping at the age of eleven, and soon showed a love for piobaireachd, the classical music of the highland bagpipe. His early tutors were ...

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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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Calkin, James (1786–1862), organist and music teacher, the son of Joseph and Mary Calkin, was born in London on 19 September 1786. He attended Dr Burrow's school in Soho Square, learned to play the violin under his brother Joseph (1781–1846), a violinist and cellist who was taught by ...

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Muzio Clementi (1752–1832) by Henry R. Cook, pubd 1833 (after James Lonsdale, exh. RA 1817) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Clementi, Muzio (1752–1832), composer, pianist, and teacher, was born on 23 January 1752 in Damaso, Rome, the eldest of seven children of Nicolo Clementi (1720–1789), a silversmith, and his wife, Magdalena, née Kaiser (d. 1785). He received the standard musical training of a church organist from various teachers in ...

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Craxton, Janet Helen Rosemary (1929–1981), oboist and teacher, was born on 17 May 1929 at 8 Grove End Road, London, the only daughter and the youngest of the six children of (Thomas) Harold Hunt Craxton (1885–1971) and his wife, Essie May Faulkner (1890–1977)...

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Janet Helen Rosemary Craxton (1929–1981) by unknown photographer, 1960s private collection

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Craxton, (Thomas) Harold Hunt (1885–1971), pianist and teacher, was born on 30 April 1885 at 6 Dorchester Place, Marylebone, London, the first son of Thomas Robert Craxton (1858–1908), a surveyor's assistant, and his wife, Sarah Jane Hunt (1852–1905). The Craxtons originated in Northamptonshire...

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(Thomas) Harold Hunt Craxton (1885–1971) by unknown photographer, late 1960s private collection

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Cutler, William Henry (b. 1792, d. in or after 1824), organist and music teacher, was born on 14 January 1792 in London. He was taught music by his father at an early age and was educated as a chorister at St Paul's Cathedral...

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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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Eric William Fenby (1906–1997) by Sir James Gunn, 1932 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Fenby, Eric William (1906–1997), musician and musicologist, was born on 22 April 1906 at 92 Candler Street, Scarborough, Yorkshire, the only son and oldest of three children of Herbert Henry Fenby (1870–1954), engineer, and his wife, Ada Brown (1878–1974). He was educated at ...

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Fox, Douglas Gerard Arthur (1893–1978), schoolmaster and musician, was born on 12 July 1893 at Putney, London, the only son and elder child of Gerard Elsey Fox, an engineer, and his wife and first cousin, Edith Makinson Spencer. His mother, a good pianist, began to teach him the piano when he was four and was already showing signs of unusual musical talent. ...

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Gillies, John MacDougall (1855–1925), player and teacher of the highland bagpipe, was born on 20 May 1855 at 126 Gallowgate, Aberdeen, eldest of the three sons of John MacDougall Gillies (b. 1825), marble polisher from Glendaruel, Argyll, and his wife, Isabella Smith (...

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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, ...