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Ayrton, Edmund (1734–1808), composer and musician, was born on 21 October 1734 at Ripon, Yorkshire, the third of the four surviving children of Edward Ayrton (1698–1774), alderman and later mayor and magistrate of the borough of Ripon, and his wife, Catherine (1701?–1781), daughter of ...

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Ernest Bullock

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Bairstow, Sir Edward Cuthbert (1874–1946), musician, was born in Huddersfield on 22 August 1874, the eldest child and only son of James Oates Bairstow, wholesale clothier, and his wife, Elizabeth Adeline, née Watson. His father had a tenor voice and was a member of the ...

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Bates, Joah (bap. 1741, d. 1799), musician, was baptized at Halifax on 8 March 1741, the son of Henry Bates, a former woolcomber, turned innkeeper and parish clerk, and his wife, Susan Lister. He received his early education at Dr Ogden's school, and learned music from ...

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Blagrave, Thomas (d. 1688), musician, was the eldest son of Richard Blagrave (d. 1641) and his third wife, Ann (d. in or after 1672), who were married at Northwood, Isle of Wight, on 19 February 1622. Richard, of Berkshire ancestry, was a musician at the court of ...

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Thomas Blagrave (d. 1688) by unknown artist Faculty of Music, University of Oxford

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Blow, John (1648?–1708), musician and composer, was baptized at St Mary Magdalene, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, on 23 February 1649. The record of his doctorate at Lambeth Palace confirms the identification; the age on his marriage allegation suggests that he was born in 1648. He was the second of three children of ...

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John Blow (1648?–1708) by Robert White, pubd 1700 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Brewer, Thomas (1611–c. 1660), musician and composer, was the son of Thomas Brewer, a poulterer, and his wife, True. He was born in London, where his parents lived in the parish of Christchurch, Newgate Street, and was educated at Christ's Hospital. He was admitted there on 9 December 1614 at the age of three, and learned the viol from the school music master. On this instrument he became a celebrated performer. On 20 June 1626 he was discharged from the school by his mother and by ...

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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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W. B. Squire

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Deane [Dean], Thomas (b. 1686/7), musician, was the son of the Revd William Deane of Nottinghamshire. He matriculated at University College, Oxford, the day before taking the degree of DMus on 9 July 1731. He was organist of St Michael's, Coventry, from 1733 to 1749 and of ...

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Dowland, Robert (c. 1591–1641), musician, was the son of John Dowland (1563?–1626), lutenist and composer. The likely year of his birth is indicated by his marriage documents, dated 11 October 1626, which state that he was 'aged about xxxv yeares'. His godfather was ...

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Farrant, Daniel (d. 1651), musician and musical instrument maker, may have been related to other musicians named Farrant—Richard (d. 1580) or any one of several Johns, all of whom were variously employed as church musicians. Both Richard and Daniel are known to have lived at ...

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Fisher, David (1788–1858), actor and musician, was born on 29 December 1788 in St Giles's, Norwich, the eldest of the five surviving children of David (I) Fisher (1760–1832), who was at that time a singer and actor at the Norwich Theatre Royal, and his wife, ...

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Fisher, David Nunn [known as David Fisher] (1816–1887), actor and musician, was born in July 1816 at East Dereham, Norfolk, the first child and only son of David Fisher (1788–1858), actor, musician, and painter, and his first wife, F. B. Bane, (1788/9–1818)...