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W. B. Squire

Reviser John Warrack

Ashley, Charles Jane (1772–1843), cellist, was born on 30 December 1772 in London, probably at 4 Pimlico Terrace, Chelsea, the third son of John Ashley (c. 1734–1805) and his wife Mary, née Jane (d. 1809). He played at Ranelagh and at Covent Garden...

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Bacon, Thomas (1700?–1768), Church of England clergyman and musician, was probably born either in the Isle of Man or Cumberland. He had at least one brother. He is known to have been in charge of a coal depot in Dublin in 1737, the year in which he published ...

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Cervetto [formerly Basevi], Giacobbe (1680/81–1783), cellist, was born in Italy, probably in Venice, in November 1680 or 1681, of Jewish parents. His original surname was Basevi, but he adopted the name Cervetto before he settled in London between 1728 and 1738. He had made several visits to ...

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Cutting [Cuttinge], Francis (c. 1550–1595/6), lutenist and composer, was probably born in East Anglia, where his future patrons, the Howards, held extensive estates on which Cuttings had long been tenants. Nothing is known of his family background, though he may have been related to the ...

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Daniel, John (bap. 1564?, d. c. 1626), lutenist and composer, was the younger brother of the poet Samuel Daniel. The place and date of his birth are not known for certain, but a John Daniell was baptized on 6 November 1564 at Wellow...

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Dubourg, Matthew (1703–1767), violinist and composer, was born probably in London in 1703, a natural son of Isaac or Isaacs (fl. c.1655–1720), who had been dancing master to Queen Anne before her accession. His mother's identity is unknown. He learned the violin at an early age and probably first appeared in public at ...

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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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J. A. F. Maitland

Reviser John Warrack

Ella, John (1802–1888), violinist and conductor, was born at Leicester on 19 December 1802, the son of Richard Ella (b. 1769), a baker from Thirsk in Yorkshire. He was intended for the law, but, turning to music, studied with Fémy. He made his first professional appearance on 18 January 1821, in the orchestra at ...

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Farmer, Thomas (bap. 1651?, d. 1688), violinist and composer, seems to have come from a musical family. His father may have been the boy who was baptized on 26 November 1615 and apprenticed as musician on 20 November 1626 to Thomas Stevenson (and later ...

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Festing, Michael Christian (1705–1752), violinist and composer, third son and fourth child of John Festing (b. 1672/3) and his wife, Elizabeth, née Casey or Casy (b. 1680/81), was born in London on 29 November 1705; his elder brother John, also a musician (flautist and oboist), was evidently born five years earlier. Thus the tale (retailed not only in ...

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N. D. F. Pearce

Reviser Anne Pimlott Baker

Hague, Charles (1769–1821), university professor, was born on 4 May 1769 at Tadcaster, Yorkshire, the son of Robert Hague. He was taught music and the violin by his elder brother William. In 1779 he moved to Cambridge, where his brother had a music shop, and studied the violin and singing with ...

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Harrison, Beatrice Bohun (1892–1965), cellist, was born on 9 December 1892 in Roorkee, in the North-Western Provinces of India, the second of the four daughters of Colonel John H. C. Harrison RE (d. 1936), at that time principal of the College of Sappers and Miners...

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Holborne, Antony (d. 1602?), lutenist and composer, may have been the man admitted in May 1562, possibly after attendance at Merchant Taylors' School, 'pensioner' of Christ's College, Cambridge, and in November 1565 to the Inner Temple. On 14 June 1584 at St Margaret's, Westminster...

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Jones, Edward [called Bardd y Brenin] (1752–1824), harpist and music antiquary, was born at a farm called Henblas, Llandderfel, Merioneth, and baptized at Llandderfel on Easter day, 29 March 1752, the fourth of nine children of John Jones (b. 1721?) and his wife, ...

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Lenton, John (bap. 1657?, d. 1719), violinist and composer, was perhaps the John Linton, son of Nicholas and Joan, baptized at St Andrew's, Holborn, on 4 March 1657. He was sworn as violinist at the English court on 2 August 1681 and served among the private musick until his death. His presence is noted among the musicians at the coronations of ...

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J. C. Hadden

Reviser Anne Pimlott Baker

Lucas, Charles (1808–1869), composer, cellist, and conductor, was born at Salisbury, Wiltshire, on 28 July 1808, the son of a music-seller. He was a chorister at Salisbury Cathedral for eight years under Arthur Thomas Corfe. In 1823 he was admitted to the Royal Academy of Music...