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Adson, John (bap. 1587?, d. 1640), musician and composer, may have been the Johannes Adson baptized at Watford, Northamptonshire, on 24 January 1587. Nothing else is known of his origins. By 1604, well before the usual age to finish an apprenticeship (which was about twenty-four), he was employed as a cornetto player at the court of ...

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Allan [Allen], James [Jimmy] (1734–1810), Northumbrian piper and rogue, was born at Hepple, Northumberland, probably in March 1734, and baptized at Rothbury, Northumberland, on 21 April 1734, the son of William Allan or Allen, also known as Wull Faa, a noted vermin hunter and performer on the Northumbrian small pipes. ...

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Ashley, John (c. 1734–1805), conductor and bassoonist, was probably born in London, although it is impossible to place or date this with certainty. Little is known of Ashley's musical training and his earlier professional years. He was a bassoon player of considerable ability and may have held an appointment in a wind band of the militia, for ...

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Bassano, Alvise (d. 1554), musician and instrument maker, was presumably born in Bassano, near Venice, in the late fifteenth century, the second son of Maestro Jeronimo (d. 1539?), known as Piva (‘bagpipe’). By 1515 he was playing in Venice, and he served in ...

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Grace Elizabeth Agnes Annie Cole (1924–2006) by Val Wilmer, 1986 © Val Wilmer

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Cole, Grace Elizabeth Agnes Annie [Gracie] (1924–2006), trumpeter, was born at Ivy Cottage, Rowlands Gill, co. Durham, on 8 September 1924, the only child of Albert Ernest Cole (1904–1986), miner and musician, and his wife, Elsie, née Lee (1905–1972). Her four first names were those of two grandmothers and two great-grandmothers. Her father played cornet in colliery bands in ...

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Denman, Edmund (1753/4–1827), bassoonist, who was born in England, may have been a son of Edmund Denman and Elizabeth Voutron, who married at St Paul's, Covent Garden, London, in 1736 (Highfill, Burnim & Langhans, BDA). Nothing is known of his life before his application for membership of the ...

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Finch, Edward (bap. 1663, d. 1738), Church of England clergyman and musician, was baptized on 20 April 1663 at St Mary Abbots, Kensington, the fifth surviving son among the fourteen children of Heneage Finch, first earl of Nottingham (1621–1682), lord chancellor, 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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William Gregory (d. 1663) by unknown artist Faculty of Music, University of Oxford

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Gregory, William (d. 1663), flautist, was appointed as flautist at the English court by warrant of 20 February 1626, following the death of James Harden; he was paid from Christmas 1625. Gregory served in the wind group until it was disbanded in 1642. He is named among members of the ...

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Hunt, Edgar Hubert (1909–2006), musician, was born on 28 June 1909 at 2 Upper Byron Place, Clifton, Bristol, the only son and elder child of Hubert Walter Hunt (1865–1945), organist and master of the choristers at Bristol Cathedral, and his wife, Clara Harriett Clements...

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Vincent, Richard (1697x1701?–1783), musician, was born probably in London and may have been the Richard Vincent baptized at St Martin-in-the-Fields on 27 June 1697, the son of Richard and Elizabeth Vincent, although this conflicts with his age at death stated by the ...

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