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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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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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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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Corfe, Joseph (1740–1820), singer and organist, was born in Salisbury on 25 December 1740 and baptized on 9 February 1741, the son of Joseph Corfe (b. 1705). The family had evidently lived there since 1692, when his paternal grandfather (John, (...

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Farrant, Richard (c. 1528–1580), musician and theatrical producer, is of unknown parentage. An upbringing in the music of the church may be presumed, since he occurs as a lay gentleman of the Chapel Royal by July 1553. He formed a close association with ...

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Gambarini [married name Chazal], Elizabeth [Elisabetta de Gambarini] (1730–1765), composer, keyboard player, and singer, was born on 7 September 1730 in Holles Street, St Marylebone, Middlesex, the third of the four children of Charles Gambarini (d. 1754) and his wife, Joanna (Giovanna Paula) Stradiotti (...

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Gates, Bernard (1686–1773), musician, was born on 23 April 1686 at The Hague, Netherlands, the second son of Bernard Gates (d. 1718?) and his wife, Maria (d. 1725?). His father accompanied William III to England in 1688 and subsequently served as page of the presence to ...

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Bernard Gates (1686–1773) by unknown artist Faculty of Music, University of Oxford

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Green, Thomas (bap. 1719, d. 1791), musician and tuner of musical instruments, was born in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, where he was baptized on 14 January 1719, the second son of Hannibal Green (d. 1757), glazier. His elder brother, John, was also a glazier, and he had a sister, identified in his will as 'my sister ...

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Arabella Hunt (1662–1705) by Sir Godfrey Kneller, 1692 © Crown copyright in photograph: UK Government Art Collection

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Hunt, Arabella (1662–1705), singer and musician, was born on 27 February 1662 and baptized on 14 March in the parish of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, the only surviving child of Richard Hunt, gentleman and landowner, and his wife, Elizabeth, whose maiden name was probably ...

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Charles Knyvett (1752–1822) by William Daniell, pubd 1812 (after George Dance, 1799) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Knyvett, Charles (1752–1822), musician and singer, was born on 11 February 1752 in the parish of St Margaret's, Westminster, the son of Charles Knyvett (1710–1782) and his wife, Jane, née Jordan (1714–1785). Educated at Westminster School from 1762, he was a boy chorister at ...

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Marsh, Alphonso (bap. 1627, d. 1681), musician and composer, baptized at St Margaret's, Westminster, on 28 January 1627, was the son of Robert Marsh, one of the royal musicians to Charles I. Alphonso Marsh was married twice; his first wife, Mary Cheston, whom he married on 8 February 1648, was probably the mother of his two children, ...

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Thomas Norris (bap. 1742, d. 1790) by John Taylor, pubd 1777 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Norris, Thomas (bap. 1742, d. 1790), singer and organist, was baptized at St Michael's, Mere, Wiltshire, on 15 August 1742, the son of John Norris. A chorister at Salisbury Cathedral from 1752 under John Stephens, he sang as Master Norris in concerts at ...