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Rutland Boughton (1878–1960) by Herbert Lambert, 1921 © Jenny Letton, administered by Composer Prints Ltd.; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Boughton, Rutland (1878–1960), composer, was born in Bicester Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, on 23 January 1878, the elder son in a family of two boys and one girl of William Rutland Boughton (1841–1905), a grocer at 37 Buckingham Street, and his wife, Grace Martha (1845–1924)...

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Leighton, Kenneth (1929–1988), composer, was born on 2 October 1929 at Wakefield in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the younger son and second of two children of Thomas Leighton (d. 1979), a nurse, and his wife, Florence Dixon (d. 1973). His exceptional musical ability showed itself early. ...

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Oliver, Stephen Michael Harding (1950–1992), composer, was born on 10 March 1950 at Chester Nursing Home, the last of the three children of Osborne George Oliver (b. 1903), an electricity board official, and his wife, (Charlotte) Hester, née Girdlestone (b. 1911)...

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Parry, Sir (Charles) Hubert Hastings, baronet (1848–1918), composer and historian of music, was born on 27 February 1848 at 2 Richmond Terrace, Bournemouth, the sixth of six children of Thomas Gambier Parry (1816–1888) of Highnam Court, Gloucestershire, painter and art collector, and his first wife, ...

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Sir (Charles) Hubert Hastings Parry, baronet (1848–1918) by Emil Otto Hoppé, 1915 by permission of the E. O. Hoppé Trust, Curatorial Assistance, Inc., Los Angeles; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Scott, Cyril Meir (1879–1970), composer and writer on the occult, was born on 27 September 1879 in Oxton, Cheshire, the youngest of the three children of Henry Scott (1843–1918), businessman and amateur Greek scholar, and his Welsh wife, Mary Griffiths. Not a strong child, ...

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Williams, Ralph Vaughan (1872–1958), composer and folk-song collector, was born on 12 October 1872 at the vicarage in Down Ampney, Gloucestershire, the youngest of the three children of the Revd Arthur Charles Vaughan Williams (1834–1875) and his wife, Margaret Wedgwood (1842–1937). There was distinction on both sides of the family. The ...

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Wilson, Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-, fourteenth Baron Berners (1883–1950), composer and eccentric, was born on 18 September 1883 at Apley Park, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, the only child of Lieutenant (later Commodore) Hugh Tyrwhitt (1856–1907), third son of Baroness Berners, and his wife, Julia Mary (1861–1931)...

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Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt- Wilson, fourteenth Baron Berners (1883–1950) by Rex Whistler, 1929 © Estate of Rex Whistler. All rights reserved, DACS 2010; collection National Portrait Gallery, London