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Sir Rudolf Franz Joseph Bing (1902–1997) by Lotte Meitner-Graf © Lotte Meitner-Graf

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Bing, Sir Rudolf Franz Joseph (1902–1997), opera manager, was born in Vienna on 9 January 1902, the son of Ernst Hoenigsvald Bing, head of the Austro-Hungarian Steel and Iron Trust, and his wife, Stefanie. The youngest of four children, he left school at the age of sixteen. He trained his attractive light baritone voice, but did not consider becoming a professional. In 1919 he obtained a job with the Viennese booksellers ...

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Cornelys [née Imer; married name Pompeati], (Anna Maria) Teresa [known as Madame Trenti, Mrs Smith] (1723?–1797), singer and impresario, was born in Venice, probably in 1723, to the Genoan actor and impresario Giuseppe Imer (d. 1758) and his wife. Many particulars of her life, especially before 1759, derive from ...

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Cornysh [Cornysshe], William (d. 1523), composer and court impresario, is of unknown parentage. It is likely that he was close kin, perhaps even a son, of William Cornysh [Cornysshe] (d. 1502), composer, also of unknown parentage. Nothing is known of the elder ...

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Daly, John (1937–2008), film and music producer and promoter, was born on 16 July 1937 at Lambeth Hospital, London, one of five children of Thomas Daly, a dock labourer and manager of a boxing gym in Bermondsey, and his wife, Emily Louise, née...

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(Joseph) Alfred Novello (1810–1896) by unknown engraver, pubd 1896 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Novello, (Joseph) Alfred (1810–1896), music publisher, was born in London on 12 August 1810, the eldest son of Vincent Novello (1781–1861), music publisher, arranger, and composer, and Mary Sabilla Novello, née Hehl (1789–1854). Apprenticed to the York music dealer, John Robinson, from 1824 to 1829, he commenced business in ...

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Vincent Novello (1781–1861) by Edward Petre Novello, early 1830s © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Novello, Vincent (1781–1861), music publisher, was born on 6 September 1781 in London at 240 Oxford Road. He was the son of an Italian father, Giuseppe Novello, of Piedmontese origins, who had emigrated to England in 1771, and an English mother, Joan Wins...

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Russell, Henry Kenneth Alfred [Ken] (1927–2011), film, television, and opera director, was born on 3 July 1927 at 31 Belmont Road, Southampton, the elder son of Adolphus Henry Russell (1902–1988), boot and shoe retailer, and his wife, Ethel Ivy Louise, née Smith. While he was still young he and his mentally fragile mother took refuge at the cinema to escape from his father's frequent rages. By the age of ten he was showing and narrating silent films in his garage to family, friends, and neighbours....

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Henry Kenneth Alfred Russell (1927–2011) by unknown photographer, 1975 Camera Press London

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Warren, Joseph (1804–1881), composer and music editor, was born in London on 20 March 1804. He first studied the violin, and then the piano and organ under J. Stone. At an early age he conducted a society of amateurs, for whom he wrote two symphonies and many other vocal and instrumental pieces. In 1834 he was appointed organist of ...

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Anthony Howard Wilson (1950–2007) by Harry Goodwin, 1970s Harry Goodwin / Rex Features

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Wilson, Anthony Howard [Tony] (1950–2007), television broadcaster and music entrepreneur, was born at Hope Hospital, Salford, Lancashire, on 20 February 1950, the only child of Sydney Wilson (1917–1997), tobacconist, and his wife, Doris Emily, née Knupfer (1904–1975). Thirteen years older than her husband and a widow when they married in 1948, ...