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Bainton, Edgar Leslie (1880–1956), composer and conductor, was born on 14 February 1880 at 2 Florence Villas, De Beauvoir Square, Hackney, London, the second son among the three children of the Revd George Bainton, a Congregational minister, and his wife, Mary Cave, both Londoners by birth. They moved to ...

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W. B. Squire

revised by Peter Ward Jones

Curwen, John (1816–1880), music educationist, was born on 14 November 1816 at Hurst House, Heckmondwike, Yorkshire, the eldest son of Spedding Curwen, an Independent minister of an old Cumberland family, and his wife, Mary, daughter of John Jubb of Leeds. Curwen's boyhood was spent principally at ...

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Davies, Sir (Henry) Walford (1869–1941), composer and organist, was born on 6 September 1869 in Willow Street, Oswestry, Shropshire, the seventh child and fourth surviving son of John Whitridge Davies (d. 1885), accountant, and his wife, Susannah, daughter of Thomas Gregory, jeweller. After attending ...

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Sir (Henry) Walford Davies (1869–1941) by Walter Stoneman, 1936 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Evans, Henry [Harry] (1873–1914), musician, was born in Russell Street, Dowlais, an industrial township adjoining Merthyr Tudful, Glamorgan, on 1 May 1873, the fifth of ten children born to John Evans (Eos Myrddin; 1841–1905), iron rollerman, and his wife, Sarah, née Powell, dressmaker. Baptized ...

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Ford, David Everard (1797–1875), Congregational minister and composer, was born on 13 September 1797 at Long Melford, Suffolk, where his father, David Ford, was Independent minister. After an apprenticeship in London he entered Wymondley College, London, in 1816, where Thomas Binney was a fellow student. While still a student ...

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German, Sir Edward [formerly German Edward Jones] (1862–1936), composer, was born German Edward Jones at St Mary's Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire, on 17 February 1862, the second child and elder son of John David Jones, a liquor merchant, and his wife, Betsey (Elizabeth) Cox (...

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Sir Edward German (1862–1936) by Flora Lion, c. 1912 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gladney, John (1839–1911), conductor and brass-band trainer, was born in Belfast on 12 August 1839. His father, also John Gladney, was the bandmaster of the 30th regiment, and in consequence he had an itinerant childhood, moving with his father's postings. He was, however, exposed to a range of musical experiences, and had lessons from a number of eminent teachers. His father taught him the piccolo when he was four. By 1850 he was living in ...

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Goodey, Tom [performing name Roger Clayson] (1885–1953), parasitologist and singer, the ninth and last child of Thomas Goodey, boot manufacturer, and his wife, Hannah Clayson (d. c.1887), was born on 28 July 1885 at Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. He won a scholarship to the ...

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Thompson Cooper

revised by David J. Golby

Helmore, Thomas (1811–1890), teacher and choirmaster, was born in Kidderminster on 7 May 1811, the son of a Congregational minister. Before going to Magdalen Hall, Oxford (BA, 1840; MA, 1845), he trained his father's choir and taught in his day school at Stratford upon Avon...

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Henderson, Roy Galbraith (1899–2000), singer and singing teacher, was born on 4 July 1899 at 12 Mansions House, Edinburgh, the son of Alexander Roy Henderson, Congregational minister, and his wife, Jane Boyd, née Galbraith. His father was soon afterwards appointed principal of Paton College, Nottingham...

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Horniman, Frederick John (1835–1906), tea merchant and founder of the Horniman Museum, London, was born on 8 October 1835 at Bridgwater, Somerset, the fourth of six children of John Horniman (1803–1893) and his wife, Ann, daughter of Thomas Smith of Witney. The first two children and the last died in infancy; young ...

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Howes, Frank Stewart (1891–1974), music critic and author, was born on 2 April 1891 at 13 Cobden Crescent, Oxford, the elder child and only son of George Howes (1866–1949), a grocer and amateur singer of Oxford, and his wife, Grace Selina Phipps (1866–1949)...

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Jackson, William (1815–1866), composer and choral conductor, born at Masham, Yorkshire, on 9 January 1815, was the son of John Jackson, a miller, of Tanfield. As a child, encouraged by his parents, he taught himself to play the fife and the flute. Having been sent to boarding-school in ...

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Jones, Geraint Iwan (1917–1998), organist and conductor, was born on 16 May 1917 in Porth, Glamorgan, the elder son of Evan Jones, a professor of ancient languages at Cardiff University who became a minister in the Welsh Congregational church, and his wife Caroline Davies...

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Lloyd, John Ambrose (1815–1874), composer, was born John Lloyd at Mold, Flintshire, on 14 June 1815, the second son of Enoch Lloyd, a joiner and cabinet maker, and his wife, Catherine, née Ambrose. He took an interest in music as a boy, and sang as a chorister, though he never had any formal training. About 1831, his father having become a Baptist minister in ...

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J. C. Hadden

revised by Rosemary Mitchell

Luke [née Thompson], Jemima (1813–1906), hymn writer, daughter of Thomas Thompson (1785–1865) and Elizabeth Pinckney (d. 1837), was born at Islington, London, on 19 August 1813. Her father was one of the pioneers of the Bible Society, assisted in the formation of the ...

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J. C. Hadden

revised by Leon Litvack

Lynch, Thomas Toke (1818–1871), hymn writer and composer, was born at Dunmow, Essex, on 5 July 1818, the son of John Burke Lynch, a surgeon. He was educated at a school in Islington, London, where he was afterwards an usher. In 1841 he became a Sunday school teacher and district visitor, occasionally preaching and giving lectures on sight-singing and temperance. In 1843 he entered ...