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W. B. Squire

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Ashley, John James (1771–1815), organist and singing teacher, was born on 6 March 1771 in London, probably at 4 Pimlico Terrace, Chelsea, the second son of John Ashley (c. 1734–1805), a bassoonist and conductor, and his wife, Mary, née Jane (d. 1809)...

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Barcroft, George (d. 1610), Church of England clergyman and musician, is of unknown parentage. From 1565 to 1571 he was a chorister of Winchester Cathedral. He entered Trinity College, Cambridge, as a sizar on 12 December 1574, and graduated BA in 1578; during 1575–7 he was also a singing-man of the chapel choir. In 1578–9, despite his youth, he was admitted organist and master of the choristers of ...

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Brind, Richard (d. 1718), organist and music teacher, was the son of Richard Brind and an unknown mother. He was educated as a chorister, and later admitted as a probationer vicar-choral, at St Paul's Cathedral, where he remained, succeeding Jeremiah Clarke as organist in 1708. He held this post for the rest of his life....

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Thomas Armstrong

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Bullock, Sir Ernest (1890–1979), organist and music teacher, was born in Wigan, Lancashire, on 15 September 1890, the youngest child of Thomas Bullock and his wife, Eliza Stout. He had one sister, the eldest of the family, and four brothers, and both his parents died while he was still at school. As a small boy he joined the choir at ...

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Calkin, James (1786–1862), organist and music teacher, the son of Joseph and Mary Calkin, was born in London on 19 September 1786. He attended Dr Burrow's school in Soho Square, learned to play the violin under his brother Joseph (1781–1846), a violinist and cellist who was taught by ...

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Muzio Clementi (1752–1832) by Henry R. Cook, pubd 1833 (after James Lonsdale, exh. RA 1817) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Clementi, Muzio (1752–1832), composer, pianist, and teacher, was born on 23 January 1752 in Damaso, Rome, the eldest of seven children of Nicolo Clementi (1720–1789), a silversmith, and his wife, Magdalena, née Kaiser (d. 1785). He received the standard musical training of a church organist from various teachers in ...

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Craxton, (Thomas) Harold Hunt (1885–1971), pianist and teacher, was born on 30 April 1885 at 6 Dorchester Place, Marylebone, London, the first son of Thomas Robert Craxton (1858–1908), a surveyor's assistant, and his wife, Sarah Jane Hunt (1852–1905). The Craxtons originated in Northamptonshire...

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(Thomas) Harold Hunt Craxton (1885–1971) by unknown photographer, late 1960s private collection

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Cumming, Barbara Theresa [name in religion Hildelith Cumming] (1909–1991), nun, printer, and musician, was born on 15 December 1909 at 61 Thurleigh Road, Battersea, the third daughter of Frederick Mann Cumming (1869–1931), a civil engineer's assistant, and his wife, Emma Georgiana Love (1868–1935)...

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Cutler, William Henry (b. 1792, d. in or after 1824), organist and music teacher, was born on 14 January 1792 in London. He was taught music by his father at an early age and was educated as a chorister at St Paul's Cathedral...

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(Robert) Thurston Dart (1921–1971) by unknown photographer © reserved

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Dart, (Robert) Thurston (1921–1971), musicologist and harpsichordist, was born at Surbiton, Surrey, on 3 September 1921, the only child of Henry Thurston Dart, metal merchant's clerk, and his wife, Elizabeth Martha Orf. He was educated at Hampton grammar school and was a chorister at the ...

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Eric William Fenby (1906–1997) by Sir James Gunn, 1932 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Fenby, Eric William (1906–1997), musician and musicologist, was born on 22 April 1906 at 92 Candler Street, Scarborough, Yorkshire, the only son and oldest of three children of Herbert Henry Fenby (1870–1954), engineer, and his wife, Ada Brown (1878–1974). He was educated at ...

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Fox, Douglas Gerard Arthur (1893–1978), schoolmaster and musician, was born on 12 July 1893 at Putney, London, the only son and elder child of Gerard Elsey Fox, an engineer, and his wife and first cousin, Edith Makinson Spencer. His mother, a good pianist, began to teach him the piano when he was four and was already showing signs of unusual musical talent. ...

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See Grindea, Miron [formerly Mondi-Miron Grimberg]

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Hogwood, Christopher Jarvis Haley (1941–2014), harpsichordist, conductor, and musicologist, was born on 10 September 1941 at 75 Radcliffe Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, the eldest of five children of Haley Evelyn Hogwood (1909–1980), a physicist then working for the Ministry of Supply...

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Jeans [née Hock], Susanne [Susi], Lady Jeans (1911–1993), organist and musicologist, was born on 25 January 1911 in Vienna, the eldest of the four children of Oskar Hock, the director of a paper mill in Bohemia, and his wife, Jekaterina, who came from a military family. She entered the ...

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Pole, William (1814–1900), engineer, musician, and authority on whist, was born on 22 April 1814 at Birmingham, the fourth son of Thomas Pole. He was educated at Mr Guy's private school in the city before being apprenticed in 1829 to Charles H. Capper...