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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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Gamble, John (d. 1687), composer and musician, was born to parents who are unknown. According to Anthony Wood he was apprenticed to Ambrose Beeland (a court and theatre musician), afterwards becoming 'a musician belonging to a playhouse in London' (Ashbee and ...

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John Gamble (d. 1687) by Thomas Cross, pubd 1656 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Garth, John (bap. 1721, d. 1810), musician, was born in Harperley, near Witton-le-Wear, near Bishop Auckland, co. Durham, and was baptized at Witton-le-Wear on 27 December 1721. He was fifth of the six children of William Garth (bap. 1672, d. 1726) of ...

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Hipkins, Alfred James (1826–1903), writer on musical instruments, was born on 17 June 1826 at 22 Medway Street, Westminster, London, the only son in the family of two children of James Hipkins (1800–1882), a cabinet and piano maker, and his wife, Jane Mary Grant (1802–1865)...

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Imogen Clare Holst (1907–1984) by Mary Potter, 1954–5 courtesy of The Britten–Pears Library, Aldeburgh; photograph Nigel Luckhurst; reproduced by permission of the Mary Potter Estate

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Holst, Imogen Clare (1907–1984), musician, was born at 31 Grena Road, Richmond, Surrey, on 12 April 1907, the only child of the composer Gustav Theodore Holst (1874–1934) and his wife, (Emily) Isobel Harrison (1876–1969). Imogen was brought up in west London (with a holiday home from 1915 in, or near, ...

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Lewis, Sir Anthony Carey (1915–1983), musician and founder of Musica Britannica, was born on 2 March 1915 in Bermuda, the youngest of the three sons (there was no daughter) of Major (later Colonel) Leonard Carey Lewis (1880–1952) of the Lincolnshire regiment and Royal Army Ordnance Corps...

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Thomas Mace (1612/1313–?1706) by William Faithorne the elder, pubd 1676 (after Henry Cooke) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mace, Thomas (1612/13–1706?), musician and writer on music, was born in either York or Cambridge; in the title-page of his Riddles, Mervels and Rarities, or, A New Way of Health from an Old Man's Experience (1698) he describes himself as 'being now in the Eighty Six Year of his Age'. Although precise details of his parentage are unknown, there were branches of the ...

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Meyer, Philip James (1737–1820), musician, was born in Strasbourg, Alsace, France, and studied for the ministry at the protestant college there, singing in the church choir and playing the organ. After he discovered an old German harp and learned to play it, he left the college about 1757 and went to ...

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Rawlings [Rawlins], Thomas (c. 1703–1767), musician and music copyist, was born 'about the year 1703' according to information supplied by his grandson to John Sainsbury for his Dictionary of Musicians of 1824. It has been suggested that he may have been the son of the instrument maker and seller ...

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Robinson, Thomas (fl. 1588–1609), musician and author, was, according to his own account, the son of a servant of William Cecil, Lord Burghley, and himself was 'sometimes servant' to Burghley's son Thomas Cecil, earl of Exeter, claiming to be a 'Student in all the seuen liberall Sciences' (...