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W. B. Squire

revised by Nicholas Salwey

Abell, John (b. 1653, d. in or after 1716), singer and composer, was born in Aberdeenshire and was admitted as a 'gentleman of his majesty's chapel extraordinary' on 1 May 1679, about which time he is listed among the musicians of the king's private music, as singer, lutenist, and violinist. ...

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Olive Baldwin and Thelma Wilson

Abrams, Harriett (c. 1758–1821), singer and composer, was, according to her niece's husband, Thomas Adolphus Trollope, the daughter of a man who came to England 'in the suite of some Hanoverian minister, in what capacity I never heard' (Trollope, 151). She was described by ...

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Aldridge, Amanda Christina Elizabeth [pseud. Montague Ring] (1866–1956), singer and composer, was born on 10 March 1866 at Luranah Villa, Hamlet Road, Penge, Surrey, the second of three daughters and third of four children of Ira Frederick Aldridge (1807?–1867), the distinguished African-American tragedian, and his second wife, Swedish opera singer ...

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Thomas Augustine Arne (1710–1778) by William Humphrey, pubd 1778 (after Robert Dunkarton, c. 1770) © Copyright The British Museum

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Arne, Thomas Augustine (1710–1778), composer and musical performer, was born in King Street, Covent Garden, London, on 12 March 1710, the son of Thomas Arne (bap. 1682, d. 1736) [see under Arne family], upholsterer and undertaker, and his second wife, Anne, ...

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Ayers, Kevin Cawley (1944–2013), singer, musician, and composer, was born on 16 August 1944 at St Edward's Nursing Home in Herne Bay, Kent, the son of Rowan Gordon Ayers (1922–2008), then a sub-lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, later a BBC executive, and his wife, ...

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Ayrton, Edmund (1734–1808), composer and musician, was born on 21 October 1734 at Ripon, Yorkshire, the third of the four surviving children of Edward Ayrton (1698–1774), alderman and later mayor and magistrate of the borough of Ripon, and his wife, Catherine (1701?–1781), daughter of ...

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Bevin, Elway (c. 1554–1638), composer and musician, was probably born in Wells, Somerset, though his family may have been Welsh; the claim for his Welsh origins is made by Anthony Wood (Bodl. Oxf., MS Wood D.19(4)). Nor is it known when or where ...

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Blow, John (1648?–1708), musician and composer, was baptized at St Mary Magdalene, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, on 23 February 1649. The record of his doctorate at Lambeth Palace confirms the identification; the age on his marriage allegation suggests that he was born in 1648. He was the second of three children of ...

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John Blow (1648?–1708) by Robert White, pubd 1700 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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See Bremner [Brymer], Robert

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Church, John (1674/5–1741), singer and composer, is said to have been born at Windsor, though this is unconfirmed. According to Thomas Ford he was a chorister at St John's College, Oxford, and by April 1695 he was in London, singing both tenor and countertenor roles at the ...

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Coleman, Edward (bap. 1622, d. 1669), singer and composer, was baptized on 27 April 1622 at St Andrew's, Holborn, London. He was the second of seven children born to the viol player and composer Charles Coleman (d. 1664) and his wife, Grace. He first comes to notice in ...

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Cooke, Henry (d. 1672), singer, composer, and choirmaster, was 'bred up' in the Chapel Royal according to Anthony Wood, but Joseph Bridge's suggestion that his father was John Cooke of the chapel, formerly a vicar-choral at Lichfield, is speculative. Cooke joined the royalist army in the civil wars; it is uncertain whether he was the ...

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J. A. F. Maitland

revised by David J. Golby

Cooke, Thomas Simpson [Tom] (1782–1848), singer and composer, was born in Dublin, and received his first musical instruction from his father, Bartlett Cooke, an oboist at the Smock Alley Theatre. He performed a violin concerto in public at the age of seven. He later studied composition with ...

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Thomas Simpson Cooke (1782–1848) by John William Gear, pubd 1830 [as Signor Cremona in The Vaudeville of the Statue Lover, or, Opera Mad] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Damascene, Alexander (d. 1719), singer and composer, was born in France. He was a protestant, and presumably it was for this reason that he went to England, where he obtained letters of denization on 22 July 1682. On 22 July 1680 he married ...