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W. B. Squire

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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...

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Dussek [née Corri; other married name Moralt], Sophia Justina [Giustina] (1775–1847), singer and composer, was born on 1 May 1775 in Edinburgh, the daughter of Domenico Corri (1746–1825) [see under Corri family], an Italian musician who had settled in Edinburgh...

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Elford, Richard (bap. 1677, d. 1714), singer and composer, was baptized on 3 January 1677 at St Margaret-in-the-Close, Lincoln, the son of Thomas Elford, vicar-choral of Lincoln Cathedral, and his wife, Ann. He was a boy chorister at Lincoln Cathedral and from July 1695 a singing man at ...

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L. M. Middleton

revised by David J. Golby

Evans, Charles Smart (1778–1849), singer and composer, was born in London. He was a chorister at the Chapel Royal under Edmund Ayrton, and on 14 June 1808 became a gentleman of the Chapel Royal. His name appears among the alto singers in the chorus of the ...

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Folcard (d. after 1085), monk, musician, and hagiographer, was a Benedictine of St Bertin's, at St Omer in Flanders, who became acting abbot of Thorney (c.1069–85). He can be compared with Goscelin of St Bertin. All that is known of him comes from some, mostly cryptic, autobiographical remarks in the prefaces to his few extant works and a brief notice in ...

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Gambarini [married name Chazal], Elizabeth [Elisabetta de Gambarini] (1730–1765), composer, keyboard player, and singer, was born on 7 September 1730 in Holles Street, St Marylebone, Middlesex, the third of the four children of Charles Gambarini (d. 1754) and his wife, Joanna (Giovanna Paula) Stradiotti (...

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Goodgroome, John (bap. 1623, d. 1704), singer and composer, was baptized at Windsor parish church on 5 February 1623, the only known child of Henry Goodgroome and his wife, Sara Cottam. A chorister at St George's Chapel, Windsor, by November 1633, he remained there until April 1638. ...