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(Louis) Hector Berlioz (1803–1869) by Pierre Petit, 1863 Getty Images

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Berlioz, (Louis) Hector (1803–1869), composer and conductor, was born on 11 December 1803 in La Côte St André, in the département of Isère, France, the first of four children of Dr Louis-Joseph Berlioz and his wife, Marie-Antoinette-Joséphine, commonly known as Joséphine, the daughter of ...

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Rutland Boughton (1878–1960) by Herbert Lambert, 1921 © Jenny Letton, administered by Composer Prints Ltd.; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Boughton, Rutland (1878–1960), composer, was born in Bicester Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, on 23 January 1878, the elder son in a family of two boys and one girl of William Rutland Boughton (1841–1905), a grocer at 37 Buckingham Street, and his wife, Grace Martha (1845–1924)...

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Delius, Frederick Theodor Albert (1862–1934), composer, was born on 29 January 1862 at Claremont, Horton Lane, Bradford, Yorkshire, the grandson of Ernst Friedrich Delius (1790–1831) and the fourth of the fourteen children of Julius Delius (1822–1901) and his wife, Elise Pauline Krönig (1838–1929)...

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Frederick Theodor Albert Delius (1862–1934) by Ernest Procter, 1929 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Foulds, John Herbert (1880–1939), composer and author, was born on 2 November 1880 at 49 Dorset Street, Hulme, Manchester, one of the four children of Fred Foulds, a bassoonist, and his wife, Mary, née Greenwood, who were both members of the Plymouth Brethren...

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John Frederick Lampe (1702/33–1751) by James Macardell (after S. Andrea) © Copyright The British Museum

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Lampe, John Frederick (1702/3–1751), composer and bassoonist, of unknown parentage, was said to be a native of Saxony (Burney, Hist. mus., 2.1001), and, according to his tombstone epitaph, was born in late 1702 or early 1703. Lampe's treatise A Plain and Compendious Method of Teaching Thorough Bass...

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Leighton, Kenneth (1929–1988), composer, was born on 2 October 1929 at Wakefield in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the younger son and second of two children of Thomas Leighton (d. 1979), a nurse, and his wife, Florence Dixon (d. 1973). His exceptional musical ability showed itself early. ...

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Oliver, Stephen Michael Harding (1950–1992), composer, was born on 10 March 1950 at Chester Nursing Home, the last of the three children of Osborne George Oliver (b. 1903), an electricity board official, and his wife, (Charlotte) Hester, née Girdlestone (b. 1911)...

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Parry, Sir (Charles) Hubert Hastings, baronet (1848–1918), composer and historian of music, was born on 27 February 1848 at 2 Richmond Terrace, Bournemouth, the sixth of six children of Thomas Gambier Parry (1816–1888) of Highnam Court, Gloucestershire, painter and art collector, and his first wife, ...

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Sir (Charles) Hubert Hastings Parry, baronet (1848–1918) by Emil Otto Hoppé, 1915 by permission of the E. O. Hoppé Trust, Curatorial Assistance, Inc., Los Angeles; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Scott, Cyril Meir (1879–1970), composer and writer on the occult, was born on 27 September 1879 in Oxton, Cheshire, the youngest of the three children of Henry Scott (1843–1918), businessman and amateur Greek scholar, and his Welsh wife, Mary Griffiths. Not a strong child, ...

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Robert Wilfred Levick Simpson (1921–1997) by Suzie E. Maeder © News International Newspapers Ltd

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Simpson, Robert Wilfred Levick (1921–1997), composer and radio producer, was born on 2 March 1921 in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, the son of Robert Warren Simpson, of Scottish descent, and his wife, Helena Hendrika, née Govaars, of Dutch descent. Both parents worked for the ...

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Williams, Ralph Vaughan (1872–1958), composer and folk-song collector, was born on 12 October 1872 at the vicarage in Down Ampney, Gloucestershire, the youngest of the three children of the Revd Arthur Charles Vaughan Williams (1834–1875) and his wife, Margaret Wedgwood (1842–1937). There was distinction on both sides of the family. The ...

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Wilson, Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-, fourteenth Baron Berners (1883–1950), composer and eccentric, was born on 18 September 1883 at Apley Park, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, the only child of Lieutenant (later Commodore) Hugh Tyrwhitt (1856–1907), third son of Baroness Berners, and his wife, Julia Mary (1861–1931)...

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Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt- Wilson, fourteenth Baron Berners (1883–1950) by Rex Whistler, 1929 © Estate of Rex Whistler. All rights reserved, DACS 2010; collection National Portrait Gallery, London