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Birchensha, John (c. 1605–1681?), musical theorist and teacher, was (according to Flood, 214) a son of Sir Ralph Birchensha (c.1565?–1622?) and his wife, Elizabeth (d. after 1618). They were possibly the Raphe Byrkenshaw and Elizabeth Morall who were married at ...

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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

revised by Mervyn Cooke

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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John Wall Callcott (1766–1821) by Frederick Christian Lewis senior, pubd 1824 (after Sir Augustus Wall Callcott) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Callcott, John Wall (1766–1821), composer and music teacher, was born on 20 November 1766 at The Mall, Kensington Gravel Pits, London, the son of Thomas Callcott, builder, and his second wife, Charlotte, née Wall; his brother was the painter Sir Augustus Wall Callcott...

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Carroll, Walter (1869–1955), music educationist and composer, was born on 4 July 1869 at 156 Bury New Road, Manchester, the only son and last of the five children of Robert Carroll (bap. 1829), a commercial traveller, and his wife, Fanny Wormald, née...

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Eccles, Solomon (1617?–1682), musician and Quaker missionary, was probably baptized on 14 September 1617 at Hatfield, Hertfordshire, the son of Solomon Eccles. His father was a musician, but little else is known of Eccles's early life. He appears to have lived at ...

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Glover, Sarah Anna (1786–1867), music teacher, was born on 13 November 1786 at Norwich, the eldest daughter of the Revd Edward Glover, incumbent of St Lawrence's Church, Norwich. The sculptor John Bell (1811–1895) was a cousin. At the age of six she began receiving music lessons from ...

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J. C. Bridge

revised by Anne Pimlott Baker

Hiles, Henry (1826–1904), composer and teacher of music, was born on 31 December 1826 at Shrewsbury, the youngest of the six sons of James Hiles, a tradesman, and his wife, Sarah. He studied under his brother John Hiles (1810–1882), an organist and composer, and from the age of thirteen deputized at several churches for him. In 1845 ...

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Holst, Gustav Theodore (1874–1934), composer and teacher of music, was born on 21 September 1874 at 4 Pittville Terrace, Cheltenham, the elder son of Adolph von Holst (1846–1901) and his first wife, Clara Cox (1841–1882), daughter of Samuel Lediard, solicitor, of Cirencester. He was baptized ...

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Gustav Theodore Holst (1874–1934) by Herbert Lambert, pubd 1923 © Jenny Letton, administered by Composer Prints Ltd.; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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J. C. Hadden

revised by David J. Golby

Martin, George William (1825–1881), music teacher and composer, was born in London on 8 March 1825. He began his musical studies as a chorister at St Paul's Cathedral, under William Hawes, and was one of the choirboys at Westminster Abbey for the coronation of ...

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J. C. Hadden

revised by Gordon J. Munro

Moore, Thomas (d. 1792), music teacher, lived in the Pool Fold in Manchester and was teaching music there in 1750, when he published The Psalm Singer's Compleat Tutor and Divine Companion. In 1755 the town council of Glasgow appointed him precentor of 'the new church in ...

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Rainbow, Bernarr Joseph George (1914–1998), historian of music education, was born on 2 October 1914 at 83 Silverthorne Road, Battersea, London, the only child of Ephraim James Rainbow (1888–1983) and his wife, Nellie Neal (1889–1965). His father was a cabinet-maker at Buckingham Palace...

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Stevens, Bernard George (1916–1983), composer and teacher, was born on 2 March 1916 at 82 Holmleigh Road, Stamford Hill, east London, the son of George Stevens, a foreman metalworker, and his wife, Nellie Louise Martin. He received early encouragement from the composer Harold Samuel...