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Ashley, John James (1771–1815), organist and singing teacher, was born on 6 March 1771 in London, probably at 4 Pimlico Terrace, Chelsea, the second son of John Ashley (c. 1734–1805), a bassoonist and conductor, and his wife, Mary, née Jane (d. 1809)...

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Barcroft, George (d. 1610), Church of England clergyman and musician, is of unknown parentage. From 1565 to 1571 he was a chorister of Winchester Cathedral. He entered Trinity College, Cambridge, as a sizar on 12 December 1574, and graduated BA in 1578; during 1575–7 he was also a singing-man of the chapel choir. In 1578–9, despite his youth, he was admitted organist and master of the choristers of ...

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Fox, Douglas Gerard Arthur (1893–1978), schoolmaster and musician, was born on 12 July 1893 at Putney, London, the only son and elder child of Gerard Elsey Fox, an engineer, and his wife and first cousin, Edith Makinson Spencer. His mother, a good pianist, began to teach him the piano when he was four and was already showing signs of unusual musical talent. ...

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Reading, John (c. 1645–1692), musician and composer, of unknown parentage, is listed among the choristers of St Paul's Cathedral in 1661, and it is likely that it was he who became a junior vicar-choral in 1667 (10 October) and poor clerk (28 November) at ...