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William Boyce (bap. 1711, d. 1779) by Thomas Hudson, c. 1745–50 © Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

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Boyce, William (bap. 1711, d. 1779), composer, organist, and music editor, was born in Maiden Lane, London, and was baptized on 11 September 1711 at St James Garlickhythe, the youngest of four children of John Boyce (1673–1752), joiner and cabinet-maker, and his wife, ...

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Broderip, William (1683–1727), organist and composer, was born on 10 July 1683, the son of Adrian Broderip. He held several posts at Wells Cathedral, initially as vicar-choral from 1701 and then as sub-treasurer from 1706. He was paid a salary of 40s...

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Dibdin, Henry Edward (1813–1866), musician, the youngest son of Charles Isaac Mungo Dibdin (1768–1833), was born at Sadler's Wells, London, on 8 September 1813, and was taught music by his elder sister, Mary Anne (1799–1886), afterwards Mrs Tonna, who was an excellent harpist, having studied under ...

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Dowland, Robert (c. 1591–1641), musician, was the son of John Dowland (1563?–1626), lutenist and composer. The likely year of his birth is indicated by his marriage documents, dated 11 October 1626, which state that he was 'aged about xxxv yeares'. His godfather was ...

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Emery, Lina Madeleine Lalandi- [née Lina Madeleine Yeleki Kaloyeropoulou; known as Lina Lalandi] (1920–2012), harpsichordist and founder and director of the English Bach Festival, was born on 13 July 1920 in Athens, Greece, the daughter of Nikolas Kaloyeropoulos, director of the Byzantine Museum, Athens...

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Galliard, John Ernest [formerly Johann Ernst Galliard] (c. 1666/1687–1747), composer and musical performer, was probably born in Celle, Germany, probably about 1666 (according to Highfill, Burnim & Langhans, BDA), but possibly about 1687 (Hawkins), the son of Jean Galliard...

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Grant, John Peter, of Rothiemurchus (1885–1963), promoter of highland bagpiping, was born at 20 India Street, Edinburgh, on 24 June 1885, son of John Peter Grant of Rothiemurchus (1860–1927), advocate, and his wife, Edith Mary, née Brewster-Macpherson (d. 1922). He was to achieve distinction in three separate spheres but dominating his life was an abiding love of the Scottish highlands and their culture....

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Jackson, (John) Enderby (1827–1903), musician and impresario, was born in Mytongate, Kingston upon Hull, on 14 January 1827, the son of John Jackson who was a tallow chandler and soap-boiler, a trade which had been in the family for several generations. Enderby Jackson...

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L. M. Middleton

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Kelway [Kellaway, Kellway], Joseph (c. 1702–1782), musician, was probably born in Chichester, Sussex, the younger brother of Thomas Kelway; his parents are believed to have been either Thomas Kelway and his wife, Ann Crosfield, of Chichester, or Jasper Kellway and his wife, Mary Brathwait...

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Krahmer, Carlo [real name William Max Geserick Krahmer] (1914–1976), jazz drummer and record producer, was born on 11 March 1914 at 22 Cropley Street, Shoreditch, London, the son of William Henry Charles Krahmer, hairdresser's assistant, and his wife, Phoebe Murrell. He suffered from defective vision from birth and taught himself to play the drums. He subsequently received tuition from ...

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Kuhe, Wilhelm (1823–1912), pianist and impresario, was born in Prague on 10 December 1823, one of three sons of a music-loving father and an amateur singer and pianist mother. He studied in his native city with Joseph Proksch and Václav Tomášek, and also had lessons with ...

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Lewis, Sir Anthony Carey (1915–1983), musician and founder of Musica Britannica, was born on 2 March 1915 in Bermuda, the youngest of the three sons (there was no daughter) of Major (later Colonel) Leonard Carey Lewis (1880–1952) of the Lincolnshire regiment and Royal Army Ordnance Corps...

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Marsh, John (1752–1828), musician and writer, was born on 31 May 1752 at Dorking, Surrey, the first of the five children of Henry Marsh (1713–1772), captain in the Royal Navy, and his wife, Mary (Molly; 1715×20–1759), probably the daughter of Edward Tyler, a dissenting tradesman of ...

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Napier, William (c. 1741–1812), musician and music publisher, was possibly born in Edinburgh. It has been suggested (Highfill, Burnim & Langhans, BDA) that he may have been related to Dr Archibald Napier, whose daughter Mary Ann married the musician Samuel Arnold...

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Oswald, James (1710–1769), musician and publisher, was baptized on 21 March 1710 at Crail, Fife, the second son of John Oswald and Elspit Horn. His father was town drummer of Crail and later became leader of the town waits of Berwick upon Tweed...

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Parry, John [Parry Ddall, Blind Parry] (1710?–1782), musician, was born at Bryncynan, near Nefyn on the Llŷn peninsula. It is not clear whether he was born blind, but he certainly appears to have been blind from a very early age. He became the outstanding player of the triple harp of his day, though his most significant contribution to Welsh music was his three published collections of Welsh and British airs. He learned to play the harp with a relative, ...

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John Parry (1710?–1782) by William Parry, c. 1760–80 © National Museums and Galleries of Wales

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Harold Adolphus Phillips (1929–2000) by unknown photographer, 1961 [Phillips, sitting on left, with members of The Beatles] © KEYSTONE USA / Rex Features