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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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Harwood, Basil (1859–1949), organist and composer, was born on 11 April 1859 at Woodhouse, Olveston, Gloucestershire, the eighth son and youngest of the nine children of Edward Harwood (1818–1907), a banker and JP, and his first wife, Mary (1840–1867), the daughter of Young Sturge...

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Gerard Hoffnung (1925–1959) by Peter Keen, late 1950s © Peter Keen; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hoffnung, Gerard [formerly Gerhardt] (1925–1959), cartoonist and musical humorist, was born in Grünewald, Berlin, on 22 March 1925, the only child of German-Jewish parents, Ludwig Hoffnung, a wealthy grain merchant, and his wife, Hilde, a widow, whose first husband, Schnabel, was killed in the First World War. His mother was a keen amateur musician and artist who encouraged his artistic talents. From his earliest years he was interested in the macabre—fairy tales, practical jokes, and the comic drawings of the famous German illustrators and caricaturists....

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Swann, Donald Ibrahim (1923–1994), composer and pianist, was born on 30 September 1923 at 27 Coleshill Terrace, Llanelli, the elder of the two children of Herbert William Swann (1894–1969), a medical practitioner, and his wife, Naguimé Sultán, née Piszóva (1892–1935), a nurse. His forebears had emigrated to ...