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Atkins, Sir Ivor Algernon (1869–1953), organist and choirmaster, was born on 29 November 1869 at Llandaff, near Cardiff, the sixth child and third son of Frederick Pyke Atkins (1830–1897), organist of St John's parish church in Cardiff, and his wife, Harriet Maria, née...

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Bunney, Herrick Cyril William (1915–1997), organist and conductor, was born on 12 May 1915 at 17 Elm Grove Road, Barnes, Surrey, the son of Cyril Herbert Herrick Bunney (1881–1969), electrical engineer and civil servant, and his wife, Ethel Letitia, née Ardley (1877?–1958). Educated at ...

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Cusins, Sir William George (1833–1893), pianist and conductor, was born in London on 14 October 1833. As a child he sang in the Chapel Royal, then entered the Brussels conservatory where for two years he studied composition, piano, and violin under François-Joseph Fétis...

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Godwin [Godwyn], Matthew (1569?–1587), organist and choirmaster, was probably born in July 1569. Although Godwin's parentage is uncertain, it seems likely that he was a close relative of Thomas Godwin (1517–1590), dean of Canterbury Cathedral (1567–84), and therefore also of Thomas's second son, ...

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Greatorex, Thomas (1758–1831), organist and conductor, was born at North Wingfield, near Chesterfield, Derbyshire, on 5 October 1758. The pedigree compiled by Hayman in The Reliquary (4.220) shows his descent from Anthony Greatrakes of Callow, of a family that has flourished for over five centuries in the neighbourhood of ...

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Guest, George Howell (1924–2002), organist and choirmaster, was born on 9 February 1924 at 18 Friars Avenue, Bangor, Caernarvonshire, the only son of Ernest Joseph Guest, grocer and amateur organist, and his wife, Gwendolen, née Brown. He was educated at the Friars' School, Bangor...

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Smart, Sir George Thomas (1776–1867), conductor and organist, was born in London on 10 May 1776, the eldest of the six children of George Smart (1750/51?–1818?), a music publisher and dealer and an amateur bass player, and his wife, Ann, née Embrey (...

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Sir George Thomas Smart (1776–1867) by William Bradley, 1829 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Leopold Anthony Stokowski (1882–1977) by Jack Henderson, 1975 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Stokowski, Leopold Anthony (1882–1977), conductor and organist, was born on 18 April 1882 at 13 Upper Marylebone Street, Marylebone, London, the first of three children of Kopernik Joseph Boleslaw Stokowski (1862–1924), cabinet-maker, and his wife, Anne Marion (1858–1952), daughter of Thomas Moore, journeyman bootmaker....