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Davies, Sir (Henry) Walford (1869–1941), composer and organist, was born on 6 September 1869 in Willow Street, Oswestry, Shropshire, the seventh child and fourth surviving son of John Whitridge Davies (d. 1885), accountant, and his wife, Susannah, daughter of Thomas Gregory, jeweller. After attending ...

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Sir (Henry) Walford Davies (1869–1941) by Walter Stoneman, 1936 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Evans, Henry [Harry] (1873–1914), musician, was born in Russell Street, Dowlais, an industrial township adjoining Merthyr Tudful, Glamorgan, on 1 May 1873, the fifth of ten children born to John Evans (Eos Myrddin; 1841–1905), iron rollerman, and his wife, Sarah, née Powell, dressmaker. Baptized ...

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Jones, Geraint Iwan (1917–1998), organist and conductor, was born on 16 May 1917 in Porth, Glamorgan, the elder son of Evan Jones, a professor of ancient languages at Cardiff University who became a minister in the Welsh Congregational church, and his wife Caroline Davies...

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Primrose, William (1904–1982), viola player, was born on 23 August 1904 at 18 Wilton Drive, Glasgow, the elder son and the first of the three children of John Primrose, an orchestral violinist, and his wife, Margaret McInnis Whiteside (1872/3–1962). His parents, lowland Scots of modest means, sent him to local council schools, but the focus of his education was musical. Given a quarter-sized violin when he was four, the boy had promptly played a melody at perfect pitch. For ten years ...