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Ayrton, Edmund (1734–1808), composer and musician, was born on 21 October 1734 at Ripon, Yorkshire, the third of the four surviving children of Edward Ayrton (1698–1774), alderman and later mayor and magistrate of the borough of Ripon, and his wife, Catherine (1701?–1781), daughter of ...

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Blow, John (1648?–1708), musician and composer, was baptized at St Mary Magdalene, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, on 23 February 1649. The record of his doctorate at Lambeth Palace confirms the identification; the age on his marriage allegation suggests that he was born in 1648. He was the second of three children of ...

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John Blow (1648?–1708) by Robert White, pubd 1700 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lucy Etheldred Broadwood (1858–1929) by unknown photographer, 1901 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Broadwood, Lucy Etheldred (1858–1929), musician and folk-song collector, was born on 9 August 1858 at Pavilion House, Melrose, Scotland, the youngest of the eleven children of Henry Fowler Broadwood (1811–1893), piano manufacturer, and his wife, Juliana Maria, née Birch (1816–1898). She was the great-granddaughter of ...

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Gates, Bernard (1686–1773), musician, was born on 23 April 1686 at The Hague, Netherlands, the second son of Bernard Gates (d. 1718?) and his wife, Maria (d. 1725?). His father accompanied William III to England in 1688 and subsequently served as page of the presence to ...

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Bernard Gates (1686–1773) by unknown artist Faculty of Music, University of Oxford

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Arabella Hunt (1662–1705) by Sir Godfrey Kneller, 1692 © Crown copyright in photograph: UK Government Art Collection

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Hunt, Arabella (1662–1705), singer and musician, was born on 27 February 1662 and baptized on 14 March in the parish of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, the only surviving child of Richard Hunt, gentleman and landowner, and his wife, Elizabeth, whose maiden name was probably ...

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Marsh, Alphonso (bap. 1627, d. 1681), musician and composer, baptized at St Margaret's, Westminster, on 28 January 1627, was the son of Robert Marsh, one of the royal musicians to Charles I. Alphonso Marsh was married twice; his first wife, Mary Cheston, whom he married on 8 February 1648, was probably the mother of his two children, ...

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Parsons, Robert (c. 1535–1572), musician and composer, is of unknown parentage. An upbringing in the music of the church may be presumed, and all known details of his adult career associate him with the Chapel Royal. At both Michaelmas and Christmas 1560 he was authorized by ...

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Randall, William (fl. 1585–1604), musician and composer, was born of unknown parents and began his career at Exeter Cathedral, where he was certainly a vicar-choral and possibly previously a chorister. By 15 February 1585, however, he had left Devon for London, for on this date he was sworn epistoler at the ...

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Tallis, Thomas (c. 1505–1585), musician and composer, was born probably about 1505. Nothing is known about his parents, place of birth, or early education, and the date of his birth can be conjectured only from the fact that one of his works was copied into a music manuscript (...

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Thicknesse [née Ford], Ann (1737–1824), writer and musician, was born on 22 February 1737 near the Temple, London, the only child of Thomas Ford (d. 1768), clerk of the arraigns, and his wife, formerly Miss Champion. Her father made sure that she had an unusually extensive education, which he claimed had cost him at least ...

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Ann Thicknesse (1737–1824) by Thomas Gainsborough, 1760 Cincinnati Art Museum, Bequest of Mary M. Emery

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Webb, William (d. 1657), composer and musician, is first heard of as a singing-master employed between April 1627 and October 1628 at £3 a quarter to teach 'division' to the daughter of Judith Edwards and the late Thomas Edwards (d. 1625), a ...

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Wilson, John (1595–1674), composer and musician, was born in Faversham, Kent, on 5 April 1595. In view of his later association with the King's Men company of actors he was probably the 'Iohn Wilson' who was apprenticed on 18 February 1611, for eight years, to the actor ...

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John Wilson (1595–1674) by Robert Fisher, 1655 Faculty of Music, University of Oxford