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Abrahams, Doris Caroline [pseud. Caryl Brahms] (1901–1982), writer and songwriter  

Ned Sherrin

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Abrahams, Doris Caroline [pseud. Caryl Brahms] (1901–1982), writer and songwriter, was born at 28 Morland Road, Croydon, Surrey, on 8 December 1901, the only child of Henry Clarence Abrahams, a wholesale jeweller, and his wife, Pearl, one of the twenty-one children of ...

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Abrams, Harriett (c. 1758–1821), singer and composer  

Olive Baldwin and Thelma Wilson

Abrams, Harriett (c. 1758–1821), singer and composer, was, according to her niece's husband, Thomas Adolphus Trollope, the daughter of a man who came to England 'in the suite of some Hanoverian minister, in what capacity I never heard' (Trollope, 151...

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Albani [married name Gye], Dame Emma [née Marie Louise Cécile Emma Lajeunesse] (1847–1930), singer  

John Rosselli

Albani [married name Gye], Dame Emma [née Marie Louise Cécile Emma Lajeunesse] (1847–1930), singer, was born on 1 November 1847 at Chambly, Quebec, Canada, one of three surviving children of Joseph Lajeunesse, organist, and his wife, Mélina Mignault (d. 1856)...

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Dame Emma Albani (1847–1930) by Walery, pubd 1889 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Albertazzi, Emma (1815–1847), singer  

E. M. Clerke

revised by John Rosselli

Albertazzi, Emma (1815–1847), singer, was born on 1 May 1815 and baptized at St John the Evangelist, Westminster on 31 March 1822, the daughter of Francis Howson (1784–1863), a music teacher, and his wife Sarah née Tanner (bap. 1796, d...

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Aldridge, Amanda Christina Elizabeth [pseud. Montague Ring] (1866–1956), singer and composer  

Stephen Bourne

Aldridge, Amanda Christina Elizabeth [pseud. Montague Ring] (1866–1956), singer and composer, was born on 10 March 1866 at Luranah Villa, Hamlet Road, Penge, Surrey, the second of three daughters and third of four children of Ira Frederick Aldridge (1807?–1867), the distinguished African-American tragedian, and his second wife, Swedish opera singer ...

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Alexander [née Humphreys], Cecil Frances [Fanny] (1818–1895), hymn writer and poet  

Leon Litvack

Alexander [née Humphreys], Cecil Frances [Fanny] (1818–1895), hymn writer and poet, was born at 25 Eccles Street, Dublin. She was the second daughter of John Humphreys, a second lieutenant in the Royal Marines and later brigade major in the Tyrone yeomanry, and his wife, ...

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Alexander, Cecil Frances (1818–1895)  

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Cecil Frances Alexander (1818–1895) by Charles Napier Kennedy, 1894 photograph © Ulster Museum. Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of the Trustees of the National Museums & Galleries of Northern Ireland

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Allan, (Maria Caterina) Rosalbina Caradori- [Carradori-] (1800–1865), singer  

W. B. Squire

revised by John Rosselli

Allan, (Maria Caterina) Rosalbina Caradori- [Carradori-] (1800–1865), singer, was born in Milan. Her father, Baron de Munck, was an Alsatian and a colonel in the French army. Her mother, whose maiden name, Carradori, she adopted (and always so spelt in Italy), came from ...

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Allan, (Maria Caterina) Rosalbina Caradori- (1800–1865)  

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(Maria Caterina) Rosalbina Caradori- Allan (1800–1865) by John Hayter, pubd 1827 [as Cresea in Medea in Corinto by Simone Mayr] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Allitsen, Frances [real name Mary Frances Bumpus] (1848–1912), composer  

Sophie Fuller

Allitsen, Frances [real name Mary Frances Bumpus] (1848–1912), composer, was born on 30 December 1848 at 159 Oxford Street, London, one of the seven children of John Bumpus (1817/18–1880), a bookseller, and his wife, Emma Louisa Barton (1824/5–1892). She was baptized Mary Frances Bumpus...

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Anderson, Lucy (1797–1878)  

Maker: Richard James Lane

Lucy Anderson (1797–1878) by Richard James Lane, pubd 1835 (after Johannes Notz, c. 1833–4) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Anderson [née Philpot], Lucy (1797–1878), pianist  

W. B. Squire

revised by Anne Pimlott Baker

Anderson [née Philpot], Lucy (1797–1878), pianist, was born on 12 December 1797 in Bath, the daughter of John Philpot (1757/8–1843), a music seller, and his wife, Susanna Saunders. Her father, who intended her to take up the harp, was her first piano teacher, but in spite of her poor eyesight she soon made such progress on the piano that she appeared as a solo player in ...

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Armstrong [née Cobbe], Lucy Anne [Lucie] (1850–1907), musician and writer on etiquette  

Rosemary T. Van Arsdel

Armstrong [née Cobbe], Lucy Anne [Lucie] (1850–1907), musician and writer on etiquette, was born at Church Street, Edmonton, Middlesex, on 22 December 1850, the youngest daughter in the family of three daughters and three sons of Major Charles Henry Cobbe...

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Atwell, (Una) Winifred (c. 1913–1983), pianist and entertainer  

Stephen Bourne

Atwell, (Una) Winifred (c. 1913–1983), pianist and entertainer, was born on 27 April c.1913 in Jubilee Street, Tunapuna, near Port of Spain, Trinidad, the only child of a chemist, Frederick Monroe Atwell (d. 1958), and a district nurse, Sarah Elizabeth (...

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(Una) Winifred Atwell (c. 1913–1983) by unknown photographer, 1957 collection of Stephen Bourne

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Winifred (Una) Atwell, pianist and entertainer (c. 1913–1983)  

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Winifred (Una) Atwell, pianist and entertainer (c. 1913–1983)

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Audain, Ida Augusta (1854?–1932)  

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Ida Audain (1854?–1932), by Herbert Rose Barraud

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Audain, Ida Augusta (1854?–1932), harpist  

Kathleen Chater

Audain, Ida Augusta (1854?–1932), harpist, was born around 1854 in Kingstown, St Vincent, the daughter of a merchant, John Audain, later a member of the Executive and Legislative Councils of St Vincent and owner of the Richmond Hill estate, and his black wife, ...