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Banks, Iain (1954–2013), author and composer  

Val McDermid

Banks, Iain (1954–2013), author and composer, was born in Dunfermline, Fife, on 16 February 1954, the only surviving child (he had a sister who died at six weeks) of Thomas Menzies (Tom) Banks (1918–2009), an Admiralty officer at the Rosyth naval base, and his wife, ...

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Banks, Iain (1954–2013)  

Maker: Mark Gerson

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Iain Banks (1954–2013) by Mark Gerson, 1985 © Mark Gerson / Bridgeman Art Library

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Berlioz, (Louis) Hector (1803–1869), composer and conductor  

Diana Bickley

Berlioz, (Louis) Hector (1803–1869), composer and conductor, was born on 11 December 1803 in La Côte St André, in the département of Isère, France, the first of four children of Dr Louis-Joseph Berlioz and his wife, Marie-Antoinette-Joséphine, commonly known as Joséphine, the daughter of ...

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Berlioz, (Louis) Hector (1803–1869)  

Maker: Pierre Petit

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(Louis) Hector Berlioz (1803–1869) by Pierre Petit, 1863 Getty Images

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Boughton, Rutland (1878–1960)  

Maker: Herbert Lambert

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Rutland Boughton (1878–1960) by Herbert Lambert, 1921 © Jenny Letton, administered by Composer Prints Ltd.; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Boughton, Rutland (1878–1960), composer  

Michael Hurd

Boughton, Rutland (1878–1960), composer, was born in Bicester Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, on 23 January 1878, the elder son in a family of two boys and one girl of William Rutland Boughton (1841–1905), a grocer at 37 Buckingham Street, and his wife, Grace Martha (1845–1924)...

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Britten, (Edward) Benjamin, Baron Britten (1913–1976)  

Maker: Sir Cecil Beaton

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(Edward) Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten (1913–1976) by Sir Cecil Beaton © Cecil Beaton Archive, Sotheby's; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Britten, (Edward) Benjamin, Baron Britten (1913–1976), composer  

Donald Mitchell

Britten, (Edward) Benjamin, Baron Britten (1913–1976), composer, was born on 22 November 1913 in Lowestoft, Suffolk, the youngest of the four children (two sons and two daughters) of Robert Victor Britten (1878–1934), a dental surgeon, and his wife, Edith Rhoda (1874–1937), the daughter of ...

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Brooksbank [née Soutar], Mary Watson (1897–1978), revolutionary and songwriter  

Graham R. Smith

Brooksbank [née Soutar], Mary Watson (1897–1978), revolutionary and songwriter, was born on 15 December 1897 at 29 Shiprow, Aberdeen, the only daughter of five children born to Alexander Soutar (1867–1953), dock labourer and founding member of Aberdeen Dockers' Union, and his wife, ...

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Bush, Alan Dudley (1900–1995), composer  

Richard Stoker

Bush, Alan Dudley (1900–1995), composer, was born in Dulwich, London, on 22 December 1900, the son of Alfred Walter Bush (1869–1935), director of W. J. Bush & Co., manufacturing chemists, and his wife, Alice Maud Brinsley (1870–1951). He was educated privately, then at ...

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Bush, Alan Dudley (1900–1995)  

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Alan Dudley Bush (1900–1995) by Elliott & Fry, 1946 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Darnton, (Philip) Christian (1905–1981), composer and writer  

Andrew Plant

Darnton, (Philip) Christian (1905–1981), composer and writer, was born on 30 October 1905 in Leeds, the third son and third among the three children of John Edward Darnton, formerly von Schunck (1869–1940), landowner, and his wife, Mary Gertrude (1871–1952), daughter of Henry Illingworth...

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Darnton, (Philip) Christian (1905–1981)  

Maker: Howard Coster

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(Philip) Christian Darnton (1905–1981) by Howard Coster, 1940 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Davies, Sir Peter Maxwell (Max) (1934–2016)  

Maker: Neil Drabble

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Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (1934–2016), by Neil Drabble, 1990

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Davies, Sir Peter Maxwell (Max) (1934–2016), composer and conductor  

Ivan Hewett

Davies, Sir Peter Maxwell (Max) (1934–2016), composer and conductor, was born on 8 September 1934 at Holly Street, Salford, the adopted only child of Thomas Davies (1901–1984), foreman at a high-precision instrument factory, and his wife, Hilda Davies (...

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Delius, Frederick Theodor Albert (1862–1934), composer  

Diana McVeagh

Delius, Frederick Theodor Albert (1862–1934), composer, was born on 29 January 1862 at Claremont, Horton Lane, Bradford, Yorkshire, the grandson of Ernst Friedrich Delius (1790–1831) and the fourth of the fourteen children of Julius Delius (1822–1901) and his wife, Elise Pauline Krönig (1838–1929)...

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Delius, Frederick Theodor Albert (1862–1934)  

Maker: Ernest Procter

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Frederick Theodor Albert Delius (1862–1934) by Ernest Procter, 1929 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Finzi, Gerald Raphael (1901–1956), composer artist and poet  

Diana McVeagh

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Finzi, Gerald Raphael (1901–1956), composer, was born on 14 July 1901 at 53 (now 93) Hamilton Terrace, St John's Wood, London, the fifth and last child of John Abraham Finzi, known as Jack (1860–1909), founder of a shipbroking company, and his wife, Eliza Emma Leverson, known as Lizzie (1865–1955)...

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Finzi, Gerald Raphael (1901–1956)  

Maker: Herbert Lambert

Gerald Raphael Finzi (1901–1956) by Herbert Lambert © Jenny Letton, administered by Composer Prints Ltd.; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London / Country Life Picture Library

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Foulds, John Herbert (1880–1939), composer and author  

Diana Swann

Foulds, John Herbert (1880–1939), composer and author, was born on 2 November 1880 at 49 Dorset Street, Hulme, Manchester, one of the four children of Fred Foulds, a bassoonist, and his wife, Mary, née Greenwood, who were both members of the Plymouth Brethren...