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Boulton, Sir Harold Edwin, second baronet (1859–1935), songwriter and philanthropist, was born at Lower Woolwich Road, Charlton, Kent, on 7 August 1859, the elder son and third of eight children of Samuel Bagster Boulton (1830–1918), of Copped Hall, Totteridge, Hertfordshire, who was created baronet in 1905, and his wife, ...

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Churchill, Arabella Spencer [Bella] (1949–2007), festival and charity founder, was born on 30 October 1949 at 12 Catherine Place, Westminster, London, the only daughter of Randolph Frederick Edward Spencer Churchill (1911–1968), journalist and politician, and his second wife, June Hermione, née Osborne (1922–1980)...

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Heather, William (c. 1563–1627), musician and benefactor, was apparently born at Harmondsworth, Middlesex. Nothing is known of his parentage, though he may have been related to the William Heather who was paid as a music copyist at Magdalen College, Oxford, in the early 1550s. His date of birth of about 1563 is calculated from his testamentary bequest that sixty-four mourning gowns be distributed to so many poor men at his funeral. ...

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Lipton [married name Farris], Cecilia May [Celia] (1923–2011), singer, actress, and philanthropist, was born on 25 December 1923 at 73 Leamington Terrace, Edinburgh, the only child of Sidney (later Sydney) John Lipton (1904–1995), violinist and band leader, and his wife, May Johnston, ...

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Mayer, Sir Robert (1879–1985), patron of music and philanthropist, was born on 5 June 1879 at Mannheim, Germany, the third of the four sons (there was no daughter) of Emil Mayer, hop merchant and later brewer, of Mannheim, and his wife, Lucie Lehmaier...

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Moore, Joseph (1766–1851), benefactor and impresario, was born at Shelsley Beauchamp or Shelsley Walsh, Worcestershire. Details of his parentage and exact date of birth are not known, but he was educated in Worcester. In 1781 he was sent to Birmingham to learn die-sinking, and afterwards entered into a partnership in the button trade. On acquiring an independent position he devoted his leisure to works of charity. In conjunction with ...

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Nicholson, Sir Sydney Hugo (1875–1947), founder of the Royal School of Church Music and choral director, was born on 9 February 1875 at 26 Devonshire Place, London, the third and youngest son of Sir Charles Nicholson, first baronet (1808–1903), of Luddenham, and Sarah Elizabeth Keightley...

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Taylor, Sedley (1834–1920), music scholar and benefactor, was born on 29 November 1834 at Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, the son of George Taylor, a surgeon. He was educated at University College School, London, and he matriculated at Trinity College, Cambridge, in Michaelmas 1855; he became a scholar in 1857, graduated BA (sixteenth wrangler) in 1859, and proceeded MA in 1862. He was junior bursar of ...