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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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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 ...