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Aspull, George (1813–1832), pianist, was born in June 1813 in Manchester, the ninth of the ten sons of Thomas Aspull, an unsuccessful merchant who had turned to earning his living by teaching music and playing the violin. George Aspull began to learn the piano from his father in February 1821, and made such rapid progress that within four months he was playing ...

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Cameron, William [nicknamed Hawkie] (c. 1787–1851), pedlar and beggar, was probably born at St Ninians, Stirlingshire, the son of Dugald Cameron of Braemar, a mashman, and his wife, Janet Paterson. As members of the Burgher Secession church the family barely feature in parochial registers, so details of ...

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Campion, Mary Anne (c. 1687–1706), singer and dancer, was born of lowly parents, her father having possibly been a servant of William Cavendish, first duke of Devonshire. She displayed a precocious talent on the stage; aged eleven, she was a member of Christopher Rich's...

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García, Manuel Patricio Rodriguez (1805–1906), singer and singing teacher, was born in Zafra, Spain, on 17 March 1805 into a prominent family of Spanish musicians. His father, Manuel del Popolo Vicente Rodriguez García (1775–1832), made a reputation as a singer, impresario, composer, and teacher of singing. His mother, ...

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(Annie) Sidonie Goossens (1899–2004) by Mayotte Magnus, 1977 ? Mayotte Magnus; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Goossens, (Annie) Sidonie [Sid] (1899–2004), harpist, was born at 78 Seaview Road, Liscard, Cheshire, on 19 October 1899, the fifth and youngest surviving child of Eugène Goossens (1867–1958), violinist and conductor, and his wife, Annie, née Cook (1860–1946), opera singer. Her father was conductor of the ...

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Hartley, Wallace Henry (1878–1912), musician and bandleader on the RMS Titanic, was born on 2 June 1878 at 136 Greenfield Hill, Colne, Lancashire, the second of the six children (four surviving) of Albion Hartley (1850–1934), mill manager, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Foulds (1851–1927)...

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Wallace Henry Hartley (1878–1912) by unknown photographer, 1912 [the band of RMS Titanic: John Frederick Preston Clarke, Percy Cornelius Taylor; Georges Alexandre Krins, Wallace Hartley, William Theodore Ronald Brailey; Jock Hume, John Wesley Woodward] ? Illustrated London News Ltd / Mary Evans

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Henderson, Roy Galbraith (1899–2000), singer and singing teacher, was born on 4 July 1899 at 12 Mansions House, Edinburgh, the son of Alexander Roy Henderson, Congregational minister, and his wife, Jane Boyd, née Galbraith. His father was soon afterwards appointed principal of Paton College, Nottingham...

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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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Ní Chearbhaill, Mairgréag [Margaret O'Carroll] (d. 1451), celebrated hostess, was the daughter of Tadhg ó Cearbhaill (d. 1407), chief of éile, and married An Calbhach ó Conchobhair Failghe (d. 1458), chief of Uíbh Fhailghe. In 1433, a year of general shortage, she gave two great feasts which earned her the nickname ...

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Wilson, Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-, fourteenth Baron Berners (1883–1950), composer and eccentric, was born on 18 September 1883 at Apley Park, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, the only child of Lieutenant (later Commodore) Hugh Tyrwhitt (1856–1907), third son of Baroness Berners, and his wife, Julia Mary (1861–1931)...

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Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt- Wilson, fourteenth Baron Berners (1883–1950) by Rex Whistler, 1929 ? Estate of Rex Whistler. All rights reserved, DACS 2010; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Zavaroni, Lena Hilda (1963–1999), popular singer and entertainer, was born on 4 November 1963 at the Rankin Memorial Hospital, Greenock, Renfrewshire, the first of two daughters of Victor Alfredo Zavaroni and his wife, Hilda Catherine, née Jordan (d. 1989), who owned a fish and chip shop in their home town, ...