Appendix 2: Database of German musicians

Notes and abbreviations

I am indebted to Deborah Rohr of Skidmore College, New York, for sharing her ‘catalogue’ entries for about 120 musicians with me. As stated in Chapter 1 of the thesis, the database contains information about the vital life events of  approximately 290 German musicians who worked in London at some stage during the period 1750  to 1850. It includes first-generation migrants – those who came for a short period, as well as those who came for longer or for good. It also includes second-generation migrants: those musicians who were born in Great Britain, and who had at least one parent who was a first-generation German migrant. A few of those for whom an entry can be found here were not included in the demographic calculations outlined in Chapter 2 of the thesis, for the following reasons: not enough was known about them, or where or when they were in England; it was not certain they had worked in London, though they had worked in the provinces; they were not deemed to be ‘German’ enough, although they may have had German origins; they were not mainly musicians, though they published music; they were third-generation migrants (this only applies to Griesbachs); and lastly, I have only learnt of the existence of one or two since the calculations were carried out. All of the individuals who fall into these categories are marked with a X after their name. The biographical notes given here do not in any way pretend to be comprehensive or definitive. The reader is directed to the original sources for the fuller picture.

 

The following abbreviations have been used in the entries for these sources:
AntC Concerts of Antient Music  (1781 – 1848)
DNB Dictionary of National Biography  (1995 CD – entries from all editions)
Doane Doane,  A musical directory for the year 1794
DR Deborah Rohr was my main source of information on this person.
Euing Biographical papers – Euing Collection at Glasgow University Library.
HandelCC Handel Commemoration Concerts:   Burney,  An account … (1785)
HanMus Sievers, Hannoversche Musikgeschichte
Highfill Highfill et al,  A biographical dictionary of … musicians in London…
‘Memoirs’ The memoirs of George Griesbach (Appendix 1)
Mortimer’s The Universal Director (1763)
MrsP Broughton, Court and Private life … by Charlotte Papendiek
Musical Directory Royal Academy of Music,  Musical Directory 1855/1856
NG ‘The New Grove Dictionary of  Music Online’, editor L. Macy, <http://www.grovemusic.com>
NMF New Musical Fund
Phil Soc (Royal) Philharmonic Society MS or publications relating to it.
RSM Betty Matthews, The Royal Society of Musicians of Great Britain – List of  members 1738 -1984, (London, 1985) or Members’ files.
Sainsbury Sainsbury, A dictionary of musicians from the earliest times
Database


Abel, Karl or Carl Friedrich (Charles Frederick)
Date of Birth 22/12/1723
Place of Birth Cöthen, Anhalt
When in GB From Spring, 1759 (aged 35)
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 20 June 1787
Where died Marylebone, London
Skill / Job instrumentalist, pianist in Queen’s Band, Chief instrument:viola da gamba ‘the current greatest’, composer.
Source Mortimer’s, Highfill, RSM, Sainsbury, NG, Mrs P, HanMus, DNB
Notes Musical family. Visited Paris & Germany. Lived with Bach when he arrived in England. Established Bach-Abel concert series. Thomas Gainsborough’s great friend.
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Abel, Johann Leopold
Date of Birth 24/07/1795
Place of Birth Ludwigslust, residence of the Grand Duke of Meckleburg Schwerin
When in GB From August 1820 (aged 25) . (Was aged 24 when went to America)
Where in GB London
Married (when) Yes
Whom / Where Married Luise (Louise?) Hopkins, in London
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job pianist, violinist, composer
Source Sainsbury, Euing, NG
Notes Great-nephew of C.F. Abel & musical family. Went to United States in May 1819 to join brother, found climate unhealthy so came to England. When brother died, he decided to remain here. Acknowledged friendly patronage of J.B.Cramer and Graeff.
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Adamberger, Josef Valentin (Took name of ‘Adamonti’ in Italy)
Date of Birth 22 Feb 1740 or 6 July 1743
Place of Birth Rohr, nr Rothenburg, Bavaria, or Munich
When in GB By 1777, until 1779
Where in GB London
Married (when) 1782 (Aged 41 or 37)
Whom / Where Married Maria Anna Jacquet (Viennese actress)
Date of Death 1804
Where died Vienna
Skill / Job concert singer, teacher
Source Highfill, NG
Notes Emperor Joseph called him to Vienna to perform in 1780. Close friend of Mozart’s.
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Bach, Johann Christian
Date of Birth 5 Sept 1735
Place of Birth Leipzig
When in GB From summer 1762. Travelled to Continent in 1772, 1774, 1778
Where in GB London. Lived at various addresses in Soho, Mayfair, Richmond and Paddington.
Married (when) Probably in early 1774 (aged 39)
Whom / Where Married Caecilia Grassi (Italian) ‘Aging’ (No children)
Date of Death 01/01/1782
Where died London (interred old St Pancreas burying ground)
Skill / Job composer, instrumentalist, concert entrepreneur, teacher
Source Highfill, NG, Sainsbury, DNB
Notes Son of Johann Sebastian Bach. Shared a house with C.F Abel from 1763 – probably were well aquainted previously in Germany. Music master to Queen Charlotte. Earlier known as ‘Bach of Milan’, later ‘Bach of London’. Will: left everything to wife, Cecilia Bach. In fact she was left with debts of over £4,000 – Queen Charlotte helped her out with a gift .
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Baermann, Heinrich Joseph
Date of Birth 14/02/1784
Place of Birth Potsdam
When in GB In 1819 (6 months +) ( aged 35 when came)
Where in GB
Married (when) No
Whom / Where Married Helene Harlas (Munich prima donna – had 4 children by him)
Date of Death 1847
Where died Munich
Skill / Job clarinettist, composer
Source NG, Phil Soc
Notes Invited to England where played for the Prince Regent at Brighton, and during 6 months of concerts in London, performed his own compositions on two occasions for the Philharmonic Society.
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Baumann, Louis
Date of Birth
Place of Birth Germany
When in GB fl. 1840 – 1852
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married ? Wilhelmina (musician)
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job Bassoonist
Source DR, 1841 Census, Philharmonic Soc 1840 – 1850. Musical Union 1845 & 1852
Notes 1841 Census living on Leicester St., St Anne Soho, Strand, with 3 other German musicians, including ? sister or wife
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Baumann, Wilhelmina
Date of Birth
Place of Birth Germany
When in GB fl 1841
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married ? Louis Baumann (or her brother or husband, living at same address)
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job ‘musician’
Source DR, 1841 Census
Notes (There were 4 musicians with German names living at this address in 1841.)
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Baumgarten, Karl Friedrich (Charles Frederick)
Date of Birth c1740
Place of Birth Lübeck, Germany
When in GB From 1757/8 ‘as a child’ . NG: came at the age of 18 as organist to the Lutheran Chapel in the Savoy
Where in GB London / Dublin
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 1824
Where died London
Skill / Job organist, violinist (well-known orchestral leader), composer, teacher, profound harmonist
Source Doane, Highfill, Sainsbury, NG,
Notes When he met Haydn he could hardly converse in German. Burney said he had been so long in England that his merit was unknown to his countrymen on the Continent. In 1794: 23 Russel Place, Rathbone Place
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Baumgarten, Samuel Christian (Christopher Frederick)
Date of Birth
Place of Birth Probably Germany
When in GB fl 1750 – 1798
Where in GB London, Gloucester, Worsester, Hereford
Married (when) Yes
Whom / Where Married (Had 12 children)
Date of Death Will proved 3 Aug 1798
Where died Hampstead.
Skill / Job bassoonist, teacher
Source Mortimer’s, Highfill, RSM (1750 – 1792), Not in Doane, so probably was not working then. NG
Notes No evidence that he was related to Karl Friedrich Baumgarten.HandelCC.
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Benda, Mme.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth Germany
When in GB fl 6 May 1790 – 1792
Where in GB London
Married (when) Twice
Whom / Where Married i) ? / ii) Frederick Heyne, chamber musician to the Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job singer
Source Highfill, NG, Sainsbury
Notes Bohemian family of musicians, active in Germany.
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Benedict, Julius (Sir)
Date of Birth 27 Nov or 24 Dec 1804
Place of Birth Stuttgart
When in GB From 1835 (aged 31)
Where in GB London, Norwich, Liverpool, Birmingham
Married (when) Twice
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 05/06/1885
Where died
Skill / Job composer, conductor, teacher
Source NG, DNB
Notes Was Knighted in 1871. Had previously been naturalized.
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Berg, Georg(e) (possibly 2nd gen.)
Date of Birth c1730s
Place of Birth ?
When in GB fl 1753 – 1775
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death c1795?
Where died London
Skill / Job instrumentalist, composer,harpsicord teacher, organist
Source Mortimer’s, Highfill, Sainsbury, RSM,
Notes In 1763 living in Lincoln Inn Fields, near Great Turnstile. He may have also been a chemist who experimented in musical glassmaking. Published quite a lot. Published pianoforte music in London between the years 1770 and 1797 (Preston’s Cat.)
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Bernasconi, Antonia
Date of Birth 1740
Place of Birth Stuttgart
When in GB 1778 – 1780 (aged 37)
Where in GB London
Married (when) Yes
Whom / Where Married Mr Rieler
Date of Death After 1783. ?1803
Where died Returned to Vienna
Skill / Job Singer
Source Highfill, NG
Notes Daughter of a valet to Duke of Würtemberg (Bernasconi was her stepfather). In London lived at 5, Dover Street, Piccadilly.
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Billington, Elizabeth (née Weichsel) (2nd gen.)
Date of Birth 27/12/1765
Place of Birth Litchfield Street, Soho
When in GB From birth
Where in GB London, Ireland, Italy
Married (when) i) 13 Oct 1783 ii) in 1790s
Whom / Where Married ii)James Billington (her singing teacher) / Lambeth Church ii) M. Felissent /Italy (she left him and returned to England, but in 1817 returned with him to Italy)
Date of Death 25/08/1818
Where died nr Venice (rumours that her husband was responsible)
Skill / Job soprano singer, actress, composer
Source Highfill, DNB
Notes Daughter of Carl Friedrich Weichsel, musician from Saxony and his wife Fredericka (née Weirman). Sister of Charles Weichsel – see separate entries. Described as ‘the most celebrated vocal performer that England ever produced’.
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Braham, John (2nd gen.)
Date of Birth 1774 or 1777
Place of Birth London
When in GB From birth (Sang as boy soprano from 1787)
Where in GB London, Bath
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job tenor singer, teacher
Source Ehrlich, Music Profession, p.13
Notes ‘Son of John Abraham of Goodman’s Fields, London, A German Jew.’ Sang as boy soprano from 1787. Became one of the most celebrated tenors in the history of the English stage. As a boy sold pencils in East End streets, but his long and prodigiously successful career lifted him into high society.
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Brandt, ‘Mme’
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB 1855
Where in GB London: 36, Maddox Street, Regent Street
Married (when) (yes)
Whom / Where Married Herr Brandt (see following entry)
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job ‘professor of music’
Source 1855 Musical Directory
Notes
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Brandt, Herr
Date of Birth
Place of Birth Germany
When in GB fl 1855
Where in GB London: 36, Maddox Street, Regent Street
Married (when) (yes)
Whom / Where Married ‘Mme’ (see previous entry)
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job ‘professor of music’
Source 1855 Musical Directory
Notes
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Buckinger, Joseph (2nd or 3rd generation)
Date of Birth
Place of Birth ? London
When in GB ? From birth 1784 – 1805 ?
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job Viola and bass viol player, lutenist, music-seller
Source Highfill, Doane, NMF
Notes Grandson of Matthew Buckinger (musician/ freak), from the Marquisate of Brandenburgh, nr Nurenburgh. Lived at 443, the Strand in 1794. HandelCC.
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Cervetto, Giacobbe (born ‘Giacomo Basevi’) X
Date of Birth ?Nov 1680
Place of Birth Italy, probably Venice (Jewish parents with German origins)
When in GB From 1728 ?
Where in GB London:
Married (when) soon after 1728 when arrived in England
Whom / Where Married ? (Son James)
Date of Death 1783
Where died Friburg’s snuff shop, Haymarket
Skill / Job (Dealer musical instruments) violoncellist, composer
Source Highfill, NG, DNB
Notes Was an important member of a group of London-based Italians who brought the solo cello into favour in England. Will dated 1778; proved 16 April 1783 ‘of the parish of St Paul, Covent Garden’. Had a rather large nose – known as ‘Nosey’
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Clement, Franz
Date of Birth 17/11/1780
Place of Birth Vienna
When in GB 1790 – 1792 (aged 10 to 12)
Where in GB London, Bristol
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 03/11/1842
Where died Vienna
Skill / Job violinist, composer, conductor
Source Highfill, NG, Sainsbury
Notes Came to England when 10 years old and performed publicly, appearing with Haydn, Salomon, and young Bridgetower, in some cases taking the 1st violin part.
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Cohen, ‘Mr’
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB fl. September 1770
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job French horn player
Source Highfill
Notes ‘Musician to the Stadholder’. Played at Marylebone Gardens.
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Cramer, Charles
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB fl. 1794
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job Violinist
Source Doane
Notes Probably another son of Wilhelm Cramer (see following entries)1794: Of 7, Newman Street, Oxford Street
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Cramer, Franz
Date of Birth 12/06/1772
Place of Birth Schwetzingen, nr Mannheim
When in GB By 1777 (aged 4 )
Where in GB London
Married (when) Before 1813
Whom / Where Married Anne
Date of Death 01/08/1848
Where died London
Skill / Job violinist, impresario, viola
Source Highfill, RSM, NG, Sainsbury, DNB
Notes Second son of Wilhelm Cramer.1794: Of 7, Newman Street, Oxford Street (same address)Leading violinist AntC & Phil.
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Cramer, Johann Baptist (‘John’)
Date of Birth 24 Feb 1771
Place of Birth Mannheim
When in GB From c1774 (aged 3) From 1781 performing
Where in GB London > The Continent > London
Married (when) 1800 (aged 29) and in 1829 (aged 58)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 16/04/1858
Where died London, buried Brompton
Skill / Job pianist, violinist, composer, publisher, teacher
Source Highfill, NG, DNB
Notes Eldest child of Wilhelm Cramer. Sent as apprentice (probably to Germany) ‘to a German professor named Benser’ at the age of seven. Later taught by Germans in London. Known as ‘Glorious John’. Denizen: 4 Feb 1803The most outstanding member of the family.
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Cramer, Wilhelm
Date of Birth bapt. 2 June 1746
Place of Birth Mannheim, Germany
When in GB From 1772 (aged 26)
Where in GB London (Dublin and Edinburgh)
Married (when) 1st: 1770 (aged 24) ; 2nd:
Whom / Where Married ?, Mannheim / and Maria Maddan of Dublin (singer)
Date of Death 05/10/1799
Where died London. Buried in vault near old Marylebone burying ground
Skill / Job violinist, composer, impresario
Source Highfill, RSM, Doane, HanMus, NG, DNB
Notes Musical family. One of the most influencial German musicians who settled in England, and one of the finest violinists. Leader AntC, HandelCC. Leader of the Queen’s Band. 1794: Of 7, Newman Street, Oxford Street (same address)
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David, ‘Mr’
Date of Birth
Place of Birth ‘a Czech’
When in GB 1791
Where in GB London ( engaged at Vauxhall Gardens)
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job basset-horn player and clarinetist
Source Highfill
Notes Came to England with fellow countrymen Dworshak and Springer
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Di(e)ttenhoffer, Joseph (Giuseppe)
Date of Birth c1743
Place of Birth Vienna
When in GB 1780 -1791, 1799 – his death (Came first aged 37)
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death After 1799
Where died London
Skill / Job Teacher of piano, thoroughbass, singing and composition.Composer. Published on theory.
Source (Not in Doane because had gone abroad then), Sainsbury, NG,
Notes Came to England via Germany and Paris. Returned to Vienna and Berlin between 1791 and 1799. Sainsbury: ‘Complete master of harmony and modulation’
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Dietrich, Christian
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB 1739 – 1760
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 05/04/1760
Where died London (Gentleman’s Magazine )
Skill / Job bass player
Source Highfill
Notes One of original subscribers to RSMs
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Dohmen (or ‘Dahmen’), Mr X
Date of Birth
Place of Birth ?Germany
When in GB late 18th century
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job violoncellist and teacher
Source Euing 88/196
Notes John White of Wakefield had been a pupil of Dohmen’s on the violoncello and had deputised for him and Lindley ‘at various parties’.
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Dressler, Johann Friedrich (‘John’)
Date of Birth
Place of Birth Germany
When in GB fl. 1777 (single at the time) – 1808
Where in GB London
Married (when) ? / ? Had daughter (who married Samuel Thomas Lyon – musician) & ? son
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job double-bass player, trombonist, composer
Source Doane, Highfill, RSM, (Euing 87/129 ‘S.T. Lyon’)
Notes 1794: of Abbey Street, Soho. HandelCC. Said to be the first person to introduce the trombone to English orchestras, though seems unlikely. Published for wind instruments.
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Dulcken (‘David’), Marie Louise
Date of Birth 20/03/1811
Place of Birth Hamburg
When in GB From 1828 ( at time of her marriage?) – 1850
Where in GB
Married (when) 1828 (aged 27)
Whom / Where Married ?
Date of Death 12/04/1850
Where died London
Skill / Job pianist, teacher
Source NG
Notes Phil Soc. soloist. Queen Victoria was among her pupils.
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Dussek, Jan Ladislav
Date of Birth 12 Feb.1760
Place of Birth Caslav, Bohemia
When in GB From 1789 to 1799
Where in GB
Married (when) 31/08/1792
Whom / Where Married Sophia Corri (famous singer, pianist and harpist) at St Ann, Soho (daughter )
Date of Death 20/03/1812
Where died St-Germaine-en-Laye, or Paris
Skill / Job pianist, organist, composer, teacher, music publisher
Source Highfill, NG, Sainsbury
Notes Fled to London from Paris at the time of the French Revolution. Spent 11 years here, then fled England late 1799 after the publishing business ran into debt. Went to Hamburg, later Paris; probably never saw wife or daughter Olivia again.
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Dussek, Olivia (2nd gen.)
Date of Birth 1799 or 1801
Place of Birth London
When in GB From birth – performing from the age of 8
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married Mr Buckley / ? (10 children)
Date of Death 1847
Where died
Skill / Job pianist, organist, harpist, composer
Source Sainsbury , (DNB in mother, Sophia Dussek’s, entry)
Notes Daughter of Jan Ladislav Dussek and wife Sophia Corri. Taught by mother.
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Dworshak, ‘Mr’
Date of Birth
Place of Birth ‘a Czech’
When in GB 1791
Where in GB London ( engaged at Vauxhall Gardens)
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job basset-horn player and clarinettist
Source Highfill
Notes Came to England to play with fellow countrymen Mr David and Mr Springer. Played at a number of concerts at Vauxhall Gardens in 1791.
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Eichner, Ern(e)st Dieterich Adolph
Date of Birth 15/02/1740
Place of Birth Arolsen
When in GB 1773 (aged 33 )
Where in GB
Married (when) Before 1760 (under 20 years of age)
Whom / Where Married Maria Magdelena Ritter (prob of Mannheim family of musicians)
Date of Death early 1777/8
Where died Potsdam or Berlin
Skill / Job organist, harpsichordist, bassoonist, composer
Source Highfill, NG,Sainsbury
Notes Serve at Potsdam as member of chapel of Crown Prince (later Frederick William II). Bassoonist at Bach’s subscription concerts, but was not well when in London, so seldom played in public.
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Eley, ? K. T. or R.T ?
Date of Birth
Place of Birth Germany
When in GB fl 1798 – 1821 +?
Where in GB London (in 1821 of 48, Frith Street, Soho)
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job ‘German master of the band of the guards’
Source ‘Michael Kelly’ in NG (cites Michael Kelly’s Reminiscences)
Notes
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Eley, Christoph Friedrich
Date of Birth 1756
Place of Birth Hanover
When in GB By 1787/88
Where in GB London (living at 15, Russell Court, Drury Lane in 1794)
Married (when) Before 1787
Whom / Where Married Ann
Date of Death 1832
Where died ? London
Skill / Job instrumentalist, teacher
Source Doane, Highfill, RSM, NMF, (Not in Sainsbury)
Notes In Guards 2nd Regiment. Phil Soc.
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Entwisle, Thomas (2nd gen)
Date of Birth 1764
Place of Birth England
When in GB All life
Where in GB Provinces and London
Married (when) 1782
Whom / Where Married Sarah Mellon (member of Kena’s troupe)
Date of Death 06/06/1819
Where died Buried St Mary’s, Cheltenham
Skill / Job instrumentalist, music copyist, actor
Source Highfill, RSM
Notes (Son of a German musician who had come to England with the band of George II)
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Festing (also ‘Festin’), Michael Christian
Date of Birth 1680? or 29 Nov 1705
Place of Birth Germany or London
When in GB From 1723
Where in GB London (in 1739 of the parish of St James, Westminster)
Married (when) ?
Whom / Where Married Anne (mentioned in Will) ( 2 sons and 2 daughters)
Date of Death 24/07/1752
Where died London
Skill / Job violin virtuoso, composer, music director and leader
Source Highfill, RSM , NG, DNB
Notes *Will dated 22 April 1750; proved 12 Feb 1753 (long & lots of detail. Son apprenticed at the time.)
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Festing (also ‘Festin’), John (1st or 2nd gen.?)
Date of Birth
Place of Birth ? Germany or London
When in GB From 1721
Where in GB London (of the parish of St George, Hanover Square in 1739)
Married (when) Yes
Whom / Where Married ?
Date of Death 1772
Where died London
Skill / Job oboist, flutist, composer, teacher
Source Highfill, RSM, (NG)
Notes Brother of Michael Christian Festing. Left a fortune of £8,000, most of which he seems to have earned as a teacher.
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Fiorillo, Federico (also ‘Federigo’)
Date of Birth 1753 or 1 June 1755
Place of Birth Brunswick, Germany
When in GB From 1788 to c 1815; 1823 – ? death (aged 30/32 when arrived)
Where in GB London
Married (when) ?
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death after 1823
Where died Possibly in London
Skill / Job mandolinist, violinist, composer
Source Highfill, NG, Sainsbury
Notes Son of Italian musican who was chapel master in Brunswick. Played in Poland, Russia, Riga. Came to England via Italy and Paris. Went to Amsterdam c1815, then Paris. Possibly returned to London after an operation and ‘probably died soon after’.
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Fischer, Johann Christian
Date of Birth 1733
Place of Birth Freiburg, Germany
When in GB 1768 – 1786; By 1790 – his death (Aged 35 when arrived)
Where in GB London (also Bath, Dublin)
Married (when) 21 February 1780 (aged 47)
Whom / Where Married Mary Gainsborough (daughter of Thomas Gainsborough, the artist, against TG’s wishes) Separated soon after.
Date of Death 29/04/1800
Where died Soho
Skill / Job oboist, composer, teacher
Source Highfill, RSM, Grove, Doane, Sainsbury, DNB
Notes Member Queen Charlotte’s Chamber Band. Appointment in 1780. Lodged with Stidman in Frith Street, Soho, when first arrived. In 1794 of 40, Dean St., Soho.
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Frick (Also ‘Frike’), Philipp Joseph
Date of Birth 27/05/1740
Place of Birth Würzburg / Willanzheim, nr Kitzingen am Main
When in GB 1778 and settled here soon afterwards (aged 38 when arrived)
Where in GB London. Lived at 24, Blanford Street, Manchester Square.
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 15/06/1798
Where died London
Skill / Job organist, pianist, glass harmonica virtuoso, composer, teacher
Source Highfill, NG
Notes Published on harmony and thorough bass in 1786.
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Fürstenau, Anton Bernhard
Date of Birth 20/10/1792
Place of Birth Münster
When in GB In 1826 (aged 34)
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 18/11/1852
Where died Dresden
Skill / Job flautist, composer
Source NG
Notes Pupil of his father. Made first public appearance at age 7, and became member of the Odenburg court orchestra in 1804. Went on frequent concert tours with his father: to Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, Copenhagen and Prague, where he met Carl Maria von Weber in 1815. Accompanied him to England in 1826. Only in England did he have a poor reception. He cancelled his benefit concert because of Weber’s illness.
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Galliard (also Gaillard), Benjamin (1st or 2nd gen?)
Date of Birth
Place of Birth London?
When in GB fl 1794
Where in GB London
Married (when) ?
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job
Source Doane, Sainsbury, ( NG and DNB list his father: John Ernest Galliard d.1749)
Notes Son of Johann Ernst Galliard, born Celle, Germany, composer and oboist, who came to England c 1706. (Father ‘studied our language with considerable diligence and success’.) Played in performances at Westminster Abbey, and for NMF. In 1794 of Charles St, Middx Hospital.
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Ganz, Adolph (also ‘Adolf’)
Date of Birth 14/10/1795
Place of Birth Weisbaden
When in GB 1840 – visited -1851. In 1851 settled – 1869 (Visited aged 45. Came to settle aged 56)
Where in GB London
Married (when) Yes
Whom / Where Married (Elder son, Eduard, musician & founded music school in Berlin)
Date of Death 11/11/1869
Where died London
Skill / Job violinist, conductor, composer
Source NG
Notes Father of Wilhelm (see below)
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Ganz, Wilhelm
Date of Birth 06/11/1833
Place of Birth Mainz
When in GB Visited1848 – to assist his father, returned to settle in 1851 (Aged 15 visited, aged 18 to settle)
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 12 Sept 1914
Where died London
Skill / Job organist, violinist, conductor
Source NG
Notes Son of Adolph (see above) The most celebrated member of the family. Published his memoirs in 1913.
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Gluck, Christoph Willibald
Date of Birth 02/07/1714
Place of Birth Erasbach, nr Berching / Weidenwagen, in the Upper Palatinate
When in GB From 1745 (travelled here via Prague, Vienna, Paris) -1746 (Aged 31)
Where in GB
Married (when) 15 Sept 1750
Whom / Where Married Maria Pergin (or Perg), daughter of rich banker /Vienna
Date of Death 15/11/1787
Where died Vienna
Skill / Job composer, instrumentalist, glass harmonica player, singer
Source Highfill, NG, Sainsbury
Notes Wife inherited a large fortune. They had no children, but adopted Gluck’s niece.
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Graeff, Johann Georg (John George)
Date of Birth c1762
Place of Birth Mentz
When in GB From 1784 (aged 22) -1824 +?
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death ?
Where died ?
Skill / Job pianist, violinist, flutist, composer
Source Doane, NMF, Sainsbury, Euing
Notes Studied under the celebrated Abel, and subsequently Haydn. Came via Basel, Berne, Lausanne (5 years resident in Switzerland). Then 1 year’s stay in Paris (an intimate friend of Abbé Vogler’s there)1794: lived at 57, Upper John Street, Fitzroy Chapel. Performed for NMF. In 1824 ‘is now retired from the profession in affluent circumstances’. Denizen 4 Feb.1803. Speaks 3 or 4 languages fluently.
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Graever, ‘Mlle’
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB fl. 1852
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job
Source DR
Notes Performed with the 1852 season of the Musical Union.
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Graf(f) (Also Graaf), Friedrich Hartmann
Date of Birth 23/08/1727
Place of Birth Rudolstadt
When in GB In 1783 and 1794 only (aged 56)
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 19/08/1795
Where died Augsburg
Skill / Job flutist, drummer,composer
Source Highfill, NG
Notes Youngest son of Johann Graf (d.c.1745), the German violinist and composer. Became military musician. Travelled widely as concert flautist. Invited to London, and directed Prof. Concerts with W.Cramer after death of J.C.Bach. Oxford doctorate in music in 1789. Brother of C. Friedrich Graff.
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Graupner, Johann Christian Gottlieb
Date of Birth 06/10/1767
Place of Birth nr. Verden, Hanover
When in GB From 1788 – 1793 ( aged 21)
Where in GB
Married (when) 1796 (aged 29)
Whom / Where Married Mrs Catherine Comerford Hillyer (English opera singer and actress) in Charleston, South Carolina
Date of Death 16/04/1836
Where died Boston
Skill / Job oboist, double-bass player, composer, music publisher in America
Source Highfill, NG
Notes Son of regimental musician, and joined military regiment in Hanover as oboist. In c 1793 he emigrated to America. Had considerable influence on the musical life of Boston.
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Griesbach, Charles James (2nd gen.)
Date of Birth 30/10/1797
Place of Birth Baptised: Medstead, Hampshire
When in GB From birth
Where in GB London
Married (when) 16 Feb 1819 (aged 22)
Whom / Where Married Mary Anne Sanders / Guildford, Surrey (3 children)Later separated.
Date of Death 02/03/1853
Where died Prob. London
Skill / Job pianoforte, violin
Source RSM, Caroline’s letters, (Euing)
Notes Son of Charles and Sarah Griesbach. AntC. ‘King’s private band’. Teacher in London. Travelled on Continent with father in late 1820s.
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Griesbach, Carl Friedrich Ludwig (‘Charles’)
Date of Birth 03/05/1760
Place of Birth Coppenbrügge, Hanover
When in GB From c1788
Where in GB London
Married (when) 15 Dec 1796 (aged 36)
Whom / Where Married Sarah Wigg / Medstead , Hampshire ( 10 children)
Date of Death 20 March 1835
Where died Pocklington. Buried Fridaythorpe, E.Yorks (where son was vicar)
Skill / Job violinist
Source Doane, Highfill, family papers, ‘Memoirs’
Notes Queen’s band. In 1794 of Buckingham House. AntC. Denizen 19 Feb 1795. In 1825 was ‘of Cheltenham’ (William’s Will). Guardian of William’s daughter. Travelled on the Continent late 1820s to early 30s (Caroline’s letters)Wife died in 1830 in Baden, nr Vienna.
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Griesbach, Charles Christian (2nd gen.)
Date of Birth early 1800s
Place of Birth Windsor
When in GB From birth. Working in Dublin in 1830s.
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job violinist
Source Family papers, Freeman’s Journal
Notes Son of Frederick Griesbach.
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Griesbach, Charles Frederick William (3rd gen) X
Date of Birth 22/10/1823
Place of Birth Kensington, Middx
When in GB From birth
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job teacher of music
Source 1855 Directory, (RSM papers of father)
Notes Son of Charles James Griesbach (2nd gen.)1855: of 11 Westbourne Place, London
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Griesbach, Georg(e) Ludolph Jacob
Date of Birth 10/10/1757
Place of Birth Coppenbrügge, Hanover
When in GB From 1778 – death (aged 21)
Where in GB London
Married (when) 31 Oct 1786 (aged 29)
Whom / Where Married Mary Wright Smith / New Windsor Church ( 9 children)
Date of Death 23/11/1824
Where died Windsor
Skill / Job instrumentalist, mainly violinist
Source Doane, Highfill, family papers, ‘Memoirs’, RSM, Sainsbury
Notes Wrote memoirs = Appendix I, HandelCC. AntC.Father of G. Adophus G.
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Griesbach, George Adolphus (2nd gen.)
Date of Birth 24/06/1801
Place of Birth Windsor
When in GB From birth
Where in GB London
Married (when) July 1864 (aged 63)
Whom / Where Married Emma Taylor (1834 – 1926) / St Pancreas (2 sons)
Date of Death 22/05/1875
Where died Windsor
Skill / Job violinist, and pianoforte teacher
Source RSM, family papers, Phil Soc. 1855 & 56 Directory
Notes Member of King William IV’s private band, subsequently Queen Victoria’s private band. Covent Garden Opera. AntC. Phil Soc.In 1855 of 7, Augustus Square, Regent’s Park.
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Griesbach, George Townsend (2nd gen.)
Date of Birth c1800
Place of Birth Windsor
When in GB From birth. Working in Dublin in 1830s.
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death after 1850, ?1850s
Where died Died in Dublin
Skill / Job Oboist
Source Family papers, Freeman’s Journal
Notes Son of Frederick Griesbach. Appears in Dublin concert programmes in 1830s. Listed in 1850 Dublin city directory as teacher of oboe.
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Griesbach, Georgina (‘Nina’) (3rd gen.) X
Date of Birth 4 March 1827
Place of Birth
When in GB From birth
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job teacher voice – soprano
Source Family papers, 1856 Directory
Notes Daughter of John Henry Griesbach.
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Griesbach, Henry Dougan Dickinson (2nd gen.)
Date of Birth 21/01/1811
Place of Birth London
When in GB
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job violinist and voice, teacher
Source Family papers. (RSM – papers of father) 1855 & 56 Directory.
Notes Youngest son of Frederick Griesbach. Played in the Phil Soc. concerts 1850s and ’60s. In 1855 of 2 Alfred Terrace, Newington.
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Griesbach, Johann Friedrich Alexander (‘Frederick’)
Date of Birth 02/06/1769
Place of Birth Coppenbrügge, Hanover
When in GB From 1786
Where in GB London
Married (when) 16/10/1792
Whom / Where Married Frances Mary Wybrow / St Martin in the Fields, Middx.(8 children)
Date of Death 11/01/1825
Where died Putney or Brompton
Skill / Job Mainly oboist, instrumentalist
Source Doane, Highfill, RSM, ‘Memoirs’, Caroline’s letters, Sainsbury
Notes Member of the Queen’s Band. In 1794 of Buckingham House. Father of George Townsend, Charles Christian, and Henry Dougan Dickinson Griesbach – musicians. HandelCC. AntC.Denizen: 19 Feb 1795 ‘musician of New Windsor’
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Griesbach, Johann Wilhelm (‘William’)
Date of Birth 10/01/1772
Place of Birth Coppenbrügge, Hanover
When in GB Came c1785, ‘a mere boy’
Where in GB London
Married (when) No
Whom / Where Married Daughter: August Isabella Griesbach, Mother: ? Miss Lydia White of New Windsor, Corset maker (named in Will)
Date of Death May/June 1825
Where died Clewer / buried New Windsor
Skill / Job violin, tenor , violoncello, teacher
Source Highfill, family papers, ‘Memoirs’, RSM, (Not in Sainsbury)
Notes In Queen’s band. AntC. Left £2,000 in his will to brother Charles to bring up his illegitimate daughter. Will dated 13 May 1825, proved 25 June 1825.Denizen: 19 Feb 1795, ‘musician of New Windsor’
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Griesbach, John Henry (2nd gen.)
Date of Birth 20/06/1798
Place of Birth Windsor
When in GB From birth
Where in GB London
Married (when) 6 Oct 1819 (aged 21)
Whom / Where Married Miriam Corby / ? (9 children)
Date of Death 09/01/1875
Where died Kensington
Skill / Job pianist, cellist teacher, composer
Source NG, Sainsbury
Notes Son of Henry Griesbach. Member of the Queen’s Band. Director Phil Soc. fourteen times.
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Griesbach, John William (2nd gen.)
Date of Birth 24/11/1800
Place of Birth Windsor
When in GB From birth
Where in GB
Married (when) Yes
Whom / Where Married Jane Bannerstock (1 daughter)
Date of Death 23/05/1868
Where died St Omar, France
Skill / Job musician
Source Family papers, 1855 & 56 Directory
Notes Son of Henry Griesbach & younger brother of John Henry G.In 1855 of 2 Willow Walk, Kentish Town
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Griesbach, Justus Heinrich Christian (‘Henry’)
Date of Birth 22/04/1762
Place of Birth Coppenbrügge, Hanover
When in GB c1780 (aged 18)
Where in GB London
Married (when) i) 27 June 1791 (aged 29) ii) in 1831/2? Just before his death.
Whom / Where Married i) Mary Blackeney (5 children) ii) Mary Blumfield (see Will)
Date of Death 9 Jan 1832
Where died Windsor
Skill / Job violoncellist, French Horn, violinist
Source Doane, Highfill, family papers, ‘Memoirs’, RSM, Sainsbury
Notes Queen’s band. HandelCC. AntC. In 1794 of Buckingham House. Father of John Henry and John William Griesbach. *Will.
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Griesbach, Miriam (‘Mira’) (3rd gen.) X
Date of Birth 31/08/1822
Place of Birth London
When in GB From birth
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job Teacher voice – soprano
Source Family papers, 1855 Directory
Notes Daughter of John Henry Griesbach.
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Griesbach, Miss (2nd gen.)
Date of Birth
Place of Birth Windsor
When in GB From birth . ?1820s >
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job musician
Source Caroline’s letters
Notes One of Frederick Griesbach’s daughters: Eliza, Charlotte, or Carolina?
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Grosse, William Leopold
Date of Birth
Place of Birth Dessau, Anhalt in Upper Saxony
When in GB ? From 1805 – ? 1830
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job piano and French horn, teacher, composer
Source Sainsbury (no dates in his entry)
Notes Had music shop in Halle. When the battle of Jena took place, the French army , with Napoleon at their head, being victorious entered Halle and ordered all the professors and students to leave the town, Grosse was included. >lost his business > Berlin. Joined regiment which was taken prisoner and brought to England. When able to, applied to join the German Legion, but was unsuccessful, so turned to music again.Published a lot of music for the pianoforte.
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Grossman (John Joseph?)
Date of Birth
Place of Birth ?
When in GB fl 1743 – 1758
Where in GB London:
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job violinist, viola d’amore player
Source Highfill
Notes Played at Lincoln’s Inn Fields in 1743, Foundling Hospital in 1758. Otto Deutsch in his Handel suggests his full name may have been John Joseph.
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Gruger (sp?), J. F.
Date of Birth c1812
Place of Birth Born in Germany
When in GB 1851
Where in GB London: St Anne Soho / Strand, 28, Church St.
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job ‘musician’
Source 1851 Census, ‘aged 39’ DR
Notes (3 German musicians living at this address as lodgers. )
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Grund, Friedrich Wilhelm
Date of Birth
Place of Birth ? Hamburg
When in GB 1823
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death after 1863
Where died
Skill / Job
Source (NG- under ‘Hamburg’), Phil Soc
Notes Performed at the Phil Soc, playing a violin concerto by Spohr.Formed the professional orchestra at the founding of the Philharmonische Konzertgesellschaft in 1828 in Hamburg.
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Haessler, Johann Wilhelm
Date of Birth 1747 /1749
Place of Birth Erfurt, Germany
When in GB Between 1790 and 1794 (aged 43)
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 1822
Where died In Moscow, where he had moved soon after 1794
Skill / Job organist, pianist, composer
Source Doane, Highfill, Sainsbury
Notes Between 1790 and 1794 he gave concerts in St Petersberg and London. In London performed before their Majesties.1794: living at 29, Clarges Street, Mayfair.
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Hageman(n), John Gotfrid
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB fl 1794 – 1815
Where in GB Norwich and London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job violoncellist (Doane), violinist, clarinetist
Source Doane, Highfill, NMF
Notes In 1794 of Maidstone, Kent. Member of NMF (still subscriber in 1815), Academy of Music, Band of the Second Regiment of Guards.
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Handel, Georg Friederich (George Frideric)
Date of Birth 25/02/1685
Place of Birth Halle-on-Saal, Saxony
When in GB Autumn 1710 -1711;1712 – death (aged 25)
Where in GB London ( Oxford)
Married (when) No
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 14/04/1759
Where died London
Skill / Job Composer, organist, harpsichordist, impresario
Source Highfill, many biographies, DNB
Notes (various addresses) , When first came to England had no intention of remaining in England permanently. Naturalized 1726/7.*Will dated 1 June 1750, & codicils.
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Hartman, ‘Mr’ (C. Hartmann?)
Date of Birth
Place of Birth Germany
When in GB fl 1792 -1796
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died (abroad)
Skill / Job clarinetist, flautist, ?composer
Source Highfill
Notes Mentioned in Haydn’s The First London Notebook in 1792 as flutist in London. In 1796 Morning Herald described him as a clarinetist. Notebook says he left England at some unknown date poverty-stricken, soon lost his wife by death and became a derelict. ‘C.Hartmann celebrated as a flutist. Published in Paris.’
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Hausmann, G.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB fl .1845 – 1855
Where in GB London and Edinburgh
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job cellist
Source DR, 1855 Directory
Notes In 1845 played with the Musical Union. In 1855: 59 Frederick St., Edinburgh & 11, Princes Street, Leicester Square. (May be two musicians named Hausmann?)
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Haydn, Franz Joseph (Dr)
Date of Birth 31 March or 1 April, 1732
Place of Birth Rohrau (nr Vienna), Lower Austria
When in GB By 1781 – 1792; 1794 – c 1797 (aged 49)
Where in GB London
Married (when) 26 Nov 1760 (unhappily)
Whom / Where Married Maria Anne Keller / Vienna
Date of Death 1809
Where died Vienna
Skill / Job composer, instrumentalist, singer, teacher.
Source Doane, Highfill, NG, Sainsbury
Notes Musical family.In 1794 of 18, Pultney Street, Golden Square.
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Heck, Johann Casper
Date of Birth c1735 or 1740
Place of Birth Germany
When in GB By 1760 – 1790
Where in GB London
Married (when) 1760 (aged 20 -25?)
Whom / Where Married Hannah Brown / England
Date of Death ?1791
Where died ?London
Skill / Job theorist and author, composer for harpsichord
Source RSM (1772 >), NG, Scholes, Oxford Companion to Music, p.317
Notes Heck brought to his theoretical writings a knowledge of German music and theory. Wrote The Art of Playing Thorough Bass, (London, c 1777) – one of the standard works on the subject. Claimant on the RSM from 1779 in ill health.
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Heibold, Mr
Date of Birth c1791 (aged 50 in 1841)
Place of Birth
When in GB fl. 1841
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job
Source DR, 1841 Census
Notes Living at 15 Leicester Place, St Anne Soho, Strand(There were 9 people living at this address, all of them musicians and all of them had German surnames. )
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Heinni[t]z, Johan (‘John’)
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB From 1768
Where in GB
Married (when) yes
Whom / Where Married ? Family of 4 . Separated from wife.
Date of Death 1803
Where died In England
Skill / Job oboist
Source Highfill, RSM
Notes Played 2nd oboe at HandelCC in 1784.Many requests for aid to RSM in later life.
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Hellendaal, Mr
Date of Birth
Place of Birth Germany
When in GB fl. 1780
Where in GB ?
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job musician, theorist, composer
Source Sainsbury
Notes ‘Master of the late Dr Hague in thorough-bass and composition.’ Man of undoubted attainments in the musical science. Published violin music (Preston’s Cat.).
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Hempel, Mr (2nd gen)
Date of Birth ? 1780
Place of Birth Chelsea
When in GB From birth to 1855
Where in GB London, Truro
Married (when) Yes.
Whom / Where Married Son became organist after him in Truro.
Date of Death 14/03/1855
Where died London
Skill / Job organist
Source Sainsbury, NG
Notes Eldest child of Chelsea potters and crucible manufacturers, Carl Friedrich Hempel and his wife Johanna (née Ruel). A kinsman of A.F.C. Kollman’s, with whom he studied as boy. Travelled in 1793 -4 to Leipzig and Dresden.
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Heneberg, Mr
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB ?1778 ‘for a few years’
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job organist
Source George Griesbach’s ‘Memoirs’ (Appendix 1)
Notes George G wrote “Heneberg, one of our band, … played very soon afterwards for a few years, when he got mad, and was sent to Germany. Here he recovered and got married and had a son…”
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Henniz, ‘Mr’
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB fl 1766
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job Played on the clarinet and French horn with 4 others at Marylebone Gardens
Source Highfill (Carse’s The Orchestra in the 18th Century’)
Notes
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Herschel, Dietrich
Date of Birth 13 Sept 1755
Place of Birth Hanover
When in GB 3 times: 1768 – 69 & 1777 in Bath; 1809 -1812 in London
Where in GB Bath / London
Married (when) c1777
Whom / Where Married / in Hanover
Date of Death Late Jan 1827
Where died Hanover
Skill / Job Violinist
Source Family papers and Herschel published material.
Notes Youngest uncle of the Griesbachs.Came to brother William in Bath as a young man. In his mid-50s returned to Slough for 4 years and worked in London probably. Played at AntC. Returned to Hanover.
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Herschel, Jacob
Date of Birth 20/11/1734
Place of Birth Hanover
When in GB Visited at various times in his life.
Where in GB London & Bath
Married (when) No
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 23 June 1792 (murdered)
Where died Hanover
Skill / Job Instrumentalist, composer
Source Family papers, Herschel published material, (Highfill under ‘Alexander Herschel’), Sainsbury
Notes The Griesbachs’ eldest Herschel uncle. In 1757 -59 worked in London; in 1769 – played before King and Queen.
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Herschel, Johann Alexander
Date of Birth 13/11/1745
Place of Birth Hanover
When in GB 1770 – 1816
Where in GB Mainly Bath. Played in Bristol too. But would also have played in London at the NMF Concerts, of which he was a member.
Married (when) c1785 (aged 40)
Whom / Where Married (wife died Jan 1788)
Date of Death 15/03/1821
Where died Hanover
Skill / Job violist, violoncellist, optical technician
Source Doane, Highfill (incorrect), ‘ Memoirs’, and Herschel published material. NMF.
Notes Youngest uncle of the Griesbachs. Had been apprenticed to their father. Came to join William in Bath as a young man. In 1816 he retired to Hanover, at the age of 71. (Brother William paid off his debts before he left Bath.)
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Herschel, William
Date of Birth 15/11/1738
Place of Birth Hanover
When in GB From 1757>
Where in GB London, N E England, Bath, (Slough as astronomer)
Married (when) 8 May 1788 (aged 49)
Whom / Where Married Widow Mary Pitt
Date of Death 25/08/1822
Where died Slough
Skill / Job organist, composer, astronomer
Source Doane, Highfill, Sainsbury, NG, DNB, Herschel publications
Notes In Doane (1794) listed as of Slough, Windsor.(Naturalized in 1792, but by then had given up his career in music.)
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Hinner, Philipp Joseph
Date of Birth 1754
Place of Birth Wetzlar, Germany
When in GB 1781 -1783
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death after 1805
Where died
Skill / Job harpist, composer
Source Highfill, NG, Sainsbury
Notes Lived in French Guiana as a boy. Visited Paris and Naples. Chamber musician to the Queen of France. He was much admired in London for his performances on the harp. Returned to Paris, remained active there until 1805.
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Hochbrucker, Christian
Date of Birth 1733
Place of Birth Tagmersheim, Bavaria
When in GB 1779 -1780; 1792 (after the French Revolution) (aged 46)
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job harpist , composer, popularised the pedal harp.
Source Highfill, NG
Notes Most of his career was spent in Paris.
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Hockbrucker, Johann Baptist
Date of Birth 27/06/1732
Place of Birth Donauwörth
When in GB 1779 (visited), 1792 emigrated to London.
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 29/07/1812
Where died Saint-Servan
Skill / Job composed for the harp, harpist
Source Highfill, Sainsbury, NG
Notes Published for the harp in London in 1780.
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Hoffman, ‘Mr’
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB fl. 1798-1804
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job bassoonist
Source Highfill
Notes
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Hoffman, John (‘Master John’)
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB fl. 1794
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job pianist and drummer
Source Highfill, Doane
Notes Musical prodigy, son of John Andrew Hoffman.Lived at 214, Oxford Street (probably an error for 124, see father’s entry)
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Hoffman, John Andrew
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB fl.1794 – 1822
Where in GB London
Married (when) (yes)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died ?
Skill / Job trumpeter,violinist,violist, organist, music seller
Source Highfill
Notes HandelCC., 1794: His address probably 124, Oxford Street1799 – 1808: 9, Princes Steet, Cavendish Square1808 – 1822: 21, Manchester Street, Manchester Sq.He ran a music-selling and publishing business.
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Hoffman, Sophia
Date of Birth ? 1785
Place of Birth ?
When in GB 1788 -1797 ?
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job pianist, organist, harpist, singer
Source Highfill, Doane
Notes Almost certainly child prodigy daughter of John Andrew Hoffman.In 1794 of 214 (?124) Oxford Street – same as father and brother.
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Hommert, Mr
Date of Birth
Place of Birth ? Germany
When in GB fl. late 1780s/early 1790s?
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job musician, composer
Source Sainsbury
Notes ‘A musician in the private band of his late majesty George III, published among other works … for pianoforte in 1790, dedicated to the Queen.’
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Horn, Charles Edward (2nd gen.)
Date of Birth 1786
Place of Birth Parish of St Martins, London
When in GB From birth to c1835, 1843 -47
Where in GB London, Bath > Boston, USA
Married (when) Twice
Whom / Where Married i) Miss Ray (an actress) ii) Miss Horton
Date of Death 21/10/1849
Where died Boston
Skill / Job tenor or baritone singer, actor, composer
Source Sainsbury, DNB
Notes Studied under his father. At the age of 22 went to Bath to study voice under Rauzzini, but Rauzzini became ill soon after he arrived, so he returned to London. In 1820s ‘ranked among the principal singers of the metropolis’. Lost his voice in 1835 & moved to New York, then Boston, where died.
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Horn, Charles Frederick
Date of Birth Feb 1762
Place of Birth Nordhausen, Saxony
When in GB From 1782 (aged 20)
Where in GB
Married (when) 28 Sept 1785 (aged 23)
Whom / Where Married Diana Dupont, governess of the household of 1st Marquess of Stafford, for whom he was working as music master.
Date of Death 03/08/1830
Where died Windsor
Skill / Job piano and theory teacher (to royal family), composer
Source Sainsbury, Euing, Mrs P, NG
Notes Memoirs written by his son. Instructed the royal princesses in music from 1789 to 1812. Connection with royal family continued in his last years. In June 1824 George IV appointed him organist of St George’s Chapel, Windsor, where he is buried. Collaborated in publishing with Samuel Wesley, who described him as ‘indefatigable’.
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Horn, Henry (2nd gen.)
Date of Birth 1789
Place of Birth Paris
When in GB 1805 – 1820s +?
Where in GB London, Bath, Scotland and Ireland
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job harpist, composer
Source Sainsbury
Notes Eminent performer on harp. Born in Paris of German parents. Came to England aged 10. In 1805 made first appearance. Later travelled to Scotland and Ireland.Returned to London in 1812. (King’s Theatre.) Still in London in 1820s.
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Hummel, Johan Nepomuka
Date of Birth 14 Nov 1778 or 1780
Place of Birth Vienna, or Pozsony, Hungary (Strong German influence)
When in GB 1788 – 93, 1800 -1801, 1831 -1834
Where in GB (Edinburgh, Newcastle upon Tyne, Durham, Cambridge) London X3
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 17/10/1837
Where died Weimar
Skill / Job pianist, composer
Source Highfill, Sainsbury, Phil Soc.
Notes When he was about 7 years old, his father went to conduct at a theatre in Vienna. Mozart heard him play and took him under his tutelage, and into his house. Returned as an adult to London. Described as his ‘first visit to England’ when performed at Phil Soc concert in 1831.
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Kaest (?Also ‘Karst’), Johan George
Date of Birth
Place of Birth Erfurt
When in GB fl.1784 – 1785
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job violist, trombonist, ?oboist
Source Highfill, RSM, HanMus, HandelCC.
Notes Mr Kaest was a member of the Queen’s Private Band in early 1780s (HanMus). Johan George Karst proposed for membership in the RSM on 1 May 1785, but was refused. Probably the same person (see Figure 6). ‘Mr Karst’was among the sackbut players at Abb. (He probably played 2nd oboe too.)
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Kalkbrenner, Frederick Wilhelm Michael
Date of Birth early Nov 1785
Place of Birth Born while his parents were en route from Kassel to Berlin.
When in GB From end 1814 – 1824 (Only in England for 10 years)
Where in GB London, Bath, Edinburgh
Married (when) c1825
Whom / Where Married Marie de’Estaing (a general’s daughter) (a son) / in Paris
Date of Death 10/06/1849
Where died Enghien-les-Bains
Skill / Job pianist, composer
Source Sainsbury, NG, Quarterly Musical Magazine and Review 1822, p.155
Notes German musical family. Impt. part of training at Paris Conservatoire 1799 -1801. In England he won the reputation which placed him in the front rank of European pianists. Amassed a considerable fortune during his time here.
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Kammel, Anton(ín)
Date of Birth 21/04/1730
Place of Birth Belec, Bohemia
When in GB From early 1765 (aged 35 when arrived)
Where in GB London and the provinces
Married (when) 20/01/1768
Whom / Where Married Ann Edicatt (not of age & ‘ a woman of fortune’ / ? (6 children)
Date of Death 05/10/1784
Where died ?London
Skill / Job violinist, violist, composer, teacher
Source Highfill, van der Straeten’s History of the Violin, Sainsbury
Notes Sent when young to study in Italy under violinist Tartini. Then went to Prague. In London obviously had close ties with Bach and Abel – evidenced by their concerts programmes and the joint publication of quartets by the three of them. ‘A violinist in the late king’s band’ [George III’s]. Will: 18 March 1784, proved 15 Oct same year.
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Kamnem, ‘Mr’
Date of Birth c1821 (aged 20 in 1841)
Place of Birth
When in GB fl.1841
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job ‘musician’
Source DR, 1841 Census
Notes Living at 15 Leicester Place, St Anne Soho, Strand(There were 9 people living at this address, all of them musicians and all of them had German surnames. )
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Kauntze (‘Counts, alias Kauntz’), George H.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB fl. 1794 – 1798
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job clarinetist, violoncellist
Source Doane, Highfill, NMF
Notes In the band of the Second Regiment of Guards.1794: Of 34, Charles Street, Westminster
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Keicher, ‘Miss’
Date of Birth c1822 (aged 19 in 1841)
Place of Birth
When in GB fl.1841
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job ‘musician’
Source DR, 1841 Census
Notes Living at 15 Leicester Place, St Anne Soho, Strand(There were 9 people living at this address, all of them musicians and all of them had German surnames. )
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Kel(l)ner, ‘Mr’
Date of Birth
Place of Birth Germany
When in GB fl 1778 – 1780
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 18/07/1839
Where died London
Skill / Job violoncellist
Source GG’s memoirs
Notes ‘Eldest brother of Charles Kelner’, in Queen’s Band with George Griesbach. Banished back to Germany in c 1780 as a result of bad behaviour. He died soon afterwards.
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Kellner (or Kellnar), Ephraim
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB fl.1735 -1752
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job singer?
Source Highfill
Notes Perhaps the Ephraim Kellner who was one of the original members of the RSM. Named in the will of Johann Christoph Pepusch 1752/1753.
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Kellner, Ern(e)st August(us) (2nd gen.)
Date of Birth 26/01/1792
Place of Birth Windsor (Father from Saxe Weimar)
When in GB From birth -1815, 1820 – death
Where in GB London
Married (when) 1815
Whom / Where Married ? / In England, just before went to Italy to study.
Date of Death 18/07/1839
Where died London
Skill / Job pianist, baritone singer, composer
Source Baker’s Biographical Dict., Richard Cull: ‘Case of Precocious Musical Talent ‘ (London, 1839), Sainsbury, Euing, DNB
Notes Son of one of the Kellners in Queen’s Band. Studied voice in Italy. Sang in Venice, St Petersburg and Paris. Visited Sax Weimar on way back to England. Organist of the Bavarian Chapel in London from 1834, composed masses etc for use at the Bavarian Chapel.
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Kellner, Johan Christian William (?‘Christopher’,‘Charles’)
Date of Birth 1755
Place of Birth Duchy of Sax Weimar
When in GB From 1778
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 17 Oct 1822 (aged 67)
Where died
Skill / Job oboist
Source HanMus, Highfill, Doane, NMF, GG’s Memoirs, Gentleman’s Mag.
Notes Member of the Queen’s Band in 1783. Probably one of the ‘Knellers’ listed as oboist at HandelCC. In 1794 of 29, James Street, Westminster or of the Queen’s Band, Buckingham House. Played oboe trios with Fischer and Suck in early 1780s. Denizen: 19 Feb 1795 ‘musician of New Windsor’. When died had ‘been a member of his majesty’s private band for 42 years’.
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Kellner, Johann August
Date of Birth 1756
Place of Birth Hayna on the Ness, Duchy of Saxe Gotha, Germany
When in GB From 1780s
Where in GB
Married (when) Married in 1788 (aged 32), 2nd marriage 1818.
Whom / Where Married 2nd: Isabella Maria Wheatly
Date of Death 1835
Where died Probably Windsor
Skill / Job Proficient on the bassoon, violoncello, trombone and tenor (horn? viola?)
Source Highfill, RSM, (not in Doane)
Notes Member of the Queen’s Band. Proposed for membership of RSM in 1788.Denizen: 19 Feb 1795, ‘musician of New Windsor’Probably the ‘Kneller’ listed as a trombonist at the HandelCC.
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Kellner, William Ernst (‘Earnest’)
Date of Birth
Place of Birth Duchy of Sax Weimar, Germany
When in GB fl 1780s & 90s
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job horn player / bassoonist
Source Highfill, Doane, NMF
Notes Doane: ‘E. Kelner of 12 Castle Street, Leicester Square, a bassoonist of the Queen’s band. Brother of John Christian William Kelner. Probably the sackbut and bassoon player at HandelCC. (See Figure 6) Denizen: 19 Feb 1795, ‘musician of New Windsor
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Keppell, ‘Mr’
Date of Birth c1811 (aged 30 in 1841)
Place of Birth
When in GB fl.1841
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job ‘musician’
Source DR, 1841 Census
Notes Living at 15 Leicester Place, St Anne Soho, Strand(There were 9 people living at this address, all of them musicians and all of them had German surnames. )
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Kiesewetter, Christoph Gottfried
Date of Birth 1777
Place of Birth Anspach
When in GB 1821 -1825 (aged 44)
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job violinist
Source Sainsbury, Phil Soc
Notes Son of Johann Frederick. Philharmonic Society: leader in 1821 and 1822, section player in 1824, 1825. ‘Has spent much time in England since the winter of 1821 when he performed at the Phil concerts’.
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Kiesewetter, Raphael Georg
Date of Birth 29/08/1773
Place of Birth Holleschau, now Holesov, Czech Republic
When in GB 1822 (aged 47)
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 01/01/1850
Where died Baden
Skill / Job musicologist, pianist, singer, played flute, bassoon and guitar, teacher
Source NG, Phil Soc
Notes Played in London at Phil Soc concerts.
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Kilman, ‘Mr’
Date of Birth c1811 (aged 30 in 1841)
Place of Birth
When in GB fl.1841
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job ‘musician’
Source DR, 1841 Census
Notes Living at 15 Leicester Place, St Anne Soho, Strand(There were 9 people living at this address, all of them musicians and all of them had German surnames. )
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Kirkman, Jacob (the younger)
Date of Birth 03/03/1746
Place of Birth ? born Bischweiler
When in GB By 1780 – death
Where in GB
Married (when) Single in 1781
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 29/04/1812
Where died
Skill / Job organist, composer
Source Highfill, RSM, Doane, NG – on family,
Notes Admitted to RSM in 1781; expelled 1807. Served his apprenticeship under John Keeble, of parish of St George, Hanover Square.1794: organist of St George, Hanover Sq. ?Nephew of harpsichord maker Jacob Kirkman, the elder.
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Klein, Karl D.
Date of Birth c1820 (Aged 21 in 1841)
Place of Birth
When in GB fl. 1841 .
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job ‘musician’
Source DR, 1841 Census
Notes In 1841 living on Leicester St., St Anne Soho, Strand. There were 4 musicians living at this address in 1841.
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Koczwara, Franz
Date of Birth c1750
Place of Birth Prague
When in GB 1775 – 1791(death) (arrived aged 25)
Where in GB London, Bath, Dublin, Chester
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 2 Sept 1793
Where died London
Skill / Job instrumentalist, composer
Source Highfill, NG, DNB
Notes Was very versatile and played a great many instruments.Died in a house of ill repute after having paid a prostitute a guinea to hang him. She was tried for murder, but acquitted.
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Koerbitz, Mr
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB fl.1758
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job
Source McVeigh, Concert Life, p.81
Notes ‘Musician to the King of Prussia’.
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Kollman, Augustus Friedrich Christoph (? ‘Charles’)
Date of Birth 21/03/1756
Place of Birth Engelbostel, Hanover
When in GB Sept 1782 – death (aged 26)
Where in GB London
Married (when) 26/10/1783
Whom / Where Married Christina Catherina Ruel (1745 – 1823) / St Luke’s, Chelsea(He aged 27 at time of marriage.) (2 children – see entries)
Date of Death 19/04/1829
Where died London
Skill / Job organist, theorist, composer, teacher
Source Doane, NMF 1815 -1825, NG, Sainsbury: ‘Charles’, DNB
Notes Musical family. In 1794 Organist of German Chapel, St James Street.‘His late Majesty commanded that a person should be sent by the Hanoverian govt. to fill the place of organist and schoolmaster at the Royal German Chapel, St James’s. Kollman was chosen for the appointment, arrived in London in the autumn of 1782. Charles William Hempel was his wife’s nephew.
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Kollman, George Augustus (2nd gen.)
Date of Birth 30/01/1789
Place of Birth London
When in GB From birth
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 19/03/1845
Where died London
Skill / Job pianist, composer and inventor
Source NG, RSM (1811 – 1836 +), Sainsbury
Notes Musical family. Son of Augustus Frederic Christopher Kollman. Gave first performance at NMF concert in 1804. From 1816 was Associate of the Phil Soc. Succeeded father as organist of Royal German Chapel in St James’s Palace. Granted patents for piano action, railways and locomotive carriages. Bankrupt 1840.
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Kollman, Jo(h)anna S(ophia) (2nd gen.)
Date of Birth 20/07/1786
Place of Birth London
When in GB From birth
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 14/05/1849
Where died London
Skill / Job musician, singer. Assisted brother in piano business
Source NG
Notes Musical family. Daughter of Augustus Frederic Christopher Kollman. Gave first performance as singer at NMF concert in 1806. From 1816 was Associate of the Phil Soc. Succeeded brother as organist of Royal German Chapel in St James’s Palace.
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Kopp, Henry
Date of Birth
Place of Birth ? Frankfort
When in GB fl.1749 – 1755, ?
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job trumpeter in the King’s Musick
Source Highfill, Lord Chamberlain’s accounts
Notes On 22 July 1755 given leave to go to Frankfort on private business for six months.
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Krantger, ‘Mr’
Date of Birth c1806 (aged 35 in 1841)
Place of Birth
When in GB fl.1841
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job ‘musician’
Source DR, 1841 Census
Notes Living at 15 Leicester Place, St Anne Soho, Strand(There were 9 people living at this address, all of them musicians and all of them had German surnames. )
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Krumphol(t)z, Anne-Marie (née Steckler)
Date of Birth c1755 or 10 Aug 1766
Place of Birth Metz
When in GB From 1788 (aged 22 when arrived)
Where in GB London, ?Oxford
Married (when) Before 1786
Whom / Where Married Bohemian harpist Krumpholz (1742 -1790) (3 children)
Date of Death 1824
Where died
Skill / Job harpist (She was small – had a small harp ‘A proper size for her’), composer of fashionable harp arrangements
Source Doane, Mrs P, Highfill, Sainsbury, NG
Notes Thought to be the daughter of harp maker Christian Steckler of Metz. Studied harp with, & performed in Paris with her husband 1779 – 1784, but ran off to London with a ‘young lover’ (?Dussek). Her husband came to England to try to get her back, but was unsuccessful, so returned to Paris alone. He then committed suicide.
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Kühe, Herr Wilhelm
Date of Birth 10/12/1823
Place of Birth Prague
When in GB 1845 – 1855, 1847 >
Where in GB London and Brighton
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 08/10/1912
Where died London
Skill / Job ‘professor of pianoforte’
Source DR, 1855 Directory, NG
Notes Performed with the Musical Union in 1845. 1855 Directory: 70, Margaret Street, Cavendish Square and 79, Lansdowne Place, Brighton.
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Kunzen, Adolph Carl (or Karl Adolph, or Johann Adolph)
Date of Birth 22 Sept 1720
Place of Birth Wittenberg
When in GB In 1729 (aged 9) 1754 -1757;1768
Where in GB London,
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death Buried 11 July 1781
Where died Lübeck
Skill / Job harpsichordist, organist, singer, composer
Source Highfill, NG, Sainsbury
Notes He was brought to London to perform with his father, Johann Paul Kunzen, in 1729. Had a son, Friedrich Ludwig Aemilius, keyboard player, who accompanied his father to London in 1768.
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Kunzen, Friedrich Ludwig Aemil(ius)
Date of Birth 4 Sept 1761 /1763
Place of Birth Lübeck
When in GB ?In 1768 (brought by father – aged 7)
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 28/01/1817
Where died Copenhagen
Skill / Job clavier player, composer
Source Highfill, Sainsbury, NG
Notes Son of Adolph Carl Kunzen. Worked Copenhagen, Berlin, Frankfort on the Main, Prague. Returned to Copenhagen until his death.
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Lampe, Charles John Frederick (2nd gen)
Date of Birth 1739
Place of Birth ?London
When in GB From birth
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married Ann Smith (a singer at Maryebone Gardens) (one daughter)
Date of Death 10 Sept 1767
Where died
Skill / Job composer and organist
Source NG, Sainsbury
Notes Son of John Frederick Lampe and his wife Isabella (both musicians) from Brunswick. He succeeded his grandfather, Charles Young, as organist at All Hallows, a post which he held until his death.
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Lampe, Johann Friedrich (‘John Frederick’)
Date of Birth Winter 1702 – 3
Place of Birth Brunswick
When in GB From 1725
Where in GB London, Preston, Chester, Edinburgh
Married (when) 1738
Whom / Where Married Isabella Young (singer), daughter of Charles Young, organist / at St Benet, Paul’s Wharf
Date of Death 25/07/1751
Where died Edinburgh (of a fever)
Skill / Job bassoonist, harpsichordist, composer (operas)
Source Highfill, NG, Sainsbury, DNB
Notes Admitted to university of Helmstedt in 1718. Graduated in law. Converted to Methodism and a close friend of Charles Wesley’s, some of whose hymns were published with settings by Lampe.
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Lebrun, (Also ‘Le Brun’) Ludwig August
Date of Birth 1752
Place of Birth Mannheim
When in GB From beginning of 1778 to later in year; 1779 – 1781
Where in GB
Married (when) By 30 May 1778
Whom / Where Married Franziska Danzi (soprano singer ) (children)
Date of Death December 1790
Where died Berlin (when visiting -from inflammation of liver and exhaustion)
Skill / Job oboist, composer
Source Highfill, NG, Sainsbury
Notes Son of Jacob Alexander Lebrun from Brussels, who was oboist in the Mannheim orchestra from 1747 until his death in 1771. Studied oboe with his father and was court musician as a boy in Mannheim. The couple travelled and performed in many European cities. Wife died as ‘Sga Danzi’ c June 1791 in London or Berlin (6 months after husband).
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Leidler, Johan Christopher
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB ? 1780s to 1793
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 1793
Where died
Skill / Job musician
Source Highfill, RSM
Notes On 3 Feb 1793 his widow reported to the RSM, of which her husband had been a member that he had died. Her case was severe: allowance granted 15 guineas per year.
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Len(t)z, Heinrich Gerhard
Date of Birth 1764
Place of Birth German parents
When in GB Between 1784 and 1794
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 1839
Where died
Skill / Job pianist, composer, teacher
Source Highfill, Haydn’s First London Notebook, Sainsbury, NG
Notes Came via Paris and Warsaw. In 1792 performed in Salomon’s concerts in London. Haydn noted Lenz was ‘still very young’. Went on to Hamburg and Warsaw.
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Lidl (also ‘Lidel’), Andreas (also ‘Anton’)
Date of Birth c1740
Place of Birth Vienna
When in GB From 1776 until his death before 1789
Where in GB London, Oxford
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death Before 1789 (according to Burney)
Where died
Skill / Job baryton (‘baritono’) and viola de gamba player, violinist?, composer
Source Highfill, Sainsbury, NG,
Notes One of Europe’s greatest performers on the baryton.His performance enchanted through ‘sweet grace, with German strength, unexpectedly linked with most harmonious melody’.
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Linike, John Henry
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB fl.1765 > death
Where in GB London
Married (when) (yes)
Whom / Where Married (son and daughter)
Date of Death c1785
Where died
Skill / Job
Source Highfill, RSM
Notes His widow and children noted a number of times from 1785 to 1796 in minutes of RSM. (? Son of Joh. G. Linike – see entry in Sainsbury)
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Livingmann, Johan Nicolaus
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB fl.1796
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job ‘musician’
Source Highfill, RSM
Notes Proposed for membership of RSM 1 May 1796 and elected unanimously in the August. Attended and signed on 2 Oct. No further refs to him.
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Loewe, Johann Carl Gottfried
Date of Birth 30/11/1796
Place of Birth Löbejün, nr Halle
When in GB 1847
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 20/04/1869
Where died Kiel
Skill / Job singer, composer
Source NG
Notes Long career. Had reputation across Europe as composer and singer. Visited London in 1847 where he performed at court.
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Logier, John Bernard
Date of Birth 09/02/1777
Place of Birth Kassel. Ancestors from Kaiserslautern. (Descendant of a family of French refugees who sought refuge in Germany from religious persecution.)
When in GB 1791 -
Where in GB London, Ireland: Westport, Kilkenny, Dublin
Married (when) Yes
Whom / Where Married Miss Willman: daughter of John Willman, German bandsman.
Date of Death 27/07/1846
Where died Dublin
Skill / Job flautist, pianist, theorist, teacher, author and composer. Had music shop.
Source Sainsbury , NG, DNB
Notes After early musical training from father, he moved to England in 1791. Joined band of the Marquis of Abercorn’s regiment; promoted from flautist to director of music. Settled in Ireland, became organist at Westport, then director of the band of the Kilkenny Militia in 1807. Settled in Dublin in 1809. Patented mechanism for teaching the piano, esp. for simultaneous teaching of a group of pupils. Had music shop at 46, Upper Sackville Street, Dublin.
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Lops, Rosa
Date of Birth
Place of Birth ‘from Munich’
When in GB fl. 1791 -1792
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job singer
Source Highfill, Haydn’s First London Notebook
Notes Came to London to join the opera troupe at the King’s Theatre.
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Lubbe, ‘Mr’ (1st or 2nd gen.)
Date of Birth
Place of Birth ? Germany or England
When in GB fl.1758
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job violoncellist
Source Highfill, History of the Violoncello
Notes Joined the orchestra of ‘the Royal Opera’ like / along with? his father in 1758. Supposedly contributed to the abolition of the bass viol by his performance on the violoncello.
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Lubbe, Mr (father)
Date of Birth
Place of Birth Germany
When in GB From 1720 – 1758?
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job A ‘base’ player – probably a violoncellist.
Source Highfill, History of the Violoncello
Notes Played in the orchestra of ‘the Royal Opera’ – The King’s Theatre.
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Luther, John Christian (2nd gen.)
Date of Birth
Place of Birth Born England, of German extraction
When in GB ? – 1789
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 1789
Where died ? London
Skill / Job ‘tenor bass’ singer, harpsichordist, composer, teacher of harpsichord
Source Highfill
Notes Sang in the Chapel Royal, and tenor at Handel Memorial Concerts. On 14 Sept 1789 European Magazine reported he had died ‘lately’.
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Macfarren, Natalia Clarina Thalia (née Andrae)
Date of Birth 1827
Place of Birth Lübeck
When in GB From c1840 – death
Where in GB
Married (when) 1844
Whom / Where Married G.A. ‘Walter’ Macfarren (her teacher at the RAM)
Date of Death 09/04/1916
Where died Bakewell
Skill / Job Translator and editor, contralto singer and teacher
Source NG, 1855 Directory
Notes In 1855 of 15 Hanover Cot., Alpha Road. From the 1870s she translated choral texts, solo songs and operas (chiefly from German and Italian) into English with considerable flair. Had a concert career as a contralto and appeared in the premiere of her husband’s opera.
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Malchair, Johann Baptist
Date of Birth 15/01/1730
Place of Birth Cologne
When in GB From 1754 (aged 24)
Where in GB London, Lewes, Bristol, Hereford and Oxford
Married (when) 1760 (He was aged 30 at time of marriage.)
Whom / Where Married Elizabeth Jenner, of Oxford
Date of Death 12/12/1812
Where died Oxford
Skill / Job Violinist, singer, composer, watercolour artist
Source Highfill, NG
Notes In London taught music and drawing. From 1858 to 1776 he was associated with the Three Choirs Festival. By 1759 had settled in Oxford. Made many drawings in and around the city. Close friend of William Crotch, organist of Christ Church from 1790, and through him had an influence on Constable. Malchair was a collector of national melodies.
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Mara, Gertrud Elisabeth (née Schmeling)
Date of Birth 23/02/1749
Place of Birth Kassel
When in GB 1759 – 1765, Spring 1784 – 1802 , 1819
Where in GB London (in 1794 of 25, Queen Anne Street East)
Married (when) c1772
Whom / Where Married Johann Baptist Mara (musician)/ Separated in late 1790s.
Date of Death 20/01/1833
Where died Reval (now Tallinn)
Skill / Job (violinist), soprano singer, teacher,
Source Doane, Highfill, NG, DNB
Notes First brought to England at the age of 10 by her father as violinist. Encouraged to take up singing. Returned to Germany in 1765. Married cellist Mara ‘an idle drunken man’. Travelled in Germany, the Low Countries, Vienna, Munich, Paris. Returned to London for 18 years. Left and toured France and Germany with her lover, Charles Florio, flautist and composer. Eventually went to Moscow where they separated. Taught there to support herself.
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Mara, Giovanni Battista
Date of Birth 1744
Place of Birth Berlin
When in GB From 1784 to 1797?
Where in GB London
Married (when) Soon after 1772
Whom / Where Married Gertrud Elisabeth Schmeling / Berlin; estranged by 1796
Date of Death 1808
Where died Schiedam, near Rotterdam
Skill / Job violoncellist
Source Highfill, Doane, Sainsbury, (NG)
Notes Born son of Ignaz Mara, a native of Teutschbrod in Bohemia, who served as chamber violoncellist to the King of Prussia. Lived mainly off wife’s success. By 1799 he was living in Berlin ‘in very low circumstances’. He died suffering from hopeless alcoholism.
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Matthas, ‘Miss’
Date of Birth c1823 (aged 18 in 1841)
Place of Birth
When in GB fl.1841
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job ‘musician’
Source DR, 1841 Census
Notes Living at 15 Leicester Place, St Anne Soho, Strand(There were 9 people living at this address, all of them musicians who had German surnames. )
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Maurer, Ludwig Wilhelm
Date of Birth 08/02/1789
Place of Birth Potsdam
When in GB Probably in 1832
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 13 /25 Oct 1878
Where died St Petersburg
Skill / Job violinist, composer
Source NG, Phil Soc.
Notes Toured in Germany, Russia, Paris> Hanover > St Petersburg (Moscheles wrote that Maurer demanded, in addition to a high fee, free lodgings for 2 months and an interpreter when coming to play for the Phil Soc!)
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Mavius, ?Charles (Senior)
Date of Birth ?
Place of Birth Germany
When in GB fl.?1790s – 1826
Where in GB Windsor, Kettering
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job violinist, pianist, teacher
Source Euing (son’s letter),
Notes Father of Charles Mavius, a German. ‘Came to England at the period of the French Revolution’. Probably stayed in Windsor at least until 1810. (?Royal musician.) In 1824 a professor of music in Kettering.
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Mavius, Charles (Junior) (2nd gen.)
Date of Birth 1800
Place of Birth Bedford
When in GB From birth
Where in GB Windsor, Kettering, Leicester
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job violinist, pianist, teacher
Source Euing
Notes Son of (?Charles) Mavius, a German. Spent first 10 years of life at Windsor. At 6 taught violin by father. At 7 began pianoforte. At 12 appointed organist at church in Kettering. At 14 studied composition. Now teacher in Leicester ‘where he enjoys a patronage beyond his most sanguine expectations’. (1824)
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Mendelssohn (-Bartholdy), Jacob Ludwig Felix
Date of Birth 03/02/1809
Place of Birth Hamburg
When in GB Came to visit a number of times: 1829, 1832, 1842, 1846, 1847
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 4 Nov 1847 (aged 38)
Where died Leipzig
Skill / Job conductor, pianist, organist, composer
Source NG
Notes Father abandoned Jewry. One of the most gifted and versatile prodigies, he stood at the forefront of German music during the 1830s and 1840s. First visited England as a young man as part of ‘grand musical tour’ to Italy, France and England. In May 1829 official English début conducting his own symphony at the Phil. Soc. Concerts. Had a series of strokes in 1847 from which he died.
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Menel, Mr
Date of Birth
Place of Birth ?
When in GB fl.1789 -1792
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job violoncellist
Source Highfill, Haydn’s First London Notebook
Notes In 1791 was a soloist in Salomon’s concerts. Played at Haydn’s benefit concert in Feb and May 1792.
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Meves, Augustus (2nd gen. German )
Date of Birth 1785
Place of Birth London
When in GB From birth
Where in GB London, Edinburgh,
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job musician, composer
Source Euing
Notes ‘Son of the late Mr William Meves, minature painter’. Mother musical. Father gave party to young John Hummel and his father of Vienna, together with Mr Graeff and other musical gentlemen at which Hummel noticed his facility on the piano. A chance beginning as teacher. Has retired ‘from the fatigues of the profession of music as a teacher’. (1824)
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Miller, John Weitzen (Also Weitzenmiller)
Date of Birth
Place of Birth ?
When in GB fl.1749 -1763+ ?
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job trumpeter, horn player, teacher
Source Mortimer’s, Highfill, Lord Chamberlain’s accounts
Notes Cited several times as trumpeter in the King’s Musick1749 -59. Probably the Miller who played horn in performance of the ‘Messiah’ at the Foundling Hospital in May 1745.
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Mingotti, Regina (née Valentini)
Date of Birth 16/02/1722
Place of Birth Naples. Daughter of Austrian officer; both father & mother of German origin.
When in GB From 1754 to ?1759; 1763 – 1764
Where in GB
Married (when) 1746
Whom / Where Married Pietro Mingotti (who ran an opera company) / in Dresden
Date of Death 01/10/1808
Where died Neuburg
Skill / Job singer, manager
Source Highfill, NG
Notes When aged one taken to Gratz in Silesia. Father died. Uncle supported her, then he died. At 14 was returned to her mother in Dresden. Married Mingotti (20 years her senior) to escape the unhappiness of her childhood. Returned to Munich in 1772 , then Neuburg in 1787, where she died. Knew Latin, Spanish and English, and was so perfect in French, Italian and German that it was difficult to distinguish her native tongue.
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Moeller, John Jacob (Also known as ‘Miller’)
Date of Birth
Place of Birth Stotternheim, Erfurt, Landgraviate of Thuringia, Germany
When in GB fl. 1780s & 90s
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job horn player
Source Highfill, AntC, (Not in Doane), HanMus
Notes Brother of John Michael. In 1783 member of Queen’s band, playing French Horn, ‘scholar of the great Pieltain in Paris. Hr Miller’s strength on this instrument almost borders on that of his teacher.’ (HanMus) Probably the ‘Moeller’ who played horn at the HandelCC in May and June 1784. Denizen: 19 Feb 1795 ‘musician of New Windsor’.
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Moeller, John Michael (Also known as ‘Miller’)
Date of Birth
Place of Birth Stotternheim, Erfurt, Langraviate of Thuringia, Germany
When in GB fl. 1780s & 90s
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job trombonist or sackbut player. Probably 2nd violinist ‘Miller’ in the Queen’s Band in 1783.
Source HIghfill, AntC, HanMus, (Not in Doane)
Notes Brother of John Jacob. Member of Queen’s band. Probably the ‘Moeller who played the sackbut and 2nd violin at the HandelCC. in May and June 1784.Denizen: 19 Feb 1795 ‘musician of New Windsor’.
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Molique, Wilhelm Bernard
Date of Birth 07/10/1802
Place of Birth Nuremberg
When in GB 1840, 1842, 1848 (visits), 1849 settled> 1866
Where in GB London, Norwich
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 10/05/1869
Where died Cannstatt, nr Stuttgart
Skill / Job violinist and composer
Source NG
Notes Father musician in municipal band. Music director and orchestra leader in Stuttgart. Undertook extensive tours in Europe, including Russia. Well received in London in1840 at the Philharmonic.In 1866 retired to Cannstatt.
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Moralt, John Alois
Date of Birth 30/08/1785
Place of Birth
When in GB c1800?
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 18/03/1847
Where died
Skill / Job violinist, viola, cellist, pianist, teacher
Source RSM (1809), NG
Notes ?Belonged to German family of musicians. Philharmonic Society 1813, 1830, 1840. ‘Performs at the Antient and Vocal Concert’
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Moralt, Wilhelm Johann
Date of Birth 1774
Place of Birth Mannheim
When in GB c1800? – 1842
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death After 1842
Where died
Skill / Job viola player
Source NG
Notes German family of musicians. (Son of Adam Moralt, orchestral manager at Mannheim, then Munich, 7 of whose sons joined the Munich Hofkapelle.) Through his mother, Maria Ann Kramer, related to the London musical family Cramer. He played a prominent part in English musical life until 1842. Was principal viola player in the Philharmonic concerts.
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Moscheles, Ignaz (Isaac)
Date of Birth 23/05/1794
Place of Birth Prague
When in GB 1815 – 1825 (visiting) (aged c21); 1825 – 1846 settled in London
Where in GB London
Married (when) March 1825
Whom / Where Married Charlotte Embden (1805 -1889) / Hamburg
Date of Death 10/03/1870
Where died Leipzig
Skill / Job pianist, teacher
Source Sainsbury, NG
Notes Jewish background. Appeared in public in Vienna at about the age of 15. Between 1815 and 1825 his travels as a recitalist took him throughout Germany, often to Paris and London, also to Prague. Debut in Philharmonic Soc Concerts, London in 1821. Settled in London after his marriage, where taught and conducted. Taught unique piano method and treated pupils with an almost paternal interest.
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Möser, Karl
Date of Birth 24/01/1774
Place of Birth Berlin
When in GB 1796 – 97 (aged 22 / 23)
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 27/01/1851
Where died Berlin
Skill / Job violinist, conductor, composer
Source Highfill, NG, Sainsbury
Notes Son of an oboist in the Ziethen Hussars. Travelled to Berlin, Hamburg, Denmark, Norway, then came to London to play in Salomon’s concerts. Returned to Berlin, then lived in St Petersburg from 1806 to 1811, but returned to Berlin. Lasting influence on music life there.
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Mozart, Maria Anne (‘Nannerl’)
Date of Birth 30 or 31 July 1751
Place of Birth Salzburg
When in GB May 1764 – July 1765 (aged 13 /14)
Where in GB London, Canterbury, Dover
Married (when) 23 Aug 1784 (aged 33 )
Whom / Where Married Johann Baptist von Berchtold zu Sonnenburg of Gilgen (3 children)
Date of Death 29/10/1829
Where died Salzburg
Skill / Job pianist, composer
Source Highfill, NG, Sainsbury
Notes Daughter of musician Leopold Mozart and sister of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
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Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Date of Birth 27 Jan 1756
Place of Birth Salzburg
When in GB May 1764 – Aug 1765 (aged 8 /9)
Where in GB London, Canterbury, Dover
Married (when) 4 Aug 1782 (against his family’s wishes)
Whom / Where Married Costanza Weber (soprano singer) (6 children; 2 survived to maturity)
Date of Death 05/12/1791
Where died Vienna
Skill / Job composer, instrumentalist
Source Highfill, NG, Sainsbury
Notes 7th and last child of composer Leopold Mozart and brother of Maria Anna Mozart. Received at Court.
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Müller, Christian Friedrich
Date of Birth 29/12/1752
Place of Birth Rheinsberg
When in GB 1782 – 83
Where in GB
Married (when) late 1770s
Whom / Where Married Caroline Friderike Walther (singer)
Date of Death 1809
Where died Stockholm
Skill / Job violinist, composer
Source Highfill, van der Straeten’s History of the Violin
Notes Lured Caroline Friderike Walther away from her husband in late 1770s. She left Müller in 1790s. Visited St Petersburg in 1801, then returned to Stockholm. Composed violin solos.
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Müller, George
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB From 1750s – 1807
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 1807
Where died
Skill / Job flautist, composer
Source RSM (1752>), Sainsbury
Notes ?The ‘celebrated flute player and composer’ who taught John Townsend. (Sainsbury)
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Nei(gh)boue/r, John (Christopher?) Henry
Date of Birth
Place of Birth Zelle, Electorate of Hanover (Nienburg – HanMus)
When in GB fl ?1778 – 1814?
Where in GB
Married (when) Yes
Whom / Where Married (1 daughter)
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job Double bass
Source HanMus, Doane, Highfill, AntC (1788 – 1800+ ), RSM, NMF
Notes In 1794 of Pimlico. Member of Queen’s band. Played sackbut and double bass at HandelCC. Denizen: 19 Feb 1795: ‘musician of New Windsor’‘One will seldom find anyone who plays this instrument better.’ HanMusProb dead by 1833 – wife granted allowance by RSM.
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Nicolai, Christian
Date of Birth c1726 (aged about 60 in June 1786)
Place of Birth
When in GB 1762 -1799
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 1799
Where died London
Skill / Job trumpeter
Source Doane, Highfill, RSM (1762 > ),
Notes Played trumpet at Abb. in 1784. Also played at St Paul’s concerts 1789, 1790. In 1794 of 41, Portland Street. Wife reported to RSM in Jan 1800 that her husband had died.
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Nicolai, Friedrich (Fredrick)
Date of Birth c1728 or 1729
Place of Birth
When in GB 1751 – 1809 (aged 22)
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married (4 sons)
Date of Death 16/05/1809
Where died London
Skill / Job violinist, composer
Source Highfill, RSM (1751 -1809), MrsP, HanMus
Notes Member of the Queen’s Band from 1762. Librarian of the Queen’s music. Was called the ‘first favourite, first fiddle and first news-monger’ by Peter Pindar. He was actually listed as second violinist in Queen’s Band in 1783 (HanMus). Also page to the Queen?
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Nussen, Frederick
Date of Birth
Place of Birth Greiffswald, in Swedish Pomerania
When in GB fl.1743 -1771?
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job violinist, flutist, composer
Source Highfill, Lord Chamberlain’s accounts, RSM (1749)
Notes Musician in ordinary to the King. Member of King’s Band.20 March 1755: Naturalized – ‘Son of Andrew Christopher Nussen, by Ann Hesse his wife’ (born – details above) Lord Chamberlain’s accounts 4 Sept 1771 noted Nussen gave power of attorney to John Bailey.
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Orthman, Ernest Christoph
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB 1751 – c1790
Where in GB London, Oxford
Married (when) 19 Sept 1779
Whom / Where Married ? / St Peter in the East, Oxford
Date of Death Before 4 March 1792
Where died
Skill / Job
Source RSM (1751>)
Notes Still living in Oxford c.1790.
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Palsa, Johanna
Date of Birth 1754
Place of Birth Jermeriz, Bohemia
When in GB fl.1785 -1786 (aged 31)
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 1792
Where died Berlin
Skill / Job horn player (cor alto)
Source (Highfill, NG – for Turrschmidt), MrsP, Sainsbury
Notes From a musical Bohemian family of horn players. ‘Mr Turrschmidt and Mr Palsa played French horns at concerts on 13 March 1786 at the Tottenham Street Music Room and on 8 April 1786 at the Ancient Concert Rooms on Tottenham Street.’ One of the most famous horn duos of the 18th century.
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Papendiek, George
Date of Birth Summer 1762
Place of Birth Germany
When in GB fl.1794 – 1800
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job violinist, also flautist?, playwright (translated from German)
Source Highfill, Doane, MrsP
Notes Brother of Christopher. In 1794 member of the Queen’s Chamber Band living at Buckingham House. Mentioned in his sister-in-law’s journals as being a burden to them. Was made sub-librarian at salary of £100 a year & needed a new uniform. (MrsP. I p.196)
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Papendiek, Charles
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB c1790 – for 2 years? Returned to Göttingen
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job flute player
Source Mrs P II p.198 -200
Notes Youngest brother of Christopher. Bro-in-law of Charlotte. Christopher P asked King to give him a place in the band at Windsor or St James’s. Both refused. (MrsP. II p.266)
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Papendiek, Christoph(er)
Date of Birth
Place of Birth Hanover
When in GB From 1780s – death
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married Charlotte Albert (2nd gen.) (Her father was page to the Queen.)
Date of Death Will proved 17 July 1840 PCC
Where died London
Skill / Job violist, flautist., royal page
Source HanMus, Highfill, MrsP
Notes Mr Papendick was listed by Dr Burney as one of the flautists in the HandelCC. in May and June 1784. Brother of the violinist George , and Charles Papendiek. Husband of Mrs P. whose journals were published.
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Paradi(e)s, Maria Theresia von
Date of Birth 15/05/1759
Place of Birth Vienna
When in GB Nov 1784 – 1785
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 01/02/1824
Where died Vienna
Skill / Job harpsichordist, organist, composer, singer, teacher
Source Highfill, NG, Sainsbury
Notes At the age of 2 years 8 months suffered a stroke and rendered permanently blind, but studied music. In 1783 left Vienna with her mother and her librettist to play in Salzburg, Frankfurt, Koblenz and Paris. Performed at court in London. Had exceptionally accurate hearing as well as ready comprehension and excellent memory. In 1808 founded her own music school.
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Pauer, Ernst ‘Herr’
Date of Birth 21/12/1826
Place of Birth Vienna
When in GB 1851 – 1896
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 09/05/1905
Where died Jugenheim, nr Darmstadt
Skill / Job pianist, editor, teacher
Source NG, 1855 Directory
Notes Became director of musical societies at Mainz. Debut as pianist in London June 1851, & subsequent appearances were so successful, decided to remain. Musical Union 1852. For many years principal prof. of the piano at RCM. Retired in 1896 to Jugenheim.
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Pepusch, Johann Christoph (John Christopher)
Date of Birth 1667
Place of Birth Berlin
When in GB From 1688 or 1700 or 1704
Where in GB London
Married (when) Sometime between 1718 and 1722 /3
Whom / Where Married Signora Margherita de l’Épine (singer) / London (1 son, who died before his wife’s death in 1740))
Date of Death 20/07/1752
Where died London
Skill / Job instrumentalist, theorist, composer, conductor, teacher
Source Highfill , RSM (1739), Hawkins’ General History, Sainsbury, NG, DNB
Notes Academy of Ancient Music under the direction of Pepusch from 1710. Music Doctorate Oxford 1713. After marriage lived in a style of elegance which he had been a stranger to before. From 1737 lived at Charterhouse with his wife and her mother. *Will dated 9 July 1752. Died 20 July 1752. Buried Charterhouse Chapel.
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Petrides, Joseph
Date of Birth 1755
Place of Birth Prague, capital of Bohemia
When in GB 1802 – 1825
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job French Horn player
Source Euing, Sainsbury, Strauchen ‘Giovanni Puzzi …’
Notes Father organist. Went to college in Moravia, obliged to learn nearly all other instruments, esp. the French Horn – music in church every day. Began to play publickly with brother who progressed on same instrument. Successful, so travelled Germany> Italy (Joseph very ill there)>Portugal> London. Returned to Prague in 1825.
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Petrides, Peter
Date of Birth 1766
Place of Birth Prague, capital of Bohemia
When in GB 1802 – 1825
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job French Horn player
Source Euing, Sainsbury, Strauchen ‘Giovanni Puzzi …’
Notes Father organist. Went to college in Moravia, obliged to learn nearly all other instruments, esp. the French Horn – music in church every day. Began to play publickly with brother who was learning same instrument. Successful, so travelled Germany> Italy (brother very ill there)>Spain > Portugal> London. Returned to Prague in 1825.
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Pferinger, Christopher
Date of Birth
Place of Birth ?
When in GB fl.1758 – 1763
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job bassoonist
Source Mortimer’s, Highfill, RSM
Notes Joined RSM in 1758, but expelled for nonpayment of dues. Mortimer’s listed him as a bassoonist living in South Street, Berkeley Square.
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Pick, John Henry
Date of Birth
Place of Birth Northeim, Electorate of Hanover, Germany
When in GB From 1778 – 1790s
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job Played 1st violin in Queen’s Band in 1783, also soloist on the clarinet.
Source HanMus, Mrs P., AntC
Notes Member of the Queen’s band. Played sackbut and viola at HandelCC. AntC. Denizen: 19 Feb 1795 ‘musician of New Windsor’Pregnant wife died of tetanus, soon after which he left Windsor. (Mrs.P) (From 1794 a Mr W. Pick played violin at AntC.)
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Pittar, Fanny (2nd gen.)
Date of Birth c1780
Place of Birth Paris or London
When in GB ?From 1788
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job harpist, pianist, composer
Source (NG – entry for her mother)
Notes Daughter of Jean-Baptiste and Anne-Marie Krumpholtz Composed short pieces for harp or piano, published in London c1812 -17.
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Pleyel, Ignaz Josef (Ignace Joseph )
Date of Birth 18/06/1757
Place of Birth Ruppersthal, Austria
When in GB Dec 1791 – 1792;
Where in GB London
Married (when) 22/01/1788
Whom / Where Married Gabrielle Lefebvre (daughter of a tapissier) (4 children )
Date of Death 14/11/1831
Where died Paris
Skill / Job composer, conductor, piano maker, publisher
Source Highfill, NG
Notes The twenty-fourth child of his parents! Early education in Vienna. Became Haydn’s pupil and lodger in 1772. Travelled to Italy. Career uncertain because of French Revolution, so came to London at W. Cramer’s invitation. In 1792 settled in Paris where had music shop and publishing house.
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Ponto, Giovanni (‘Mr Ponta’) X
Date of Birth
Place of Birth ?
When in GB fl. March 1772 – 1788
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job horn player
Source Highfill
Notes Described by the press as ‘Musician to his Serene Highness the Elector of Mentz’.(Kelly overheard ‘Ponto’ speak to Mme Mara in German.)
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Possin, John Samuel Charles
Date of Birth 1755
Place of Birth Prussia
When in GB 1792 – death
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death Will proved 6 Nov 1821
Where died
Skill / Job theorist, composer, teacher
Source Sainsbury, Euing, (Not in Doane)
Notes In Berlin held high appointments in the Prussian court. Adapted Haydn’s symphonies for Salomon. Suffered ill health for a number of years before he died. Charles Saust wrote to Sainsbury of him: “I consider him [Possin] the best theorist I ever met with, this was also the opinion of Dr Haydn of him.” * Will.
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Preumayr, Frans Carl
Date of Birth 24/04/1782
Place of Birth Ehrenbreitstein, Koblenz
When in GB In 1830
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married Sofie Crusell (daughter of Bernhard Crusell, composer)
Date of Death 15/02/1853
Where died Stockholm
Skill / Job bassoonist
Source Phil Soc, NG
Notes German family of musicians active in Sweden. The most celebrated member of the family. Leading bassoon in the Swedish royal orchestra from 1811 to 1835. Undertook an extended concert tour of France, Germany and England between Oct 1829 and Nov 1830. Played at Phil. Soc in 1830.
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Punto, Giovanni (stage name of Jan Václav ‘Johann Wenzel’ Stich )
Date of Birth 28 Sept 1746
Place of Birth Zehusice, near Caslav
When in GB 1772 ;1779 -1780
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 16/02/1803
Where died Prague
Skill / Job horn player, violinist, conductor, composer
Source Highfill
Notes He was a serf, but his master Count Josef Johann Thun provided a musical education for him in Prague, Munich and Dresden. After becoming proficient on the French horn Stich returned to serve Thun, but after three years ran away, crossed the border into the Holy Roman Empre and changed his name to “Giovanni Punto’ under which pseudonym he became celebrated as one of the best horn players of all time.
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Ramm, Friedrich
Date of Birth
Place of Birth From Mannheim
When in GB fl. March to May 1784
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job oboist
Source Foster, MrsP. I p.231, (NG under ‘Fischer’)
Notes Played at NMF concerts in 1784, oboe trios with Fischer and Suck. Went on tour of Europe with Fischer in 1786.
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Rauppe, Johann Georg
Date of Birth 1762
Place of Birth Stettin
When in GB 1784 – ?1786 (visited France during that period)
Where in GB Probably London
Married (when) (yes)
Whom / Where Married (2 children)
Date of Death 1814
Where died Amsterdam
Skill / Job violoncellist
Source Highfill, History of the Violoncello
Notes Studied in Berlin. Journeyed to Denmark and Sweden, and was principal ’cellist at the German Opera in Amsterdam in 1786. The death of his wife in 1813 affected his mind and he died the following year, leaving behind a destitute son and daughter.
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Reich, (Also Rieck or Reik) Christian
Date of Birth
Place of Birth ?
When in GB fl 1750 – 1785
Where in GB London
Married (when) (yes)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job bassoonist
Source Mortimer’s, Highfill, RSM, GG’s Memoirs
Notes In 1763 living in Great Pulteney Street.Became member RSM 1 Dec 1750. Recommended on 2 Jan 1785 by the oboist Eiffert as was ‘ in poor health’, as was his family.
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Reichardt, Johann Friedrich
Date of Birth 1752
Place of Birth Konigsberg, Prussia
When in GB 1785 & 1786
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 1814 or 1815
Where died
Skill / Job violinist, pianist
Source Sainsbury (NG mentioned under ‘Wilhelm F.E. Bach’ entry)
Notes Travelled in Germany, Italy, to London in 1785, returned to Paris. In 1786 in London again – Opera. Went on to Berlin.In NG under ‘Wilhelm F.E. Bach’ – some of his works are ‘listed in estate catalogue of J.F. Reichart (Berlin, 1815)’.
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Reichart, ‘Herr’
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB fl. 1852
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job Singer
Source DR
Notes Sang at Winter Evening’s concert Jan 1852
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Reinagle, Alexander (2nd gen.)
Date of Birth Bapt. 23 April 1756
Place of Birth Portsmouth
When in GB From birth until 1784, 1785 -86
Where in GB Portsmouth, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London
Married (when) (2x) ? and 20 Sept 1803
Whom / Where Married i) ? (2 sons) / ii)Anna Duport, daughter of French dancing master in Baltimore (1 daughter)
Date of Death 21 Sept 1809 (aged 53)
Where died Baltimore
Skill / Job pianist, violinist, composer, manager, musical director.
Source Highfill, RSM (1783>), NG, Dictionary Am Biog, DNB
Notes Eldest son of Joseph, Austrian trumpeter who settled in Portsmouth about mid-century. In 1763 father took family to Edinburgh. In London 1783. Portugal 1784 – 1785 (took sick brother). In 1786 emigrated to America. Was the first in America to replace the harpsichord with the piano in the orchestra pit.
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Reinagle, Hugh (2nd gen.)
Date of Birth 1759
Place of Birth Portsmouth
When in GB From birth to 1784
Where in GB Portsmouth, Edinburgh, London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 1785
Where died Lisbon (of TB)
Skill / Job violoncellist, composer
Source Highfill, RSM (1783 -85)
Notes Second son of Joseph, Austrian trumpeter who settled in Portsmouth about mid-century. In 1763 father took family to Edinburgh. In London 1783.Brother Alexander took him to Portugal in 1784 because of his consumptive state, where he died.
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Reinagle, Joseph (2nd gen.)
Date of Birth 1762
Place of Birth Portsmouth
When in GB From birth
Where in GB Portsmouth, Edinburgh, London, Dublin, Cork, Oxford
Married (when) Yes
Whom / Where Married (Son and ? daughter)
Date of Death 12/11/1825
Where died Oxford
Skill / Job French horn, trumpeter (early life) Later: violinist, violoncellist, composer
Source Highfill, Sainsbury, NMF, NG, DNB
Notes Third son of Joseph, Austrian trumpeter (from nr Vienna) who settled in Portsmouth about mid-century. In 1763 father took family to Edinburgh. In London 1783. Son and possible daughter musicians.
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Reinagle, P.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB fl. 1794
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job violinist
Source Highfill, Doane, NMF(1794)
Notes In 1794 living at Allsop’s Buildings, New Road, Marylebone.?Listing may have been error for Joseph Reinagle.
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Reinhold, Frederick Charles (2nd gen.)
Date of Birth 1737 or 11 Feb 1741
Place of Birth London
When in GB From birth
Where in GB London, Norwich
Married (when) (yes)
Whom / Where Married Hanna Reeve ? (possibly from family of musicians)
Date of Death 28 Sept 1815
Where died Somers Town; buried St Paul, Covent Garden
Skill / Job bass singer, actor, organist, teacher of harpsichord, guitar, violin and singing.
Source Highfill, DNB, NG, Doane, RSM, (DNB – in father’s entry)
Notes Son of Handel’s favourite bass singer, Henry Theobold Reinhold, who followed Handel from Dresden. Living at 90, Charlotte Street, Rathbone Place in 1777 – 1780. In 1794 residing in Gt Baddow, Essex.* Will dated 20 March 1811, proved 10 Oct 1815
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Reinhold, Henry Theodore (‘Thomas’)
Date of Birth 1690
Place of Birth Dresden
When in GB ?1734; 1736 – death
Where in GB London, Richmond
Married (when) (yes)
Whom / Where Married (After death a benefit concert for his ‘wife and 4 small children in great distress’)
Date of Death 1751
Where died At his house: ‘the green door in Little Chapel Street’, Soho. Buried St Anne’s churchyard.
Skill / Job bass singer
Source Highfill, RSM, NG, DNB -‘Thomas’
Notes Secretly left Dresden to join Handel in London.From early 1736 until his death he was Handel’s principal bass in the Covent Garden Opera company and Handel created many bass parts especially for him. Founder member of the RSM. Son: see previous entry. Had a daughter who sang and acted as ‘Miss Reinhold’, later ‘Mrs Willems’.
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Richter, ‘Mr’
Date of Birth
Place of Birth ?
When in GB fl 1758 / fl. 1773
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job In 1773 bassoonist at the King’s Theatre
Source McVeigh,Concert Life,p.81; Highfill
Notes In 1758 described as ‘Cabinet composer to the Elector Palatine, who lately arrived from Germany’. / 2 individuals? Related to the Austro-Moravian musician Franz Xavier Richter or to the English musician John Conrade Richter.
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Ries, Ferdinand
Date of Birth 28 Nov1784
Place of Birth Bonn
When in GB 1813 – 1824
Where in GB
Married (when) 25/07/1814
Whom / Where Married Harrriet Mangean ‘an English lady’
Date of Death 13/01/1838
Where died Frankfurt
Skill / Job pianist, composer, copyist
Source NG, Sainsbury
Notes Eldest son of Franz Ries & musical family. In 1801 studied in Munich, went on to Vienna, where Beethoven received his old teacher’s son well. Studied 3 years with Beethoven > Paris > Vienna. For 4 years from 1809 on tour (v. lucrative) > Russia>Sweden> London (stayed 11 years) By 1824 had made enough money to retire; left London for Rhineland, where he did much for the Lower Rhine Music Festivals. Moved after 3 years to Frankfurt.
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Ries, Louis
Date of Birth 30/01/1830
Place of Birth Berlin
When in GB 1853 – 1913
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 3 Oct 1913
Where died London
Skill / Job violinist, teacher
Source NG
Notes Eldest son of Hubert Ries. Taught by father. In 1853 settled in London. Member of the quartet of the musical Union from 1855 to 1870, and played 2nd violin at the Monday Popular Concerts from 1859 until he retired in 1897.
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Ritter, Georg Wenzel
Date of Birth 07/04/1748
Place of Birth Mannheim
When in GB 1774 – ?1777
Where in GB London, Dublin
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 16/06/1808
Where died Berlin
Skill / Job bassoonist, composer, ?flautist
Source Highfill, NG
Notes Michael Kelly thought he was the finest bassoonist he had ever heard. Mozart wrote a bassoon part for him in Paris. (A flautist ‘Ritter’ performed on 31 Jan 1766 at a concert in Bristol, described as ‘A musician of his Prussian Majesty’s Concert in Berlin’. Not likely to have been the same person, as seems to have been an older person.)
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Roeckel, Joseph Augustus
Date of Birth 28/08/1783
Place of Birth Neunburg, Upper Palatinate
When in GB 1832 – 1853.
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 19 Sept 1870
Where died Cöthen
Skill / Job tenor singer, teacher
Source NG
Notes In 1804 was engaged to sing in Vienna. Beethoven esteemed him as artist and person. Travelled> to Paris in 1830. Brought his German opera company to London in 1832. The company was conducted by Hummel, his brother-in-law. In 1853 retired from operatic life. In 1846 went to York as music teacher. Returned to Germany in 1853.
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Romberg, Bernhard Heinrich
Date of Birth 13/11/1767
Place of Birth Dinklage, in the Duchy of Oldenburg
When in GB 1798; 1814; 1839
Where in GB London
Married (when) 1800
Whom / Where Married Katherine Ramcke at Hamburg (daughter and son, both musicians)
Date of Death 13/08/1841
Where died Hamburg
Skill / Job violoncellist (“one of the most brilliant figures”), composer
Source Highfill, NG, History Violoncello
Notes Member of a large family of German musicians. Father and uncle undertook concert tours with their families. Worked in Holland, Belgium, Paris, Münster, Bonn, Mergenteim, Hamburg, Italy, Vienna, Portugal, Spain, Berlin, Moscow, St Petersburg
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Rost, John Christian
Date of Birth 1776
Place of Birth
When in GB
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 1836
Where died
Skill / Job trumpet, trombone, horn, violin, viola
Source RSM (1821)
Notes Covent Garden and Haymarket theatre orchestras. Covent Garden also in 1818. Father of John Matthew Rost.
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Rost, John Matthew (2nd gen.)
Date of Birth 29/06/1805
Place of Birth London
When in GB From birth
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death Before 6 Sept 1858
Where died
Skill / Job harpist, pianist, organist
Source RSM (1834>)
Notes ‘Performs on the Harp and Pianoforte, is organist at Berkeley Chapel, Several Schools in Hammersmith, and private teaching.’
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Salomon, Johann Peter
Date of Birth 20/02/1745
Place of Birth Bonn (Jewish origin, but he was given a Christian baptism.)
When in GB From 1781 to his death. (Denizen: 4 Feb 1803)
Where in GB London, Edinburgh, Cambridge, and provinces; Dublin
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 28 Nov 1815 *Will 30 Oct 1815 (house to kinsfolk of Bonn)
Where died 70, Newman Street, London ( after a fall from his horse) , buried Westminster Abbey
Skill / Job violinist, impresario, composer, teacher
Source Highfill, NG, RSM, DNB, Woodfield ‘Salomon and the Burneys’
Notes Father oboist in court band of the Elector of Cologne. At age of 13 was appointed to salaried position as a musician at the Bonn court. Came via Paris to London. Remained in England for rest of his life, but made journeys to the Continent and repeated trips to Bonn. Brought Haydn to England. In 1790 moved to 12, Great Pulteney Street, where Haydn lived with him for 1 year. Fluent in 4 languages: wide circle of friends. Founder member of the Philharrmonic Soc.
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Saust, Charles
Date of Birth 05/05/1773
Place of Birth Ballenstaet, Duchy of Anhalt, Saxony
When in GB 1800
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job flautist, composer
Source Sainsbury, Euing
Notes Studied composition under Possin in Germany. Followed his teacher to England? “I consider him [Possin] the best theorist I ever met with, this was also the opinion of Dr Haydn of him.” Possin left him his music manuscripts etc in his will.
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Schinderlin, Catherine
Date of Birth
Place of Birth Germany
When in GB fl. 1774 -1776 ‘young’ at the time
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job opera singer
Source Highfill, Burney’s ‘General History’
Notes Was pupil of the notable male soprano Venanzio Rauzzini, who encountered her in Austria, sang with him in Italy in 1773. He brought her to London in 1774. Sang at the King’s Theatre.
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Schlesinger, L.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB fl. 1827
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job musician
Source Phil Soc. (NG -family)
Notes ?Member of the German family of music publishers. First appearance in England, ? with Liszt in 1827 at Phil Soc concerts.
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Schmidt, ‘Herr’
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB 1852
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job violinist
Source DR
Notes Played 2nd violin at 1st Musical Winter Evening Concert, Jan 1852
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Schmidt, John Gottlob
Date of Birth 05/08/1775
Place of Birth
When in GB 1811 – death
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 22/11/1822
Where died
Skill / Job trumpeter, clarinetist, violinist
Source RSM (1811>) , DR
Notes Theatre orchestras.
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Schmidt, Nicolaus
Date of Birth c1820 (Aged 21 in 1841)
Place of Birth
When in GB fl. 1841 .
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job ‘musician’
Source DR, 1841 Census
Notes In 1841 living on Leicester St., St Anne Soho, Strand. There were 4 musicians living at this address in 1841.
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Schoengen, Mr
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB 1822, 1823, 1830
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job trombonist
Source DR, Phil. Soc.
Notes Philharmonic Society orchestra 1822, 1823, 1830
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Schöner (?Schenner), ‘Herr’
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB fl. 1781 – c 1802
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job violinist
Source Highfill, History Violin, Haydn’s First London Notebook
Notes
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Schram, Christopher
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB fl.1787 – 1797
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job violoncellist, violinist?
Source Highfill, Haydn’s First London Notebook, History Violoncello, Stephen’s
Notes Probably one of three brothers. In Stephen’s private concert in 1790 (p.68 -69) First appearance at AntC in 1792. Played in Barthélemon’s quartet. ? Prince of Wales’ Band.Doane (no first name) of No 7 Half Moon Street, Piccadilly in 1794
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Schram, Martin
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB fl.1794
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job violinist
Source Highfill, Doane
Notes A brother of Christopher Schram and S. Schram? ? Prince of Wales’ Band.Lived also at No 20, Panton Street.
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Schram, S.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB fl. 1794
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job violinist
Source Highfill, Doane
Notes Of No 20 Panton Street, Haymarket. ? Prince of Wales’ Band.A brother of Christopher and Martin?
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Schroeder, Louis Dalfour
Date of Birth
Place of Birth Dresden
When in GB fl. 1804 -1854
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 1854 – of cholera
Where died England
Skill / Job trombonist, French horn, double bass
Source RSM (1841>) , DR
Notes Member of her Majesty’s Private Band.Philharmonisc Society orchestra 1843, 1850Opera orchestra.
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Schroeder, Louis Nathaniel (2nd gen.) X
Date of Birth 24/12/1835
Place of Birth England
When in GB From birth
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 10 Sept 1867
Where died England
Skill / Job violoncello
Source RSM (1858>)
Notes Son of Louis Dalfour Schroeder. Member of her Majesty’s Private Band. Phil. Soc., various Festivals.
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Schröter, Corona Elizabeth Wilhelmine
Date of Birth 14/01/1751
Place of Birth Guben
When in GB May 1772 -1774
Where in GB Family tour to Holland and then London.
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 23/08/1802
Where died Ilmenau
Skill / Job singer, actress, composer
Source Highfill, NG, Sainsbury
Notes Daughter of an oboist in Count Brühl’s regimental band. Musical family (see New Grove) Family returned to Germany in 1774, but brother Johann Samuel remained to make a career here.
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Schröter, Johann Heinrich
Date of Birth c1760
Place of Birth Warsaw (German family)
When in GB May 1772 – ?1774; possibly visited his brother here again.
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death After 1784
Where died
Skill / Job violinist, composer
Source Highfill, NG
Notes Brother of Corona and Johann Samuel (see previous and following entries). Worked in Germany and France. In 1782 disappeared from the records – even his father didn’t know of his whereabouts.
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Schröter, Johann Samuel
Date of Birth 1752
Place of Birth Warsaw (German family)
When in GB From May 1772
Where in GB Family tour to Holland and then London
Married (when) ? / Eloped to Scotland.
Whom / Where Married Rebecca (a pupil of his; ‘young lady of birth and social prominence’)
Date of Death
Where died At his home in Pimlico
Skill / Job harpschordist, pianist, singer, composer, teacher
Source Highfill, NG, Sainsbury, HanMus
Notes Brother of Corona and Johann Heinrich (see previous entries). Remained in London to make a career when the rest of the family returned to Germany in 1774. An esteemed teacher (including in 1782 to the Queen). In 1783 member of the Queen’s Band: soloist on the piano. (HanMus)
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Schubert, George Frederick
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB fl.1784 -1805
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job bassoonist, trombonist
Source Doane, Highfill, NMF
Notes Played at HandelCC. in 1784. In 1794 listed as living in King Street, Soho. Still belonged to the NMF in 1805.
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Schuman(n), [Friedrich Theodor]
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB fl. 1763 -1780
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job instrumentalist, composer
Source Highfill
Notes A ‘Mr Schuman’ played brass and percussion in a benefit concert at the Foundling Hospital in 1763. Nine of his compositions published in London dated 1750 to 1780.
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Schuncke, Christian Ludwig
Date of Birth 21/12/1810
Place of Birth Kassel
When in GB c1825 (aged c17)
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 07/12/1834
Where died Leipzig (of consumption, 2 weeks before his 24th birthday)
Skill / Job musician
Source Phil. Soc, NG
Notes Family of professional musicians. Performed at the Phil. Soc. c1825.
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Schuncke, Christof
Date of Birth
Place of Birth ?Kassel
When in GB fl. 1814, 1825
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job musician
Source Phil. Soc., (NG – family)
Notes Family of professional musicians. Engaged with brother by the Phil Soc in 1814, then again in 1825.
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Schuncke, Gotthilf
Date of Birth
Place of Birth ?Kassel
When in GB fl. 1814, 1825
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job musician
Source Phil Soc, (NG – family)
Notes Family of professional musicians. Engaged with brother by the Phil. Soc. in 1814, then again in 1825.
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Schwartz, ‘Herr’
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB fl.1782
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job bassoonist
Source Highfill
Notes At the end of the second part of Alexander’s Feast at Drury Lane Theatre on 1 March 1782 a concerto on the bassoon was played by one Schwartz: ‘one of the Chamber Musicians to the Margrave of Anspach; 1st time of his performing in public in England’.
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Schwarz, Andreas Gottlob
Date of Birth 1743
Place of Birth Leipsic
When in GB From 1783 – ?1784
Where in GB
Married (when) (yes)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job bassoonist
Source Sainsbury
Notes ‘Celebrated German performer on the bassoon. About 1783 he came to England and was engaged as principal bassoon for some concerts of the following season.’ (Sainsbury II p.430)
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Schwarz, Mr (son of Andreas)
Date of Birth 1768
Place of Birth Ludwigsburg
When in GB 1783 – c1800?
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job bassoonist
Source Sainsbury
Notes Royal Bands, Chapel Royal. ‘Came to England with his father and was engaged in the band of his present majesty, the Prince of Wales, and was appointed 1st bassoonist of the Royal Chapel there. Afterwards he went to Berlin.’ (Sainsbury 1824)
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Schwestre, Mr
Date of Birth
Place of Birth Germany
When in GB
Where in GB fl. 1784? (early 1780s)
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job bassoonist
Source MrsP. I p.231, 235
Notes Keen on making German food; presumably German. Appeared at the NMF concert with Ramm.
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Shutze (or Shutes, Shutz, Shusler), Daniel
Date of Birth 1756
Place of Birth ?
When in GB 1778/9 – 1800, ? 1815 -1817 as ‘Shusler’
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job instrumentalist
Source Highfill, RSM, The London Stage
Notes ? Brother of George (following entry)
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Shutze, Mr
Date of Birth 1753
Place of Birth ?
When in GB 1783 – 1796
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job instrumentalist
Source Highfill, RSM,
Notes ?Brother of Daniel (previous entry)
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Smith (alias Schmidt), Theodore
Date of Birth c1740
Place of Birth Germany
When in GB fl 1773
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 1810
Where died
Skill / Job teacher of piano and singing
Source John Marsh’s Journals
Notes ‘He is the German listed as Smith, alias Schmidt, in the anonymous satirical publication ABC Dario Musico (London and Bath, 1780). He earned his living teaching piano and singing, also composing a number of songs for Vauxhall, where his wife was a singer. In 1773 he provided new music for Garrick’s revival of Thomas Arne’s ‘Alfred’.’
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Smith (Schmidt ), Johann Christoph (John Christopher )
Date of Birth 1683 ‘The elder’
Place of Birth Anspach, Germany
When in GB From 1716 – death
Where in GB London
Married (when) (yes)
Whom / Where Married (A wealthy lady) In Anspach
Date of Death 1763
Where died London, *See Will Musical Times (March 1955)
Skill / Job (wool merchant) violist, copyist, music seller
Source Highfill, RSM (1739 >), DNB
Notes Followed Handel to London; his family joined him 4 years later. Became Handel’s treasurer and amanuensis; specialised in the sale of Handel’s music. In 1741 a benefit concert was presented for Christopher Smith. The bill stated that he ‘ at his own expence, hath provided for, and brought up the Children of the late Mr Dahuron [the musician], ever since the time of his Death (being near Five Years) and still continues to take Care of the said poor Children …’
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Smith, John Christopher - the younger
Date of Birth 1712
Place of Birth Anspach, Germany
When in GB c1720 – c1747; 1750 – death
Where in GB London , Cheshire, Bath (in old age)
Married (when) i)1736, and ii)1763
Whom / Where Married i) Frances Pakenham in Ireland (at least 2 children, but none survived the age of 2). She died after 6 years.//ii) Martha, widow of Dr William Coxe.
Date of Death 1795
Where died Bath (*Will proved London 13 Nov 1795)
Skill / Job viola player, organist, harpsichordist, conductor, composer
Source Highfill, NG, DNB, Mortimer’s
Notes Son of John Christopher Smith. In 1763 living in Marylebone Street, Piccadilly. Was Handel’s assistant.Retired to Bath, where continued teaching.
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Sontag, Henriette
Date of Birth 03/01/1806
Place of Birth Koblentz
When in GB 1828 (aged 22) ,1851
Where in GB
Married (when) c 1826
Whom / Where Married Count Rossi, in Paris (in Sardinian diplomatic service)
Date of Death 17/06/1854
Where died Mexico City, of cholera, ‘in the midst of her career’
Skill / Job singer
Source NG, 1855 Directory (Obituary)
Notes Appeared in Darmstadt, Prague, Vienna, Leipzig, Paris, Weimar, Berlin, The Hague
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Spandau, ‘Herr’
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB Feb – April 1773
Where in GB London
Married (when) Yes
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job horn player, composer
Source Highfill, Burney
Notes Played French horn in the band of the Stadholder of the United Provinces. Later he and his son played first and second horn at the Hague opera house.
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Spohr, Dorothea ‘Dorette’ (née Schneider)
Date of Birth 1787
Place of Birth
When in GB 1820
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 1834
Where died
Skill / Job harpist , pianist
Source (NG – for husband)
Notes Came to London with husband Louis. Her performances ‘highly finished’.
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Spohr, Ludewig (‘Louis’)
Date of Birth 05/04/1784
Place of Birth Brunswick
When in GB 1820
Where in GB London
Married (when) 1806
Whom / Where Married Dorothea (‘Dorette’) Schneider (harpist) / Gotha (2 daughters)
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job violinist, composer, teacher
Source NG, Sainsbury
Notes Family of doctors and pastors. Travelled in Switzerland, Italy, Germany. Philharmonic Society in 1820
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Sprenger, J. ‘Herr’
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB fl. 1855
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job ‘professor of music’
Source 1855 Directory
Notes Living 9, Clarendon Terrace, Notting Hill
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Springer, ‘Mr’
Date of Birth
Place of Birth ‘a Czech’
When in GB 1790 – 1791
Where in GB London ( engaged at Vauxhall Gardens)
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job basset-horn player and clarinettist
Source Highfill
Notes Came to England to play with fellow countrymen Mr David and Mr Dworshak.
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Stamitz, Carl Philipp (‘Charles’)
Date of Birth 08/05/1745
Place of Birth Mannheim
When in GB 1777 – c1795+? (aged 32)
Where in GB London
Married (when) Before 1790
Whom / Where Married Maria Josepha Pilz / ? Kassel (Several children died in childhood.)
Date of Death 09/11/1801
Where died Jena, Germany (on his journey to Russia)
Skill / Job violinist, violist, composer, teacher
Source Highfill, NG
Notes Son of the Bohemian composer Johann Wenzel Anton Stamitz. Travelled restlessly in search of secure living. In 1794 of Broad Street, Carnaby Market. Latter part of life a series of disappointments; died so heavily in debt that his possessions had to be auctioned.
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Steibelt, Daniel Gottlieb
Date of Birth 22/10/1765
Place of Birth Berlin
When in GB 1796 – 1798, March 1802 – 1808 (aged 31)
Where in GB London
Married (when) Between 1796 -98
Whom / Where Married A young Englishwoman (‘an accomplished piano player’)
Date of Death 20 Sept or 2 Oct 1823
Where died St Petersberg
Skill / Job pianist, composer
Source Highfill, Sainsbury, NG,
Notes Son of a harpsichord player and builder of pianofortes. Patronage of William III of Prussia. Divided his time between London and Paris 1802 – 1808. Accumulated debts so fled to Paris in 1808. ‘He affected to despise his mother tongue, and preferred speaking bad French to good Geman.’ Invited to St Petersberg in late 1808 by Tsar Alexander, where he remained.
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Steinburn (sp?), Johann T.
Date of Birth 1824
Place of Birth Berlin
When in GB
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job ‘musician’
Source 1851 Census, DR
Notes Living St Anne Soho/Strand, aged 27(3 German musicians living at this address as lodgers. )
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Steiner, ‘Mr’
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB fl.1783
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job ‘musician’
Source Highfill
Notes According to Lord Chamberlain’s accounts, Mr Steiner was a musician at the King’s Theatre in 1783.
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Stubgen (sp?), August E.
Date of Birth 1818
Place of Birth Germany
When in GB 1851
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job ‘musician’
Source 1851 Census,
Notes Living at St Anne Soho/Strand. Aged 33(3 German musicians living at this address as lodgers. )
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Suck, Charles J. (1st or 2nd generation)
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB fl. 1781 -1784
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job oboist, also played German flute, composer
Source GG’s ‘Memoirs’, Mrs P (‘Such’ ), Highfill, NG
Notes Lived at No 15, Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury. Played with Fischer and Kellner oboe trios at New Musical Fund concerts.(See Stephen Foster’s thesis)
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Sybilla, ‘Mrs’ (stage name of Sybilla Gronaman)
Date of Birth
Place of Birth Germany
When in GB (1742 – 1745 in Dublin) fl 1745 -1750 +? in London
Where in GB Dublin, London
Married (when) 1745
Whom / Where Married Thomas Pinto (violinist) (at least 2 children – daughter Julia, who sang in Dublin 1774 -1777)
Date of Death
Where died Before 1766. (Pinto remarried in 1766.)
Skill / Job soprano singer
Source Highfill
Notes ‘Mrs Sybilla’ was the stage name of Sybilla Gronaman, later Mrs Thomas Pinto the first. Headed a list of eminent names performing a Concert of Vocal and Instrumental Music at the Haymarket for the benefit of the singer Gustavus Waltz in 1748.
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Türrschmidt, Carl (Karl)
Date of Birth 24/02/1753
Place of Birth Wallerstein
When in GB 1785 – 1786
Where in GB London
Married (when) Before 1776
Whom / Where Married ? (Son became a hornplayer and respected teacher in Berlin.
Date of Death 01/11/1797
Where died Berlin
Skill / Job horn player (cor basse )
Source Highfill, MrsP, Sainsbury, NG,
Notes From a musical Bohemian family of horn players. From 1770 played with Palsa in Paris – became one of the most famous horn duos of the 18th century, playing together for more than 2 decades. ‘Mr Turrschmidt and Mr Palsa played French horns at concerts on 13 March 1786 at the Tottenham Street Music Room and on 8 April 1786 at the Ancient Concert Rooms on Tottenham Street.’
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Ulrich, Johann
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB From c. 1748 – late 1750s +?
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job
Source HanMus
Notes ‘Johann Ulrich was leader of the ‘drum and fife band of the Royal Artillery’ and had come over to England from Hanover in about 1748’.
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Vogler, Georg Joseph (called ‘Abbé Vogler’)
Date of Birth 15/06/1749
Place of Birth Pleichach, near Würzburg
When in GB (1783 visited), In 1790 gave concerts
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 06/05/1814
Where died Darmstadt
Skill / Job theorist, pianist, organist, composer, organ designerGreat influence as teacher of composition and singing.
Source Highfill, NG
Notes Son of a violinist and instrument maker at the court of Prince-Bishop of Würzburg. (His stepfather also violin maker.) Studied music in Italy. In 1783 the Royal Society gave its approval of his musical system. In 1790 performed on his invention, the ‘Orchestrion’. Later worked in Stockholm, Copenhagen, Berlin, Prague ,Vienna, Munich and Darmstadt, where C.M. Weber returned to his mentor for further instruction.
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Vogler, Gerhard X
Date of Birth
Place of Birth Germany
When in GB 1777 – 1785
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job German music publishers
Source Highfill,
Notes Together with Joseph Vogler, in 1777 established business in Glasshouse Street, near Swallow Street, in London, in premises previously occupied by Robert Worman. There they published and sold music until 1785.
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Vogler, Joseph, X
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB 1777 – 1785
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job German music publisher
Source Highfill
Notes (See previous entry for Gerhard.)
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Voigt, Augustus
Date of Birth 1779
Place of Birth Munden, Hanover
When in GB ? 1800 – 1824 +?
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job musician, composer
Source Sainsbury II pp.517 -519
Notes ‘For many years resident in this country’ (Sainsbury) Published, including a collection of German hymns adapted into English.
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Voigt, Johann Georg Herman
Date of Birth 1769
Place of Birth Osterwick, Saxony
When in GB 1810 – 1812 ?
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job organist, stringed and wind instrument player, composer
Source Sainsbury
Notes Son of town musician. Violinist and solo performer of hautboy in Leipsic.
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Von Esch, Mr
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB 1790s -?1810
Where in GB ?London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job musician, composer
Source Sainsbury II p.519
Notes ‘Celebrated German instrumental composer for pianoforte. Resided for several years in the country at the close of the last century and the beginning of the present century.’ Published.
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von Weber, Carl Maria
Date of Birth ?19 Nov 1786
Place of Birth Eutin
When in GB 1826
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 05/06/1826
Where died London
Skill / Job composer, conductor, pianist, and critic
Source NG
Notes A seminal figure, with wide-ranging influence. In early 1820s suffered from TB. After success of his opera in Germany, was invited to London in 1824 to conduct the opera season . Recognised his days were numbered & potential financial rewards were great. Agreed and began to study English. Arranged to come in 1826. Opera Oberon a great success, but other concerts less so. Health declined and he died 4/5 June at the home of George Smart, where he was staying.
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Wachsell, Dr Gustavus Anthony, D.D.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB fl. 1794 (? 1790 – 1800?)
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job tenor singer
Source Doane
Notes In 1794 of The German Chapel, Little Ayliff Street, Goodman’s Fields.
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Wag(e)ner, Anthony Elias
Date of Birth
Place of Birth City of Hanover, Germany
When in GB ? from 1778 – 1800+?
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job Violinist
Source HanMus, AntC (1788 – 1800+), Doane, Highfill,
Notes Played 2nd violin in Queen’s Band in 1783 ‘A very accomplished player’ (HanMus). Wagner played 2nd violin at the HandelCC in 1784. Doane lists him as member of the Queen’s band of Buckingham House. Denizen: 19 Feb 1795 ‘musician of New Windsor’
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Wagner, Frederic
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB fl.1770
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job composer
Source Highfill
Notes Frederic Wagner composed Twelve New English Songs (1770?). Highfill is not correct: it confuses Anthony Elias Wagner (see previous entry) with Frederic Wagner.
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Waltz, Gustavus
Date of Birth
Place of Birth Germany
When in GB fl. 1732 – 1759
Where in GB London, Oxford
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death ?Soon after 1759
Where died ? London?
Skill / Job bass singer, actor, teacher
Source Highfill, RSM (1744 >), NG
Notes May have been Handel’s cook at one time. Burney’s criticism of him almost certainly does him an injustice. He admitted ‘as an actor, [Waltz] had a great deal of humour’.
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Weber, F.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB fl. 1855
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job professor of organ, piano and harmony’
Source 1855 Directory
Notes Of the Royal German Chapel, St James’s Palace in 1855.
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Weberstadt, R.
Date of Birth c1776
Place of Birth Germany
When in GB fl 1841
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job ‘musician’
Source DR, 1841 Census
Notes Living St Anne Soho/Strand, aged 65
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Weichsel(l), Carl (‘Charles’) (2nd gen.)
Date of Birth 26/01/1767
Place of Birth Soho, London
When in GB From birth. Performing from 1774. (From 1819 to 1828 in Venice)
Where in GB London, Dublin, Cork, Oxford
Married (when) 1796 (aged 29) and 1804
Whom / Where Married i) ‘Signora Vigano’ (in London or Italy? dancer?)ii)Stefania Rovedino (singer) in London
Date of Death 03/04/1850
Where died Hammersmith
Skill / Job violinist, flutist, composer, conductor
Source Highfill, Sainsbury, NG
Notes Son of Carl Friedrich Weichsel, musician from Saxony, and his wife Fredericka (née Weirman). Brother of Elizabeth – see separate entries. Pupil of W. Cramer’s. “An excellent violinist” Led Philharmonic concerts for 3 years before 1819.
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Weichsel, Carl Friedrich
Date of Birth
Place of Birth Freiberg in Saxony
When in GB By 5 Nov 1752
Where in GB
Married (when) Between 16 May 1764 and 9 Oct 1765
Whom / Where Married Fredericka Weirman (singer) (daughter and son – for both see separate entries) Probably separated.
Date of Death
Where died May have died 1811?
Skill / Job oboist, clarinetist
Source Highfill, RSM (1752 – 1755),
Notes Father of Elizabeth Billington, (née Weichsel) and Carl Weichsel. Mentioned in daughter’s memoirs.
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Weichsel, Mrs Carl Friedrich, Fredericka (née Weirman)
Date of Birth c.1745
Place of Birth Germany
When in GB 1764 -
Where in GB London
Married (when) Summer 1765 (aged 20)
Whom / Where Married Carl Friedrich Weichsel (musician from Saxony) in London. Probably separated. (Daughter and son – see entries.)
Date of Death 5 or 6 Jan 1786
Where died London
Skill / Job soprano singer, actress
Source Highfill, NG
Notes Association with Vauxhall Gdns. Pupil of J.C. Bach, who wrote songs for her to sing. Mother of Elizabeth Billington and Carl Weichsel. According to Memoirs of Mrs Billington, her daughter, she lived with a ‘Mr R ——–l’, ‘ a common soldier, who made his mistress …starve…, she died in the utmost penury.’
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Weideman, Carl Friedrich (‘Charles Frederick’)
Date of Birth early 18th century
Place of Birth Germany
When in GB At least from spring 1725 – death
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 1782
Where died 24 May 1782 . * Will proved 5 June 1782
Skill / Job German flutist, oboist, composer, teacher (incl. to George III)
Source Highfill, RSM (1739 >) Mortimer’s
Notes Co-founder of RSM. Performed less from 1750 onwards; productive composer until 1773. From 1760 appointed Assistant Master of the King’s Music. Became denizen in 1755. In 1763 living in Angel Court, Windmill Street, near the Haymarket. In 1778 was a member of the King’s Band of Musicians, with annual income of £100. When he wrote his will 24 Jan 1781 he was of the parish of St James, Westminster and as he was ill he was being cared for by his landlord, Mr Billing, and his wife.
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Weippert, John Erhardt
Date of Birth 15/06/1766
Place of Birth In the Imperial Free City of Schweinfurt, in Franconia.
When in GB c1786 (aged 20)
Where in GB London, Oxford, Margate
Married (when) 28/12/1791
Whom / Where Married Mary Spence
Date of Death 1 April, 1823 (aged 56)
Where died Buried St Peter’s, Isle of Thanet
Skill / Job violin, Tenor [viola], violoncello, clarinet, horn, pedal harp, teacher, composer
Source Highfill, RSM (1797 >) (Euing)
Notes Came of a German musical family and was father, grandfather and uncle to numerous musicians of the name born in England. He was manager of the Assembly Rooms, Margate, for 30 years and performed on the harp at the above rooms for the same length of time.’ Son: John Thomas Lewis Wieppert, (sons & daughters members RSM) *Will
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Weippert, John Michael
Date of Birth 4 Jan 1775
Place of Birth Schweinfurt
When in GB
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married Lydia (3 children)
Date of Death 12/03/1831
Where died
Skill / Job harpist, violinist, violist, teacher
Source Highfill, RSM (1806>)
Notes Brother of John Erhardt Weippert.
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Weippert, John Thomas Lewis (‘Louis’) (2nd gen.)
Date of Birth 01/11/1798
Place of Birth London
When in GB From birth
Where in GB London and Ramsgate
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married (son and daughter members of the RSM)
Date of Death 25 Sept 1843
Where died
Skill / Job harpist, teacher
Source Highfill, RSM (1797 >), Euing, Sainsbury
Notes Came from a German musical family.In 1826 ‘has as many pupils on the harp as he can attend to’.Of 30, Dean Street, Soho in 1824 (letter to Sainsbury)
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Weiss, Carl (Senior)
Date of Birth
Place of Birth ‘Native of Mulhausen, formerly belonging to the German Switzerland ‘
When in GB fl. 1768-death
Where in GB Bristol / London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death 1795
Where died
Skill / Job flutist, composer
Source Highfill, Sainsbury, (Son’s entry: Euing 88/193)
Notes Was ‘1st flute of the private concerts of their late Majesties King George III and the queen’ . Returned to Mulhausen, “German Switzerland” where the younger Weiss was born. (Highfill’s entry is misleading: his son states: ‘In consequence of the fortune he made in England, as a composer and performer … he would not allow any of his children to be brought up in the musical profession, although… all distinguished amateurs.’ Was his ‘fortune’ small?)
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Weiss, Carl (‘Charles’ ) (Junior)
Date of Birth
Place of Birth ‘Mulhausen, formerly belonging to the German Switzerland’
When in GB fl 1820s
Where in GB Bristol / London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job flutist, composer
Source Highfill, Sainsbury, Euing 88/193
Notes Son of Carl Weiss. He wrote to Sainsbury saying Carl had been ‘1st flute of the private concertsof their late Majesties King George III and the queen’ and had made a ‘fortune’ in England before returning to Mulhausen in “German Switzerland” where Charles had been born. Father would not allow any of his children to be brought up in the musical profession, but Charles shewed ‘that he was born to be a musician’.
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Wendling, Johann Baptist
Date of Birth 1720
Place of Birth Rappoltsweiler in Alsace (now Ribeauville)
When in GB April 177 1 – 1772 (for 11 months)
Where in GB
Married (when) 1752
Whom / Where Married Dorothea Spourni (singer and teacher) (a daughter)
Date of Death 1797
Where died Munich
Skill / Job flautist, composer
Source Highfill, NG
Notes Family strong musical tradition of fife playing. Served as flutist in the court chapel at Zweibrücken, and then frorm 1754 at the Mannheim court chapel. Advertised as ‘musician to the Elector Palatine’. Influence as performer found in music by JC Bach and Mozart, as well as Mannheim colleagues; impact as a teacher felt in both Germany and Paris.
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Wiele, Mr X
Date of Birth
Place of Birth Hanover
When in GB fl 1778
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job oboist
Source Queen Charlotte’s letter to her brother Charles (Clarissa Campbell Orr)
Notes Queen Charlotte told her brother that she had given the oboist, Wiele, money to go back to Hanover, but that he had used it to pay off his debts.
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Willems, ‘Mrs’ (née Miss Reinhold) (2nd gen)
Date of Birth ? 1740s
Place of Birth ?London
When in GB From birth. Performing: 1767 – 1781
Where in GB London
Married (when) (yes) (one daughter > stage)
Whom / Where Married Mr Willems
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job dancer, singer
Source Highfill
Notes Daughter of Handel’s favourite bass singer, Henry Theodore Reinhold and sister of bass singer Frederick Charles Reinhold. When her father died in 1751, left ‘wife and 4 small children in Great Distress’. Daughter probably born in 1740s therefore.
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Willman, ‘Miss’ (2nd gen.)
Date of Birth ? 1780s
Place of Birth ?London
When in GB From birth
Where in GB
Married (when) Yes
Whom / Where Married Charles Nicholson (flautist)
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job harpist
Source (NG – entry for brother, Thomas L. Willman)
Notes Daughter of John Willman, German bandsman, and sister of Thomas and Henry. Thomas Willman enjoyed travelling with her husband, Charles Nicholson, and Dragonetti.
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Willman, Henry (2nd gen.)
Date of Birth ? 1780s
Place of Birth ?London
When in GB Late 18th /early 19th C
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job Trumpet player
Source (NG – for brother, Thomas Lindsay Willman)
Notes Son of John Willman, German bandsman.
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Willman, John X
Date of Birth
Place of Birth Germany
When in GB Came in the second half of the 18th century
Where in GB England and Ireland
Married (when) Yes
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job Bandsman
Source (NG – Son Thomas Lindsay Willman)
Notes Employed with various regiments in England and Ireland. Father of Thomas Lindsay, Henry, and 2 daughters. One married pianist Johann Bernhard Logier. The other daughter who was a harpist married Charles Nicholson, the flautist.
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Willman, Thomas Lindsay (2nd gen.)
Date of Birth 1784
Place of Birth ?London
When in GB From birth
Where in GB England and Ireland
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job Clarinettist and basset-horn player
Source NG
Notes Early training under Christopher Eley in East India Company’s volunteer band. 1805> in Dublin. In 1816 took over Eley’s post as bandmaster to the Coldstream Guards; remained with them until 1826. Phil Soc. 1817 – 1839. Very popular artist & travelled all over the country. Friend of Dragonetti’s.
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Wo(e)lfl, Joseph
Date of Birth 24/12/1773
Place of Birth Salzburg
When in GB (?c1799 -1801), From May 1805 (aged 32) – death
Where in GB
Married (when) 1798
Whom / Where Married Therese Klemm (singer) (?separated)
Date of Death 21 May 1812 (suddenly aged 39)
Where died London
Skill / Job piano, composer, teacher
Source NG, Sainsbury
Notes Salzburg Cathedral > Vienna > Warsaw> Vienna. In 1799 went on lengthy concert tour….>Paris. Feted in London as a performer and composer. Had significant influence as a teacher.
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Wüstemann, F.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB fl. 1855
Where in GB
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job teacher of the flute
Source 1855 Directory
Notes In 1855 of 100, Sloane Street.
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Zeidler, Johan Christopher (or Zeider)
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB fl.1767 – death
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death Before 3 Feb 1793
Where died ?London. (Before 3 Feb 1793 according to RSM records)
Skill / Job violoncellist
Source Highfill, RSM (1767 > )
Notes Handel CC in 1784.RSM concerts at St Paul’s 1791.
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Zinck, John
Date of Birth
Place of Birth Falken, Landgraviate of Thuringia, Germany
When in GB fl.1780s and 90s
Where in GB London
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job French horn, sackbut and bassoon
Source HanMus, Doane, Highfill
Notes Played sackbut and ? bassoon at HandelCC in 1784. In 1794 Doane listed Zinck as living at Buckingham House and playing in the Queen’s Private Band and for the AntC. (See Figure 6) Denizen: 19 Feb 1795 ‘musician of New Windsor’
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Zobhard, Sebastian
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
When in GB 1851
Where in GB London, of St Anne, Soho, Strand
Married (when)
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job ‘musician’
Source 1851 Census, DR
Notes A tenant of Edward Carl Schun’s, a Hungarian, in whose house he was staying with two other German musicians.
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Zwingman, Johan Nicolaus
Date of Birth 1764
Place of Birth Stotternheim, Germany
When in GB 1789 -
Where in GB London
Married (when) Yes, by 1796, but no children then.
Whom / Where Married
Date of Death
Where died
Skill / Job violinist, trombonist, violoncellist
Source Highfill, Doane, NMF (1794) RSM (1796 >)
Notes Son of church ‘choralist’ and instrumental musician.Doane: Member of the Band of the Second Regiment of Guards, living at No. 18, Gresse Street, Rathbone Place. Drury Lane oratorios.
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