Thomas Linley the elder
Thomas Linley (born Badminton, Gloucestershire, England, 17 January 1733; died London 19 November 1795), was an English composer, harpsichordist and singing teacher. He studied with Thomas Chilcot, organist of Bath Abbey, and later with William Boyce and possibly also with Paradies, the Italian harpsichordist who had come to live in England.
He soon became very well known as a singing teacher and composed a lot of music for the Drury Lane theatre, London.
He married a girl called Mary Johnson and the couple had twelve children. Several of them were extremely gifted musicians, especially Thomas who sadly died at the age of 22 in a boating accident.
- New Groves Dictionary of Music&Musicians, ed. Stanley Sadie; London 1980; ISBN 1-56159-174-2