Spencer, Robert, English lutenist, guitarist, singer, and teacher; b. Ilford, May 9, 1932; d. Woodford Green, Essex, Aug. 8, 1997. He studied lute with Walter Gerwig and Julian Bream (1955) and voice at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London (1956). Following addition studies at the Dartington School of Music (from 1956), he married the mezzo-soprano Jill Nott-Bower in 1960 and thereafter appeared with her in recitals. He also was a lutenist with the Julian Bream Consort (from 1960) and the Deller Consort (from 1974). He likewise served as prof. of lute at the Royal Academy of Music in London. His repertoire embraced works from the Renaissance to the contemporary era.
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