Clifford Essex


Clifford Essex (1869 – 2 February 1946) was an English banjoist, teacher, and instrument manufacturer during the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

Clifford Essex
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Background information
Born1869, England
Died2 February 1946 (aged 87)
  • Musician
  • teacher
  • manufacturer
  • entrepreneur
  • magazine founder
Years active1883-1946, business partner
LabelsEssex and Cammeyer (instrument brand)


Essex formed a partnership with Alfred D. Cammeyer in 1883 and sold banjos under the brand "Essex and Cammeyer", in Piccadilly, London, before establishing his own firm in 1900, as Clifford Essex And Co, in Soho, the company that would eventuate into a private entity under varying titles, existing until 1977. The Company was revived after a long hiatus in 2007, by former employee and prominent banjoist Clem Vickery. Essex manufactured banjos and mandolins, wrote books on playing the banjos, performed in various bands, in particular "The Clifford Essex Banjo Band", described as a banjo orchestra and gave music lessons in London from 1883 until his death around 1946.[1]

In 1903 he founded BMG magazine, an initialism for Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar which is still being published in England.[2]

He died at his home in Wimbledon on 2 February 1946; he was 87.[3]


  1. ^ "Clifford Essex company history". Retrieved 17 April 2013.
  2. ^ "BMG Magazine website". BMG. Archived from the original on 14 May 2013. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
  3. ^ Griffith, Hubert (4 February 1946). "Obituary - Mr. Clifford Essex". The Times. No. 50367. p. 6.

External linksEdit

  • Clifford Essex Co.
  • BMG magazine