- Diana McVeagh
(b Brentford, July 7, 1896; d Cambridge, March 20, 1968). English pianist. She studied with Herbert Sharpe at the RCM (1910–16) and taught there from 1920 to 1964. Early in her career she performed a wide repertory of chamber works. An artist of enduring catholic tastes, she introduced music by, among others, Bloch, Bridge, Holst and Finzi. Her Mozart playing, for which she was particularly admired, showed a satisfying balance of just proportions and tender phrasing, and she gave notable performances of Mozart and Bach with the Boyd Neel Orchestra. French music was another speciality, and she made Fauré particularly her own; under the elegance of her playing the composer’s elegiac note sounded clear. She also performed the more speculative of Beethoven’s sonatas, such as opp.109 and 110, and played Scarlatti sonatas with swagger and intensity. Her tonal range, though not wide, was precise, but none of her recordings, among them Mozart’s ...