Allitsen [Bumpus],(Mary) Frances
- Sophie Fuller
(b London, Dec 30, 1848; d London, Sept 30, 1912). English composer. She came from a family of well-known booksellers who disapproved of her taking up music as a career. In her thirties, with the support of Thomas Weist-Hill, she eventually studied composition with Henry Gadsby at the Guildhall School of Music, where she was a Corporation Exhibitioner. She composed several instrumental and orchestral works as a student and from 1880 occasionally appeared as a singer, but she was best known as a songwriter. She used the pseudonym Frances Allitsen. Her record of financial transactions (GB-Lbl), kept between 1885 and 1896, shows the increasing profitability of her work. This notebook also includes a brief diary from 1911.
Allitsen’s songs range from immensely popular patriotic and religious songs, such as There’s a Land (1896), widely sung by Clara Butt during the Boer War, and The Lord is my Light...