Gilchrist, Anne Geddes
- Georgina Boyes
(b Manchester, Dec 8, 1863; d Lancaster, July 24, 1954). English musical antiquary and authority on folk music, psalmody and hymnody. Trained at the Royal Academy of Music, she began research in folklore in 1895, when she noted similarities between newly discovered folksongs and the modal tunes of 16th- and 17th-century hymns. Between 1895 and 1910 she collected folklore in south-eastern and northern England; her main interest, however, was historical research and fellow scholars benefited particularly from her expertise in sourcing tunes. She joined the Folk-Song Society in 1905 as part of a new wave of collector-musicians associated with its revitalization and contributed numerous articles and notes to the Journal of the Folk-Song Society and its successor the Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society; from 1906 until her death she also served as a member of the editorial board, where she worked closely with Frank Kidson and Lucy Broadwood. A liberal Presbyterian, her attention to nonconformist religious music was unusual among contemporary folklorists and was reflected in articles for ...