- Michael Hurd
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(b Highfield, Herts., Oct 24, 1905; d Stevenage, Herts., March 18, 1987). English composer, writer and pianist. She studied the piano with Harold Samuel, followed by formal music education at the RAM. During this time she met Warlock – a major influence in her personal and musical life – and Vaughan Williams who encouraged her to compose. She emerged in 1925, when seven of her songs were published (her popular early setting of Sweet Suffolk Owl was one of these). Her first work to be broadcast, from the BBC at Savoy Hill, was an RAM prize-winning violin sonata. In 1928 she published five songs in a more personal style. From 1930 to 1939 most of her time was spent abroad where, among other studies including art and architecture, she collected folksongs. On returning to England she joined the BBC’s music staff, and her war service was thus a period of intensive broadcasting which included the direction of music in the European Service. She resigned in ...