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date: 17 August 2019

Barns, Ethel locked

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(b 1874; d Maidenhead, Dec 31, 1948). English violinist and composer. At the RAM (1887–95) she studied the violin with Prosper Sainton and Emile Sauret, the piano with Frederick Westlake and harmony with Prout. Her first published composition, a Romance for violin and piano, appeared in 1891, and she was soon performing her own works at various concerts in London. In 1899 she married the singer Charles Phillips, with whom she had established the successful Barns-Phillips Chamber Concerts at Bechstein Hall. The series provided an important platform for her own violin music, which began to be taken up by others: Joachim added her Sonata no.2, Sauret her Fantasie and Elman her L’escarpolette to their repertories. In 1907 she was the soloist in her own Concertstück for violin and orchestra at the Promenade Concerts. A highly regarded violinist, Barns served on the first council of the Society of Women Musicians (founded ...

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