- Celia Mike
(b Birmingham, Feb 25, 1898; d Malvern, Jan 12, 1982). English composer. She completed her general education early in order to study with McEwen and Matthay at the RAM. She was a talented pianist as well as a composer, and much of her work is for the piano, most notably the concerto. She gained recognition in 1919 when her symphonic poem Lamia was given its première at the Promenade Concerts by Sir Henry Wood and was performed four more times that same season. Her style is essentially Romantic, often drawing on nature and landscape for inspiration. The music is tonal, coloured by rich harmonies and chromaticism. The Phantasy for violin and piano won the Cobbett Prize in 1921. Her use of mainly small-scale genres in later works – for piano, voice or ensemble – was partly due to the restrictions of ill-health. From 1924 to 1970 she was professor of harmony and counterpoint at the RAM, and in ...