Scarborough, (Frances) Ethel
- Lewis Foreman
(b Crouch End, London, Jan 10, 1880; d Graffham, Sussex, Dec 9, 1956). English composer and pianist. She studied harmony with Philipp Scharwenka in Berlin, and at the RAM (1900–03). Her large output of compositions includes orchestral and choral works, piano concertos (she played one on a tour in 1905 and another with the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra in 1908) and a symphony (1909). She also wrote piano music and song cycles, the latter broadcast by her in the 1930s. She conducted her Scherzo at Brighton (1914) and it was subsequently given by Dan Godfrey at Bournemouth (1915). There she also conducted her overture Aspiration (1909, 1910), an orchestral fantasy, Promise (given twice in 1923) and the suite Moods (1925). The last was revived in 1988.
After 1925 she devoted more time to Labour politics, taking part in the Jarrow March, and competing unsuccessfully with Aneurin Bevan for adoption as parliamentary candidate at Ebbw Vale (where she composed songs for the miners). She also wrote songs for BBC Children’s Hour....