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date: 20 August 2019

Stirling, Elizabeth locked

  • George Grove
  • , revised by John R. Gardner

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(b Greenwich, Feb 26, 1819; d Hackney, March 25, 1895). English organist and composer. She studied the organ and piano with W.B. Wilson and Edward Holmes, and harmony with J.A. Hamilton and G.A. Macfarren. In November 1839, she was elected organist of All Saints, Poplar, a post she retained until September 1858, when she gained a similar one at St Andrew Undershaft, by competition. This she resigned in 1880. In 1856 she submitted an exercise (Psalm cxxx, for five voices and orchestra) for the Oxford BMus; though accepted, it was not performed, since at that time women were not eligible for degrees. She published some original pedal fugues and slow movements, other pieces for the organ and organ arrangements from the works of Handel and Bach, songs, duets, and many partsongs for four voices, of which a favourite was All among the Barley. In 1863 she married the organist F.A. Bridge (...

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