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date: 21 October 2019

Rainier, (Ivy) Priaulxlocked

  • Ian Kemp,
  • Hubert van der Spuy
  •  and Justin Vickers


(b Howick, Natal, Feb 3, 1903; d Besse-en-Chandesse, France, Oct 10, 1986). South African–English composer of English-Huguenot origin. After early childhood in Zululand, she entered the South African College of Music, Cape Town, as a violin student (1913); in 1920 her playing won her the Cape of Good Hope University Scholarship to the RAM. She then settled permanently in London, earning her living as a violinist and teacher until 1935, when an anonymous grant enabled her to concentrate on composition. In 1937 she studied with Nadia Boulanger for three months, and she was a professor of composition at the RAM (1943–61). Her compositions were given premières by Janet Craxton, Philip Langridge, Jacqueline du Pré, and Yehudi Menuhin; first performances were heard at the Aldeburgh Festival, the Bath Festival, the Edinburgh Festival, the Promenade Concerts, the Royal Albert Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, and the Wigmore Hall. In ...

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