A’Beckett, Mary Anne
- John R. Gardner
( b London, 1817; d London, Dec 11, 1863). English composer . She was the eldest daughter of Joseph Glossop, a friend of George IV; she married Gilbert Abbott A’Beckett, a magistrate and humorous writer. Apart from a dozen songs and two waltzes for piano, A’Beckett composed three operas: The Young Pretender (three songs were published); Agnes Sorrel, an ‘operatic farce’ (based on the story of Agnès Sorel, mistress of Charles VII of France), which was the first production at John Braham’s St James’s Theatre, London (August 1835); and Little Red Riding Hood, produced at the Surrey Gardens Theatre, London, in August 1842. She declined invitations to conduct them herself.