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date: 25 August 2019

Hugh-Jones, Elaine locked

  • Marie Fitzpatrick

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(b London, June 14, 1927). British composer, pianist and teacher. She studied the piano with Harold Craxton and Julius Isserlis, and composition with Lennox Berkeley. Alongside teaching (notably at Malvern Girls’ College for which much of her choral music was written) she was a BBC accompanist for over 30 years. Almost all her works are vocal, ranging from solo and choral works to an operetta The Dragon Fear (1978). Of her song cycles, the seven Walter de la Mare Songs (1966–88) are the best known, blending French influence (in particular Fauré) with a sensitive English Romanticism inherited from Berkeley; her other cycles are A Cornford Cycle (1972–4), Four American Songs (1974–8) and Six Songs of R.S. Thomas (1991). Hugh-Jones’s works are published by the Malvern Publishing Company, OUP and Thames; manuscripts and recordings are held at the British Music Information Centre in London....

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