Guest [Miles], Jane Mary [Jenny]
- Daniel M. Raessler
(b Bath, c1762; d Blackheath, March 20, 1846). English pianist and composer. She began studying music while a child in Bath, where she remained an admired and frequent performer from her prodigy years through adulthood. In 1776 she travelled to London for further study with J.C. Bach and began performing there three years later. She ran her own series of subscription concerts at Tottenham Street Rooms in 1783–4, around which time she also performed in the Hanover Square concerts and at Willis's Rooms. Observers praised her playing for its brilliance, facility and expressiveness. Guest attracted the support of royalty and of London's upper class, as evidenced by her participation in William Beckford's coming-of-age celebrations at Fonthill in 1781 and the extensive subscription list to her six sonatas op.1 (1783). In 1789 she married Abram Allen Miles and subsequently published under her married name, Mrs Miles. She eventually gained the patronage of George III and was appointed music instructor to Princesses Amalie and Charlotte in ...