Lomax, (Louisa) Emma [Emily]
- Rhian Davies
(b Brighton, June 22, 1873; d Brighton, Aug 29, 1963). English composer and pianist. She studied piano at the Brighton School of Music and composition and clarinet at the RAM, London (1904–10; Goring Thomas Scholar, 1907–10; Lucas Silver Medal, 1910; ARAM, 1910), where she was later a professor of composition (1918–38). She and Morfydd Owen were Frederick Corder’s most distinguished women students. Lomax’s manuscripts are lost, but the stage works on supernatural themes for which she devised music, librettos, props and lighting were considered remarkable (The House of Shadows, 1905, The Wolf, 1906 and The Brownie and the Piano-Tuner, 1907), but her opera The Marsh of Vervais was never fully performed, and a toy theatre provided the main focus for her dramatic gift in later life. The Brighton Municipal Orchestra premièred her instrumental scores, notably the Toy Overture (1915), a parody of Tchaikovsky’s ...