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date: 17 October 2019

Arkwright, Marian (Ursula)locked

  • Sophie Fuller

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(Ursula)

(b Norwich, Jan 25, 1863; d Highclere, nr Newbury, March 23, 1922). English composer. She received both the MusB (1895) and MusD (1913) from Durham University. In 1893 she was one of the founders of the pioneering English Ladies’ Orchestral Union, and was the orchestra’s secretary as well as playing the double bass and timpani. She was the conductor of the Newbury Amateur Orchestral Union and was also involved in the Rural Music Schools movement. Arkwright was one of the few women members of the Society of British Composers (founded 1905) and her orchestral works, which do not appear to have survived, received critical acclaim. In 1906 her orchestral suite Winds of the World, inspired by the Kipling ballad ‘The Flag of England’, won The Gentlewoman prize for an orchestral work by a woman. It was first performed at Newbury in 1907 and repeated that year by the Bournemouth SO, conducted by Arkwright herself. Other works performed by the Bournemouth SO included the Variations on an Air of Handel (...

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