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Madeleine DringLady Composer$
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Wanda Brister and Jay Rosenblatt

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781949979312

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781949979312.001.0001

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The Lady Composer Takes Her First Steps

The Lady Composer Takes Her First Steps

Junior Exhibitioner (1933–41)

Chapter Two The Lady Composer Takes Her First Steps
Madeleine Dring

Wanda Brister

Jay Rosenblatt

Liverpool University Press

Dring’s musical education took place at the Royal College of Music, beginning in the Junior Department at the same time as her formal education in Roman Catholic grade schools. Her mentors included Percy Buck and Angela Bull, who together directed the Department. Dring also benefited from the encouragement of the directors of the RCM, Hugh Allen and George Dyson. Principal teachers included Betty Barne and Freda Dinn for violin, Jewel Evans and Lilian Gaskell for piano, and Stanley Wolff and Leslie Fly for composition. Important first performances of her music took place on the BBC radio broadcast of the “Children’s Hour” and at a concert at Lambeth County Hall. As an actor, Dring’s participation in the yearly Christmas play is documented, and as an example of her musical style, her Fantasy Sonata (In one movement) is examined in detail. The effect of the beginning of World War II is considered from Dring’s point of view, specifically in the way it affected a teenage girl at the Royal College of Music.

Keywords:   Betty Barne, Percy Buck, Angela Bull, Children’s Hour, Christmas play, Leslie Fly, Junior Department, Junior Exhibitioner, premieres of first works, RCM, Royal College of Music, World War II

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