Jane Marian Joseph

Jane Marian Joseph. b. Kensington, London, 31 May 1894; d. Kensington, London, 9 March 1929. Born into a Jewish family, her father encouraged his children to pursue musical instruments. A pupil at St Paul’s Girls’ School in London, she encountered Gustav Holst*, who occasionally conducted the school orchestra where Jane, a tall girl, played the double bass. She was also recognized as a good pianist during her years at St Paul’s (1909-13). Under Holst’s tutelage she performed, in addition to Holst’s compositions, works by J.S. Bach* and Henry Purcell*, and those of 16th-century composers.  Though she continued her education at Cambridge (1913-16) in Classics, she was much more drawn to...

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