Draft:Lilian Elkington

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Lilian Mary Elkington (15 September 1900 – 13 August 1969), was a British pianist, organist, and composer.[1] Her father was a coffin furniture manufacturer. According to her daughter, she is a direct descendent of Lord Neville, the first Earl of Warwick.[citation needed] She attended the convent in Olton, Warwickshire, run by the Sisters of Our Lady of Compassion where she matriculated at age eighteen with distinction.[citation needed]

Elkington married in 1926 and had one daughter. She died on 13 August 1969 while on holiday in Austria (see Maud Powell Signature, Autumn 2008 PDF).[2] After Arthur Kennedy remarried, whatever compositions that she had written disappeared until a musicologist, David J. Brown, found four works quite by accident in a second-hand bookshop in Worthing.[citation needed]


After leaving school, Elkington continued her studies at the Birmingham and Midland Institute School of Music, as it was then known and Granville Bantock made a crucial contribution to her compositional development.[citation needed] Indeed, it was thanks to his efforts that the one surviving tone poem she wrote was first publicly performed.[citation needed]

After her marriage she continued to play the organ for several churches in the area but little composition seems to have been completed after this date.[3]

Her Music[edit]

The orchestral tone poem Out of the Mist is the only large-scale composition to have been performed and recorded.[citation needed] The Mindland Institute student orchestra gave the first performance in June 1921 conducted by Bantock himself.[citation needed] Another performance took place on 24 September 1988 by the Windsor Sinfonia. The BBC Symphony Orchestra, has performed the piece on two occasions, the most recent being on 13th April 2018 at the Barbican Centre conducted by Andrew Davis[4] A recording by the BBC Symphony Orchestra was made on the Dutton label’s Epoch series (CDLX 7172).[5] The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra also made a recording, conducted by Michael Laus, in 2011 (British Composers Premiere Collections Vol.4 plus1, Cameo Classics CC9041CD).[6]

A talk was given by the musicologist, Dr. Lewis Foreman, PHD, MLib, Fclip Hon fTCL, to the Incorporated Society of Musicians annual conference which included Elkington’s tone poem.[7]

A profile entry of Elkington appears in the British Music Society, British Composer Profiles, third edition.[8]

List of Works[edit]

  • Out of the Mist (1921) tone poem for orchestra
  • Little Hands – song
  • Romance, Op. 1 – violin and piano
  • Rhapsodie, Op.3 – violin and piano


  1. ^ "Composer Profile: Lilian Elkington". British Music Collection. 2018-03-29. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
  2. ^ "Lilian Elkington: Out of the Mist" (PDF). The Maud Powell Society. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  3. ^ "CLASSICAL ICONOCLAST: Another Unknown Soldier - Lilian Elkington". CLASSICAL ICONOCLAST. 2016-03-08. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  4. ^ "BBC Symphony Orchestra". BBC Music Events. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  5. ^ France, John (2008-11-11). "Lilian Elkington: Out of the Mists – a tone poem for Armistice Day". British Classical Music: The Land of Lost Content. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  6. ^ "British Composers Premiere Collections, Vol. 4 plus 1 - NaxosDirect". naxosdirect.com. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  7. ^ "Lost and only sometimes found". Incorporated Society of Musicians. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  8. ^ "Society of British Composers", Oxford Music Online, Oxford University Press, 2001, doi:10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.26078