A concert to celebrate the life and music of Florence Aylward was held on Sunday 1st July at St. George’s Church, Brede. East Sussex.
Daughter of the Rector of Brede, The Rev’d Augustus Anthony Aylward and his wife Mary (née Frewen) she was born in 1862 and was an English composer known for her ballads.
At the age of nine, she played the organ at her father’s services and at the age of fourteen she studied composition and piano at the Guildhall School of Music in London.
She wrote over 150 scores some of which were played at the London Proms and was hailed as “undoubtedly one of the finest accompanists of the day” in the “The Magazine of Music” in 1893.
Her songs and music were performed by:
Prudence Raper – Contralto and Michael Paine – Piano
who also gave an extremely interesting insight into her life and music.