Women Organists in late-
In an article in Organist’s Review (February 2010) I have summarised current knowledge about the careers of women organists in late-
The world of the Victorian women organists has been very well described by Judith Barger (Elizabeth Stirling and the Musical Life of Female Organists in Nineteenth-
At first sight there is nothing remarkable in compiling a list of women organists, one could just a easily compile an even longer list of men organists. However, on closer examination one or two questions begin to arise:
Why were women appointed in some towns and cities and not others? Leeds and York do not appear to have had women organists in this period, whereas Liverpool, Leicester and Nottingham had several.
Given that the wills of some women organists indicate that they had comfortable incomes, how did these women apparently thrive at a time when the life of a professional musician could be precarious?
There may be many more names to uncover and new information will be gratefully received. Complete references for the information contained in the Table are available from me and the dataset will be updated on a regular basis.
David Shuker January 2010
|chemist to organ-builder|
|Tried and tested methods|
|St Pierre a Champ|
|Flight and Robson 1811 Chamber Organ|
|Villebarou restoration photos|
|Memling Portative Organ|
|A Reluctant Convert|
|John Marsh Organ|
|Tools Ancient and Modern|
|Talks and Presentations|