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Alan Rawsthorne
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2 MAY 1905 Deardengate House, Haslingden, Lancashire
Hubert Rawsthorne
Janet Bridge
Jessie May Hinchliffe 1934
Isabel Nichols
24 JUL 1971 Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge aged 66
British Composer

Following taken from wikipedia:
Alan Rawsthorne was born in Haslingden, Lancashire. After attempting careers in dentistry and architecture, he decided instead to study music in Manchester and Berlin. His breakthrough came with the Theme and Variations for two violins (1938) and Symphonic Studies for orchestra (1938). Other acclaimed works by Rawsthorne include a viola sonata (1937), two piano concertos (1939, 1951), an oboe concerto (1947), two violin concertos (1948, 1956), a concerto for string orchestra (1949), and the Elegy for guitar (1971), a piece written for and completed by Julian Bream after the composer's death. Other works include a cello concerto, three acknowledged string quartets among other chamber works, and three symphonies.

Rawsthorne was married to Isabel Rawsthorne (née Isabel Nichols), an artist, model and muse well-known in the Paris and Soho art scenes. Her contemporaries included Andre Derain, Alberto Giacometti, Pablo Picasso and Francis Bacon. Isabel Rawsthorne was the widow of composer Constant Lambert and step-mother to Kit Lambert, manager of the rock group The Who, who died in 1981. Isabel died in 1992. Alan Rawsthorne was her third husband; Sefton Delmer (the journalist and member of the Special Operations Executive during the Second World War) was her first husband. Isabel was Alan Rawsthorne's second wife, his first wife being Jessie Hinchliffe, a violinist in the Philharmonia Orchestra. Jessie did not re-marry.

Alan Rawsthorne died in 1971 and is buried in Thaxted churchyard in Essex. He was a great-grandson of Dr. Jonathan Bayley, the renowned educationalist, Latin scholar and Swedenborgian minister who is remembered for his philanthropic work in Accrington, Lancashire and in London.


Symphony No. 1 (1950)
Symphony No. 2 A Pastoral Symphony (1959)
Symphony No. 3 (1964)
Symphonic Studies (1938)
Concerto for String Orchestra (1949)
Improvisations on a Theme by Constant Lambert

Piano Concerto No. 1 (1939)
Piano Concerto No. 2 (1951)
Violin Concerto No. 1 (1948)
Violin Concerto No. 2 (1956)
Cello Concerto (1965)
Oboe Concerto (1947)
Clarinet Concerto (1936-7)

String Quartets
String Quartet No. 1
String Quartet No. 2
String Quartet No. 3
Theme and Variations, for two violins
Viola Sonata
Elegy, for guitar (1971)
Four Bagatelles (1938)
Four Romantic Pieces (1953)
Sonatina (1949)
Ballade (1967)

External links
The Friends of Alan Rawsthorne
Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra Norman Del Mar, Norma Fisher and the composer following a performance of the 2nd Piano Concerto at the Fairfield Hall, Croydon in 1967

In 1939 he was living at 41 Downleaze, Bristol with Jessie Raswthorne (Hinchcliffe) born 29 May 1905 - professional violinist, with the Knapman family.

Between 1949 and 1953, he lived at 66, Ormonde Terrace, Primrose Hill, London NW8

Barbara Rawsthorne (1901-1999), sister of musician Alan Rawsthorne: memoirs c1900-1999 (Music Deposit 2015/33) , British Library, Music Collections <>

'Why I compose', Lecture for Communist party, 1hr 50min.
British Library
Related Links: C11/X65 ; 1CDR0004798 ; 1CDR0004799 ; 2CDR0004798 ; 2CDR0004799 ;
Ormonde Terrace in 2017

Ormonde Terrace from the bottom of Primrose Hill

1911 census aged 5

1939 register - living in Bristol

Sudbury Cottage where Alan Rawsthorne lived from 1952-1971

Blue plaque at Sudbury Cottage

Gravestone of Alan Rawsthorne and Isabel

Location of gravestone of Alan Rawsthorne at Thaxted

Thaxted Windmill from graveyard

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