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A Very Gifted Manx Lady: The life of Kathleen Rydings

A Very Gifted Manx Lady: The life of Kathleen Rydings

Author: Maurice Powell
Format: Softback
Price: £8.99
Publication date: 16th July 2014
ISBN: 978-0-9919266-6-4
Pages: 132

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Description: Kathleen Rydings was born in the mining village of Laxey and was an exceptionally talented young violinist who won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in 1903 to study with Achille Rivarde and Cesar Thomson in Brussels. She formed The Kathleen Rydings Trio who were engaged to provide concerts in a luxurious cafeteria in fashionable Eastbourne. The trio returned to the Island after World War One and were resident in Douglas during the last decade of the Ďsilentí film era. In 1930, she was appointed conductor of the Manx Amateur Orchestral Society, a post she held for twenty-five years, as well as becoming one of the best-known and influential violin teachers in the Islandís history. Essentially a shy and retiring person, Kathleen eschewed a career as a concert violinist and as such deserves to be honoured as a stalwart of the Islandís musical life.

Biography: Maurice Powell has been the musical director of the Isle of Man Symphony orchestra since 2004. He studied the French horn at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and held a number of teaching posts in Lancashire and Yorkshire. He moved to the Isle of Man in 1997, was principal horn of the Manx Sinfonia and a founder-member of the Mill Ensemble. In 2013 he was appointed conductor of the Shropshire-based string ensemble, Scherzando. Maurice is an occasional concert reviewer, a compiler of CD sleeve notes and the writer of the programme notes for the IOMSO concerts. He is the author of ENCORE! The Story of the Isle of Man Symphony Orchestra (2013), and a number of articles about Manx orchestras, conductors, musicians and composers.

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