Imogen Holst

Imogen Claire Holst, CBE (12 April 1907 – 9 March 1984) was a British composer and conductor, and sole child of composer Gustav Holst. Imogen Holst was brought up in west London and educated at St Paul's Girls' School, where her father was director of music. She worked with Herbert Howells before entering the Royal College of Music (RCM) in 1926 to study composition with George Dyson and Gordon Jacob, harmony and counterpoint with Ralph Vaughan Williams, and conducting with William H. Reed. She won several prizes for composition including the Cobbett Prize for a string quartet (1928). In 1931 Holst began earning her living as a freelance musician, though her hopes of being a concert pianist were dashed by incipient phlebitis in her left arm.

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