Imogen Holst (12 April 1907 – 9 March 1984) was a British composer,
arranger, conductor, teacher and festival administrator. In the 1940s
she helped to establish Dartington Hall as a major centre of music
education, and for the next 20 years was the joint artistic director of
the Aldeburgh Festival. The only child of the composer Gustav Holst, she
attended the Royal College of Music, but was unable for health reasons
to follow her ambitions to be a pianist or a dancer, and became a full-
time organiser for the English Folk Dance and Song Society. In the early
1950s she became Benjamin Britten’s musical assistant. In later years
she concentrated on the preservation of her father’s musical legacy, and
wrote several books on his life and works. The music she wrote is not
widely known and has received little critical attention. She received
numerous academic honours, and was appointed Commander of the Order of
the British Empire in 1975.
Today’s selected anniversaries:
King Edwin of Northumbria was converted to Christianity by
Bishop Paulinus of York, who had previously saved his life.
The Froberg mutiny at Fort Ricasoli in Malta came to a close
when the rebels blew up 600 barrels of gunpowder and escaped, although
they were later caught.
Confederate forces began firing at Fort Sumter in the harbor of
Charleston, South Carolina, starting the American Civil War.
SMS Zrínyi, one of the last pre-dreadnoughts built by the
Austro-Hungarian Navy, was launched.
Husband-and-wife law partners Laurence Canter and Martha Siegel
posted the first massive commercial spam on Usenet.
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
horses for courses:
(chiefly Britain, idiomatic) Different people are suited for different
jobs or situations; what is fitting in one case may not be fitting in
Wikiquote quote of the day:
The drafters of the Constitution had made one simple but far-
reaching error. They’d assumed that the people selected by The People to
manage the nation would be as honest and honorable as they’d been. One
could almost hear the “Oops!” emanating from all those old graves.
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