Amanda Ira Aldridge

(1866—1956) singer and composer

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(1866–1956). Composer, contralto, successful vocal coach, accompanist, and teacher. She was the youngest daughter of the famous African-American actor Ira Aldridge, and born in Upper Norwood, London. Early on she was educated at a convent school in Belgium. At the age of 17 she was awarded a scholarship to study singing at the Royal College of Music. Her teachers included Jenny Lind and George Henschel for singing, along with Frederick Bridge and Frances Edward Gladstone for harmony and counterpoint.


From The Oxford Companion to Black British History in Oxford Reference.

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