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Imogen Holst
« on: Sunday 01 January 23 22:58 GMT (UK) »
Hi everyone and Happy New Year!

We are trying to see if there’s any substance in the claim that a now deceased family member actually did have piano lesson from Imogen Holst, the daughter of composer Gustav Holst.

The family member lived in Thaxted between 1940 and 1968.
We know Gustav died in 1934 but I also know his widow, Isobel Holst, lived in Thaxted after his death, during the 1950’ and until she died in 1969.
Daughter Imogen didn’t live in Thaxted during the 1949 - 1968 time period, but did she stay with her mother? I can’t find anything, but know that there maybe someone on here who either knows Thaxted history exceptionally well, or has lots of in depth knowledge on Imogen Holst,or can find things on the internet better than I can!

Is there anything anywhere that could actually show that Imogen Holst really did give music lessons in Thaxted during the time window I have?

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Re: Imogen Holst
« Reply #1 on: Monday 02 January 23 00:16 GMT (UK) »
I don’t have access to newspapers so can’t help, but that might be a place to start. She may have been advertising lessons.

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Re: Imogen Holst
« Reply #2 on: Monday 02 January 23 01:09 GMT (UK) »
I doubt if she was giving piano lessons, or at least not advertising for students as she was a celebrated conductor in her own right.  :)

She was in Thaxted though in June 1964 for the Thaxted Music Festival, orgainised by the music department of Morley College.
Saturday,  June 20, 1964
Publication: The Times

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Re: Imogen Holst
« Reply #3 on: Monday 02 January 23 01:27 GMT (UK) »
Imogen did quite a bit of teaching in the 1930s.
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Re: Imogen Holst
« Reply #4 on: Monday 02 January 23 07:15 GMT (UK) »
Is there evidence that Imogen lived in Thaxted?
I met her once, at my uncle's house in Snape and assumed she was local.
It's likely that she would be in Aldeburgh (or at the Snape maltings) for the festival,
but it was the wrong time of year for that.

She was very keen on getting children involved in making music,
and interested in instruments they could make themselves,
possibly tubular bells cut from pieces of pipe.
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Re: Imogen Holst
« Reply #5 on: Monday 02 January 23 08:27 GMT (UK) »
Thanks for the replies so far.
My family member was born 1940 and lived in Thaxted until the early 60’s.
Imogen lived in Thaxted as a child - she’s with her mum on the 1921 census.
Her mum continued to live there, although I know Imogen moved about until she settled in Aldenurgh.
I wondered if she may have stayed with her mum for a short time and possibly gave some sort of music lessons at the time. Possible through the local school?
I’m just trying to see if the story is viable or whether there’s some truth. I know her mum was a singer but maybe it was her who gave the lessons? But there seems to be very little about Mrs Holst.
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Re: Imogen Holst
« Reply #6 on: Tuesday 03 January 23 00:53 GMT (UK) »
Maybe your relative was involved in the music festival in 1964?