The Life of Dorothy Howell (1898-1982)
Today the name of Dorothy Howell is sadly all but forgotten, yet she was one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century.
Born in Handsworth in 1898, Dorothy's family recognised her gifts and encouraged her musical talents from an early age. Composing by the age of 13, Dorothy entered the Royal Academy of Music by recommendation aged only 15. In 1919 aged just 21, her symphonic poem Lamia was performed to great critical acclaim at The Proms. So was to begin a glittering career in classical music as a distinguished pianist, devoted teacher and composer of over 130 pieces.
A selection of images illustrating Dorothy Howell's life and musical career
Born in Handsworth in 1898, Dorothy was raised in a musical family
At the Royal Academy of Music, Dorothy meets the professors who will become a life-long inspiration
After her work is premiered at the 1919 Proms, Dorothy is heralded the "English Strauss"
The success of Lamia makes Dorothy a household name
Throughout her musical career Dorothy would compose over 130 pieces
Throughout her life Dorothy was highly regarded for her many great achievements
Dorothy was not only a composer, but a performer, teacher, adjudicator and land girl.
Dorothy retired from the Royal Academy of Music in 1970, and in 1971 she was elected a member of the Royal Philharmonic Society.