Poston, Elizabeth , English pianist and composer; b. High-field, Hertfordshire, Oct. 24, 1905; d. there, March 18, 1987. She studied piano with Harold Samuel; also took courses at the Royal Academy of Music in London. During World War II, she was in charge of music in the European Service of the BBC in London. Her works follow along neo-Classicial lines.
The Holy Child for Soloists, Chorus, and Strings (1950); Concertino da Camera on a Theme of Martin Peerson for Ancient Instruments (1950); The Nativity for Soloists, Chorus, and Strings or Organ (1951); Trio for Flute, Clarinet or Viola, and Piano (1958); Peter Halfpenny’s Tunes for Recorder and Piano (1959); Lullaby and Fiesta, 2 pieces for Piano (1960); Magnificat for 4 Voices and Organ (1961); 3 Scottish Carols for Chorus and Strings or Organ (1969); Harlow Concertante for String Quartet and String Orch. (1969); An English Day Book for Mixed Voices and Harp (1971); Sonatina for Cello and Piano (1972); hymn tunes; Christmas carols; music for films and radio.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire