Dame Ethel Smyth

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Dame Ethel Mary Smyth (23 April 1858 – 8 May 1944) was an English composer and a leader of the women's suffrage movement.

Smyth was born in Woking, Surrey. J. H. Smyth, her father, was a Major-General in the Royal Artillery. She was one of eight siblings. Her family was opposed to her making a career in music. She studied with Alexander Ewing when she was seventeen and took an interest ... more »

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