Florence Aylward

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Florence Aylward
Florence Aylward.jpg
Born(1862-03-10)March 10, 1862
Died14 October 1950 (aged 89)
St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, England
NationalityUnited Kingdom
Spouse(s)Harold Arthur Kinder

Florence Aylward (10 March 1862 – 14 October 1950)[1] was an English composer known for ballads.

Early life[edit]

Aylward was born at Brede Rectory in Brede, East Sussex, England in 1862, the daughter of the Rector of Brede, Augustus Aylward and his wife Mary, who was the eldest daughter of Thomas Frewen of Brickwall in Sussex.[1] Aylward studied at the Guildhall School.[2] Aylward began composing at an early age, and her songs began to be performed at local concerts when she was 12.[3]


Aylward's early composition efforts caught the attention of William Boosey, of the publisher Boosey & Hawkes.[3] Aylward's first song was published in 1888, entitled "Day Dawn".[1] The words were based on a translation of a Victor Hugo poem by Alice K. Sawyer, with music composed by Aylward. The Graphic described it as a "simple and graceful ballad".[4] In 1890, a collection of six of her compositions was published for soprano under the title "Album of Six Songs", which included "The Boat of My Lover", "An Egyptian Lament" and "The Milkmaid's Song".[5]

Family life[edit]

Aylward married Harold Kinder, an architect, in 1881 in Rye, Sussex.[6] They had one son,[7] Harold, born in 1886. Aylward's husband died in 1940.[1]


In total, she published at least 150 songs.[1] Selected works include:

  • "Beloved it is morn"
  • "Call of Life"
  • "Love's Coronation"
  • "Made a Man"
  • "Morning and You!"
  • "Song of the Bow"
  • "Thrush to his Love"
  • "For your sake"
  • "The Country Faith"
  • "Deep in my heart a lute lay hid"
  • "The bird I love the best"[8]

"Vitai Lampada" (1900, words by Henry Newbolt)


  1. ^ a b c d e 'AYLWARD, Florence', Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2012. Accessed 4 Oct 2013.
  2. ^ Scowcroft, Philip L. "A NINETY-SECOND GARLAND OF BRITISH LIGHT MUSIC COMPOSERS". Retrieved 11 October 2010.
  3. ^ a b Hilliam, B. C. (29 March 1962). "'Oh, Dry Those Tears'". The Times.
  4. ^ "New Music". The Graphic. 29 September 1888.
  5. ^ "New Music". The Graphic. 12 April 1890.
  6. ^ General Register Office index of marriages registered in April, May, June, 1881 - Name: Aylward, FLorence. Name: Kinder, Harold Arthur. District: Rye Volume: 2B Page: 1.
  7. ^ 1911 Census of Hastings, RG14/4752, RG78PN204 RD69 SD3 ED2 SN228, Florence Aylward, Musical Composer, 16 Grand Parade, St Leonards on Sea.
  8. ^ "A List of Florence Aylward songs listed by Chappell's 1909". Archived from the original on May 27, 2010. Retrieved 11 October 2010.

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