Jean Redcliffe-Maud

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Margaret Jean Redcliffe-Maud, Baroness Redcliffe-Maude (née Hamilton; 1904 – 6 November 1993) was a British pianist.[1]

Jean Hamilton was educated at Somerville College, Oxford. She married John Maud, later to become Lord Redcliffe-Maud, on 20 June 1932 in Oxford.[2] On 1 July of that year, they sailed for South Africa and she kept a diary of her experiences in Africa that was later published in book form.

Hamilton was a professional pianist. There is now a "John and Jean Redcliffe Maud prize" in the Contemporary Piano Competition at the Royal College of Music in London.[3]

Jean Hamilton co-founded the University College Musical Society with her then fiancé, John Maud.[4] The first concert organised by the society was held in a lecture room at 90 High Street, one of the college-owned houses, on 1 June 1930. Hamilton accompanied the tenor singer Steuart Wilson.

The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, opus 34, is a 1946 musical composition by Benjamin Britten that in composer's words "is affectionately inscribed to the children of John and Jean Maud: Humphrey, Pamela, Caroline and Virginia, for their edification and entertainment."

She was the Master's wife at University College, Oxford from 1963 to 1976.[1] She performed piano recitals and appeared in the Univ Revue there. She retired to live on the Woodstock Road in North Oxford with her husband and died on 6 November 1993.[5]

Jean Redcliffe-Maud is buried in Holywell Cemetery, Oxford, with her husband.


  • Redcliffe-Maud, Jean, From the Cape to Cairo 1932, 1989.


  1. ^ a b Darwall-Smith, Robin, A History of University College. Oxford University Press, 2008, pages 460, 473, 486, 501. ISBN 978-0-19-928429-0.
  2. ^ Redcliffe-Maud, John, Experiences of an Optimist: The Memoirs of John Redcliffe-Maud. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1981. ISBN 0-241-10569-2. (Dedicated to Jean Redcliffe-Maud.)
  3. ^ Kalliopi Emmanuil and Isolda Crespi Rubio piano duo.
  4. ^ Darwall-Smith, Robin, A History of University College. Oxford University Press, 2008, page 460.
  5. ^ Colleges, Halls, and Societies Archived 2004-12-27 at the Wayback Machine., Oxford University Gazette, Vol. 124, No. 4321, 17 March 1994.