Oliveria Prescott

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Oliveria Louisa Prescott (3 September 1843 – 1919) was an English writer and composer.


Oliveria Prescott was born in London, the daughter of Frederick Joseph Prescott and Elizabeth Oliveria Russell.[citation needed] She studied with Lindsay Sloper and then at the Royal Academy of Music under George Alexander Macfarren. She became Macfarren's amenuensis.[1]

She lectured in harmony and composition for Newnham College, Cambridge, and also taught harmony at the High School for Girls in Baker Street, London.[1]


Prescott composed several overtures, a piano concerto, shorter orchestral pieces, vocal and choral works and two symphonies.[2]

Selected works include:[citation needed]


  • Carrigraphuga, The Castle of the Fairies, musical comedy in three acts (1914), words by S. Phillips


  • Concert Finale, pianoforte duet (1878)


  • "A Border Ballad", four-part song (1844), words by Francis William Bourdillon
  • Lord Ullin's Daughter, choral ballad (1869), after Lord Ullin's Daughter by Thomas Campbell
  • "Song of Waterspirits" four-part song (1874), words by E. Evans
  • The Righteous Life for Evermore, anthem for four voices (1876)
  • "The Ballad of Young John and his True Sweetheart", part song (1878)
  • "The Douglas Raid", four-part song (1883), words by J. Stewart
  • "The Huntsman", four-part song (1883), words by J. Stewart
  • "Equestrian Courtship", part song (1885), words by T. Hood
  • "Say Not, the Struggle Nought Availeth", part song (1885), words by A. H. Clough


  • "There Is for Every Day a Bliss" (1873), words by J. W. H.
  • "Ask Me No More", with violincello obbligato (1874), after The Princess by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  • "Cheero!", marching song for whistlers and singing (1915), words by S. Phillips


  1. ^ a b Brown, James Duff; Stratton, Stephen Samuel (1897). British musical biography: a dictionary of musical artists, authors and composers, born in Britain and its colonies. Birmingham: Chadfield. p. 327. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Elson, Arthur (1903). Woman's work in music: Being an account of her influence on the Art, in Ancient as well as Modern Times. Boston: The Page Company. p. 54.