Ethel Barns

Ethel Barns (05 December 1873 – 31 December 1948) was an English violinist, pianist and composer. She was born in London and entered the Royal Academy of Music at as a teenager, where she studied with Emile Sauret for violin, Ebenezer Prout for composition and Frederick Westlake for piano.

Barns made her debut as a violinist at The Crystal Palace in London in 1896, and toured in England and the United States. While on tour, Barns sometimes accompanied prominent opera singer, Adelina Patti. Barns was a member of the first council of the Society of Women Musicians, which was founded in 1911. Barns became a professor at the Royal Academy of Music and died in Maidenhead on 31 December 1948.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1874 (London), Died December 31, 1948 (Maidenhead)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1907 - 1915

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-11264 10-in. 11/16/1911 Swing song Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor B-15880 10-in. 4/13/1915 Idylle May Mukle Cello solo, with piano composer  
Gramophone 6654e 10-in. 1907 Swing song Mischa Elman Violin solo, with piano composer  


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