John Bath, Composer and Conductor, 1915-2004

Vocal parts of a lost Mass, written for the Catholic Church in Rye by the composer John Bath, have been found a week after his own Requiem was held there. A significant figure in both the church, where he was choirmaster and organist in the 1940s and 1950s, and the Rye Singers, he wrote hundreds of pieces, the Mass of St. Anthony of Padua being Opus 467; it was found by Sheila Miller who remembered it in the days after his funeral. A search is now on for the part scored for the organ. Continue reading John Bath, Composer and Conductor, 1915-2004

Jenny Lind’s Autograph Book

Lind’s Autograph Book Found in Rye.

A Victorian Autograph Book belonging to the world renowned Swedish singer Jenny Lind has been discovered in the attic of a Rye gentleman who plans to enter it for auction after his research is complete. The book, with many entries in Swedish, contains famous signatures, including those of Wilhelmina and Augusta. Continue reading Jenny Lind’s Autograph Book