Alicia Adelaide Needham

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Born: 31 October 1863

Died: 24 December 1945


Alicia Adélaïde Needham [née Montgomery] (some give DOB 1872-75) was born in County Meath, Ireland. She studied at Victoria College, Londonderry, then at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music. During WWI, she served as a Red Cross Searcher for the wounded and missing. Her husband Joseph Needham (1853–1920), was a surgeon in Clapham, London. After his death, she was awarded a civil pension “in consideration of her work as composer, and of her straitened circumstances.” She died in Yorkshire. She published a few piano pieces, but was best known as a composer of songs and ballads in traditional Irish style, publishing over 600. She won numerous prizes, including a prize for best composition in honor of the coronation of King Edward VII in 1902.

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