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Matthew Edwards Info on Sister Emma, singer to C Sharp (13) RE: Info on Sister Emma, singer to C Sharp 21 Nov 12


To bring this up to date: Valerie Bonham has just published a new edition of the story of the Clewer Sisters A Joyous Service, which incorporates an appendix devoted to Sister Emma and her folk songs. This is based on researches by me and by Martin Graebe, and also on Valerie Bonham's own research at the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library.

It is a very interesting book about the achievements of a remarkable group of women in the Anglican church, and can be bought for 12.99 from the Church House Bookshop

Martin Graebe gave a talk at Whitby Folk Week last August which covered the songs of Sister Emma and her real life sister, Edith Seymour Waring. Edith gave more songs from their family repertoire to Sabine Baring-Gould in 1905, but as this was under her married name of Lady Lethbridge it has taken over a century to discover the family relationship!

Matthew Edwards


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