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Harriet Pearl Alice Cohen

Harriet Pearl Alice Cohen, 1895-1967 Mistress of Arnold Bax.

Lived at: Farm Walk before World War II

Profession: Pianist

About her life:
  • Studied the piano at the Royal Academy of Music (1907)
  • Pioneered works by Elizabethan composers such as Byrd and Orlando Gibbons, at a time when English music was less studied
  • Made her debut at Queen’s Hall, London (1914)
  • Had affairs with Prime Ministers Lloyd George and Ramsay MacDonald, as well as with composer Arnold Bax
  • Badly injured her right hand in 1948, and played one-handed till 1951

Harriet Pearl Alice Cohen
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