Winifred Bury Biography – Composer, Singer, Accompanist, Pianist (1897-1980)

It is sad when musicians slip from our grasp and we cannot converse with them about their work. There are several who have left us only a few compositions – no letters; no family photographs; no great sayings…and some who have left us fewer clues than that. It is a theme that we may return to…

More recently, writing about composer Dorothy Pilling was a pleasure for she seemed to be unknown as a personality – one about whom few had shared any knowledge. What little there was already on the web was less than kind. So…

Another who presented a similar problem is composer Winifred Bury. Her charming music appears on recital programmes, festival syllabuses and in broadcasts. Her songs are appealing and make fine encores, so it is a wonder why so little is known of her. Finding the details was not easy but chancing on some information led to her former school – and a charming, efficient and almost indefatigable Alumni Secretary.

Fortunately for us, Winifred stayed in touch with her Headmistress and Old Girls’ Association for many years! Sadly, much of the information is not in the public domain so we cannot share it all but let us share what we can. Perhaps dear reader, you may have more information? Please get in touch if you think that you can add to the musical life of Winifred Bury or lead us to a photograph or a recording.

The composer Winifred May Bury was born at Sale, near Manchester in 1897. Her father was Cotton Manufacturer Harry Parker Bury (born Henry Parker Bury, Eccles 1876 and died Bangor, North Wales 11 October 1950). Her mother was Jane (born Ashton-Under-Lyne about 1876 and died in Hale, Cheshire 29 July 1940). There was a younger brother Norman (1899-1960). The family lived at “Greystoke” on Broad Road, Sale, Cheshire. There were two servants and in 1902 a telephone – Sale 78. At that time, this would have been on the edge of the countryside.

To School
From the 1911 census, Winifred is at school. From 1907 to 1915 she attended The Abbey School at Malvern Wells, Worcestershire as a boarding pupil*. The Headmistress was Miss Florence Judson. The school offered a very broad education for girls. The school motto exhorted the girls to “Pray Work and Play”. Winifred excelled at Music, playing in concerts, taking part in ‘entertainments’ and receiving prizes for her work. She took part in the Debating Society, played both Cricket and Hockey and in 1914 was appointed Scout-Master. (Guiding was established in 1911 in Malvern by Miss Alice Baird, the Headmistress of St James’ School, West Malvern. The Abbey was unusual as at first they had a Scout troop. Miss Baird became a personal friend of the Baden-Powells and at a later stage, the Abbey was persuaded to come ‘into line’ and join the Guides.)

From The Abbey School, Winifred went home to make a start on her musical career.

The Abbey School Old Girls’ Magazine records the following details about Winifred’s life over the next 13 years to 1931:

Christmas 1918
We were so sorry W(inifred)B(ury) has not been able to come down. What with hospital work and playing at various concerts in and around Manchester (see below) her times seem to be well taken up.

Summer 1920
W(inifred) B(ury) has had a busy time examine local guides in the music badge tests. I am sure she must have proved a very strict examiner. W.(inifred) was present at the County Rally at Chester.

Christmas 1922
W(inifred) B(ury) has been very busy preparing for a large musical evening held at her home in aid of the Choral Society. She said they were calling in the help of the local orchestra and chorus, and would be using their organ too.

Summer 1924
W(inifred) B(ury) accompanied Mr Charles Neville Wolf and Mr Kinnersley Clark at their song recitals.

Easter 1925
W(inifred) B(ury) goes to the (Royal) Manchester College of Music three days a week.

Summer 1926
W(inifred) B(ury) was broadcasted (sic) on the wireless a short time ago. At the Annual Examination Concert at Manchester College this year, she played two of the Chopin-Liszt Chants Polonais, one of which she first learnt with Mr Magrath. (a teacher at the Abbey?)

Christmas 1927 Winifred is visiting the school where she gives an Informal Song Recital

Easter 1927
W(inifred) B(ury) was singing in “A Tale of Old Japan” up in Scotland and has since then been broadcasting with her friend Bay Jellett from Glasgow. (A Tale of Old Japan by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor includes a taxing soprano role). (Bay Jellett was a violinist).

Christmas 1928
W(inifred) B(ury) was at the Blackpool Festival where she met the Rev Edmund H Fellowes and his wife and enjoyed many of his lectures on Elizabethan Songs and music which he illustrates with an old and very beautiful lute. W(inifred) hopes to settle in London before very long.

Christmas 1930
In the Jubilee Year (the school  was founded in 1880 – then in the Cotswolds) Winnie sang at the Old Girls dinner (which was held at The Abbey).

Christmas 1931
We have not seen anything of W(inifred B(ury) though we have heard her several times on the wireless.

After her period of study, she worked strenuously and became accompanist at many of the major festivals in the North of England. In particular, Winifred Bury was Official Accompanist to the prestigious Blackpool Festival for five years.

So it is at this period, that Winifred Bury is known as a pianist and accompanist as well as a singer.

The Abbey School is rightly very proud of all old girls and Winifred would visit the school on many occasions.
(*With grateful thanks to Malvern St James’ OGA Secretary for detailed information and confirmation of dates)

Now we move to 1927 and Winifred Bury (mezzo) is taking part in a recital of Chamber Music and Songs at the then quite new BBC Radio Station in Manchester (2ZY). At that time, all performances were “live”.

As singer pianist and composer, Winifred Bury was quite a prolific broadcaster between 1926 and 1952. (A partial list appears at the end of this page). Most of her work appears to have been in what were known by the BBC as “The Regions”, with some later broadcasts from London. There are some notable broadcasts too as well as work with famous musicians of the time, like Victor Olof, Sydney Baynes,  Clifton Helliwell, J H Squire, Reginald King, Cyril Smith and Thomas Dunhill. Winifred Bury was also associated with the famous violinist Arthur Catterall as his accompanist.

Winifred Bury is certainly a popular broadcaster – A news item caught my attention – Monday May 30 1932 – Sunday Broadcasts – Earlier Start Next Week – Next Sunday (June 5 1932) the National Station will open at 12.30 p.m. instead of 3 o’clock as has been customary hitherto. An organ recital by Mr. G. D. Cunningham from the Queen’s Hall will occupy half-an-hour, and at 1 o’clock Reginald King’s Orchestra, with Miss Winifred Bury (soprano) as soloist, will broadcast from a studio until 2.15…

Sadly, most of the live broadcasts provide no lists of songs for us to peruse. However, from the titles of the programmes, like “Ballad Concert” or “Songs for Children”, we can probably make an educated guess at the content. Her work for the BBC is as singer, solo pianist and accompanist as well as composer and includes appearances in plays and on the famous “Children’s Hour”.

How very interesting too is an appearance in 1932 in a pioneer television broadcast. This is unlikely to have survived because Winifred Bury was working with the Baird process, which as we all know, was not chosen as the main method of television broadcasting. Accounts of the Baird television studios are on the web and it seems to have been an exhausting and somewhat uncomfortable medium in which to have worked.

Songs by Winifred Bury have always been popular in festivals and the following note from 1932 is typical. (Her songs afford a great deal of opportunity to singers or all ages).  Saturday Aug 27 1932 – Music in Canada – Competition Festivals “…there was a child of eight at Vancouver whose singing of Winifred Bury’sUnder The Greenwood Tree” might have been taken as a model of rhythm and the handling of words. She won the Junior Championship…”

A review in the November 1933 Musical Times for her song “The Dream Man” is not particularly complimentary. That this was not to be unexpected from The Musical Times is as predictable as was the – then – unbending and conservative nature of the journal – still firmly wedged in the door to the organ loft.

From the Cheltenham Chronicle – Saturday 11 February 1939
MUSICAL GUILD ENJOYABLE PIANO AND SONG RECITAL For the opening session of the second part of the 1938-9 season the Cheltenham Musical Guild had originally planned for a song recital by Michael Head*, the well-known song composer, who, however, was unable to fulfil his engagements, and consequently arrangements were made for a piano and song recital for which Miss Betty Humby** (piano) and Miss Winifred Bury (vocalist) were engaged. This took place last night in the Reception Room of the Town Hall. Both these artists have won recognition for work of very high quality; and this was fully justified by the programme they gave the Guild. Miss Winifred Bury, it will be recalled, was the vocalist who sang the illustrative songs when Mr. John Dunhill (sic)***, the composer, gave a lecture recital before the Guild; and Miss Betty Humby had also previously performed at a Guild concert. Miss Humby gave a performance of Mendelssohn’s Rondo Capriccioso of vivifying freshness; and this quality, together with a superb technique, also marked her interpretation of Schubert’s sonata in A minor, and a group of works by Debussy. Her work gave much artistic pleasure. Miss Winifred Bury sang three sets of songs, mainly old English, but including some quite delightful settings of her own to ancient ballads, and a number of children’s songs. Her singing lends much charm of manner to a beautiful mezzo-soprano voice, and she accompanies herself with great skill. The members of the Guild enjoyed her work with unusual zest.
* Michael Dewar Head (1900-1976)
** Betty Humby (1908-1958) later married Sir Thomas Beecham in 1943
*** probably Thomas Dunhill (1877-1946) (a mistake in the newspaper)

In 1948, Winifred Bury is to be found in a the play “Further Outlook” by Jeffrey Lambourne. The production is presented by the “Enterprise Theatre Guild”. It opened at the Torch Theatre on May 25 1948.

From the Western Daily Press – 4 October 1948
OPERA SEASON’S PROMISE Reflected in Society’s Opening Session
Neither doubts nor fears of failure need dog the future of Bristol’s Gilbert and Sullivan Society, enthusiasm continues as high throughout this second season as was at Saturday evening opening meeting the Grand Hotel. Over 200 Gilbert and Sullivan zealots crowded the Marlborough Room — although a recent count of members proved the Society 160 strong only – and thoroughly enjoyed the special programme. Bristol’s Lord Mayor (Alderman Charles Gill), present with the Lady Mayoress, consented to preside after his introduction to the star performers — Mr Derek Oldham and Miss Winifred Bury. Mr Oldham (vice-president of the parent (London Gilbert and Sullivan Society), sang many solos from the better-known operas, accompanied at the pianoforte by Mis* Bury and gave a brilliant lecture — “Merely- Corroborative Detail.” The vocalist has had distinguished career on the concert platform, and a recording artist. For several seasons he was principal tenor of the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, and took part many light operatic and musical comedy successes between the wars On his last pre-war American tour he sang before the late President Roosevelt. Miss Bury is also vocalist and composer of distinction, and during the evening the two guest artists sang a duet.

In 1955, a bit of a stir was caused (it hit the papers – the report said something like “Clergyman falls for Television Dancer“) when Winifred May Bury married the Revd. Gilbert Harrison Bartlett, (born 1882, Little Fransham, Norfolk) sometime Vicar of Fulmodeston, Norfolk. (His first wife, Louisa had died in the March quarter of 1953).

Persistence pays as they say and here is the article from October 1954:
Rector will wed actress

The Rev.Gilbert Harrison Bartlett, rector of Fulmodeston, Norfolk, who was ordained 49 years ago, has announced his engagement to a repertory actress.
The rector, a widower, met his future bride, Miss Winifred Bury, when her touring company were playing in a neighbouring parish. Mr. Bartlett was in the audience.
Miss Bury has broadcast and appeared in TV.  Seventeen songs written by her have been published.

Curioser and curioser…it appears that in the 1950s Winifred was part of a repertory company. Is this the same one as above? I wonder if anybody knows more?

(Extract from Probate Directory for 1958): Bartlett the reverend Gilbert Harrison of the Rectory Fulmodestone Norfolk clerk died 10 October 1958 at Brunswick Road Nursing Home Norwich Probate Norwich 2 December to Winifred May Bartlett widow Effects £1012 11s. 4d.

After his death on 10 Oct 1958, Winifred (in the Telephone directory as Mrs G H Bartlett) moved to Holt, Norfolk where she appears to have stayed until about 1970-71.

Winifred May Bartlett (Winifred May Bury) born 8 November 1897, mezzo-soprano, pianist and composer, died 26 March 1980 at Southall, Middlesex England

The songs are quite beautifully written, maybe superficially like Quilter but with a personality of their own. The vocal lines are very comfortable with sounds well placed for the voice. Not for every singer but really worth a try! The piano accompaniments are well written too and give plenty of opportunities to a truly collaborative musician.

Compositions by Winifred Bury (partial list?)
It Was A Lover And His Lass – for Boys’ Voices 1927
Under The Greenwood Tree 1931
There Is A Ladye (Thomas Ford) 1932
Sweet Nightingale – A Folk Song 1932
When You’re Away ; w and m Winifred Bury. © May 31; 1933; E for. 33070; Paterson’s
publications, ltd.
I Know A Bank ; w Shakespeare, m Winifred Bury. [In E flat.— In F.] © Dec. 15, 1933 ; E for. 32877 ; Paterson’s publications, ltd. 847
Go Not, Happy Day ; w Tennyson, m Winifred Bury. © Dec. 23, 1933; E for. 32876; Paterson’s publications, ltd. 656
Croona ; unison song, w Ida M. Downing, m Winifred Bury. © Mar. 1, 1934 ; E for. 33844 ; Edward Arnold & co. 5290
The Dream Man 1933
Carrying On 1933
My Little Son; w Robert Layton, m Winifred Bury. © June 2, 1934; E for. 35336; Paterson’s
publications, ltd. 13818
Over The Sea ; w Christina Rossetti, m Winifred Bury. 1. In D min. — 2. In F. min. © Nov. 21, 1934; E for. 37532 ; Paterson’s publications, ltd., London. 27085
Number Five 1934
I Will Make you Brooches 1936
The Rose-Leaf Boat (words by M Downing) Unison Song 1936
O Mistress Mine 1938
Come To Me In My Dreams (Matthew Arnold) 1946
The Moon Complaining 1947
Deep In The Woods – a ballad 1948
It Was The Lovely Moon 1949
Tam I’ The Kirk 1955
A Song To Spring – Unison Song 1956
Sing Noel Noel: w & m Winifred Bury (Winifred Bury Bartlett) Song with piano acc. [England] Score (3 P-) (Paterson’s lyric collection, no.1766) © Paterson’s Publications Ltd.; 51 Jan 64; EFO-98633. 1964
A Song To Spring
Come, Little Children; a simple carol, w & m Winifred Bury (Winifred Bury Bartlett) With piano acc. [England] Score (4 p.) (Paterson’s lyric collection, no. 1765) ©Paterson’s Publications Ltd.; 17Jan64; EFO-98632.
Sea Sand And Sunshine; First Steps In Interpretation, Winifred Bury; pf. Copyright Aug 2, 1935; E for. 40840; Paterson’s publications, ltd., London

Partial summary of live concerts and BBC Broadcasts by Winifred Bury (with station details, including call-signs and frequencies of the time in kilocycles and metres. Broadcasts at this time would have been on the Long and Medium waves).

Tuesday 19th Feb 1918 – Winifred Bury appeared as pianist with the Catterall Quartet in Frodsham, in the programme Arthur Catterall and John Bridge were the soloists in Bach’s Double Concerto accompanied by Winifred Bury. (Information supplied by Frank Rutherford)

Thursday Oct 28 1926 – 4.30pm (2ZY Manchester) Winifred Bury (Songs at the Piano); Elsie Pringle (Solo Pianoforte)

Thursday March 17 1927 – 4.30pm (2ZY Manchester) Irish Cameos (Songs at the Piano)

Sunday May 1 1927 – DUBLIN-Call 2RN (319.1 metres) 8.30-10.30 :- P. J. Duffy (baritone), Carl Fuchs (Halle Orchestra), Bay Jellett and Winifred Bury (Bay Jellett (link to photograph) was violinist and school friend of Winifred Bury, from a famous artistic and musical Dublin family).

Sunday May 15 1927 – 9.15pm (5IT Birmingham) From Shadow To Sunshine The Station Orchestra conducted by Joseph Lewis with Winifred Bury (Soprano)

Wednesday July 13 1927 DAVENTRY-Call 5XX (187kc.) 11a.m. :-Time : Daventry Quartet: Winifred Bury (soprano), Gwilym Wigley (tenor), Vyvyan Lewis and Clifton Helliwell (violoncello and piano). (Newspaper notice)

Wednesday July 13 1927– 11.45am (5XX Daventry) Light Classical Concert The Daventry Quartet with Viola and Winifred Bury (Soprano) (Radio Times notice)

Wednesday September 21 1927 – 7.30 pm (2ZY Manchester) Chamber Music and Songs MISS WINIFRED BURY is a gifted mezzo-soprano who is, in addition, a solo pianist and a composer of some distinction. She has frequently broadcast as a pianist and as a singer, and is often associated in recital work with Mr. Arthur Catterall, a prominent broadcast and concert violinist.

Monday December 5 1927 – 7 45pm (2ZY Manchester) OUT OF THE OLD OAK CHEST
WINIFRED BURY (Mezzo-Soprano)
A little old lady, white-haired, and delicate as a piece of Dresden china, is sitting in front of a wood firein a room as old-fashioned as its owner. The only light comes from a standard lamp behind her, while at her side is a small oak chest. Her grand-daughter and namesake is just leaving the room…

Friday January 13 1928 – 12.00 noon (5XX Daventry) A MORNING CONCERT
PAT RYAN (Clarinet) (Simultaneously broadcast on 2LO London and
concert reprised as the following at 3.00pm the same day):
WINIFRED Bury (Soprano)
PAT RYAN (Clarinet)

Thursday May 24 1928 – 12.00 Noon (2LO London 5XX Daventry)

Wednesday June 27 1928 – 5.15pm (2ZY Manchester)
‘Familiar Things’ (Kenneth Wright), sung by WINIFRED BURY
‘Night Wind on the Downs’ (Kenneth Wright), played by ERIC FOGG
A Story told by ROBERT Roberts

Wednesday August 15 1928 – BELFAST-Call 2BE (980kc.) (306.1m) 7.30p.m. Winifred Bury (soprano), Stephen Wearing (pianoforte), and Symphony Orchestra 9.15 (Interval Talk from London – Some Zoo Bad Hats by Mr Leslie Mainland 9.50p.m. – Stephen Wearing, Winifred Bury and Symphony Orchestra (ends 10.30p.m.)

Thursday June 5 1930 – 12.00 Noon (National Programme)
A Concert
Monday August 18 1930 – 4.30pm (National Programme)
A Concert
WINIFRED BURY (Songs at the Piano)
CECIL COPE (Baritone)

Tuesday August 19 1930 – 5-15pm (National Programme)
The Children’s Hour
Songs at tho Piano by WINIFRED Bury
‘ A Game of Bluff ‘ (Sheila Braine ), told by CYRIL NASH
‘How the Giant lost his Appetite’ (H. A. King)

Wednesday January 14 1931 – 2.00pm (National Programme)
A Ballad Concert

Friday January 23 1931
– National Programme – 193kc. (1554.4m). 5.15: – Children(s’ Hour): Songs at the piano by Winifred Bury

Monday January 26 1931 – 4.20pm (National Programme)
A Light Classical Concert

Friday February 27 1931 – National Programme – 193kc. (1554.4m). 5.15: – Children(s’ Hour) : The Naughty Little Girl (Needham) and other songs at the piano, by Winifred Bury

Tuesday March 10 1931 – London National Programme, – (1,148kc.) (261.3m.) 7.45 : – The
Gershom Parkington Quintet; Topliss Green (baritone); Winifred Bury (soprano).

Saturday July 18 1931 – London Regional Programme. – (842kc.) (356.3m). 6.35 :- Frank Walker Octet; Winifred Bury (soprano); Kenneth Ellis (bass).

Wednesday August 12 1931 – London Regional Programme. – (842kc.) (356.3m). 6.35 :- The B.B.C. Light Orchestra, conducted by Joseph Lewis; Winifred Bury (songs at the pianoforte).

Friday August 28 1931 – National Programme – (193kc.) (1554.4m). 5.15: – Children(s’ Hour) : Songs at the piano by Winifred Bury

Sunday September 6 1931 – 9.05pm (National Programme)
Albert Sandler

Tuesday October 13 1931 – 7.20pm (National Programme)
The Wireless Military Band
WINIFRED BURY (Pianoforte)

Wednesday December 23 1931 – London Regional Programme. – (842kc.) (356.3m). 6.30 :- The Leslie Bridgewater Quintet : Winifred Bury (soprano).

Thursday December 21 1931 – National Programme – (193kc.) (1554.4m). 2-2.30. Ottoline Forshaw (violin); Winifred Bury (soprano).

Saturday February 13 1932 – National Programme – (193kc.) (1554.4m). 6.30 :- Time Signal from Greenwich ; Winifred Bury (songs at the pianoforte).

Thursday May 19 1932 – London Regional Programme. – (842kc.) (356.3m). 6.35 :- The Victor Olof Sextet : Winifred Bury (soprano).

Sunday June 5 1932 – National Programme – (193kc.) (1554.4m). 1 : – Reginald King and his Orchestra ; Winifred Bury (mezzo-soprano).

Friday June 17 1932 – 5.15pm (National Programme) The Children’s Hour
Songs at the Piano by WINIFRED BURY ‘ The Story of a Great Friendship,’ a Tale of Kimbolton Castle (E. M. Grierson)

Friday Aug 12 1932 – National Programme – (193kc.) (1554.4m). 5.15: – Children(s’ Hour) : Songs by Winifred Bury

Monday August 22 1932 – 10.15pm (National Programme) The Leslie Bridgewater Harp Quintet

Tuesday September 6 1932 – National Programme, London Region (1,418kc.) (261.3m.). 11-11.30 :- Television transmission by the Baird process (Vision) : Winifred Bury ; Ailsa Bridgewater ; Harry Hemsley ; Cyril Smith, accompanist (Sound on 398.9m.).

Thursday 3rd Nov 1932 – Winifred Bury appeared as soprano soloist in a broadcast with the Northern Studio Orchestra directed by John Bridge (Information supplied by Frank Rutherford)

Thursday Dec 1 1932 – London Regional (843kc.) (356m.) 9.15 :- The Leslie Bridgewater Quintet ; Winifred Bury (soprano) ; Jan van der Gucht (tenor).

Saturday Feb 18 1933 – National (193kc.) (1554.4m). 5.15: – Children(s’ Hour) : Songs by Winifred Bury

Monday May 15 1933 – London Regional (843kc.) (356m.) 9.15 :- The Leslie Bridgewater Quintet ; Winifred Bury (soprano).

Friday May 19 1933 – National (193kc.) (1554.4m). 5.15: – Children(s’ Hour) : Songs at the piano by Winifred Bury

Friday August 4 1933 – 5.15pm (National Programme) The Children’s Hour
Songs at the Piano by WINIFRED BURY
Another Story about’ Gerry ‘ (Kit Hinson)
5.35 ‘ Here and There,’ a summary of the Week’s News, by Commander STEPHEN KING-HALL

Saturday December 2 1933 – 6.45pm (National Programme) A Recital of New Songs
by WINIFRED BURY (Mezzo-Soprano)

Tuesday February 27 1934 – 5.15pm (Regional Programme) The Children’s Hour
‘ Do they ever come to life ? ‘
WINIFRED BURY will sing and tell the story of ‘ Stardust’

Friday Mar 23 1934 – National (200kc.) (1,500m.). 5.15 :- Children(s’ Hour) : Songs from the Blue Book of Nursery Rhymes, by Thomas Dunhill, sung by Winifred Bury, with the composer at the piano ;

Monday June 11 1934 – 7.30pm (Regional Programme) A Recital
WINIFRED BURY (mezzo-soprano)
JOHN THORNE (baritone)

Saturday September 29 1934
– 10.50 A radio Recital by Winifred Bury (mezzo-soprano) and Anne Mukle (pianoforte)

Saturday Dec 15 1934 – National (200kc.) (1,500m.). 3.30 :- Sydney Baynes’ Band ; Winifred Bury (mezzo-soprano).

Monday December 31 1934 – North Regional (668kc.) (449.1m.). 11.15(am) :- B.B.C. Northern Orchestra (Leader, Alfred Barker
Conductor, T. H. MORRISON) ; Winifred Bury (soprano).

Tuesday April 20 1935 – National (200kc.) (1,500m.). 10.20 (pm) :- Gershom Parkington Quintet : Winifred Bury (soprano).

Tuesday April 30 1935 – 10.20pm (National Programme) THE GERSHOM PARKINGTON QUINTET

Monday September 23 1935 – Regional (877kc.) (342.1m.). 4.45 :- Ballad Concert by Winifred Bury (soprano) and Robert Davies (baritone).

Wednesday October 16 1935 – 7.25 – “Shamrock and Thistle.” A programme of Irish and Scottish airs with Winifred Bury (soprano) and Henry Cummings (baritone). Presented by Douglas Moodie

Wednesday February 5 1936 – A Recital by Winifred Bury (soprano).

Saturday July 4 1936 – Regional (877kc.) (342.1m.). 2 (pm) :- Time ; the J. H. Squire Celeste Octet ; Winifred Bury (soprano)

Tuesday February 16 1937 – 8.00pm (Regional Programme) ‘TYPES’
Winifred Bury accompanying herself in a programme of her own compositions

Thursday Feb 18 1937 – National (200kc.) (1,500m.). 12.45 :- Ballad Concert : WInifred Bury (soprano) ; Clifford Deri (baritone).

Wednesday April 28 1937 – A Radio Broadcast to Overseas – Songs Of The English Countryside – Winifred Bury (mezzo-soprano): The Grove; London Fields (Eleanor Farjeon); Silent Worship; The Rose-Leaf Boat (Winifred Bury); The Four Leaf Clover (Willoughby); The Cuckoo (Martin Shaw); I Hear A Thrush At Eve (C W Cadman); Down In The Forest (Landon Ronald).

Wednesday June 9 1937 – From The Times: Queen Mary has granted her patronage to concert to be given by Dino Borgioli on aid of the Disabled Officers Garden Homes at 45, Park Lane (by permission of Sir Philip Sassoon) on Monday June 21. The other artists will be Laurie Kennedy (‘cello) with Winifred Bury at the piano.

Monday June 28 1937 – Regional (877kc.) (342.1m.). 1 :- Winifred Bury (mezzo-soprano) ; Harold Child (baritone).

Tuesday July 20 1937 – National (200kc.) (1,500m.). 5 :- Karl Caylus Players ; Winifred Bury (mezzo-soprano).

Friday October 22 1937 – 8.45pm (Regional Programme) ‘ QUIET, PLEASE !
with Winifred Bury

Wednesday December 1 1937 – An overseas radio broadcast called Songs At The Piano; Winifred Bury (mezzo-soprano); An Eriskay Love-Lilt, Skye Boat Song (arr Kennedy Fraser), Leezie Lindsay, There’s nae Luck Aboot The Hoose (trad.), I Know Where I’m Going (Herbert Hughes arr.), Did You Ever?, Chapel On The Hill and The Little Red Lark (C V Stanford)

Friday December 3 1937 – National (200kc.) (1,500m.). 5.40 :- Winifred Bury (mezzo-soprano).

Monday April 18 1938 – Regional (877kc.) (342.1m.). 11.20 :- A Ballad Concert, Winifred Bury (mezzo-soprano) ; Bristol Kerrich (baritone).

Sunday July 24 1938 – National (200kc.) (1,500m.). 12 noon :- For Children : Winifred Bury (soprano).

Saturday August 13 1938 – A Broadcast in Canada – 9.05pm Song from Many Lands, by Winifred Bury, mezzo-soprano

Monday September 19 1938 – National (200kc.) (1,500m.). 10.20 :- Experimental Hour, No 13 – Pippa Passes, a drama in verse and prose by Robert Browning ; produced by Barbara Burnham, with Peggy Bryan, Barbara Couper, Carl Jaffe, Donald Eccles, Philip Godfrey, Francis de Wolff, Grace Edwin, Lucille Lisle, Audrey Cameron, Winifred Bury, John Abbott, William Ashley ; songs composed and sung by Winifred Bury.

Tuesday November 8 1938 – National (200kc.) (1,500m.). 9.40(pm) :- Famous Fusses – 2, The Waltz : compiled by Hartley Kemball Cook ; produced by M. H. Allen, with Barbara Couper, Laidman Browne, Harold Scott, Gladys Young, Susan Richmond, Ralph Truman, Robert Graham, Harding Steerman, Fanny Wright, Cherry Cottrell, Jeny Lovelace, and Helen Trevelyan ; pianist, Winifred Bury,

Monday July 10 1939 – 9.00pm (Regional Programme) WINIFRED BURY
(soprano) singing to her own accompaniment

Friday November 17 1939 – 1.45pm (Home Service) WINIFRED BURY
Songs at the Piano

Tuesday December 12 1939 – Home Service – 10.45(am) :- Winifred Bury (songs).

Wednesday June 21 1944 – General Forces Programme – 10. (am) – Winifred Bury (soprano), Marguerite Wolff (piano).

Thursday August 31 1944 – 12.00 Noon (Home Service)
Carter String Trio. and Winifred Bury (soprano)

Monday September 10 1945 – General Forces Programme – 12(noon) – Carter String Trio and Winifred Bury (soprano)

Tuesday February 26 1952 – 3.00pm – BBC Television
Introduced by Jeanne Heal
I’d like you to meet ….
Marguerite Bowie United Kingdom delegate to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights
Embroidery: Constance Truscott of the Embroiderers’ Guild shows examples of patchwork and talks about its application today
In Miniature: Horace Uphill, a cabinet maker well known for his miniature models of period furniture, shows some English woods and some of the furniture he has made from them
Time for Music: Winifred Bury (mezzo-soprano) sings to her own piano accompaniment
Programme edited by Jacqueline Kennish
Produced by S. E. Reynolds


4 thoughts on “Winifred Bury Biography – Composer, Singer, Accompanist, Pianist (1897-1980)

  1. My Grandfather was Rev Bartlett my mothers father I remember her in a play I think The Red Barn at North Elmham in about 56/57

    1. Hello Nick, thank you for getting in touch about your Grandfather. It really is good of you to take the time. Do you have any photographs in the family? It would complete the jigsaw. Are you happy for me to PM (private message) you? Hopefully Winifred Bury-Bartlett might be seen at last!

  2. from my grandfather Thomas Dunhill’s diary . . . 9 November 1931: Winifred Bury came . . . I played her “Masque of the Shoe” & “Sea Fairies” . . . She wants to broadcast some of my children’s stuff

    1. Thank you Paul for your comment and extract from your grandfather’s diary. I have a very high regard for the works of Thomas Dunhill and I do hope that Winifred Bury did broadcast some of his children’s songs. I am sure that many of the children listening would have been charmed by them and some would be familiar with them from school. My mother taught a lot of his music to classes in the 1950s and 1960s. “Sea Fairies” is a really beautiful work both in concept and structure. Its neglect is (to me) inexplicable. Let’s hope for a good modern recording! Best wishes.

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