Tree planting in memory of Stevenage composer

Tree planting in memory of composer Elizabeth Poston, who died March 18, 1987. Stephen Pollock Hill,

Tree planting in memory of composer Elizabeth Poston, who died March 18, 1987. Stephen Pollock Hill, vice chairman, Friends of Forster Country, (far left), and John Spiers, Chairman, (far right) - Credit: Archant

An apple tree has been planted in memory of a composer on the anniversary of her death.

Elizabeth Poston – who was a composer, pianist, writer and academic – died on March 18, 1987, at the age of 81.

Born and raised in Stevenage, she wrote the score for the television production of EM Forster’s novel Howards End while living in Rooks Nest House in the town – where the author had lived as a child, and which was the setting for the novel.

Many of her songs were published and her work was broadcast by the BBC.

Her carols, particularly Jesus Christ the Apple Tree, remain widely performed.


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Last Tuesday, the 27th anniversary of her death, the Friends of the Forster Country planted an apple tree in the grounds of Stevenage Museum to celebrate her life and her link with the town.

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