Amanda Christina Elizabeth Aldridge, also known as Amanda Ira Aldridge (10 March 1866, Upper Norwood, London, U.K. – 9 March 1956, London), was a British opera singer, teacher and composer, under the pseudonym of Montague Ring.
Amanda Aldridge was the third child of African American Shakespearian actor Ira Frederick Aldridge and his second wife, the Swedish Amanda Brandt. Aldridge studied voice under Jenny Lind and Sir George Henschel at the Royal College of Music in London, and harmony and counterpoint with Frederick Bridge and Francis Edward Gladstone.
After completing her studies, Aldridge worked as a concert singer, piano accompanist, and voice teacher. A throat condition ended her concert appearances, and she turned to teaching and published about thirty songs between the years 1907 and 1925 in a romantic parlour style, as well as instrumental music in other styles. Her notable students included Roland Hayes, Lawrence Benjamin Brown, Marian Anderson, and Paul Robeson. . All of her published music was known under the name of Montague Ring. Under this pseudonym, she gained recognition for her many voice and piano pieces. She composed love songs, suites, sambas and light orchestral pieces, working in a popular style that was infused with multiple genres.
At the age of 88, Aldridge made her first television appearance in the British show Music For You, where Muriel Smith sang Montague Ring's Little Southern Love Song.
Works for Winds
- Carnival Suite (arr. Godfrey)
- Lazy Dance (arr. Godfrey)
- On Parade (arr. J. Ord Hume) (1914)
- On Parade (ed. Bove) (1914/2020)
- Three African Dances (arr. Godfrey)
- Three Arabian Dances (arr. Godfrey) (1920)
- Amanda Aldridge, Wikipedia Accessed 16 January 2020
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Montague Ring." Accessed 16 January 2020