Alexandra Amandra Griffin
Alexandra was born about 1865, being christened 4th Jun 1865 in St Andrew, Worcester. Her Parents were Alexander Griffin and Hannah Bishop. Her father was variously a cabinet maker, master builder and milliner!
As early as 1881, she is described as a music teacher at age 15. At the time they are at 14 High Street, Worcester. Nearby at 10 is the Elgar brothers music shop. Edward Elgar was not in residence at this time, though his brother William is, describe as a professor of music. Alexandra may have had musical influence from this direction.
By 1891 her father has died and she is living with her mother at 4 Lansdowne Road, South Claines Worcester, and in 1901 is at 21 Albany Terrace Worcester, still a music teacher.
Alex gives concerts, there is a programme for the 13th popular Banjo Concert on May 2nd 1901 at the Public Hall Worcester. This features Miss Alex Griffinís Banjo, Mandoline and Guitar Orchestra. Alex plays the Harp and conducts, there are a total of 29 musicians.
She also gives musical tuition. Her flyer describes her as Miss Alex Griffin Professor and Teacher of the Pianoforte, Harp, Guitar, Banjo, Mandoline and Mandola. She invites engagements, and there are a number of reviews of concerts inside.
Despite a note by my grandmother that she died 1943, it appears she died in Worcester in June quarter 1904, the death registration is in the name of Alexandra Amandra Griffin, and the age is correct.
Her motherís older sister, Mary Ann Bishop married Benjamin Pulling or Pullen on 12 Oct 1856 in Bishopís Frome Herefordshire. Her parents had by this date moved to Hallow in Worcestershire, where all Mary Annís younger siblings were born.
Berrow's Worester Journal 21.12.1895
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