Loder, Kate Fanny


English pianist and composer; born at Bath. When twelve years old she became a pupil of Henry Field and the next year, at the Royal Academy of Music, of Mrs. Anderson for piano, and of Charles Lucas for harmony and composition. In 1839 she won a King's scholarship. She first appeared in public in 1840, playing in her uncle's concerts at Bath and jfter at the Royal Academy concerts She was appointed professor of harmony in 1844 at the Academy. Her first appearance at the Philharmonic Society was in 1847, where her playing caused extraordinary applause, bne has earned the reputation of being a finished performer. She was married in 1851 to Mr. (afterwards bir) Henry Thompson, the eminent surgeon Her last public appearance was made in 1854. About 1871 she gradually became paralyzed, but always kept her enthusiasm for music until her death, which occurred in London. Among her compositions are an opera, L'Elisir d'Amore; an overture; two string quartets; two sonatas, and some studies for the piano; a sonata for piano and violin; and several minor piano-pieces.