Kate Loder, Lady Thompson

Kate Fanny Loder, later Lady Thompson, (21 August 1825 – 30 August 1904) was an English composer and pianist.[1]


Kate Loder was born on 21 August 1825,[1] on Bathwick Street, Bathwick,[2] within Bath, Somerset where the Loder family were prominent musicians. Her father was the flautist George Loder. According to Grove, her mother was a piano teacher born Fanny Philpot, who was the sister of the pianist Lucy Anderson.[3] Kate was also the sister of conductor and composer George Loder,[1] and the cousin of composer Edward Loder.[4]

However, genealogical research suggests Kate's mother was Frances Elizabeth Mary Kirkham (1802–50), daughter of Thomas Bulman Kirkham (1778–1845) and Marianne Beville Moore (c.1781 – 1810).[2] Frances Kirkham's step-mother was Jane Harriett Philpot (1802–63), second wife to Thomas Bulman Kirkham and sister of the Lucy Philpot who married the violinist George Frederick Anderson, becoming Lucy Anderson.[5]

Kater Loder studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Her performance of Mendelssohn's G minor piano concerto at the Hanover-square Rooms on 27 May 1843, when she was aged 17, may have been her public debut.[6] The following year, in 1844, aged just 18, she became the first female professor of harmony at the Royal Academy.[7][8][9] On 16 December 1851 at St Marylebone Church, Westminster, she married Sir Henry Thompson[10] and soon afterwards, at her husband's insistence, gave up her public performing career. She remained active in music, continuing to compose, and taught pupils including Sarah Louisa Kilpack[11] who nowadays is better known as an artist.

On 10 July 1871,[12] the first British performance of the German Requiem of Johannes Brahms took place privately at Loder's home in Wimpole Street, London. It was performed using a version for piano duet accompaniment which became known as the "London Version" (German: Londoner Fassnung) of the Requiem.[13] Brahms based it on an 1866 arrangement for piano of his first, six-movement version of the Requiem.[14] The pianists were Kate Loder and Cipriani Potter (who was then 79 years old; he died that September).[12]

She died on 30 August 1904 at Headley Rectory,[15] Headley, Surrey.[1]


Selected works include:[4][16][17]


  • L'elisir d'amore (1855)


  • Overture (1844)


  • String quartet in G minor (1846)
  • Sonata for violin and piano (1847)
  • String quartet in E minor (1847)
  • Piano trio (1886)


  • Twelve studies (1852)
  • Three romances (1853)
  • Pensée fugitive (1854)
  • En Avant galop (1863)
  • Three Duets (1869)
  • Mazurka (1899)
  • Scherzo (1899)


  • My faint spirit (1854), text by Shelley

External linksEdit



  • ed. Temperley, Nicholas (2016). Musicians of Bath and Beyond: Edward Loder (1809-1865) and His Family. The Boydell Press. p. 314. ISBN 978 1 78327 078 1. Retrieved 1 April 2016.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)


  1. ^ a b c d Temperley, Nicholas (2001). "Kate (Fanny) Loder (b. Bath 21 August 1825 d. Headley, Surrey 30 August 1904))". In Sadie, Stanley (ed.). New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. 15. London: Macmillan. p. 59. ISBN 0-333-60800-3.
  2. ^ a b "Kate Fanny Loder". Rootsweb. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
  3. ^ Temperley, Nicholas (2001). "George Loder jr (b. Bath 1816 d. Adelaide 15 July 1868)". In Sadie, Stanley (ed.). New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. 15. London: Macmillan. p. 58. ISBN 0-333-60800-3.
  4. ^ a b Burton, Nigel; Temperley, Nicholas (1994). "Loder, Kate (Fanny) (b. Bath 21 August 1825 d. Headley, Surrey 30 August 1904)". In Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (eds.). New Grove Dictionary of Women Composers. London: Macmillan. p. 285. ISBN 0-333-51598-6.
  5. ^ "Lawleys of Bath Tree". Ancestry.co.uk. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  6. ^ The Morning Post, Monday May 29, 1843
  7. ^ Smith, Alice Mary Smith (2003). Symphonies.
  8. ^ Warrack, John Hamilton; West, Ewan (1996). The concise Oxford dictionary of opera (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  9. ^ Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (1994). The Norton/Grove dictionary of women composers (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  10. ^ "Henry Thompson". Roots Web. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  11. ^ Temperley, Nicholas. Musicians of Bath and Beyond: Edward Loder (1809-1865) and His Family. p. 186. ISBN 9781783270781.
  12. ^ a b Musgrave, Michael (1987). Brahms 2: Biographical, Documentary, and Analytical Studies. 2. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 6. ISBN 0-521-32606-0.
  13. ^ "Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 (London version)". Gramophone. Haymarket: 92. June 1997. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
  14. ^ Swafford, Jan (1999). Johannes Brahms: a Biography. London: Macmillan. p. 311. ISBN 0-333-59662-5.
  15. ^ "England and Wales, National Probate Calendar". Ancestry.co.uk. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
  16. ^ Ballchin, Robert, ed. (1983). "Loder, afterwards Thompson (Kate Fanny), Lady". Catalogue of Printed Music in the British Library to 1980. 36. London: K. G. Saur. p. 87. ISBN 0-86291-333-0.
  17. ^ Fuller, Sophie (1994). Pandora Guide to Women Composers. London: Pandora. pp. 191–192. ISBN 0-04-440897-8.