Amanda Aldridge: Why a Google Doodle is celebrating the trailblazing British opera singer and composer today


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By Alex Finnis, iNews

Google recognized a historic piano recital by Amanda Aldrige with this Doodle.

Today’s Google Doodle is celebrating British composer, teacher and opera singer Amanda Aldridge.

On this day in 1911, Aldridge gave a piano recital at London’s pre-war principal concert venue, Queens Small Hall, the original home of the BBC Symphony and London Philharmonic Orchestras.

Who was Amanda Aldridge?

Aldridge was an Afro-British opera singer and teacher, who composed under the pseudonym Montague Ring.

She was born in London on 10 March 1866 to African-American actor Ira Frederick Aldridge, who performed in Shakespeare plays, and his second wife, Amanda Brandt, from Sweden…

Aldridge released over 30 songs and dozens of instrumental tracks under her pseudonym.

She combined various rhythmic influences and genres with poetry from black American authors to create romantic parlour music, a genre popular with the middle class at the time.

Discover more about Amanda Aldridge and check out the Doodle if you missed it.

Across the pond, Black Americans continue to use music for protest and to pay tribute to Civil Rights leaders.

Check out out breaking news section for more stories about Black people finally receiving credit.

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