Madeleine Winefride Isabelle Dring (7 September 1923 – 26 March 1977) was an English composer and actress
Madeleine Dring spent the first four years of her life at Raleigh Road, Haringey when the family moved to Streatham. She is recorded at 7 Woodfield Avenue, Becmead Avenue and "The Haven" Mount Ephraim Lane (the same house where Dame June Whitfield was born)
The dining hall at Streatham and Clapham High is named after her.
She showed talent at an early age began lessons in the junior department of the Royal College of Music beginning on her tenth birthday. She attended the school with scholarships for violin and piano. As part of their training, all of the students performed in the children's theatre. She formally began composition studies at the RCMJD with Stanley Drummond Wolff in 1937, continued the next year with Leslie Fly, and the next two with Percy Buck. She continued at the Royal College for senior-level studies, where her composition teacher was Herbert Howells.
Simon William Lord, Dring's grandson, used some of her compositions for tracks on his solo 'Lord Skywave' album.
Full details of her extensive work is contained under her wikipedia entry
Her life was celebrated at Church of the English Martyrs on April 4, 1977 and she was buried at Lambeth Cemetery, Blackshaw Road, Tooting. She was a classically trained pianist and composer and published many works during her lifetime.
A great deal of her music has been published since her death, many pieces by her husband, Roger Lord. More of it has been published with the assistance of Alistair Fisher, Ro Hancock-Child, Wanda Brister, and Courtney Kenny.