At a recent car boot sale the name Joan LAST caught my eye on an old music book for sale on one of the tables and as always finding anything with a connection to my LAST One Name Study, I quickly bought it to research in more detail at a later date.
Joan Mary LAST was born on the 12th January 1908 and died on the 9th October 2002 – she was an English music educator, author and composer born in Littlehampton in Sussex. She studied piano with Mathilde Verne and made her debut as a pianist at the Aeolian Hall in London in 1926. After an injury to her hand ended her performing career, Last turned to teaching and composing. She taught music at the Royal Academy of Music and was awarded an OBE in 1988 for services to music education. She never married.
I have found her obituary as follows:
Does anyone have a connection to Joan?
Do you remember using her music books?