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Alec Ashworth (1895-1959), was born in Leeds, England. In 1902 the family settled in Kimberley. He was educated in Kimberley and at the South African College. From 1918-1920 he assisted Prof. WH Bell at the South African College of Music. He taught music briefly in Kimberley and then went to the Royal College of Music. In 1924 he returned to Leeds and joined the Yorkshire Post as a music and art critic. After World War II he returned to teaching. He composed vocal and instrumental music for piano and small orchestra. Amongst his vocal music are Afrikaans songs composed for poems by Jan Celliers, CL Leipoldt and AD Keet.