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Elizabeth Langford

Elizabeth (‘Betty’) Langford (1929–2009), UK teacher of the Alexander Technique, author of several books on the Technique, and Head of Training.

Life

Elizabeth Langford was born in London. In 1952 she married the Hungarian musician Tamas Rajna. She studied violin with Max Rostal. She became the second concertmaster of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. She qualified from the Carringtons at the Constructive Teaching Centre in December 1969. In 1972 she was part of the team of teachers who taught the Technique at John G. Bennett’s (1897–1974) International Academy for Continuous Education in Sherbourne, Goucestershire, (where people were learning the teachings of Gurdjieff).

After qualifying she started teaching the Alexander Technique at the Guildhall School of Music. She ran a teachers training course in London together with Paul Collins, ‘The School of Alexander Studies’, around 1975–79. The STAT council minutes of 24 June 1975 reports that ‘Lady Benn in association with Miss Betty Rajna and Mr Paul Collins planning to start a training course.’[1]

For some time she was also known as Elizabeth (or “Betty”) Collins.

After the London training course she and Paul Collins moved to Somerset where they also ran a training course. In 1987 she moved to Leuven, Belgium, where she started a teacher training course, Alexandertechniek Centrum.[2] [3]

She wrote several books of which her most famous book is her introductory to the Alexander Technique, Mind and Muscle.

Books

  • Mind and Muscle by Elizabeth Langford.[4]
  • Mind, Muscle and Music by Elizabeth Langford.[5]
  • Only Connect by Elizabeth Langford.[6]
  • Remembering Walter Carrington edited by Elizabeth Langford.[7]

Articles

  • ‘The ambush of fear’ by Elizabeth Langford.[8]
  • ‘Educating the public’ by Elizabeth Langford.[9]

Obituaries

  • ‘Elizabeth Langford’ by Mara Sokolsky.[10]
  • ‘Elizabeth Langford’ (no author).[11]

Remembrances

  • ‘Elizabeth Langford Remembrances’ by Helene Weisbach.[12]
  • ‘Elizabeth Langford’ by Helene Weisbach, Ken J. Thompson, Elisabeth Waterhouse, Athanase Vettas, Jean Clark.[13]

Elizabeth Faith Burchatt Langford  *21 February 1929 – †11 August 2009.

References

[1] STAT council minutes of 24 June 1975. STAT Archives ID no. 1501.
[2] ‘Elizabeth Langford’ by Mara Sokolsky in AmSAT News issue no. 81 (Winter 2009), p. 18.
[3] ‘Elizabeth Langford’ (no author) in STATNews vol. 7, no. 1 edited by Ann James (STAT, January 2010), p. 25.
[4] Mind and Muscle by Elizabeth Langford (Garant, 1999).
[5] Mind, Muscle and Music by Elizabeth Langford (Alexandertechniek Centrum, 2008).
[6] Only Connect by Elizabeth Langford (Alexandertechniek Centrum, 2004).
[7] Remembering Walter Carrington edited by Elizabeth Langford (Alexandertechniek Centrum, 2006).
[8] ‘The Ambush of Fear’ by Elizabeth Langford in The Congress Papers 2004 (STATBooks, 2005), pp. 217-241.
[9] ‘Educating the public’ by Elizabeth Langford in The Congress Papers, 6th International Congress 1999 (STATBooks, 2001), pp. 231–257.
[10] ‘Elizabeth Langford’ by Mara Sokolsky in AmSAT News issue no. 81 (Winter 2009), p. 18.
[11] ‘Elizabeth Langford’ (no author) in STATNews vol. 7, no. 1 edited by Ann James (STAT, January 2010), p. 25.
[12] ‘Elizabeth Langford Remembrances’ by Helene Weisbach in AmSAT News issue no. 81 (Winter 2009), p. 20.
[13] ‘Elizabeth Langford’ by Helene Weisbach, Ken J. Thompson, Elisabeth Waterhouse, Athanase Vettas, Jean Clark in STATNews vol. 7, no. 1 edited by Ann James (STAT, January 2010), pp. 25–26.