Violet Hilda was born on 8 May 1899 in Bexley. She married James P L Hossack in Ipswich in December 1934. They had one son, Grant, born in Colchester on November 28th 1938. Hilda passed away in June 1990 and Grant succumbed to cancer in January 2007.
Grant became a celebrated musical director and composer. The Times called him “one of the West End’s most famous musical directors who orchestrated, arranged and conducted for theatre, radio and television”. He was MD for for such shows as A Little Night Music, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, No No Nanette, Gone with the Wind, They’re Playing Our Song, A Chorus Line and many others. He was also the conductor and frequent orchestrator for the BBC Radio Orchestra for the Radio 2 series Songs from the Shows and on television he wrote the music for the drama series Nanny, starring Wendy Craig, which won him a ‘Best Title Music for a Drama award’.