Following 33 years of full-time music teaching, Mavis de Mierre took early retirement in 1983. However, she then went on to establish local music-experience groups for young children and their parents, being one of the first people to realize the potential importance of Music for the Early Years. She composed all her own material of original words and melodies, and also ran training courses, becoming a well-known consultant in early years music.
In partnership with an artist, many of Mavis’s songs for children have featured in major exhibitions and on Greetings Cards. Her compositions for violin and piano and simple clarinet pieces have also been published. In addition, she arranged programmes for her local Quaker Meeting, and was a Practitioner of the Bach Flower Remedies.
Mavis sadly died on 20 June 2008 at the age of 79. She was a great inspiration for everyone at Brilliant Publications and will be sorely missed.