A diamond brooch presented to Clara Butt

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Brooch given  as a wedding present to Dame Clara Butt, concert singer. © Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives.

Dame Clara Butt was a concert singer with a remarkable contralto voice for which Sir Edward Elgar wrote his Sea Pictures.Dame Clara Butt (1872-1936) was one of the first truly international stars. Her appearances on radio paved the way for the international mass culture of today. She was a concert singer with a remarkable contralto voice for which Sir Edward Elgar wrote Sea Pictures. Butt's family moved to Bristol when she was aged seven and she retained such fond memories of the city that for her marriage to Kennerley Rumford, she turned down the offer of St Paul's Cathedral in favour of Bristol Cathedral. On June 26 1900 shops and factories closed and thousands of people thronged College Green to see the wedding. Bristolians had subscribed towards a special wedding gift: a diamond and ruby brooch in the form of the letters 'CB' which stood for both Clara Butt and City of Bristol. It remained one of her favourite pieces of jewellery and one she frequently wore at concerts.

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