Thomas Beecham

Conductor. Born 29 April 1879. Died 8 March 1961
Thomas Beecham
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1879-04-29
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Thomas Beecham

Thomas Beecham Biography (Wikipedia)

Sir Thomas Beecham, 2nd Baronet, CH (29 April 1879 – 8 March 1961) was an English conductor and impresario best known for his association with the London Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic orchestras. He was also closely associated with the Liverpool Philharmonic and Hallé orchestras. From the early 20th century until his death, Beecham was a major influence on the musical life of Britain and, according to the BBC, was Britain's first international conductor.

Born to a rich industrial family, Beecham began his career as a conductor in 1899. He used his access to the family fortune to finance opera from the 1910s until the start of the Second World War, staging seasons at Covent Garden, Drury Lane and His Majesty's Theatre with international stars, his own orchestra and a wide repertoire. Among the works he introduced to England were Richard Strauss's Elektra, Salome and Der Rosenkavalier and three operas by Frederick Delius.

Together with his younger colleague Malcolm Sargent, Beecham founded the London Philharmonic, and he conducted its first performance at the Queen's Hall in 1932. In the 1940s he worked for three years in the United States where he was music director of the Seattle Symphony and conducted at the Metropolitan Opera. After his return to Britain, he founded the Royal Philharmonic in 1946 and conducted it until his death in 1961.

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Franz Schubert
Symphony No 5 in B flat major, D 485 (4th mvt)
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Symphony No 5 in B flat major, D 485 (4th mvt)
Gabriel Fauré
Mi-a-ou (Dolly Suite orch Rabaud)
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Mi-a-ou (Dolly Suite orch Rabaud)
Giacomo Puccini
'Che gelida manina!' (La Bohème, Act 1)
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'Che gelida manina!' (La Bohème, Act 1)
Charles‐François Gounod
O Merveille
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O Merveille

O Merveille

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus
National Philharmonic Orchestra
Roger Bourdin
Georges Nore
Roger Rico
Jean Sibelius
Pelleas and Melisande: At The Castle Gate
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Pelleas and Melisande: At The Castle Gate
Frederick Delius
The Walk to the Paradise Garden (A Village Romeo and Juliet)
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The Walk to the Paradise Garden (A Village Romeo and Juliet)
Frederick Delius
The Walk to the Paradise Garden (A Village Romeo and Juliet)
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The Walk to the Paradise Garden (A Village Romeo and Juliet)
Camille Saint‐Saëns
Bacchanale (Samson et Dalila)
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Bacchanale (Samson et Dalila)
Hector Berlioz
Les Troyens: Act 1 March
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Les Troyens: Act 1 March
George Frideric Handel
Messiah: Pt 3; no.51-2; Worthy is the Lamb ... Amen [chorus]
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Messiah: Pt 3; no.51-2; Worthy is the Lamb ... Amen [chorus]
George Frideric Handel
Hallelujah (Messiah)
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Hallelujah (Messiah)
Frederick Delius
Marche caprice
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Marche caprice
Giacomo Puccini
O soave fanciulla (La Boheme)
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O soave fanciulla (La Boheme)
Frederick Delius
The Walk to the Paradise Garden (A Village Romeo and Juliet)
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The Walk to the Paradise Garden (A Village Romeo and Juliet)
Georges Bizet
Habanera (Carmen)
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Habanera (Carmen)
George Frideric Handel
Praise the Lord, from Solomon
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Praise the Lord, from Solomon
George Frideric Handel
Sinfonia (Arrival of the Queen of Sheba), from Solomon
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Sinfonia (Arrival of the Queen of Sheba), from Solomon
Alexander Borodin
Polovtsian Dances (Prince Igor)
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Polovtsian Dances (Prince Igor)
Frederick Delius
Over the Hills and Far Away
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Over the Hills and Far Away
Frederick Delius
A Village Romeo and Juliet: The Walk to the Paradise Garden
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A Village Romeo and Juliet: The Walk to the Paradise Garden
Hector Berlioz
Les Troyens - Act 4, Royal Hunt and Storm
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Les Troyens - Act 4, Royal Hunt and Storm
Frederick Delius
On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
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On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
Georges Bizet
Carmen suite
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Carmen suite
Edward Elgar
Cockaigne Overture (In London Town) Op.40
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Cockaigne Overture (In London Town) Op.40
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Scheherazade: II. The Story of the Kalender Prince
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Scheherazade: II. The Story of the Kalender Prince
Hector Berlioz
Le Corsaire - overture Op.21
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Le Corsaire - overture Op.21
George Frideric Handel
Hallelujah! from Messiah
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Hallelujah! from Messiah
Frederick Delius
North Country Sketches, The March of Spring
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North Country Sketches, The March of Spring
Frederick Delius
Brigg Fair
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Brigg Fair
Léo Delibes
Le roi s'amuse (Ballet music)
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Le roi s'amuse (Ballet music)
Gretry, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Thomas Beecham
Zemire et Azor - Ballet Music (ed. Beecham)
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Zemire et Azor - Ballet Music (ed. Beecham)
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Past BBC Events

Proms 1954: Prom 47
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Royal Albert Hall
1954-09-16T18:19:13
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1954

Proms 1954: Prom 47

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1954: Prom 46
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Royal Albert Hall
1954-09-15T18:19:13
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1954

Proms 1954: Prom 46

Royal Albert Hall

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