Kathleen Ferrier
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1912-04-22
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Kathleen Ferrier

Kathleen Ferrier Biography (Wikipedia)

Kathleen Mary Ferrier, CBE (22 April 1912 – 8 October 1953) was an English contralto singer who achieved an international reputation as a stage, concert and recording artist, with a repertoire extending from folksong and popular ballads to the classical works of Bach, Brahms, Mahler and Elgar. Her death from cancer, at the height of her fame, was a shock to the musical world and particularly to the general public, which was kept in ignorance of the nature of her illness until after her death.

The daughter of a Lancashire village schoolmaster, Ferrier showed early talent as a pianist, and won numerous amateur piano competitions while working as a telephonist with the General Post Office. She did not take up singing seriously until 1937, when after winning a prestigious singing competition at the Carlisle Festival she began to receive offers of professional engagements as a vocalist. Thereafter she took singing lessons, first with J.E. Hutchinson and later with Roy Henderson. After the outbreak of the Second World War Ferrier was recruited by the Council for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts (CEMA), and in the following years sang at concerts and recitals throughout the UK. In 1942 her career was boosted when she met the conductor Malcolm Sargent, who recommended her to the influential Ibbs and Tillett concert management agency. She became a regular performer at leading London and provincial venues, and made numerous BBC radio broadcasts.

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Past BBC Events

Proms 1952: Prom 47
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/egpp5v
Royal Albert Hall
1952-09-18T01:57:25
18
Sep
1952

Proms 1952: Prom 47

Royal Albert Hall
Winter Proms 1952–3: Prom 01
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e4bbj5
Royal Albert Hall
1952-01-07T01:57:25
7
Jan
1952

Winter Proms 1952–3: Prom 01

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1950: Prom 47
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ej338g
Royal Albert Hall
1950-09-14T01:57:25
14
Sep
1950

Proms 1950: Prom 47

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1949: Prom 05
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ephrbp
Royal Albert Hall
1949-07-28T01:57:25
28
Jul
1949

Proms 1949: Prom 05

Royal Albert Hall
Winter Proms 1949–50: Prom 03
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ex24wh
Royal Albert Hall
1949-01-12T01:57:25
12
Jan
1949

Winter Proms 1949–50: Prom 03

Royal Albert Hall

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