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Kathleen Ferrier

Episode 4 of 8

4 Extra Debut. Broadcaster Sue MacGregor nominates singer Kathleen Ferrier who died tragically young. With Matthew Parris and conductor Christopher Fifield. From April 2011.

Kathleen Ferrier was a British contralto singer who died in 1953 from breast cancer. Her professional career had lasted just 14 years but in that time she had had become an international star, singing at Covent Garden, Glyndebourne and Carnegie Hall; and had worked with such luminaries of post-war music as Benjamin Britten, Sir John Barbirolli, and Bruno Walter. Not bad for someone who had no formal training as a singer and who had left school to work in the Blackburn telephone exchange. Ferrier never lost her common touch, never became a prima donna, and retained her liking for beer, cigarettes, and risque jokes. In this programme, broadcaster Sue MacGregor tells Matthew Parris why she admires Ferrier's work. Joining the discussion is conductor Christopher Fifield who edited Ferrier's letters.

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  • Tue 26 Apr 2011 16:30
  • Fri 29 Apr 2011 23:00
  • Thu 24 May 2018 18:30
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