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Astra Desmond

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

(b Torquay, 10 April 1893; d Faversham, 16 Aug 1973).

English contralto. She studied singing in London (at the RAM, under blanche Marchesi) and Berlin, and gave her first recital...

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Muriel Brunskill

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

(b Kendal, Cumbria, 1900; d Bishops Tawton, Devon, 1980). Eng. contralto. Début London 1920. In BNOC 1922–7. Noted for singing in choral works of Handel, Mendelssohn, and Elgar. One of...

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Norman Allin

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

(b Ashton-under-Lyne, 19 Nov 1884; d Hereford, 27 Oct 1973).

English bass. He studied at the RMCM (1906–10), intending to become a teacher, but after marrying the mezzo-soprano...

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Roy Henderson

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

(b Edinburgh, 1899; d Bromley, 2000).

Scottish baritone. Début Queen's Hall, London, 1925 as Zarathustra in Delius's A Mass of Life. Opera début CG 1929 as Donner in Das Rheingold....

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Sir Henry Joseph Wood

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

(1869–1944)

British conductor, organist, and composer, best remembered as the founder of the annual London Promenade Concerts. He was knighted in 1911 and created a CH in 1944.

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