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Born in Lancashire in 1912, Kathleen Ferrier was one of the greatest of all British singers, whose voice delighted millions in the 1940s and 1950s.
Her first professional engagement was under the direction of Dr John Hutchinson in Newcastle City Hall in 1940 and during the next 12 years she became a national and international star before her untimely death in 1953. At that time she was said to be the most famous woman in the country, second only to the young Queen Elizabeth.
Paul Campion, who has researched and written extensively about Ferrier’s career and recordings, was recently Executive Producer of a new SOMM Recordings CD which includes 19 previously unpublished tracks of the great contralto. He will include some of these, and a selection of others, during his illustrated lecture.
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