Thomas Beecham

Thomas Beecham

British conductor and impresario
Thomas Beecham was the leading English conductor of his time and a flamboyant personality.Wikipedia
BornApril 29, 1879
HometownSt Helens, England
SpouseShirley Hudson (m 1959 - 1961) , Betty Humby Beecham (m 1943 - 1958) , Utica Celestia Welles (m 1903 - 1943)
ChildrenThomas Welles Beecham , Sir Adrian Welles Beecham, 3rd Baronet
ParentsJosephine Burnett , Sir Joseph Beecham, 1st Baronet
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‘Englishmen are congenitally incapable of judging a woman’s work…’: how Ethel Smyth shook up opera

  • “The whole English attitude towards women in fields of art is ludicrous and uncivilised,” wrote Ethel Smyth in her glorious memoirs Streaks of Life, in 1921. “There is no sex in art … I believe Englishmen to be congenitally incapable of judging a woman’s work at all. They may try, but this sex-bogey is between them and it.”