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Frederick Septimus Kelly

(1881-1916), Composer and rower; Olympian

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Won gold in the men's coxed eight at the 1908 London Olympics.

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Frederick Septimus Kelly, after John Singer Sargent - NPG D36773

Frederick Septimus Kelly

after John Singer Sargent
photographic reproduction, 1915-1930 (1915)
NPG D36773

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Christopher Gordon

15 November 2017, 13:35

As a consequence of the WW1 Centenary commemorations, there seems to be a considerable 'rediscovery' of Kelly's compositions in his native Australia, with a CD of his music issued and performances becoming more frequent. Kelly's diaries, which are very informative about professional music in London between around 1908 and 1915, were rediscovered and are edited and published as: 'Race Against Time; the Diaries of F.S. Kelly', ed. Thérèse Radic (Canberra: National Library of Australia, 2004). Kelly was the lifelong unrequited passion of the Hungarian violinist Jelly d'Aranyi (NPG 5735), who kept the Sargent charcoal drawing of him on her piano up until her death in 1966.

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