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Winifred Radford

(1901-1993), Singer and teacher of singing

Sitter in 28 portraits
Radford entered the Royal Academy of music aged fourteen. Her first appearance in opera was at the inaugural Glyndebourne Festival (1934). Subsequently she gave recitals for the BBC and toured with the Intimate Opera Company. During the Second World War she gave recitals of Lieder and French song at the National Gallery's lunchtime concerts. After the War she studied with Pierre Bernac and became a specialist in French mélodie, giving the British premieres of some of Francis Poulenc's songs. She taught singing at the Guildhall School of Music (1955-71) and, after retiring, taught privately. Her friend Sidney Buckland praised 'her quiet resolve, determination and integrity beneath a gracious, radiant charm'.

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Winifred Radford, by Angus McBean - NPG x88979

Winifred Radford

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print on card mount, 1952
NPG x88979

Winifred Radford, by Angus McBean - NPG x88984

Winifred Radford

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print on card mount, 1953
NPG x88984

Winifred Radford, by Angus McBean - NPG x88978

Winifred Radford

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print on card mount, 1953
NPG x88978

Winifred Radford, by Angus McBean - NPG x88976

Winifred Radford

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print on card mount, 1957
NPG x88976

Winifred Radford; Constance Carrodus, by Angus McBean - NPG x88988

Winifred Radford; Constance Carrodus

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print on card mount, 1957-1958
NPG x88988

Winifred Radford; Meredith Frampton, by Brian Harris, for  The Times - NPG x88968

Winifred Radford; Meredith Frampton

by Brian Harris, for The Times
bromide print, 1982
NPG x88968

Constance Carrodus; Meredith Frampton; Winifred Radford, by Brian Harris, for  The Times - NPG x88969

Constance Carrodus; Meredith Frampton; Winifred Radford

by Brian Harris, for The Times
bromide print, 1982
NPG x88969

Winifred Radford, by Unknown photographer - NPG x88970

Winifred Radford

by Unknown photographer
colour print, 1986
NPG x88970

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