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Portrait of the Day: Thomas Beecham

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3 November 2019, 12:30

Room 31

Free

  • Talks and Lectures

Conductor. The grandson of the patentee of 'Beecham's Powders', he studied music and in 1906 founded the New Symphony Orchestra. In 1911 he presented Diaghilev's Russian Ballet, and in 1929 created the first Delius Festival in London. He founded the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 1932, and formed the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1946. In the 1950s Beecham was much in demand as a conductor in the USA, Paris and London, where he was closely associated with the Promenade concerts held at the Royal Albert Hall. 

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.