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Kathleen Ferrier

Kathleen Ferrier (Contralto)

One of the most beloved singers of the mid-twentieth century, Kathleen Ferrier was born in Lancashire in 1912 and worked as a telephonist for the GPO whilst performing regularly as an amateur pianist at local music festivals and competitions. She took up singing at the relatively late age of 25, studying first with JE Hutchinson and later with Roy Henderson (whose pupils also included the soprano Jennifer Vyvyan and the contralto Norma Procter). Her career took off following an introduction to Sir Malcolm Sargent, with whom she would later work on a regular basis; early successes included Handel’s Messiah at Westminster Abbey and The Angel in Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius in Leeds, and by the mid-1940s she was signed to Decca Records.

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 Recording of the Week, Kathleen Ferrier

On the centenary of Ferrier’s birth, Katherine pays to tribute to the great Lancashire contralto and explores her legacy on disc via two comprehensive commemorative sets from Decca and EMI, which includes folksongs, Bach and Mahler.

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Kathleen Ferrier sings Mahler
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