Atfield, May d. November 10, 1979 Social Reformer. With close friend Margaret Harrison, she co-founded the famous Sanctuary Kennel for Irish Wolfhounds. Rather surprisingly, she is buried not with Margaret, but with the other Harrison sisters. (Bio by: Steve Brown) St Peter Churchyard, Limpsfield, Surrey, England Plot: Beatrice, May, and Monica Harrison.
Beecham, Sir. Thomas b. April 29, 1879 d. March 8, 1961 Composer and opera impresario. Thomas Beecham was born in St. Helens, Lancashire, England, into a noted family that owed its fortune to the production of pharmaceutical products. Although educated at Oxford, musically, Beecham was largely self-taught. His first public appearance came in nearby Manchester in 1899, when he replaced conductor Hans Richter, who was taken ill just before a concert with the famed HallZ Orchestra. During his career, Beecham founded three orchestras : The...[Read More] (Bio by: Steve Brown) St Peter Churchyard, Limpsfield, Surrey, England Plot: Almost behind Delius' grave, in the front row facing the High Street (between Mar and Joyce).
Brymer, Jack b. January 27, 1915 d. September 15, 2003 Musician, Author. He began his career as a teacher, but, after playing with a group of professional musicians while on wartime military service, was recommended by them to Sir Thomas Beecham. Beecham asked him to audition and took him on as principal clarinettist of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1947. He held the post until 1963 when he left to become a co-principal in the British Broadcasting Corporation Orchestra, later moving on to be a principal in the London Symphony Orchestra. He...[Read More] (Bio by: js) St Peter Churchyard, Limpsfield, Surrey, England Plot: Churchyard.
Del Mar, Norman Rene b. July 31, 1919 d. February 6, 1994 Conductor. Del Mar studied composition at the Royal College of Music under Matyas Seiber and Ralph Vaughan-Williams. After WWII, he performed with several orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra where he played 2nd horn. Del Mar began his conducting career with an amateur orchestra, later known as the Chelsea Symphony Orchestra. In 1948, after two years as assistant to Sir Thomas Beecham, Del Mar became Musical Director of the English Opera Group, a position he held until 1956...[Read More] (Bio by: Steve Brown) St Peter Churchyard, Limpsfield, Surrey, England Plot: Next to Beecham's grave, facing the High Street.
Delius, Frederick (Fritz Albert Theodor) b. January 29, 1862 d. June 10, 1934 Composer. Born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, the fourth of fourteen children of immigrant German parents, the young Delius was educated at Bradford Grammar School. In 1884 he left the family home to take control of an orange plantation in Florida, which was followed by two years of studying in Leipzig, Germany. 1888 brought another move, this time to Paris, France, and in 1896, Frederick met a painter by the name of Jelka Rosen (q.v.). The following year saw the couple settle in Grez-sur-...[Read More] (Bio by: Steve Brown) St Peter Churchyard, Limpsfield, Surrey, England Plot: From the entrance, follow the path in front of the Church (parallel with the High Street). Keeping the Church on your right, follow the path round the Church and take the first pathway on the left (again parallel with the road). Delius' grave is a few yards along on the left, facing the path.
Harrison, Beatrice b. December 9, 1892 d. March 10, 1965 Classical Music Cellist. Born in Roorkee, India, but taken to England as an infant, Beatrice Harrison entered the Royal College of Music at a young age. She made her first appearance as soloist in London on May 29, 1907, under the baton of Sir Henry Wood (founder of the famous Promenade Concerts at the Royal Albert Hall). Harrison later studied at the Berlin Hochschule fur Musik, becoming not only the first ever cellist, but also the youngest ever performer to win the prestigious Mendelssohn...[Read More] (Bio by: Steve Brown) St Peter Churchyard, Limpsfield, Surrey, England Plot: From the Church, a few yards before Delius on the left, facing the path.
Harrison, Margaret b. April 20, 1899 d. December 24, 1995 Classical Violinist. Like her sister Monica, Margaret was born in England, making her debut in 1918, and playing as a soloist at the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts in 1925. After her mother's death, she rarely left Beatrice's side, and accompanied her both physically and musically on tours, and arranged many of their programs. With her close friend, May Atfield, Margaret Harrison founded the famous Sanctuary Kennel for Irish Wolfhounds. (Bio by: Steve Brown) St Peter Churchyard, Limpsfield, Surrey, England Plot: A few yards to the left of Delius' grave
Harrison, May b. August 23, 1890 d. June 8, 1959 Clasical Violinist. Like her younger sister Beatrice, May Harrison was born in India, but returned to England as a child. She enjoyed a long and distinguished career as one of England's finest violinists, and Frederick Delius dedicated his Third Violin Sonata to her. In addition to her recordings and broadcasts, May also taught at the Royal College of Music from 1935 to 1947. (Bio by: Steve Brown) St Peter Churchyard, Limpsfield, Surrey, England
Harrison, Monica b. September 3, 1897 d. December 8, 1983 Opera Singer. Probably the least known of the four Harrison sisters, she was born in England after her parents returned from India. Having studied with Victor Beigel, she made her debut in 1924, when her voice was described as 'a light mezzo-soprano of agreeable quality'. An intelligent girl who spoke fluent French and German, she suffered ill-health throughout her life (largely the result of her premature birth), and lived quietly at home until her death in 1983. (Bio by: Steve Brown) St Peter Churchyard, Limpsfield, Surrey, England
Jackson, Sir. Cyril b. February 6, 1863 d. September 3, 1924 Educator, Author. He was a pioneer of modern education in Western Australia. He attended Charterhouse School before studying at New College, Oxford. On graduating he worked for ten years as a social worker at Toynbee Hall and was also central secretary of the Children's Country Holiday Fund. In 1896 he was appointed inspector-general of schools in Western Australia. He immediately saw the poor condition of the education system in the state and set about a radical programme of improvement. He...[Read More] (Bio by: js) St Peter Churchyard, Limpsfield, Surrey, England Plot: Churchyard.
Joyce, Eileen b. November 21, 1912 d. March 25, 1991 Concert pianist. Born in Zeehan on the Island State of Tasmania, Eileen Joyce was raised in Western Australia. She toured internationally in the 1930's and 1940's, and made many recordings including a number of film soundtracks. Dr. Joyce's rise to fame was the subject of Michael Gordon's film "Wherever She Goes" released in Australia in 1951. (Bio by: Steve Brown) St Peter Churchyard, Limpsfield, Surrey, England Plot: Facing High Strreet
Thompson, Sir. John Arthur b. 1861 d. 1933 Biologist, Science Writer. From early in his career his scientific interests centered on the animals, plants, chemistry and geology of his native Scotland, but he came to specialize in the study of stinging anemones and jellyfish. In 1899 he was appointed regius professor of natural history at the University of Aberdeen, a post he held until his retirement in 1930. He also lectured at the Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of surgeons in Edinburgh. He became well known for his...[Read More] (Bio by: js) St Peter Churchyard, Limpsfield, Surrey, England Plot: Churchyard.