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Sir Thomas Beecham

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Sir Thomas Beecham

  • Birth 29 Apr 1879
  • Death 8 Mar 1961
  • Burial Limpsfield, Tandridge District, Surrey, England
  • Plot Almost behind Delius' grave, in the front row facing the High Street (between Mar and Joyce).
  • Memorial ID 22016

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 Beecham Symphony Orchestra in 1909, The London Philharmonic Orchestra in 1932, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1946. For his services to music, Beecham received a knighthood in 1916. Sir Thomas Beecham's autobiography "A Mingled Chime" was published in 1943, and Beecham also published the biography of his good friend Delius in 1958.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 5 May 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 22016
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sir Thomas Beecham (29 Apr 1879–8 Mar 1961), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22016, citing St Peter Churchyard, Limpsfield, Tandridge District, Surrey, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .