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 Beatrice Harrison

Beatrice Harrison

Birth
Roorkee, Uttarakhand, India
Death 10 Mar 1965 (aged 72)
Limpsfield, Tandridge District, Surrey, England
Burial Limpsfield, Tandridge District, Surrey, England
Memorial ID 22018 · View Source
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Classical Musician. She gained fame and acclaim for her mastery of the cello, and was one of the most important British female performance musicians of the first half of the 20th century. Born in Roorkee, India, but taken to England as an infant, she entered the Royal College of Music in London at a young age. She made her first appearance as soloist in London on May 29, 1907, under the direction of symphony conductor Sir Henry Wood, who was the founder of the famous Promenade Concerts at the Royal Albert Hall. Harrison later studied at the Berlin Hochschule fur Musik in Germany, becoming not only the first ever cellist, but also the youngest ever performer to win the prestigious Mendelssohn Prize. Composer Frederick Delius was a close family friend, and wrote his "Double Cello Concerto" for Beatrice Harrison and her sister May. Delius also dedicated his "Caprice and Elegy" to Beatrice, which perhaps best remembered for a BBC recording of it as a duet with a nightingale in nearby woods.

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  • Added: 5 May 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 22018
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Beatrice Harrison (9 Dec 1892–10 Mar 1965), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22018, citing St Peter Churchyard, Limpsfield, Tandridge District, Surrey, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .