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Open Features: Clara Butt

Peter Wintersgill introduces us to the singer Clara Butt who spent most of her career on the concert platform.

1st February, 1872, in Southwick, Brighton.

Henry, oyster dredger man.


Studied at Royal College of Music and Bristol.

Adult life
Debut as Orpheus in Gluck's opera at Lyceum Theatre London in 1892. Also sang it under Beecham at Covent Garden in 1920. She spent most of her time on the concert platform, touring Britain and Europe with ballads with her husband, Kennedy Rumford. She was the first singer of Elgar's Sea Pictures in Norwich 1899, and in The Spirit of England 1916.

She was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1920.

She died 23rd January, 1936, in North Stoke, aged 64.


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