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Thomas Beecham
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    (April 29, 1879-March 8, 1961)
    Born in St. Helens, England, United Kingdom
    Founded the Beecham Symphony Orchestra (1909), London Philharmonic Orchestra (1932) and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (1946)
    Promoted the works of Richard Strauss, Hector Berlioz, Frederick Delius and Jean Sibelius
    During a tour of Germany, he agreed to Nazi requests to not play the works of Felix Mendelssohn (1936).
    He would sometimes shout during the more dramatic parts of the works he conducted.
    He refused to hire women for his orchestras, saying 'If they are attractive it will upset my players and if they're not it will upset me.'
    The 'Times' of London described his versiion of Bach's Third Brandenberg Concerto as 'a travesty, albeit an invigorating one.'
    He had a snobbish disdain for American culture.
    He became one of England's greatest conductors despite having no formal musical training.
    The Royal Philharmonic has been called 'Britain's national orchestra.'
    During World War I, he often worked without pay to keep classical music alive in London.
    After meeting Hitler he said, 'Now I know what's wrong with Germany.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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