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Butt, Dame Clara Ellen

Born: 1872 AD
Died: 1936 AD

1872 – Born on February 1st in Southwick, Sussex, England. English contralto known for her concert performances of ballads and oratorios.

1892 – After studying at the Royal College of Music, Butt made her debut as Ursula in Sir Arthur Sullivan’s cantata ‘The Golden Legend’.

         – She possessed a powerful contralto voice and a commanding personality and was admired especially in the oratorios of George Frideric Handel and Felix Mendelssohn.

1899 – She also became popular as a ballad singer. Sir Edward Elgar wrote his song cycle ‘Sea Pictures’ for her, and she inspired the part of the angel in his oratorio ‘Dream of Gerontius’.

1900 – She married the baritone Kennerley Rumford, with whom she gave recitals.

1920 – She was appointed a Dame of the British Empire.

1936 – Died on January 23rd in North Stroke, Oxfordshire.