Sir Beecham's work
Sir Thomas Beecham
was bornApril 29 1879
and died 8 March 1961.
His career as conductor
began in 1899
and over his lifetime
he was closely associated
with many orchestras.
As well as founding
the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
the London Philharmonic Orchestra
with Malcolm Sargent.
This same Malcolm Sargent
conducted the opening concert
of the Fairfield Halls
on 2 November 1962.
On 25 November 1962
the Croydon Corporation
presented by arrangement with
the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO)
‘The Sir Thomas Beecham
at the Fairfield Halls.
was conducted by Herman Lindars.
Very little is known
about Muriel Liddle as a sculptor,
but a sculpture of
Sir Thomas Beecham by her,
was exhibited at
the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts
in the 76th Spring Exhibition of 1935.
She was also known
to have sculpted Sir Hamilton Harty.
This bust as part of the Fairfield Collection
was presented to the RPO chairman
John Bimson, by Muriel Liddle.
Muriel sculpted this shortly before
Sir Thomas Beecham’s death in 1961.
It was then presented to the Fairfield Halls
by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
at the 20th anniversary concert in 1982.