The Kathleen Ferrier Society

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Celebrating the life and music of one of the world’s best loved singers

 

The Kathleen Ferrier Society was formed to celebrate the life and music of Kathleen Ferrier, one of the world's best loved singers. 

The KFS was formed in 1993, to mark the 40th Anniversary of Kathleen Ferrier’s death and it was soon evident that there was a remarkable strength of interest in the singer and that is still the case today. 

Kathleen’s voice and warm personality ensured that she became one of the most celebrated British female singers of the 20th Century. Although her professional career was short, little more than ten years, and she died over sixty ago in 1953, she is still held in high regard today and remembered by many with great love and affection.

Winifred Ferrier, Kathleen's sister supported our formation and was delighted to become our first President until her death in 1995. Winifred encouraged us to establish a Bursary competition for young singers that were still studying at UK conservatories and the first Bursary was held in 1996.

Winifred Ferrier had collected press cuttings, photographs and recordings relating to the life and career of her beloved sister, which together with Kathleen's letters and diaries form a fascinating archive. Following Winifred's death in 1995, the archive was given to the Society which we entrusted to the Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, where it is now held. Since its formation the KFS has also been given many donations of memorabilia which are also deposited in the archive.

Following Winifred's death, International Soprano, Sheila Armstrong (a former Memorial Scholarship winner), was invited to become our second President. Sheila retired at the end of 2012 and we were delighted when Linda Hirst agreed to become our third President.

Members gather together each year, over the last weekend in October, usually at the MacDonald Tickled Trout Hotel, near Preston, for a recital on the Saturday afternoon from the previous year’s Bursary winners, talks and dinner, then on the Sunday attend the Kathleen Ferrier Society Bursary for Young Singers competition in King George’s Hall, Blackburn.

our members come from all over the world, all sharing a respect and admiration for Kathleen’s singing and unique life story.

The Society aims to provide a focal point for information about Kathleen. we are always increasing our knowledge of Kathleen Ferrier and answering enquiries about her life and music. There is an annual newsletter, ‘Greeting’, which always contains lots of interesting articles , news of any CD releases as well as news of our Bursary prize winners.

Through subscriptions, members support: the KathleenFerrier Cancer Research Fund at University CollegeLondon Hospital and the Society’s own Bursary for Young Singers.

Kathleen with John Newmark

If the reader has any questions about Kathleen, her life and career please do not hesitate to contact us.