Butt, Dame Clara Ellen
Born: Feb 01, 1872 AD
Died: 1936 AD, at 63 years of age.
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.
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