Kathleen Ferrier is heard again by Midhurst U3A

MEMBERS of Midhurst U3A (University of the Third Age) welcomed Dr Christopher Fifield to their January meeting, who spoke on the life and voice of Kathleen Ferrier, the contralto, interspersed with recordings of her voice.

Kathleen Ferrier was one of the world’s great singers and although her career only lasted for ten years and she died more than 50 years ago, she is still remembered and her voice is still heard and loved by millions around the world.

During her short career she went from one triumph to another and received praise from her musical colleagues, the critics and audiences all over the world, yet she still maintained her natural charm, humour and humility.

2012 is Kathleen Ferrier’s centenary year.

The youngest daughter of a Lancashire village schoolmaster, she was born on April 22 1912 in a village near Preston.

She showed early talent as a pianist and she was only 14 when she passed the final grade of the Associated Board of the Royal Academy of Music.

The Midhurst U3A is a group of retired people who meet in small groups to further their interests.

Among the wide range of topics they discuss are art, craft, genealogy, world religions, architecture, digital photography, computers, poetry, art history and singing.

Members run groups in their own homes or meet in larger venues.