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Thomas Beecham (1879-1961) - Part 2

An injury to his wrist in 1904 thwarted his ambition to become a concert pianist and he diverted his energies into other channels. In 1906 he founded (with Charles Draper) the New Symphony Orchestra and in 1910 started the first in a series of Opera seasons at Covent Garden. He succeeded to the baronetcy in 1916 on the death of his father and was knighted in the same year.