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Thomas Beecham (1879-1961) - Part 3

In 1932 he founded the London Philharmonic Orchestra and was appointed artistic director at Covent Garden, a position he held until 1939. During the war he was based in the United States, although spent much of the time touring. In 1944 he married the pianist Betty Hamby (who died in 1957) and founded the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1959 he married for the third time, this time to his personal secretary Shirley Hudson.