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Berlioz: La Mort de Cléopâtre, lyrical scene for soprano solo and orchestra
by Anne Pashley, with English Chamber Orchestra
Anne Pashley (1935 to 2016) was an English Olympic athlete and opera singer. Anne Pashley was born on June 5th 1935 in Skegness, Lincolnshire, England. The daughter of a teacher, she attended school in Great Yarmouth, where her athletic skills first came to attention. In 1953, at the Amateur Athletics Association championships at the White City stadium, she equalled the British women's individual 100-yard record of 10.8 seconds (the British equivalent to the 100 metres distance at that time). She then took a bronze medal at the 1954 European Championships in Berne, Switzerland, in the women's individual 100 metres sprint, behind Irina Turova of the then Soviet Union and Bertha van Duyne of the Netherlands. At the 1956 Melbourne Summer Olympics, she and her teammates Jean Scrivens, June Foulds and Heather Armitage won a silver medal in the women's 4x100m relay. She retired from athletics competition straight afterwards, going on to plan and achieve a second career as a soprano opera and concert singer. She studied at the Guildhall School of Music, making her stage debut in 1959, and married fellow opera singer Jack Irons in the same year. They had studied together at the School, and went on to have one son and one daughter. During her career, she performed at Glyndebourne, Covent Garden and across Europe, and her "in-concert" opera work included a 1972 performance of "The Olympians", composed by Sir Arthur Bliss. Anne Pashley died on October 7th 2016 in a south of England nursing home, aged 81. Her marriage had ended with her husband's death in 2005, and their son also died, in 2013. Her daughter survives her. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2016/10/12/anne-pashley-olympic-athlete-and-opera-singer--obituary/
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Pashley
Posted: 28th October 2016
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