The county has a rich musical tradition including the folksong collector Lucy Broadwood, composers Dame Ethel Smyth and Ralph Vaughan Williams, performers Eric Clapton and Paul Weller as residents.

Polish literary and cabaret giant Marian Hemar lived in Coldharbour, find out more about his life and work in Surrey.

Peter Pears in Brooklyn in 1940. Image courtesy of www.britten100.org

Peter Pears in Brooklyn in 1940. Image courtesy of www.britten100.org

Discover more about Sir Peter Neville Luard Pears (1910-1986), tenor and partner of Sir Benjamin Britten, who was born in Farnham

Surrey History Centre collections include (click the links to see the collection catalogues)

Photograph of a Broadwood piano designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens for Queen Mary's Dolls House, 1924. Surrey History Centre ref. 2185/JB/82/29

Photograph of a Broadwood piano
designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens
for Queen Mary’s Dolls House, 1924
Surrey History Centre ref. 2185/JB/82/29

For more information about Surrey’s musical heritage follow the links on the left hand side.

One Response to Musicians

  1. Chris Holmes says:

    Do you have any information regarding a group of entertainers who performed around the Lambeth area in the early 1900’s up to 1926, called The Merrymakers. Names: Percy and Florence Andrews, Gladys Andrews and another couple.

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