Fritsch, Elizabeth (4 of 16) National Life Stories Collection: Crafts' Lives

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    Interviewee's home, London

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    Fritsch, Elizabeth, 1940 (speaker, female)

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    Hughes, Hawksmoor (speaker, female)

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    Part 4: Remarks on visiting the Birmingham Art Gallery. Description of learning Scottish dancing at school. Story about father asking EF’s first boyfriend to finish with her. Mentions Visits to Shrewsbury, remarks on eating in a Chinese restaurant and going to the cinema. EF’s Heroes: Bach and Shakespeare. Remarks on EF’s direction of a school play and her interest in stage design. Descripiton of going to see John Gielgud in King Lear in Stratford-upon-Avon. Mentions Music Concrete. Describes clothes worn and hairstyles while at Birmingham Music College. Remarks on listening to classical music and drama on the radio and being a cultural snob as a teenager. Mother’s her right wing politics. Comments on Welsh speaking in Oswestry. EF’s regret that she didn’t learn Welsh. Description of studying for Oxford entrance exams. EF’s decision not to sit the exam but to study music instead. Parents worried reaction. EF’s audition for Birmingham School of Music. Remarks on having no vocation to teach. Mentions meeting harp teacher Muriel Liddle. EF’s difficulty with performing. Description of the daily structure at college, her accommodation and social life. Mentions receiving piano tutoring by Elsa Croft [EC], EF’s nerves. EF’s family connection to Ostian Ellis. Description of EF’s final exams. Anecdote about going out in the rush hour to enjoy the experience.

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