Gollancz, Livia (6 of 7) National Life Story Collection: Fawcett Collection
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Gollancz, Livia 1920-2018 (speaker, female)
Abrams, Rebecca (speaker, female)
Part 6: Left Book Club continued. Led to discussion groups; theatre groups; collections for Spain; rallies and demonstrations; connections with the Communist Party. Her involvement and political convictions at that time. Experience of orchestral work with the LSO and the Hallé during WWII; travelling extensively; playing to troops in Belgium and Holland; effect of war; pleasure of communal living. [11:00] Working under Beecham, a frightening conductor, expected musicians to do anything he wanted. Role of women in musical world at that time; equality as musicians but not in terms of job oportunities. [21:00] Working with Karl Rankle at Covent Garden. Disagreement with John Barbirolli: regrets her arrogance. Going to Gollancz: attitude to family firm; experience of working with father.
Life story interview with the musician and publisher Livia Gollancz (1920-2018)