Dr Linda Hirst, Trinity Laban's Head of Vocal Studies, has been appointed President of the Kathleen Ferrier Society, taking over from soprano, Dr Sheila Armstrong, who stepped down at the beginning of May.
Linda will chair the panel for the Kathleen Ferrier Bursary in each October in Blackburn, and is also now a trustee of the Kathleen Ferrier Competition in London each April. Several of the society came to Trinity Laban last Friday morning and heard first and second year singers in Linda's performance class.
Based in Blackburn, the Kathleen Ferrier Society (KFS) was formed to celebrate the life and music of Kathleen Ferrier, one of the world's best loved singers. Her voice and warm personality ensured that she became one of the most celebrated British female singers of the 20th century. Although her professional career was short, little more than ten years, and she died over half a century ago in 1953, she is still held in high regard today and remembered by many with great love and affection.