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Ada Alsop (Soprano)

Born: 1915 - Lancashire, England
Died: 1968 - Darlington, England

The English soprano, Ada Alsop, was trained by Clarice Stringer. She had a short but celebrated career in oratorio, mostly in the North of England. She was friend and sang with Kathleen Ferrier and Isobel Baillie. She sang lead soprano at the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with Malcolm Sargent. She had several records made (1944-1948) and made hundreds of broadcasts on the BBC (debut in 1936). She was also popular in Canada, and appeared on CBC radio and TV shows. As her few records made for Decca suggests, both her voice and style were generous. Her account of “I know that my Redeemer liveth” is communicative and better recorded than some of her discs.

Ada Alsop was married to Harry Hayman. They lived in Woodburn Drive, Darlington. He was the much loved choirmaster of Elm Ridge Methodist Church, Ada being a member of the choir. She brought lots of well-known singers to the church to join her in singing solos in oratorios conducted by her husband - such as Scott Joynt, Owen Brannigan, John Shirley-Quirk to name but three.

Source: Liner notes by Alan Blythe to the CD “Stars of the English Oratorio, Vol. 2 (Dutton, 1998); Discussions on Past Darlington Celebrities (Facebook); Bits & pieces from other sources
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Aryeh Oron (August 2010); Manfred Krugmann (Photo 01, May 2011; Photos 02-03, June 2012)

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