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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th January 1899 Born today: Nevil Shute [Norway], London, novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice)
17th January 1886 Born today: Ronald Firbank, London, novelist (Flower Beneath the Foot)
17th January 1775 R B Sheridan's Rivals, premieres in London
17th January 1670 Highwayman Claude Duval found guilty of 6 robberies and sentenced to death.
Home to a Proms Man
Founder of the BBC Proms once lived in this house
Location: 4 Elsworthy Road, Belsize Park, NW3
Description: Sir Henry Joseph Wood was an English conductor, forever associated with The Proms which he conducted for half a century.
Founded in 1895, they became known after his death as the 'Henry Wood Promenade Concerts' and are now the 'BBC Proms'.
He had an enormous influence on musical life in Britain - he improved access immensely, and also raised the standard of orchestral playing and nurtured the taste of the public, introducing them to a vast repertoire of music, encouraging especially compositions by British composers.
He was born in 1869, knighted in 1911, and died in 1944.
He was a hugely talented music man and lived here.
Tagged in this Tour: Music: off the beaten path