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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
11th December 1941 Dutch government in London declares war on Italy
11th December 1936 King Edward VIII abdicated from the British throne to marry Wallis Simpson.
11th December 1930 Eccentric violinist Leonard Friedman was born in London.
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