AC­CESS ALL ARIAS: OWN THE HOME OF CLAS­SI­CAL MU­SIC ICON

Gloucestershire Echo - - OPEN HOUSE -

HIS achieve­ments and his gen­eros­ity mean that, more than 140 years af­ter his birth, the name of Sir Thomas Beecham is still highly re­garded in and be­yond the mu­sic world. So much so, in fact, that the dou­ble-fronted house in the heart of Lon­don’s St John’s Wood where the cel­e­brated con­duc­tor once lived bears a blue plaque in his hon­our. Grand­son of the founder of the fa­mous ‘Beecham’s pills’, in the early 20th cen­tury, he used his for­tune to present op­eras in Lon­don the­atres, bring­ing com­posers and stars to per­form in this coun­try. St He­lens-born Beecham was awarded a knight­hood and es­tab­lished the Lon­don Phil­har­monic Orches­tra in 1932 and Royal Phil­har­monic Orches­tra in 1946. He died in 1961 but his for­mer home, on Grove End Road, is cur­rently up for sale. In need of mod­erni­sa­tion, it has five bed­rooms, five bath­rooms and four re­cep­tion rooms as well as a car­riage­way drive and large se­cluded 52ft rear gar­den. The house is for sale with Ch­ester­tons for £6mil­lion. See ch­ester­tons.com

Beecham’s for­mer home is priced at £6m

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