Music: Enthusiastic Amateur

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One of the finest orchestral conductors alive, a sovereign interpreter of music old & new, is no solemn priest of tone but the ebullient son of Britain's most celebrated laxative manufacturer. Goateed, 63-year-old Sir Thomas Beecham is also an enthusiastic newlywed, a considerable amateur of the Elizabethan drama (especially Beaumont & Fletcher), an adamant and voluble Tory (though in this role he is really more of a Character than a Colonel Blimp), and a transparent apostle of the

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