An exhibition chronicling the life of a Lancashire opera singer - 60 years after her death - was due to open today in Leyland.
Kathleen Ferrier, who hailed from Higher Walton, near Preston, was a contralto - the deepest female singing voice - yet her career spanned just 10 years.
Tuesday October 8 marks 60 years since Kathleen Ferrier’s death.
David Hunt, Curator at South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre, said: “We are very proud because she was a bit of an amateur painter and the museum will have two of her works here on exhibition.
“She signed her pictures ‘Klever Kaff’ - the title of the exhibition.”
Her father, William Ferrier was headmaster of All Saints School and the family lived at Church Terrace, Higher Walton.
He was an enthusiastic member of various choral groups and his wife Alice was also a good singer, with a strong contralto voice.
Kathleen, their third child, was born in Bank Terrace, Hoghton Lane. The following year the family moved to Blackburn.
Like many of her generation, Kathleen left school at 14, and trained for a career as a GPO telephonist.
She entered into the music scene in 1937 as a pianist and vocalist at the Carlisle Festival, which brought her much acclaim. She made her first vocal broadcast in February 1939 and moved to London.
After the war she toured America after the war, and was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s first honours list.
She fell ill but her condition was not widely known and she died in October 1953,
Members of the Kathleen Ferrier Society will attend, and the exhibition will be opened by her god daughter. Louisa Stirland, BBC Young Chorister of the Year 2013, will entertain them.