Dame Ruth Railton, founder of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, died on 23 February 2001, aged 85.
Railton was born on 14 December 1915 in Kent, to a clergyman father and a musician mother. She founded the orchestra in 1948 and, as its musical director, was occupied full time until 1965. The orchestra became a national institution, playing each year at the London Proms and fostering the careers of musicians such as Iona Brown, Michael Collins and Simon Rattle.
Posted: 2 March 2001
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