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Expert to Deliver Talk on Celebrated Opera Singer Jenny Lind

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An expert on the life and work of the Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind is to deliver an informative talk at The Infirmary, the University of Worcester’s medical exhibition, on Saturday 20th July at 2pm.

Arthur Candenquist, who is travelling from Virginia USA, has devoted 40 years of research to Jenny Lind and his talk will be richly illustrated by archives and photographs from his studies.

Jenny Lind was one of the most highly regarded soprano opera singers of the 19th century. Though born in Stockholm, she later made England her home and spent the final years of her life at Wynd’s point on the Malvern Hills and is buried in Great Malvern cemetery.

Jenny Lind was renowned for her charitable work across Europe, especially for supporting the work of hospitals. In 1849 she left a ‘munificent gift’ of £840 towards the building of the Worcester Royal Infirmary’s beautiful chapel, which opened in 1851.

Carol Bowsher, Learning and Access Officer at the University of Worcester, said: “We are delighted Arthur is spending some of his limited time in this country to share his enormous passion and knowledge with us. It seems most fitting to have the talk in the chapel named after her.”

In addition to giving the talk, Mr Candenquiest is also donating a framed portrait of Jenny Lind by Eduard Magnus, to hang permanently in the chapel. It was painted in the mid-1840s, just a few years prior to Lind’s benefit concert in College Hall, which raised funds for the chapel.

If you would like to attend the event or require further information, please contact Carol Bowsher, Learning and Access Officer, The Infirmary Tel 01905 542540 or email c.bowsher@worcs.ac.uk.