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Léon Goossens

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Léon Goossens

Person  Male  Born 12/6/1897  Died 13/2/1988

Categories: Music / songs

Oboist. Born Léon Jean Goossens in Liverpool. Son of Eugene Goossens. At the age of 15, he became a member of the Queen's Hall Orchestra under the baton of Sir Henry Wood. In 1932, he joined Sir Thomas Beecham's newly-founded London Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1962 his teeth and lips were severely damaged in a car accident. After many operations he was able to play again using a newly learned lip technique. Died in Tunbridge Wells.

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