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conductor , composer.

Eugene Sir Goossens, British conductor, composer. Club: Savage (London).


Goossens, Eugene Sir was born on May 26, 1893 in London, England. Son of Eugene and Annie E. (Cook) Goossens.


Bruges Conservatoire, 1902-1903. Liverpool College of Music, 1905-1906. Royal College of Music, London, 1907-1912.


Began musical career as violinist with Queen’s Hall Orchestra, London, 1911. Served as conductor various opera companies, including Beecham Opera Company, British National Opera Company, also Covent Garden opera seasons, and guest conductor London Symphony, Philharmonic, Albert Hall and Provincial orchestras, Royal Choral Society, Diaghileff Russian Ballet, Handel Society (London). Came to the United States, 1923, as conductor Rochester (New York) Philharmonic Orchestra, continuing 8 years.

Conductor Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, 1931-1947, director Sydney Symphony and State Conservatorium of Music, 1947-1955. Music director Cincinnati May Festival, 1931, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41. Guest conductor symphony orchestras New York City, Minneapolis, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Detroit, St. Louis, Los Angeles, and others.

Created Knight Bachelor, 1955.


  • Other Work

    • Composer: (operas) Judith, Don Juan. (chorus and orchestra) Apocalypse. (orchestra) 2 symphonies.


    • By the Tarn. Also chamber music, songs, piano music, etc.


Club: Savage (London).


Married Dorothy Dodsworth, 1919.; married second, Janet Lewis, January 1930.; married 3d, Marjorie Fetter Foulkrod, April 18, 1946.

Children: Anne, Jane, Julia.

Eugene Goossens

Annie E. (Cook) Goossens

Dorothy Dodsworth

Janet Lewis

Marjorie Fetter Foulkrod

Anne Goossens

Jane Goossens

Julia Goossens