VIDEO PODCAST: Slava Ukraini! - recorded on 24 February 2022, the day Europe woke up to the news that Vladimir Putin's Russian forces had invaded Ukraine. A fifty minute video which also features Caitríona O'Leary and Eric Fraad discussing their new film Island of Saints, and pays tribute to Joseph Horovitz, Malcolm Troup and Maria Nockin.
English contralto (Mary) Norma Procter was born in Cleethorpes on 15 February 1928. She studied with Roy Henderson and Alec Redshaw, then was active as a soloist in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, working with conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Jascha Horenstein, Rafael Kubelik, Malcolm Sargent and Bruno Walter. She continued to teach after retiring from singing.
She also sang opera, beginning in 1961 as Orpheus in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice at Covent Garden, and also singing the title role in The Rape of Lucretia for Britten at Aldeburgh in 1958. She sang Arne's Rule, Britannia! at the last night of the Henry Wood Proms in 1974, ending a series of many appearances there which began more than twenty years earlier.
Norma Procter, who had always lived alone and never married, died in Grimsby on 2 May 2017, aged eighty-nine, following a battle with Parkinson's Disease.