Richard Bratby

A short history of millionaire composers

Art is supposed to emerge from poverty but extreme wealth does not preclude talent, as the history of composers proves

It’s not entirely stretching a point to say that the Royal Philharmonic and London Philharmonic — both founded by Big Pharma millionaire Sir Thomas Beecham (above) — owe their existence to constipation. Credit: Watford / Mirrorpix / Getty Images

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