Norma Procter

Biography

Born: February 15, 1928; Cleethorpes, England  
Mary Norma Procter was a leading British contralto in the years after World War II. She was a pupil of Roy Henderson and Alec Redshaw.

Although she did sing opera (including being chosen by Benjamin Britten to sing the title role of his The Rape of Lucretia at the 1958 Aldeburgh Festival and making her Covent Garden debut in Gluck's Orpheus) she was best known as a concert, oratorio, and recital singer.

She had a rich, warm voice
Read more that was strong and reliable, lacking the pinched or squally sound that often is associated with oratorio singing.

Fittingly, she made her debut singing Handel's Messiah at Southwark Cathedral in 1958 and went on to work with the leading conductors of her time, including Bruno Walter, Leonard Bernstein, Jascha Horenstein, Rafael Kubelik, Sir Malcolm Sargent, and Pierre Boulez. She sang in and recorded virtually every Mahler work with an alto part, including the first complete version of Mahler's Das klagende Lied. Others of her recordings include Handel's Alcina with Joan Sutherland, several Bach cantatas, Mendelssohn's Elijah, and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Read less
Browse 1-23 of 23 Available Recordings
  • 1.
    Mendelssohn: Elijah / Delman, Procter, Maran, Boyce, Krips
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 002127002 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Ralph Downes,  Bruce Boyce,  Michael Cunningham,  Norma Procter  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Krips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Hampstead Parish Church Boys' Choir
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    Beethoven: Symphony No 9, Overtures, Grosse Fuge / Ansermet, Suisse Romande
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002069602 Release Date: 06/03/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Norma Procter,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Anton Dermota
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Choeur Du Brassus,  Choeur Des Jeunes De L’église National De Vandoise
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    Britten: Spring Symphony; Hymn To St. Cecilia; Choral Dances From 'gloriana'
    Label: Heritage   Catalog: 243 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Jennifer Vyvyan,  Peter Pears,  Norma Procter
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten,  George Malcolm
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    Joan Sutherland: Rare Broadcasts
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1185 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giovanni Bononcini,  Charles Edward Horn  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland,  April Cantelo,  Richard Bonynge,  Ernest Lush  ... 
    Conductor:  John Pritchard,  Ferdinand Leitner,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Alberto Erede
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Coloniensis
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  • 5.
    Britten Rarities / Hahessy, Bowden, Procter, Pears
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4802296 Release Date: 07/03/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten,  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Benjamin Britten,  John Hahessy,  Michael Berkeley,  Norma Procter  ... 
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten,  Sir David Willcocks,  Bryan Balkwill,  Walter Goehr
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Cambridge University Musical Society Chorus,  Suisse Romande Orchestra  ... 
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    Peter Pears - An Anniversary Tribute
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001437802 Release Date: 06/22/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  John Ireland,  Richard Rodney Bennett,  Frank Bridge,  Alan Bush  ... 
    Performer:  Benjamin Britten,  Peter Pears,  Joan Dickson,  Viola Tunnard  ... 
    Conductor:  Witold Lutoslawski,  Sir Colin Davis,  Benjamin Britten,  Eugen Jochum  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zorian Quartet,  London Sinfonietta,  Goldsborough Orchestra  ... 
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    Mahler: Symphony No 8 / Kubelik, Bayerischen Rundfunks
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 95551 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Erna Spoorenberg,  Norma Procter,  Edith Mathis  ... 
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  West German Radio Chorus,  Regensburg Cathedral Choir,  North German Radio Chorus  ... 
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    Benjamin Britten - The Rarities
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 468811 Release Date: 10/09/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Peter Pears,  Benjamin Britten,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Galina Vishnevskaya  ... 
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten,  John Iveson,  George Malcolm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir,  London Symphony Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Bernstein - The Mahler Symphonies
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 745369 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Gwenyth Annear,  Dame Gwyneth Jones,  Erna Spoorenberg,  Anna Reynolds  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  London Symphony Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Britten: Spring Symphony, Cantata Academica, Etc / Britten
    Label: London/Decca British Collection   Catalog: 425153 Release Date: 02/18/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Jennifer Vyvyan,  Norma Procter,  Peter Pears,  Owen Brannigan  ... 
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten,  George Malcolm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Emmanuel School Boys Chorus  ... 
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    Handel: Alcina / Leitner, Sutherland, Wunderlich
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001250302 Release Date: 01/27/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich,  Jeannette van Dijck,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Norma Procter  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferdinand Leitner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Radio Chorus,  Cappella Coloniensis
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    Maw: Scenes And Arias;  Milner: Roman Spring, Etc
    Label: Lyrita   Catalog: 267 Release Date: 09/04/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anthony Milner,  Nicholas Maw
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer,  Robert Tear,  Alfreda Hodgson,  Anne Howells  ... 
    Conductor:  David Atherton,  Norman Del Mar
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta Chorus,  London Sinfonietta,  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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    Mahler: Symphony No 3, Etc / Haitink, Concertgebouw
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000660702 Release Date: 08/08/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Maureen Forrester,  Werner Hollweg,  Norma Procter,  Heather Harper
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Women's Chorus,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  St. Willibrod Boy's Choir  ... 
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    Britten Conducts Britten Vol 3
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000639602 Release Date: 05/16/2006   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Bryan Drake,  John Shirley-Quirk,  Robert Tear,  Peter Pears  ... 
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten,  George Malcolm,  Norman Del Mar,  Russell Burgess
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Opera Group Orchestra,  English Chamber Group,  Alleyn's School Choir  ... 
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    Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1 - 10
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 463738 Release Date: 01/02/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Franz Crass,  Martina Arroyo,  Donald Grobe  ... 
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Munich Motet Choir,  Bavarian Radio Chorus  ... 
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    Stokowski Conducts Baroque Masterworks
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 538 Release Date: 09/28/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Raymond Clarke,  Charles Spinks,  Hugh Bean,  Desmond Bradley  ... 
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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    Beethoven, Schubert, Wagner / Jascha Hornstein, Et Al
    Label: Bbc Legends   Catalog: 4150 Release Date: 09/21/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Norma Procter,  Richard Lewis,  Teresa Stich-Randall,  Kim Borg
    Conductor:  Jascha Horenstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Chorus,  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Northern Symphony
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    Bernstein Century - Mahler: Symphony No 8, Kindertotenlieder
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 61837 Release Date: 09/14/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Dame Janet Baker,  John Mitchinson,  Vladimir Ruzdjak,  Donald McIntyre  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Finchley Children's Music Group  ... 
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    Mahler: Symphonie No 2 / Kubelik, Mathis, Procter, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457905 Release Date: 09/04/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Norma Procter,  Edith Mathis
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Handel: Samson / Richter, Young, Arroyo, Donath, Et Al
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 453245 Release Date: 10/01/1996   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Sheila Armstrong,  Jerry J Jennings,  Martina Arroyo,  Helen Donath  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Richter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Choir,  Munich Bach Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Mahler: Symphony No 8 / Kubelik
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 447529 Release Date: 03/01/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Erna Spoorenberg,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Edith Mathis,  Norma Procter  ... 
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Handel: Messiah / Sargent, Royal Po & Chorus
    Label: Chesky Records   Catalog: 106 Release Date: 06/23/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  John Shirley-Quirk,  Elizabeth Harwood,  Alexander Young,  Norma Procter
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Choral Society
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    Mozart: Coronation Mass, Etc / Kubelik, Mathis, Procter
    Label: Dg Galleria   Catalog: 419060 Release Date: 08/01/1987   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Edith Mathis,  Donald Grobe,  Horst Laubenthal,  Tatiana Troyanos  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernhard Klee,  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Regensburg Cathedral Choir,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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