Sidonie Goossens was a legendary musician. Principal Harpist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra for over fifty years, from its very beginning until her retirement, on 17 July 1981. She worked with composers and conductors like Arturo Toscanini, Bruno Walter, Arnold Schoenberg and Igor Stravinsky. Pierre Boulez, Principal Conductor from 1971-1975, said of her:
Always her presence was reassuring, her professional conscience irreproachable, her attitude faultless. She loved her metier, her instrument. All this, really, was the reflection of her personality for which I have had from the first instant, not only the greatest admiration, but also an immense affection.
She died in 2004, aged 105, and her last appearance at the BBC Proms was in 1991. Click the individual pictures for the original captions (and, yes, that is Stravinsky in the fourth one down).