Public Figure Profiles

Isobel Baillie

Dame Isobel Baillie, (9 March 1895 – 24 September 1983), née Isabella Douglas Baillie, was a Scottish soprano. She made a local success in Manchester, where she was brought up, and in 1923 made a successful London debut. Her career, encouraged by the conductor Sir Hamilton Harty, quickly developed, with breaks in the first years for vocal study in Milan.

Baillie's career was almost wholly as a concert singer: she only once acted in an opera production on stage. She was associated above all with oratorio, becoming well known for her many performances in Handel's Messiah, Haydn's The Creation, Mendelssohn's Elijah and the choral works of Elgar.

During a long career, Baillie sang in complete recordings of Messiah, Elijah, Beethoven's Missa solemnis and Ninth Symphony. In the 1940s she formed a friendship with the contralto Kathleen Ferrier, with whom she appeared frequently in concert and made several recordings of duets. She took part in 19 annual Three Choirs Festivals from 1929. She made her American debut in 1933 and between then and her retirement from the concert platform in the mid 1950s she sang in the US, New Zealand, the Far East and Africa as well as in Europe.

In her later years, Baillie was a teacher in the Royal College of Music, Cornell University and the Royal Manchester School of Music.

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Some of their strengths

Isobel Baillie has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Intuitive, Extroverted, Generous, Creative, Kind, Imaginative, and Bold.

Soulful and Understanding

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, Isobel Baillie is someone who is a soulful, understanding, and conscious person, who combines smarts with a deep talent for creativity and imagination. A person who seems to identify with family, heritage and ancestry.

Soulful and Intuitive

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know Isobel Baillie well know them as someone who can be graceful, romantic, and reserved, like gentle rain.

Optimistic and Frank

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe Isobel Baillie as someone who is optimistic, principled, adventurous, and direct.

A person who isn't shy about expressing their opinions, loves competition, loves learning things themself, who is known for being inventive and original, and who loves being surrounded by friends and loved ones.

Vigorous and Friendly

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, Isobel Baillie is someone who has a vigor and energy that applies itself to all life's activities and endeavors, and a knack for forming family-like structures, groups, and communities.

They are also someone who is altruistic, tolerant, and sophisticated, and who tends to be a perfectionist who is always working to try and make everything and everyone better.

Creative and Imaginative

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, Isobel Baillie tends to be someone who is sensitive, imaginative, creative, and somewhat of a dreamer. Who is intuitive and compassionate, and who has a friendly, easygoing, calming and relaxing effect on people and for whom friends and family mean the world.

Some of Isobel Baillie's challenges

While Isobel Baillie has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, Isobel Baillie can be Impulsive, Indecisive, Unrealistic, Arrogant, Status-seeking, Careless, and Pushy.

Indecisive and Unrealistic

One of Isobel Baillie's key challenges is that they are someone who can come across as indecisive and unrealistic.

Isobel Baillie must also exercise caution as they can be excessive and unrealistic.

Pushy and Restless

Isobel Baillie is someone who can be arrogant and bossy, who can have difficulty concentrating and focusing, be unable to separate emotions from business decisions, and who can engage in excessive spending in support of an expensive lifestyle and habits.

Lethargic and Unrealistic

Finally, Isobel Baillie also can be too soft, lazy and lethargic, and who can have difficulty finding others who share a similarly dreamy outlook on life.

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