Goossens, Eugène

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Goossens, Eugène Gender: M
Eugenius Petrus Goossens
born on 25 February 1845 at 08:30 (= 08:30 AM )
Place Bruges, Belgium, 51n13, 3e14
Timezone LMT m3e14 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 06°39' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 14°17 Asc.s_aricol.18.gif 28°31'


Belgian conductor who conducted opera companies throughout Europe, moving to England in 1873.

Goossens became famous as a musical director of the Carl Rosa Opera Company, for whom he conducted the first English performance of Richard Wagner's Tannhäuser, in Liverpool in 1882. He became principal conductor of Carl Rosa in 1889. He conducted Rosa's company in a command performance, in November 1892, of The Daughter of the Regiment for Queen Victoria at Balmoral Castle.

He was the father of the conductor and violinist Eugène Goossens and grandfather of both the conductor and composer Sir Eugene Goossens and the oboist Léon Goossens.

In the early 1890s, he moved to Liverpool, where he founded the "Goossens Male-voice Choir," served as organist and choirmaster at St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church and taught singing.

He died in Liverpool on 30 December 1906, aged 61.

Link to Wikipedia biography



Source Notes

Sy Scholfield submitted birth certificate no. 266 from the online Bruges municipal archives: "acht uren s half 's morgens" (eight-thirty in the morning).


  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Conductor