Beryl Rubens is the least prominent member of one of Britain’s most prolific artistic families.
Her sister Bernice was a novelist who won the Booker Prize for The Elected Member and made a splash with a movie about a piano teacher, Madame Sousatzka. Like the rest of the family, she played an instrument.
Brother Harold was a brilliant pianist who lost his career to nerves.
Brother Cyril was a violinist in the London Symphony Orchestra, a man who went to the opera on his nights off.
Beryl played the violin in Welsh National Opera before moving to America, where her egalitarian ideals led her to a very different lifestyle. We have been sent Louis Proyect’s new documentary about the leftist, Jewish chicken farmers of New York’s Borscht Belt. Fascinating stuff.