Dame Clara Butt (b. February 1, 1872 in Southwick, d. January 23, 1936 in North Stoke, Oxfordshire) was a celebrated contralto. Butt made her début in London at the Albert Hall in Sir Arthur Sullivan’s Golden Legend. She made many gramophone recordings, often accompanied by the (uncredited) pianist Miss Lillian Bryant. In 1900 she married a fellow singer, the baritone Kennerley Rumford. Besides singing in many important festivals and concerts, she was honored with royal commands from Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, and King George.