Leonard Constant Lambert was a British composer and conductor, who wrote for the Russian Ballet and Vic Wells Ballet (renamed the Royal Ballet).
His father was George Washington Lambert, was born in St Petersburg, Russia, and he was a war artist.
Constant Lambert was one of the “Fitzrovian” circle, he knew Aleister Crowley, who wrote these two limericks about him:
The first limerick about Lambert:
A militant Mormon of Wells
Said, “Decent polygamy quells
Lust - ’twould bring pious ease
Back to the diocese
With a musical peal of ten bells.
“Tintinnabula omnia, give me insomnia!
- A musical peal of ten bells.”
The second limerick about Lambert:
Said a Yankee who visited Wells:
“Say, these ecclesiastical swells
Seem grand at contriving
To manage their swiving
To a musical peal of ten bells.”
He had an affair with the ballerina Margot Fontaine
His son, Kit Lambert, was at Oxford University before entering the British Army. He was assistant director on the films Guns of Navarone and From Russia with Love. He went on an geographical expedition to the Amazon with two fellow Oxford graduates Dr John Hemming and Richard Mason. He was arrested by the Brazilian police after Richard Mason was found murdered, but the Daily Express newspaper, which had funded the expedition, intervened and he was released.
Kit Lambert became the manager of the Who when they were starting up, and influenced their musical direction. He and Christopher Stamp (Terence Stamp’s brother) who is now a psychotherapist shared a flat in London. He was a frequenter of the Kensington gay nightclub, El Sombrero, and was seen drinking there the night he died.
Dr John Hemming is a trustee of the Cusichaca Trust charity number 273837.
His official biography appears to have been removed
He is also one of the trustees of the Global Diversity Foundation (Earthwatch)
“Hemming was born in Vancouver because his Canadian father, Henry Harold Hemming OBE, MC, had been through the trenches in the First World War, saw the Second coming, and wanted him to be born in North America. So he sent John's mother, Alice Hemming OBE, a well-known journalist, on a cruise through the Panama Canal that ended in British Columbia. John and his sister Louisa were brought back to London when he was two months old. Though a proud Canadian he has not been there since 1967. He was educated in the United Kingdom at Eton College and read History at Magdalen College, Oxford.”
His mother Alice Hemming got an OBE for her involvement in girl’s education. She appears to be a proponent of the women’s liberation movement.