Date Michael Vernon Kitchin and Margaret were divorced

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I am compiling a biography of the pianist Margaret Kitchin (1914-2008) who married Michael Kitchin in 1935.  They were divorced around 1948.
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https://www.theguardian.com/music/2008/jul/14/classicalmusicandopera.obituaries

"...She was born in Montreux, to an English mother, Kate Piercy, and Swiss father, Othmar Rothen. A child prodigy, she attended the Montreux and Lausanne conservatories. In 1935, she married a British Council officer, Michael Kitchin, who was also a keen musician. They moved to England in 1949, where she studied at the Royal Academy of Music, but divorced soon after.

Tippett introduced Margaret to Howard Hartog. She had been playing Tippett's first sonata and Hartog, then a music publisher, had recently taken Tippett on at Schott. They married in 1951 and remained together until Hartog's death in 1990..."

by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)
I've seen this, but like all her other obituaries in the national newspapers it's wrong. The couple had separated before 1948, probably in the second half of 1947. The two children were sent to boarding schools in England in early 1948 and Margaret came to England later on. She obtained her LRAM in 1939, not 1949. As there is no British record she must have divorced Michael in Switzerland. Unfortunately Swiss privacy laws appear to prevent access to the record. She remarried in 1951 and Michael remarried in 1952.

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