Friday, 10 October 2014

Concert by Clara Butt

From The Observer, 11th October 1914.



The vast audience that was present at the Albert Hall yesterday afternoon was not only a splendid response to a charitable call (the entire proceeds are to be given to the Queen's "Work for Women" Fund) but a wonderful tribute to the popularity of Mme. Clara Butt and her husband, Mr. Kennerley Rumford.  The two favourite artists were the only soloists of the afternoon, but the Royal Choral Society’s forces and the Queen's Hall Orchestra also assisted, and there were no less than half-a-dozen of the most prominent English conductors present—and actively engaged: Sir Frederick Bridge, Sir Henry Wood, Sir Frederic Cowen, Sir C. Villiers Stanford, Mr. Landon Ronald and Sir Edward Elgar, whose present duties towards his country were made clear by the notice that our foremost composer appeared by permission of the Chief Inspector of the Hampstead Special Constables.

The programme was liberally patriotic, and in addition to old favourites such as Stanford's "Drake's Drum" and Elgar's "Land of Hope and Glory," new songs by Teresa del Riego, "My Son" and by Harold Craxton, "The Home Flag," a characteristic and sincere piece of work that should meet with success, were received with enthusiasm. The unfurling of innumerable flags in Mr. Craxton's song provided a very effective moment. The concert was in every respect a brilliant success, and the sum added to the Work for Women Fund should be considerable.

[Wonderfully, you can still hear Clara Butt singing Land of Hope and Glory.]

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