Monday 11 November 1901 8:00PM
Eleanor Coward soprano; Lilian Kent voice; Edith Patching soprano; Amy Joyner voice; Caroline Hatchard soprano; Lilian Burgess soprano; Dalton Baker baritone
Agnes Larkcom Pupils' Concert
- Eleanor Coward soprano* *Wigmore Hall Debut
- Lilian Kent voice* *Wigmore Hall Debut
- Edith Patching soprano* *Wigmore Hall Debut
- Amy Joyner voice* *Wigmore Hall Debut
- Caroline Hatchard soprano* *Wigmore Hall Debut
- Lilian Burgess soprano* *Wigmore Hall Debut
- Dalton Baker baritone* *Wigmore Hall Debut
- Cuthbert Whitemore piano* *Wigmore Hall Debut
- Alfred Amy piano* *Wigmore Hall Debut
Agnes Larkcom studied with Manuel García at the Royal Academy of Music and, after spending some years as a concert singer, took up a teaching position of her own there in 1894. This concert performance of Humperdinck's fairytale opera Hänsel und Gretel given by her students was an unusual occurrence at Wigmore Hall – while student recitals were common, a complete opera (even in concert form) on this relatively small stage was and remained a rarity, with only a few similar events in the decades to come.
The singers making their Wigmore Hall debuts here went on to varied careers in music, with Edith Patching and Lilian Burgess appearing in mixed concerts around Britain, while Amy Joyner could later be found entertaining the troops during World War I, and Dalton Baker eventually became a professor at the Toronto Conservatory of Music. Caroline Hatchard became a respected operatic soprano, often excelling in coloratura roles, after making an acclaimed Covent Garden debut in 1907 – as the Dew Fairy, in Hänsel und Gretel.
Engelbert Humperdinck (b.1936)
- Concert performance of Hänsel und Gretel