Tuesday 9 July 1901 8:30PM

Florence Dawnay mezzo-soprano; Gregory Hast tenor; Sigmund Beel violin; Ellen Bowick reciter; Beatrice Cerasoli piano; Rosina Cerasoli piano

Scharwenka, Goring Thomas, Scarlatti and more


  • Florence Dawnay mezzo-soprano* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Gregory Hast tenor
  • Sigmund Beel violin
  • Ellen Bowick reciter* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Beatrice Cerasoli piano* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Rosina Cerasoli piano* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Wilhelm Ganz accompanist* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • C. A. Lidgey accompanist* *Wigmore Hall Debut

Little is known about the mezzo-soprano Florence Dawnay who gave this evening concert in 1901, after which we have no record of her ever returning to Wigmore Hall. Described in The Times as having ‘a well trained and agreeable voice and a good method’, she gave a programme of Lieder, art song and Italian and French works, sharing the stage with the established English tenor Gregory Hast.

Rosina and Beatrice (sometimes Bice) Cerasoli were Italian sisters, children of an artist who had moved the family to London in the late nineteenth century. By 1901 they had given a number of well-received recitals together, often opening their programme with the two-piano arrangement of the Scherzo movement from Scharwenka's Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 32 as they did here.

Popular reciter and lecturer Ellen Bowick and the American violinist Sigmund Beel completed the list of performers, both praised in the above review for their ‘mastery and success’.

  • Franz Xaver Scharwenka (1850-1924)
      • Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 32
        • II. Scherzo: Allegro assai (selection of one)
  • Arthur Goring Thomas (1850-1892)
        • Le baiser
  • Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725)
      • Cantata: O sol degl'occhi miei
        • Aria: Per te vive e per te more (arr. John Alexander Fuller Maitland)
  • Tommaso Giordani (c.1730-1806)
        • Caro mio ben
  • Hervey
        • The Frenchwoman's Story
  • A. L. (Amelia Lehmann) (1838-1903)
        • The Midnight Wind
  • Landon Ronald (1873-1938)
      • Love Tokens
        • Secret Love
  • Arthur Seymour Sullivan (1842-1900)
      • The Window, or the Songs of the Wrens
        • The Letter (Where is another Sweet as my Sweet?) (sung by Gregory Hast as an encore according to a review in The Times)
  • Henry Vieuxtemps (1820-1881)
      • Suite in B minor Op. 43
        • III. Aria
  • Émile Sauret (1852-1920)
        • Farfalla Op. 40 No. 3
  • Adolf Jensen (1837-1879)
        • Lehn deine Wang an meine Wang Op. 1 No. 1
  • Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
        • Liebestreu Op. 3 No. 1
        • Meine Liebe ist grün Op. 63 No. 5
        • A unique occasion (read by Ellen Bowick)
  • Charles Lever (1806-1872)
        • The Widow Malone
  • Christian Sinding (1856-1941)
        • Variations Op. 2
  • Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
      • Samson et Dalila Op. 47
        • Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix
  • Henryk Wieniawski (1835-1880)
        • Souvenir de Moscou Op. 6
  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
        • Partita No. 1 in B minor for solo violin BWV1002 (two movements played by Sigmund Beel as an encore according to a review in The Times)
  • William Noel Johnson (1863-1916)
        • The Rose
        • The River and the Sea

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