Monday 28 October 1901 8:30PM

Harrison Hill piano, voice

'Mirth and Music'


  • Harrison Hill piano, voice* *Wigmore Hall Debut

Born in Ashton-under-Lyne and inspired by the great musical comedians George Grossmith and Corney Grain, Harrison Hill started out as an amateur musician, an organist and choirmaster in Manchester, before coming to London in 1900 to begin a career on the stage.

This Wigmore Hall evening of ‘Mirth and Music’ contained some of his popular songs and sketches, including My Distinguished Double, an act based around Joseph Chamberlain, then Secretary of State for the Colonies. A review in The Times praised his musicality and wit, while politely indicating that ‘Here and there, however, the pruning knife might be used with advantage’.

  • Harrison Hill
        • Airs from Harrison Hill's songs, for piano
        • My Distinguished Double (a sketch, with song 'If I were only Joseph')
        • The Richter-Sousa Combine (a musical sketch)
        • My Darling Angelina
        • The Girl who Sings the Scales
        • A Modern Novel Boiled Down (a musical sketch)
        • To-Day's Papers, a topical song written upon subjects in this morning's papers
        • My Juliet
  • Interval
  • Harrison Hill
        • Improvised Variations on a given air chosen by the audience
        • Song-Cycling, or Little Songs for Big Singers (a musical sketch)
  • Traditional
        • Three Blind Mice (arr. Harrison Hill in the style of various composers)
  • Harrison Hill
        • The Cause of Charitee!
        • Golfeamus Igitur (a golf song)
        • True to England

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