Monday 1 July 1901 8:30PM

Helen Trust soprano; Grainger Kerr contralto; Gregory Hast tenor; Whitney Tew baritone; Frederic Upton reader; Fanny Frickenhaus piano

del Riego, Sullivan, Lehmann and more


  • Helen Trust soprano
  • Florence Gau voice* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Ulrikka Wiley voice* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Marian Mackenzie voice* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Grainger Kerr contralto
  • George S. Aspinall tenor* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Gregory Hast tenor
  • Whitney Tew baritone* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Frederic Upton reader* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • H. Victor Mitchell violin* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Ethel Pettit cello* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Fanny Frickenhaus piano* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Aida Blackmore accompanist* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • E. M. Mathews accompanist* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Hamilton Harty accompanist
  • Hugh A. Burry accompanist* *Wigmore Hall Debut

The Institute for Massage by the Blind was founded in 1900 as an initiative to help arrange employment for people with visual impairment, and this mixed evening concert was intended to raise money towards establishing premises for general administration and training. As with many charity concerts of the period, the evening consisted of a broad variety of performers, with more familiar names such as Gregory Hast and Helen Trust appearing alongside artists with less established careers like Florence Gau and Ulrikka Wiley.

Art songs made up the majority of the programme, interspersed with instrumental and spoken word numbers. Fanny Frickenhaus had built a strong career as a concert pianist in the late nineteenth century, performing with the likes of Joseph Joachim and W. E. Whitehouse.

Raconteur Frederic Upton, born in London and working first as a civil servant before taking to the stage during the 1890s, regularly took part in charity events and would become particularly remembered for his work entertaining soldiers in hospitals during the First World War.

  • This concert was in aid of the Institute for Massage by the Blind
        • Piece for violin and piano
  • Teresa del Riego (1876-1968)
        • O Dry those Tears
  • Frank L. Moir (1852-1904)
        • Down the Vale
  • Carl Bohm (1844-1920)
        • Still wie die Nacht Op. 326 No. 27
  • Charles Edward Horn (1786-1849)
        • I've been roaming
  • Herman Bemberg (1859-1931)
        • Chant hindou
  • Liza Lehmann (1862-1918)
        • The Guardian Angel
  • Arthur Seymour Sullivan (1842-1900)
      • The Window, or the Songs of the Wrens
        • The Answer (Two little hands that meet)
        • The Letter (Where is another Sweet as my Sweet?)
  • Guy d'Hardelot (1858-1936)
        • The Perfect Flower
        • The Sun and the Shower
  • Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
        • Ballade No. 1 in G minor Op. 23
  • Liza Lehmann
      • In a Persian Garden
        • No. 10 Myself when young
  • Edwin Greene
        • Springtide
  • Sir Hamilton Harty (1879-1941)
        • Now is the Month of Maying
        • Short stories read by Frederic Upton
  • Jules Massenet (1842-1912)
        • Souvenez-vous, Vierge Marie!
  • Henryk Wieniawski (1835-1880)
      • Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor Op. 22
        • II. Romance: Andante non troppo
        • III. Allegro con fuoco – Allegro moderato (à la Zingara)
  • Teresa del Riego
        • Slave Song
  • Christian Sinding (1856-1941)
        • Frühlingsrauschen Op. 32 No. 3
        • Marche grotesque Op. 32 No. 1
  • Hercule de Fontenailles (1858-1922)
        • Obstination
  • George S. Aspinall
        • A l'enfant
  • Jean-Baptiste Weckerlin (1821-1910)
        • Conseils à Nina
        • Au bois joli
  • Landon Ronald (1873-1938)
      • Love Tokens
        • Secret Love
  • Frederic Cowen (1852-1935)
        • Border Ballad
  • Alice Chambers Bunten
        • Hush-a-ba, Birdie

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