Monday 17 June 1901 3:30PM

Teresa del Riego piano; Grainger Kerr contralto; George Ley Vernon tenor; Maurice Farkoa tenor; Hortense Paulsen soprano; Maud Perceval Allen soprano

Clay, Denza, del Riego and more


  • Teresa del Riego piano* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • John del Riego (Philip Desborough) whistling* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Violet Roy voice* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • John Swabey Russell voice* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Grainger Kerr contralto* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • R. C. Herz reciter* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • George Ley Vernon tenor* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Yvonne de St. André mezzo-soprano
  • Lena Ashwell reciter* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Macdonald Davey voice* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Maurice Farkoa tenor* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Hortense Paulsen soprano* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Denham Price baritone
  • Maud Perceval Allen soprano* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Stanley Hawley accompanist* *Wigmore Hall Debut

It was not unusual for a composer to stage a concert consisting entirely or chiefly of their own works at Wigmore Hall, a practice that continued throughout the twentieth century.

This first example held here was put on by the English composer and instrumentalist Teresa del Riego, who had studied with Paolo Tosti and became known for her songs and ballads, of which she wrote over three hundred. O Dry Those Tears (performed here by Maud Perceval Allen) became one of her best-sellers, along with the later composition Homing, which was written in 1917 and struck a chord with wartime audiences.

The interspersed whistling solos were performed by del Riego's brother John, a poet and actor more commonly known by his stage name of Philip Desborough.

  • Frederic Clay (1838-1889)
      • Lalla Rookh
        • I'll sing thee songs of Araby
  • Luigi Denza (1846-1922)
        • A May morning
  • Teresa del Riego (1876-1968)
        • Harmony
        • Heart, my heart
        • Speak on, sweet voices
        • Love is a Bird
        • The Waking of Spring
        • recitation by R. C. Herz
  • Teresa del Riego
        • My gentle child
        • Slave Song
  • Stanley Hawley (1867-1916)
        • One of us two
        • Riding through the Broom
  • Teresa del Riego
        • A Land of Roses
        • Scotch Love Song
  • Benjamin Godard (1849-1895)
      • Jocelyn Op. 100
        • Berceuse ('Oh! ne t'éveille pas encore')
  • Teresa del Riego
        • Spring Garden
        • Mon Ami
        • Red Clover
        • The Cavalier's Toast
        • Ave Maria
        • O Dry those Tears
        • recitation by R. C. Herz
  • Dudley Buck (1839-1909)
        • When the Heart is Young Op. 67 No. 5