1907 May Footnotes

[1] Sir Charles Santley (1834 – 1922) was an English-born opera and oratorio star with a bravura technique who became the most eminent English baritone and male concert singer of the Victorian era. His has been called ‘the longest, most distinguished and most versatile vocal career which history records.’  He celebrated the jubilee of his singing career in the company of many of his musician friends at a grand benefit concert held at the Royal Albert Hall on 1 May 1907.

[2] The Riddle of the Sands: A Record of Secret Service is a 1903 novel by Erskine Childers.

[3] Wigmore Hall is a concert hall located at 36 Wigmore Street, London. Originally called Bechstein Hall, it specialises in performances of chamber music, early music, vocal music and song recitals. It is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading centres for this type of music and an essential port of call for many of the classical music world’s leading stars.

[4] John Singer Sargent was an American expatriate artist, considered the “leading portrait painter of his generation” for his evocations of Edwardian-era luxury.

[5] Wilfrid Gabriel de Glehn RA (1870 – 1951) – Born Wilfried von Glehn – he changed his name in 1917 –  was an Impressionist British painter, elected to the Royal Academy in 1932.

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