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Percy Herbert

Early signed Original Contracts For Sale

Info Myra Hess

Dame Julia Myra Hess, DBE (25 February 1890 – 25 November 1965) was an English pianist, best known for her performances of the works of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Schumann. Hess was born on 25 February 1890 to a Jewish family in South Hampstead, London. She was the youngest of four children, and began piano lessons at the age of five.

Myra Hess - Wikipedia

Early Contract: dated February 1917 with Orchestrelle Company of Aeolian Hall

New Bond Street London and again in 1920/ and 1928 original contract For sale

Dora Labbette - Wikipedia

Dora Labbette (4 March 1898 – 3 September 1984) was an English soprano. Her career spanned the concert hall and the opera house. She conspired with Sir Thomas Beecham to appear at the Royal Opera House masquerading as an Italian singer by the name of Lisa Perli. Away from professional concerns she had an affair with Beecham, with whom she had a son

October 1922 Contract with Columbia Graphophone Company Ltd 

Labbette was born Dorothy Bella Labbett in the London suburb of Purley, the daughter of a railway porter. She studied at the Guildhall School of Music, where she won the Melba scholarship, the Knill challenge cup for the best student of the year, and the Heilbut scholarship. She also studied with Liza Lehmann, who took her to sing to the music publisher and impresario William Boosey, who gave her a contract to sing songs published by his company, at "Ballad concerts, Promenades and Sunday evening concerts". She made her Wigmore Hall début in 1917, and in April 1918 married a soldier, Captain David Rogerson Strang of the Royal Engineers, son of the painter William Strang. The couple had one child, Joan Strang, born 18 April 1919, but Strang wanted his wife to abandon her musical career; she refused and left him after nineteen months of marriage to continue singing. She had a long recital and oratorio career in which she appeared in London and in the provinces. She was the soprano soloist at the first performance of Delius's Idyll in 1933.

After making her operatic debut in Oxford in 1934, in Rameau's Castor et Pollux Labbette took the role of Mimì in La bohème at Covent Garden in 1935, using the mock-Italian name "Lisa Perli", after her birthplace, Purley. The press and public were not long deceived by the pseudonym, and she was rapidly accepted as an opera singer. When the hoax was revealed, The Gramophone published a short verse which included the lines:

Dora Labbette! Dora Labbette, O! We rather like our pocket prima donna, Who sings as well as any twenty-tonner. Will Perli last? Will she become a habit, Or dwindle back into Miss Dora Labbette?     For Sale original

Thorpe Bates

Thorpe Bates - IMDb

Thorpe Bates was born on February 11, 1883 in London, England as Thomas Thorpe Bates. He was an actor, known for The Small Man (1935), A Chinese Moon (1928) and Sensations of 1927 (1927). He died on May 23, 1958 in London. Contract signed 5th Jan 1917 and 26 November 2017 with Columbia Graphophone company Ltd  For Sale original contract. Also 18 Feb 1916

Also 15th Nov 1916 Daly's Theartre leicester square London

Louise Kirkby Lunn - Wikipedia


Life and career


Notes, references and sources

Louise Kirkby Lunn (8 November 1873 – 17 February 1930) was an English contralto (sometimes classified as a mezzo-soprano). Born into a working-class family in Manchester, she became a leading singer in the first two decades of the 20th century, known for her performances in concert, oratorio and opera. She appeared in many French and Italian operas, but was best known as a Wagnerian. In addition to many appearances at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, she was seen.  Original contract  with  J & N Tait 1918 been paid £50 per concert total 50 concerts Australia and New Zealand and South Africa  Fee  for 50 Concerts £2500  Signed Original Contract for Sale

Maurice D'oisly 

He studied piano and singing at London's Royal Academy of Music. In 1909 at Covent Garden he was singing Froh, David, De Cossé (''Gli Ugonotti''), and the Philistine Messenger. In 1910 Thomas Beecham offer him parts in ''Elektra'' and ''L'Enfant Prodigue''. A versatile performer, he was also performed in ''Tristan und Isolde'' and ''Ivanhoe'', singing operas in English, German, and French in fast order. In 1919 he married soprano Rosina Buckman, both of whom performed with Beecham's Opera Company. 1918 Signed Original Contract For sale

Also 1913 Contract with Quinlan Opera Company

Perceval Allan soprano

British soprano, born 1880 in Ripley, Derbyshire, and died in December 1955 in London. Concert, oratorio and opera singer. 1913 Memorandum of Agreement

with Quinlan Opera Company Original Contract For Sale

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