A Century Of Ballads 1810-1910, Their Composers & Singers

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ST. JAMES'S HALL BALLAD CONCERTS 213
ballad concerts there. As Mr. Tom Chappell was anxious that the St. James's Hall should not be without concerts and suffer by competition (though they still had the " Pops "), he deter­mined to continue giving ballad concerts, and these were run by Mr. William Boosey.
When the St. James's Hall was demolished, Messrs. Chappell took a lease of the Queen's Hall, and for some years both the Boosey and Chappell ballad concerts were given there on alternate Saturdays. Latterly, however, Messrs. Boosey have removed to the Albert Hall, where their series of " Ballads " is still continued, Messrs. Chappell remaining at the Queen's Hall.
It would be impossible to give a list of all the prominent singers who have appeared at these concerts from the date of their inception to the present day. All that I can attempt to do in this chapter is to take a brief glance at some of the famous names which were associated with the St. James's Hall ballad concerts during the period under notice, and more particularly from 1880 to 1890, which were flourishing years for popular music.
Mr. Sterling Mackinlay in his book has given an interesting account of the concerts and singers of this period. Antoinette Sterling, Sainton-Dolby, Sims Reeves, Edward Lloyd, Santley, Foli, Maybrick, Joseph Maas, Barrington-Foote
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