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

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ST. JAMES'S HALL BALLAD CONCERTS 215
tumes, or gestures. It is a question of art, interpretation, and personality combined."
She always read the words of a new song first. Unless the words pleased her she would not sing the song, however charming. It is a noteworthy fact that Antoinette Sterling sang at every single Boosey ballad concert for twenty consecutive seasons, a record that is probably unique in its way.
Of Sims Reeves there are countless stories told. Mr. Mackinlay gives a neat pen-picture of the famous tenor. " The smiling face, wavy hair parted in the middle, the iron-grey moustache, the frilled shirt, white kid gloves, and neat evening dress. How lightly he would trip on to the platform, amid loud clapping, to sing an encore, a sheet of music in his hands, instead of the book of words which is the more usual substi­tute nowadays."
Reeves was extremely careful of his voice, and anxious to give the public only of his best. Whenever he felt before a concert the slightest approach of cold or hoarseness he would get into a highly nervous state, which generally culminated in the sending of that long-familiar telegram :—
" Deeply regret a cold prevents my appear­ing to-night.                                 Sims Reeves."
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