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

With Some Introductory Chapters On Old Ballads And Ballad Makers - online book.

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current report which they had already heard themselves. The little lady, who was then seated on a sofa at the Arundel Hotel, at the bottom of Norfolk Street, Strand, suggested that I should try the speculation myself, as she felt sure she could draw money. I therefore asked her to let me hear her, that I might judge as to the quality of her voice, to which she responded by singing i Home, Sweet Home.' I saw that I had secured a diamond of the first water."
Albani can probably lay claim to having sung "Home, Sweet Home' more times than any singer living, and that in every corner of the globe. One interesting occasion was the Jubilee concert at the Albert Hall, which was given in aid of the Home for Incurables, when a lady in the audi­ence was so touched that she straightway wrote out a cheque for £1000 in favour of the Home.
Another incident that is fresh in the singer's mind happened at a concert that she gave at Denver, U.S.A., when it was only a small town­ship of some thirty years' standing. The audi­ence was almost entirely composed of immigrants, and as the last bars of the song died away they rose with one accord and united their voices in one mighty shout, mingled here and there with the loud sobbing of those whose thoughts of the home they had so lately left had proved too much for their pent-up feelings.
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