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120 A CENTURY OF BALLADS
Bennett's pencil, which he used when at work on The Chorale Booh."
One of Bennett's pupils at the Academy was Arthur Sullivan. In the latter's memoirs, edited by Arthur Lawrence, he pays a nice little tribute to Sterndale Bennett. " I remember," he says, "how we would wait there [the Royal Academy of Music] for Sterndale Bennett from five o'clock till seven in the evening, until the message would come to ask me to kindly go up to his house in Russell Place, and then, although he was weary from teaching all day, he would give us some interesting lessons, telling us his experiences of intercourse with various great composers. His wife was a most charming woman, and when I was there late would make me stay to supper with them. I must say that I enjoyed those evenings immensely. There was something very instructive and fascinating about Bennett's personality."
But I fear I am straying from the strait and narrow path again. My business is with ballads, and the next composer to come under notice is a contemporary of Bennett's, John Hullah.
The mention of Hullah brings us back straight away to Charles Kingsley. "The Three Fishers ' is a song which will probably never lose its popularity, and is the one by which Hullah will