Virginia Woolf in London - early February, 1931

from The diary of Virginia Woolf, pages 9-10:

Today Ethel comes.  On Monday I went to hear her rehearse at Lady Lewis's.  A vast Portland Place house with the cold wedding cake Adams' plaster: shabby red carpets; flat surfaces washed with dull greens.  The rehearsal was in a long room with a bow window looking on, in fact in, to other houses - iron staircases, chimneys, roofs - a barren brick outlook.  There was a roaring fire in the Adams grate.  Lady L. now a shapeless sausage, & Mrs Hunter, a swathed satin sausage, sat side by side on a sofa.  Ethel stood at the piano in the window, in her battered …   more >>

cite as

Virginia Woolf, and Anne Olivier Bell and Andrew McNeillie (ed.), The diary of Virginia Woolf, volume 4 (Harmondsworth, ), p. 9-10. accessed: 19 July, 2024

location of experience: London


Virginia Woolf

Listening to

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The Prison
written by Henry Brewster, Dame Ethel Mary Smyth
performed by Dame Ethel Mary Smyth

Experience Information

Date/Time early February, 1931
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors


Footnote: Ethel Smyth was rehearsing her setting for voice and orchestra of her friend Henry Brewster's metaphysical poem 'The Prisoner' which shortly afterwards had its first performance in Edinburgh under her baton prior to its London performance.

Originally submitted by Jo Reardon on Wed, 14 Oct 2015 16:16:26 +0100
Approved on Sat, 19 Dec 2015 18:39:41 +0000