Alexander Mackenzie in Birmingham - 1864

from A Musician's Narrative , page 56:

As with very few exceptions all the violinists in Costa's orchestra were past or present pupils of Sainton, an engagement for the Birmingham Festival of 1864, did not surprise me. Rehearsing on the floor of St. James's Hall, I listened for the first time to the wonderful voice of a pretty, black-haired, lemon-complexioned girl of twenty-one, who, after singing one of the solos in Costa's newly-written Naaman, was publicly kissed by the usually imperturbable composer. Adeline Patti and I did not meet until we were of a much more mature age.
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Alexander Mackenzie, A Musician's Narrative (London, 1927), p. 56. accessed: 18 July, 2024

location of experience: Birmingham


Alexander Mackenzie

Listening to

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written by Michael Costa (conductor)

Experience Information

Date/Time 1864
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by gkw on Fri, 08 May 2015 20:53:53 +0100
Approved on Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:52:50 +0100