On this day: 12 April 1932

On this day in 1932 Ireland was north of the border, giving a recital in the Stevenson Hall, Glasgow. The concert opened with the Phantasie Trio, Ireland joined by Betty Spence (violin) and Luigi Gasparini (cello) (he a regular soloist in Glasgow). The concert also included sonatas for both of those instruments: the Cello Sonata and the Second Violin Sonata. Other items in the programme were ‘The island spell’ and a number of songs featuring Scottish baritone James Reid. Ireland himself ‘was warmly applauded for his renderings at the piano’ (Scotsman, 13 April 1932, p.9).


3 comments on “On this day: 12 April 1932

  1. A correction, if I may, and a couple of additions: the violinist’s name was Bessie (not Betty) Spence – she was a prominent Glasgow musician in the 1930s and there is a violin prize in her name at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Also, this concert was given under the auspices of the Active Society for the Propagation of Contemporary Music – a remarkable organisation founded and run by the young Scottish composer Erik Chisholm. It functioned from 1930 until 1937 and during that time brought many renowned composers to perform their music in Glasgow, including Bartok (twice), Szymanowski, Hindemith, Casella, Schmitt, Medtner, Walton, Bax and Sorabji as well as Ireland. Finally, the Stevenson Hall was the recital hall of the Scottish National Academy of Music – now the Royal Conservatoire.

    • FR says:

      Thanks – and silly of me to get this wrong, especially as I’d already written another entry about Bessie Spence. Very interesting additional information, so many thanks for that.

      • Don’t mention it! Bessie Spence was, I think, a pupil of Sevcik in Prague. But I should have given you a link to Erik Chisholm’s lecture in his ‘Men and Music’ series, given in South Africa. It’s reproduced, along with the rest of the series, on the Erik Chisholm Trust website here, in case you haven’t seen it: http://www.erikchisholm.com/menandmusic/ireland.php

        I should also mention that although the old Music Academy building which contained the Stevenson Hall still stands, it was converted for commercial use some years ago after the academy (now the conservatoire) moved to a new building.

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