Ireland and Frederick Grinke

The eminent violinist Frederick Grinke, who started his career as a member of the Kutcher Quartet (seen far right above), played an important part in the  dissemination of Ireland’s music. This is an extensive and fascinating connection, and something I am exploring at the moment. Grinke’s contribution to performances of the composer’s music came from a number of directions – as leader of the Boyd Neel Orchestra, as a member of the Grinke Trio alongside Florence Hooton (cello) and Dorothy Manley (piano), and as a duo partner, again with Manley. With the latter he gave a number of performances of Ireland’s violin sonatas, one example shown below and reviewed as the ‘Recital of the Week’.

Grinke 1

Source: Times, 12 October 1934, p. 12.



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