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became well known on the wireless as the conductor of the 2LO band concerts. In the late 1920s he became musical director of the Metropole Record Company, an advert for this company from January 1929 is on the left.
He recorded some titles for this label, including:
Fred Adlington's Wireless Octet: Rosamunde, coupled with Canzonetta, on Metropole 1035.
He probably also provided accompaments for some artists on this label, and its cheaper sister Piccadilly. However he may have died in 1931, cutting short his contribution to recorded music.
Acoustic Recording Artists:
Haidee de Rance (1897-?)
A multi talented "violiniste" and singer whose early taste of showbiz was in Bristol. She studied the violin under August Wilhelm and Emil Sauret, and was playing her violin on stage aged only six. By the time she was twelve, she was giving recitals at Queen's Hall London, and the Bechstein Hall. However the lure of musical comedy proved so great that, against her mother's wishes, she switched her career and was a huge success in the musical Tonight's the Night. her recording of They didn't believe me with George Grossmith Jr was issued on HMV C578. But she had also recorded on Winner violin soli, including Le Canari and Kuyawiak on number 2931.
The trade paper Era described her, "she plays in a style that stamps her as a violinist of more than ordinary ability; her technique is remarkable for its finish and she is to be commended for tactfully including in her repertoire popular selections... Her charm of manner is all in her favour."
She appears to have faded from the scene after this triumph in 1915. Possibly unpleasant publicity in the Daily Mirror was the cause. Or possibly she was, from hints in Talking Machine News, unwell. Or maybe there was another reason why this talented star suddenly disappeared from the stage
Old Gramophone Societies:
November 16th 1921's meeting was as usual at the Band of Hope Union Hall St James's Square and was hosted by "genial" chairman Mr Osborn with his Edison machine.
The reporter was clearly disappointed with the records, which "being of wartime manufacture, surface noise was much in evidence." Then the machine was not suitable, "the demonstration was carried out under great difficulties, the machine being a Chalet style table model, much too small to give the best effect in so large a hall."
Thus in view of "the enthusiastic press notices" concerning this new Edison machine, "the results were rather disappointing."
"A record that undoubtedly would have been a gem, had it not been for the bad surface was I Hear You Calling Me by Elizabeth Spencer and chorus. The tone was almost perfectly natural and shows the capabilities of the instrument."
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