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10 October 2008


Quaker Girls (and Friends) - preview

Margaret Crompton investigates a piece of Quaker musical history

For one night only, the atmosphere of Edwardian music hall was conjured up by The Quaker Girls (and Friends), part of Lincolnshire AM’s Music among Friends on 13 September 2008
  • When I recalled that merely to sing was once to risk disownment, I wondered what those Friends beneath our feet would have made of it: Lincoln Meeting House’s 1689 burial ground lies directly underneath its 1910 extension

  • The Quaker Girl by James Tanner, Adrian Ross, Percy Greenbank and Lionel Monckton, ran for 536 performances at the Adelphi Theatre in London in 1910
  • My own copy is a piano selection which belonged to my paternal grandfather, first world war nurse and musician Albert Fackrell
  • During the second world war it was revived at the huge London Coliseum in 1944 but the production was interrupted by flying bombs
  • After reopening in February 1945 it toured England and Scotland continuously until December 1948
  • It was also popular in New York and Paris

  • Margaret Crompton

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