March 1915: A Concert-Matinee in Aid of the Belgian Red Cross Society, in the Alhambra Theatre

An article on page two of the Daily Record and Mail, on Wednesday the 10th of March, 1915, reads:




A concert-matinee in aid of the Belgian Red Cross Society was given in the Glasgow Alhambra yesterday

afternoon by the accomplished Belgian artistes – Mesdames Maria Lannoy (pianist) and Coryn-Levasseur,

Messieurs Antoine de Vally, Jules Colbert, and Adolphe Corwyn – Mr. Henri Verbrugghen, the famous

conductor and violinist, and the clever Glasgow Ladies’ String Orchestra, under the direction of Miss

Hilda Bailey. A most delightful programme of songs, duets, and instrumental selections was thoroughly

enjoyed by a large audience.


Lord Provost Dunlop during an interval in the programme referred to the great interest which Glasgow

people were taking in all efforts for the benefit of those who were so nobly fighting in the war against

Germany. None had fought more bravely than the loyal Belgian nation. The concert was in aid of the

Belgian Red Cross Society, and the Belgian artistes who were touring the country had been instrumental

in raising for the society a sum of no less than £4000. They were giving their services free, and their

enterprise was worthy of every encouragement.


His Lordship moved a hearty vote of thanks to the Belgian artistes, Mr. Verbrugghen, and the Glasgow

Ladies’ String Orchestra for providing such an excellent concert, and to the directors and Mr. Foster, the

manager of the Alhambra, for the use of the theatre.


Mr. Foster, in briefly acknowledging the vote of thanks, said that as a result of the concert a substantial

sum would be added to the funds of the Belgian Red Cross Society.



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Please see the entry for the review, “A Belgian Concert”, on page twelve of The Glasgow Herald, on Wednesday

the 10th of March, 1915.