The Golden Age of Sauchiehall Street: February 1923 – The Blind Musicians’ Concert, Under the Patronage of The Lord Provost of Glasgow, Sir Thomas Paxton, Bart., in the McLellan Galleries, on Thursday the 8th

William Orpen, Sir Thomas Paxton (1860-1930), Lord Provost of Glasgow (1920-1923), oil on canvas. Reproduced Courtesy of Glasgow Museums.














An advertisement for the concert is on page eight of The Glasgow Herald, on Thursday

the 8th of February, 1923. A review is on page six of the Herald, on Friday the 9th.


It reads:




Equally on the grounds of sympathy with the object which it was designed to assist and of the excellence of the programme

submitted the concert in the McLellan Galleries, Glasgow, last night by the Blind Musicians’ Concert Party merited a

greater share of the public support than it received. The audience was of only moderate dimensions, but it was unreservedly

appreciative of the entertainment provided. The artistes were a quartette of blind vocalists – Miss Margaret Forde, soprano;

Miss Margaret Maden, contralto; Mr William Turner, tenor; and Mr Thomas Watson, baritone; and a pianist, Mr Robert J.

Wyeth, who was also similarly afflicted. They were heard in solos, duets, and quartettes, which were all charmingly and

effectively sung, and Mr Wyeth played a number of pieces, including some of his own composition, with finished musicianship.

A short address on the great work of the National Institute for the Blind, in aid of which the concert was held, was given by

Mr Andrew Broom.”



George Fairfull-Smith, October 2022.