[Gervase Elwes, English tenor.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Gervase Elwes.') declining to give singing lessons to 'Mrs. Hill', and recommending his 'singing master, Mr. Victor Beigel'.

Gervase Elwes [Gervase Henry Cary-Elwes] (1866-1921), English tenor [Victor Beigel (1870-1930), pianist and music teacher]
Publication details: 
Billing Hall, Northampton, on cancelled letterhead of The Triangle, Northwood, Middlesex. 8 February 1919.
SKU: 21107

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. It is good of the unnamed-recipient to ask Elwes 'to hear Mrs. Hill sing and to wish me to give her some lessons […] I do not, however, give lessons as I have not sufficient time to devote to teaching. There is considerable difficulty about hearing singers as I do not live now in London and only go there when I have to sing and always leave again as soon as I can!' He hopes he will not 'think it an impertinence on my part' to suggest that he lets 'Mrs. Hill sing to my singing master, Mr. Victor Beigel, whose address is | 18 Howley Place | Paddington Green, W.' Beigel has 'greater experience' and 'many pupils', and has 'taught in New York and London for many years'. Elwes has 'the greatest confidence in his judgment' and frequently sends pupils to him, and he suggests that the recipient write to him giving Elwes's name. 'I feel sure he would be able to give you the advice you seek, and I know you would find him most sympathetic.'