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Join Clara Butt, Gerald du Maurier & Gladys Cooper at the Savoy

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Miss Clara Butt

Taking Tea with Clara Butt Greeting Card
Taking Tea with Clara Butt Greeting Card

When contralto Dame Clara Butt [1872-1936] sang Love’s  Old Sweet Song for a charity concert at the Savoy Hotel Ballroom in May and June of 1923, her fellow artistes were a distinguished lot indeed. Actor Gerald du Maurier [1873-1934] was there…

Sir Gerald du Maurier Greeting Card
Sir Gerald du Maurier Greeting Card

…alongside actress Gladys Cooper [1888-1971].

Miss Gladys Cooper Greeting Card
Miss Gladys Cooper Greeting Card

Music Hall comedian Leslie Henson [1891-1957] lent his support…

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…while actress Dame May Whitty [1865-1948] put in an appearance.

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Dame May Whitty

As if they were not enough, the programme also included the actress Lady Tree [1863-1937] – Helen Maud Holt — who used her married name, Mrs Herbert Beerbohm Tree, on stage (later Lady Tree).

Helen Maud Holt on a trip to America

Helen Maud Holt on a trip to America in 1895

In the video clip below, recorded two years after the concert, Dame Clara Bow sings Love’s  Old Sweet Song.

These luncheon concerts were to ‘provide funds for assisting the West Ham Central Mission, Barking Rd., E., to carry on its wonderful work in London’s Dreary Dockland’.

Sarah Vernon © 05-06-15

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