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THE WIGMORE HALL CONCERT

Clarke spent a good deal of the year 1925 planning, promoting, and executing a concert of her own works at London’s Wigmore Hall—a bold undertaking for any composer at any age, but especially for a thirty-nine-year-old whose big breakout had taken place only six years earlier. The concert was a triumph, cementing Clarke’s position as “one of the élite of musicians” (Morning Post). She repeated most of the program the following week on the then-three-year-old BBC, where she was already a star performer. Three years later, provincial newspapers were looking forward, with keen interest, to concert appearances by “Miss Rebecca Clarke (of wireless fame).”

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A CAREER IN PICTURES

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A HALF-CENTURY WITH REBECCA CLARKE

Christopher Johnson, Clarke’s great-nephew-by-marriage, talks about his nine years working with Clarke, and his fifty years working with her music, in an interview with Robert Cruz, for the Carrefour Chamber Music Project. (Please note that there are a few unavoidable streaming herky-jerks in the discussion of Stanford. It is not your computer.)

See a related performance of the Sonata, by Cruz and Michele Gunn, at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeKSKn-eVCHv6DH6STtcXzg/featured, under “The Spiritually Sensual Viola.”