[Dame Eva Turner, dramatic soprano.] Typed Letter Signed ('Eva Turner.') to Constance Evans, whose claim that she was her 'earliest private accompanist' she accepts, with reminiscences.

Dame Eva Turner (1892-1990), English dramatic soprano [Constance Evans of Darlington, piano accompanist]
Publication details: 
26 Palace Court, London, W2. 6 April 1962.
SKU: 21505

1p, 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with the top part of the blank reverse pasted onto a slip of paper cut from an album. Adressed to 'Miss Constance M. Evans, | Raventhorpe, | Carmel Road N., | Darlington.' She begins by stating that Evans's letter has been forwarded to her by Julian Herbage. She is 'most interested to know that your birthday coincides with mine and that you claim to be the earliest private accompanist I ever had', and thinks, from all that Evans says in her letter, that 'that is more than likely and your mention of my great friend, Rose Budd, and Helen Taylor, arouses so many happy memories.' She exclaims 'Alas!' on giving the news that Budd died in April 1949, adding that she still visits her husband occasionally. 'Helen Taylor, of course, became Helen Cowan but I have not seen her for years. I also knew Mr. McKenzie who played the 'cello.' She ends in the hope that life has treated Evans well, 'and that all progresses for you as you desire'. Turner was born in Werneth, Oldham, and her first formal singing lessons were with Dan Rootham, teacher of the contralto Clara Butt.