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Elwes, Gervase (Cary)

Elwes, Gervase (Cary) (b Northampton, 1866; d Boston, Mass., 1921). Eng. tenor. Did not become professional musician until 1903, having begun diplomatic career. Soon in demand for Lieder recitals and as notable exponent of Evangelist in Bach's St Matthew Passion and of Gerontius in Elgar's choral masterpiece which he first sang under Weingartner in 1904. Gave recitals in Ger., partnered by the pianist Fanny Davies. First singer of Vaughan Williams's On Wenlock Edge (1909). Sang in f.p. in England of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde (1914). Fund est. in his memory is now the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund.

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