6TH & 7TH APRIL | 19:30 - 22:00
Pianist, Derek Clark, will accompany four professional singers (a soprano, a tenor and two baritones) in special evening performances introducing Lady Mildred (Bowes Lyon) Jessup’s, (daughter of the 13th Earl and Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne) music in the Drawing Room at Glamis Castle on Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th April 2019.
The renowned composer, Dr Tommy Fowler, who has meticulously researched Mildred’s music, will be in attendance to provide an introduction and answer questions from the audience. Tickets are now available for these performances, 125 years after Lady Mildred’s opera was performed in Florence. Hurry for your chance to witness this rare historic event as places are limited.
Lady Mildred (Bowes Lyon) Jessup, daughter of the 13th Earl and Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne, and Great-Aunt of HM The Queen, composed an opera which was performed in Florence in April 1894.
Born at Glamis Castle on 6th October 1868, Lady Mildred married Augustus Jessup at her family home in 1890. In 1893 Augustus purchased Lenzburg Castle in Switzerland, which he lavishly restored and refurbished, installing a music salon for his talented wife, where it is likely she composed her opera. Entitled Ethelinda, it was performed under the nom de plume ‘M. Marion’ in Florence in front of HRH Princess Beatrice, who praised it highly. The identity of the composer was not disclosed until the second night, when in response to enthusiastic calls from the audience, Lady Mildred appeared before the curtain and bowed her acknowledgement. She is believed to have been the first woman on record to compose a successful opera that was performed in public. She died in 1897, aged just 28, of unknown causes (generally assumed to be of tuberculosis), three years before her niece, Lady Elizabeth Bowes Lyon (later HM The Queen Mother) was born.