In 1915 my grandfather played with Dame Nellie Melba in a fundraising concert for the Belgian Relief Fund at the Melbourne Town Hall. He was thirteen years old. His piece was Allegretto non Troppo and Finale, from Concerto in E minor by Mendelssohn. Below is a ticket to the concert and the envelope in which it was kept these past 97 years.

Before the great Dame was willing to associate herself with my darling Grandpa, she wished that some cosmetic changes be made to his appearance. More of this in a future post…

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