RepositorySpecial Collections Archives (GB 0029)
Ref NoEUL MS 228
Extent1 box, 1 portfolio
TitlePublicity material relating to singers Florence Salter and Bertha Salter
DescriptionThis small collection consists mainly of programmes of nationwide recitals and other performances of the Salter sisters 1895-1917 (including a 1903 programme signed by the conductor Henry J. Wood, amongst others). It also includes publicity brochures with press opinions, and a stray programme of the Exeter Theatre Royal, undated.
Admin HistoryFlorence and Bertha Salter were soprano and contralto singers who originally came from Devon, although not much is known about their early life. It is possible that they might be two of the daughters of Joseph Salter (farmer of 260 acres at Broomhill Farm, Colebrook, near Crediton, Devon) and his wife Sarah, and therefore were born c 1870 and c 1873 respectively (source: 1881 Census).

Studying under Madame Moriani in Brussels for four years, their London debut was made in 1894, and they went on to tour extensively together throughout the UK at all major concert venues during their careers, as well as singing for European royalty. They were often called the 'Misses Salter', and were also nick-named the 'Devonshire Nightingales'. The role of Mytila was created for Florence in Emil Mathieu's opera 'Bathyle', which was premiered in Brussels before the Queen of Belgium. Florence was recommended as an Associate of the Philharmonic Society in 1901.
Access StatusOpen
Related MaterialOther papers relating to Florence Salter are held at the British Library: RPS MS 316.
Access ConditionsUsual EUL arrangements apply.
Creator_NameSalter; Bertha (1873-1959); classical contralto singer
Salter; Florence (1870-1942); classical soprano singer
Mgt_GroupPerforming arts papers
DS/UK/156Salter; Bertha (fl 1895-1917); classical contralto singerfl 1895-1917
DS/UK/157Salter; Florence (fl 1895-1917); classical soprano singerfl 1895-1917
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