From the Archive: February 1901

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Queen Victoria’s demise on 22 January prompts a reflection on the number of female violinists in the era she presided over

It is with feelings of greatest possible regret, that we record here the death of H.M. QUEEN VICTORIA. The personal element was so strong in Her late Majesty that all English folk must feel that someone more than a great Queen is dead, someone who seemed to be in touch with their daily lives, in sympathy with their joys and sorrows. How under Her glorious reign we Britons have prospered as a race and gown as a nation, how Art and Science have been encouraged this is not the time or the place to say. There is none of us but has some happy memory of a kindly deed, a kindly smile, a graceful act of Her Majesty, the sublimation of Kindness and Sympathy. She is gone to Her long rest, beloved and regretted by millions on millions of people of all races, creeds and colours…

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