Miss Elsie Southgate, late 19th century

Miss Elsie Southgate, late 19th century

Miss Elsie Southgate
Late 19th century
Black and white photograph

As a result of the efforts of certain theatre managers, notably Oswald Stoll music hall became increasingly respectable over the years. Performers from ballet and theatre such as the actress Sarah Bernhardt and the ballerina Anna Pavlova began to appear on the music hall stages. Elsie Southgate was a classically trained violinist born in 1890. She won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music at ten, and was a concert performer from the age of fifteen. Over the next twenty years she appeared in variety theatres all over the country as well as continuing her concert playing.