For some years regarded as our leading British soprano, Miss Agnes Nicholls was a violinist before she became a singer. As a child she used to play in an orchestra, and ultimately became first violin. Then it was discovered that she possessed an exceptional voice. In 1894 Miss Nicholls gained a scholarship at the Royal College of Music. Two years later, she and Miss Muriel Foster appeared in the first performance in English of Verdi's "Falstaff." A year later she appeared at the Gloucester Festival, and at once established herself as a prime favourite in oratorio. In the opinion of Miss Nicholls, it is a great mistake to think that singing in London means success. "It was," she says, "only family circumstances which brought me from my birthplace, Cheltenham, to London. For many years I was singing in the provinces for five, six, seven, and eight guineas a performance, and felt satisfied; but I was continually studying operatic roles, perhaps more for the love of the work than with any idea of appearing in them." In private life, Miss Nicholls is Mrs. Hamilton Harty.
Miss Agnes Nicholls I. Bureau