Edward Lloyd (tenor)

Edward Lloyd (Tenor)

Edward Lloyd (tenor)

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Edward Lloyd (7 March 1845 - 1927) was a British tenor singer who excelled in concert and oratorio performance, and was recognised as the legitimate successor of John Sims Reeves, as the foremost tenor exponent of that genre during the last quarter of the nineteenth century.

Early training in choral tradition

Edward Lloyd was born in London, into a musical family. His father had, by invitation, assisted as a counter-tenor on 'Show Sundays' at Worthing when choral concerts were directed the fourteen-year-old Sims Reeves. Young Lloyd began singing as a chorister at Westminster Abbey, and in 1866 became a member of both Trinity College and King's College chapels in the University of Cambridge. In 1869 he joined the choir of St Andrew's, Wells Street (under Barnby) and was engaged for the Chapel Royal in 1869-1871. In 1871 he sang in the St Matthew Passion at the Gloucester Festival, and came prominently to public attention. He never sang in the theatre, possibly because he was short of stature (Charles Santley described him as 'a nice, plump little gentleman.'). In 1873 he made his first appearance at St James' Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Society. In the year of his retirement in 1900, he became the Gold Medallist of that Society.

Vocal characteristics

Herman Klein, who heard Lloyd early in his career, was surpassingly impressed by his voice and...
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