Jenny Lind – the Swedish Nightingale
Jenny Lind-Goldschmidt’s final public performance was on 23rd July 1883 at the Royal Malvern Spa Hall, West Malvern. A concert had been organised to raise money for the Railway Servants’ Widows and Orphans’ Fund. The local newspaper reported that there was a large audience, partly because of its star performer – the world-famous Swedish opera singer – but perhaps also because her husband, Otto, accompanied several of the songs on piano.
There were quite a few items on the programme before, ‘The appearance of “Jenny Lind” was the signal for most enthusiastic and prolonged applause.’ With Miss Hilda Wilson and Miss Mildred Scott Tait, Jenny Lind sang an appropriate excerpt from Elijah – ‘Lift thine eyes unto the mountains’ – ‘with all her old enthusiasm and excellencies, and with an amount of animation truly wonderful for her years; such an ovation greeted the effort, that the artiste was even prevailed upon to give an encore`.
After a few more songs and pieces of music by others, Jenny Lind and Hilda Wilson sang a song by Rubenstein, Song of the Birds, again an appropriate piece because she was known tenderly as the Swedish Nightingale.