Tuesday 15th May 1917: The musicians attached to the National Institute for the Blind received a hearty welcome this afternoon at the Corn Exchange. The concert was given in aid of St Dunstan’s Hostel (Regent’s Park) for blinded soldiers and sailors. The concert included an organ recital, a chamber recital, a violin and piano recital and the musical gifts and sensitivities of the players were impressive. Half-way through the programme, an address was given on the work of St Dunstan’s, which included training so that blinded veterans can supplement their 25s per week pension. Over 600 soldiers had learnt new skills, including type-writing and short-hand.
The concert realised around £100 and Bedford Recreation Committee were thanked for allowing it to go ahead. Highlights of the concert included Schubert’s ‘Who is Sylvia?’ played by the quartet as well as the concert finale ‘Our Empire in Arms’ (arranged by Collard).
Source: Bedfordshire Standard 18/5/1917