Henry Russell was
Anglo-Jewish and born
in Sheerness (probably Blue town ) on Christmas Eve 24th of December 1812 and died in
He had two brothers named Henry George Russell and J . Russell and he had two sons named Henry Russell (1871-1937) and Landon Ronald (1873- 1938) a George Alexander Russell (1880- 1953 ) may also be related to him.
Sir Landon Ronald was born Landon Ronald Russell
,he was an English conductor, composer, pianist and administrator born in
He composed over 200
songs these included “Serenade espagnole “ recorded by the Italian tenor Enrico
Caruso , the song describes a trip to
He was knighted in 1922 and published his memoirs “ Variations of a Personal Theme “in 1924
Henry Russell was a great-nephew of the British Chief Rabbi Solomon Hirschel and he began his career as a child singer in Elliston’s Children’s Opera Company .While playing the organ at the Presbyterian church in Rochester New York he discovered that sacred music , played quickly, “ makes the best kind of secular music” For example the hymn Old Hundredth played very fast became the music for the song “ Get out of de way, Ol’ Dan Tucker “
He wrote the tune A life on the ocean wave, and the tune to George Morris’ poem Woodman , Spare that Tree and many others while living in the United States form 1833 to 1841 before settling in London to produce musical extravaganzas until he retired in 1857.Many of his songs championed social causes like abolition, temperance and reform of mental asylums.
In 1841 ,he returned
After retirement he lived partly in France , and partly in England ,his first wife was a Christian, Isabella Lloyd whom he married in 1835 ,She is descended from the bankers of Birmingham (Lloyds Bank) who were Quakers ,A friend has managed to trace that family back to 1597 it being well documented and his second wife was Jewish and their family ,including their son who became the conductor Sir Landon Ronald was brought up in the Jewish religion.
Did they change their family name from Levy to Russell ??
It is interesting to
note that the Sheerness Synagogue was built the year before Henry Russell was
born .Was his family from
I have four pages of the family tree of Russell. Levy , Jacob all related .
In The Sheerness Times
of December 1900 at the council meeting it was reported that “
…Mr.Copland remarked that since the last
Council meeting Mr.Henry
Russell had expired at his residence in
Mr.Brett seconded and said he often heard his father say that he had the honour of attending school in Bluetown with Mr. Henry Russell ,Douglas Jerrold and many others.
Douglas Jerrold was the first Editor of that well known , now no longer published , satire magazine Punch.
Do you want to publish this little piece on the end , it does show that even in those days people disagreed
Mr.Tower ; This is bound to have the unanimous support of the Council.
Mr.Walsh ;I’m against it in principle ,once we introduce this kind of thing ,where will it end We have had two or three such votes during the last few months .What would the council say if I proposed a vote of sympathy for Tim Healey.
The Clerk said he would convey the wishes of the Council to Mrs. Russell
In April 1904 Sun
Street was renamed
Henry Russell’ s music was used in the sound track of many films including “ Ship Ahoy “ in 1942, “ Tugboat Annie sails again “ in 1940 , “South of Suez” in 1940 , “ Meet the people “ in 1944, “Cargo of innocents “ in 1942 .
A Life on the Ocean
Wave was published in the1840’s and
originated from the poet Epps Sargent ,one day he and
Russell were walking on The Battery in New York City watching the ships enter the
harbour. This scene inspired Sargent to write a poem
which Russell then put to music. The song proceeded to become popular in both
In 1882 the Deputy
adjutant General Royal Marines requested that the bandmasters of each Royal Division ,
Although most people recognise the tune only a very few know the second line of the tune.
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