The Talented Family of Dolly Harmer, Actress & Music Hall Artiste
by Gill Price

This article is the result of interesting communications I have had with a gentleman called Frank Rutherford. He contacted me to enquire about Joseph Harmer who was lead violinist with Charles Hallé’s Orchestra, in Manchester, in the late 1800s. Frank’s interest stems from his own musical ancestors, as one of them took violin lessons from no less than Joseph Harmer. I was able to share HFA information on Joseph with Frank and benefit from his painstaking research into the many newspaper references to Joseph, his father Peter and younger brother Frank.

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