Gabrielle Ray

'Gabrielle Ray said, 'I am always dancing; I love it! When I don't dance, I sing. What else is there to do?'

Gabrielle Ray – Crippled Children Appeal – The Daily Telegraph & Courier (London) – Wednesday 25th September 1907




 The Daily Telegraph




To-day’s list of subscription to the Lord Mayor’s special appeal for £10,000 –  to complete the £60,000 required for his Cripples’ Home and College at Alton- again contains several children’s collections.

On the Lord Mayor’s table at the Mansion House lie letters in all styles of childish handwriting from willing helpers of tender years. Quaint epistles are some of these, deliciously unconventional in spelling, and unfettered by rules of grammar, but all breathe the same gracious, generous spirit of sympathy for the sufferers, and desire to relieve their distresses. It is good to see such sympathy. No better answer could be offered to those who regard the happiness of childhood as a form of merely physical wellbeing than the spectacle of these kind little hearts prompted by the divine touch of pity. Healthy and merry, as they run and sport by sea or hill or vale, the fortunate children of England may well pause to hear the appeal of those others, no older than themselves in years, but so much older in the awful knowledge of, searching pain, whose hopes of being able one day to run or climb or swim lie in the shillings that our boys and girls can send to the Lord, Mayor’s table.

Among the children’s letters that his lordship has already received is a touching revelation of a little one’s faith in the King. Little Eileen, having heard that his Majesty has always been a supporter of Sir William Treloar’s fund, wrote to the Sovereign as follows:

Dear King – I have been wanting to know if you know of any very poor children that have no mother or father.

And I have sent this money for them. – With love from Eileen.

Harry C. Nathan writes:

I have the honour to enclose your Lordship 10s 7d, which I have collected towards the Crippled Children’s Fund. I may mention that I am only ten years of age, and shall be pleased to hare another card if you will kindly allow me.

Here is another letter:

Dear Lord Mayor – I am sending you my card and portal order for 6s 5½ d. This makes £1 0s ld I have collected during my holidays for your Cripples’ Home. Hoping you will get all the money you want for the cripples. – Yours truly,

Nancy Janeman (aged 8 years)

It is a pleasure to note that Mr. Daniel Duff, jun., figures as a contributor; and the cheque sent by Lady Campbell Clarke for £50 is particularly welcome.

A first instalment from what promises to be a substantial source of revenue is to hand from Mr. W. Crichton-Higgs, who is making an original effort to augment the fund. Starting at Daly’s Theatre, he has secured autographed postcard portraits of Miss Lily Elsie, Miss Gabrielle Ray, and Mr. Joseph Coyne, which have been so readily sold that other leading artistes at the principal theatres, with the cooperation of the several managements, are to be invited also to assist the cause in a similar manner.

Donations, however small, may be seat to the Mansion House, or to The Daily Telegraph, Fleet-street, cheques and postal orders to be made payable to the Lord Mayor’s Cripples’ Fund, and crossed “and Co,” and the letters marked “Cripples’ Fund.”

Yesterday the Lord Mayor received C. Crichton-Higgs, Esq., Highbury (proceeds of sale of signed photographic postcards of Miss Gabrielle Ray, Miss Lily Elmo. and Mr. Joseph Coyne, at Daly’s Theatre, by kind permission of the manager)  £10 – 0 – 0

(Using the Historic inflation calculator the £10 – 10s raised has an equivalent spending power in 2020 of £1,239.37)


The Daily Telegraph & Courier (London) – Wednesday 25th September 1907



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Gabrielle Ray – Les Merveilleuses – The Globe – Monday 15th April 1907



Mr. George Edwardes is not the man to rest on his oars, or to be satisfied with any piece he produces if he thinks that, it can by any possibility be improved. On Saturday night he made some additions to that charming opera, “The Lady Dandies,” otherwise “Les Merveilleuses,” which give fresh opportunities to Miss Denise Orme and Miss Gabrielle Ray. For the first-named he has introduced a new song “The Little Bird of Blue,” to which she plays her own accompaniment on the harp. Miss Orme is a thoroughly accomplished musician. That she is a fine vocalist we have long been aware; in “The Little Michus” she showed us that she can play the violin like an expert, and now she proves her mastery over that graceful instrument, the harp. The new song, in which she was supported by a beautifully dressed chorus, was most heartily received. Miss Gabrielle Ray, who is rapidly winning her way to the front, has also been given a new song, which she shares with Mr. W. H. Berry, called “Etiquette,” and a new dance to follow it. Miss Ray sings with point, and her dancing is worthy of the very best traditions of Daly’s theatre, for it is absolutely effortless, and the embodiment of grace. Miss Evie Green’s fine person and splendid voice, Mr. Huntley Wright’s humour and energy, Mr. Evett’s beautiful singing, Mr. Louis Bradfield’s clever study of Lagorille, and the comicalities of Messrs. W. H. Berry and Fred Kaye, not to speak of the beauty and magnificent dresses of the chorus, all contribute to a delightful entertainment.


The Globe – Monday 15th April 1907


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