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Stephen and Henry Marsh and family

Dr GRAEME SKINNER (University of Sydney)


To cite this:

Graeme Skinner (University of Sydney), "Stephen and Henry Marsh and family", Australharmony (an online resource toward the history of music and musicians in colonial and early Federation Australia):; accessed 3 June 2020

S. H. Marsh (by Walter Mason), 1854

Portrait of S. H. Marsh, [by Walter Mason], The Illustrated Sydney News (4 March 1854), 4

MARSH, Stephen Hale (S. H. MARSH; S. H. A. MARSH; Stephen Hale MARSH; Stephen Hale Alonzo MARSH)

Pianist, harpist, composer

Born Sidmouth, Devon, England, 4 February 1806; baptised St. John the Baptist, Colaton Raleigh, 9 November 1811
Married (1) Ruth Sarah MARMAN (? d. by 1838), Sidmouth, 10 January 1826
Married (2) Eliza SYMPSON (d. 1879), St. Giles, Holborn, London, 2 September 1838
Arrived Sydney, NSW, 14 February 1842 (per Edward Paget, from Cork, 16 October 1841)
? Married (3) Harriet TURNER (c.1825-1900), ? by c. 1856
Departed Melbourne, VIC, via Sydney, November 1872 (for Yokohama, Japan)
Died San Francisco, USA, 21 January 1888 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony) (NLA persistent identifier)


Pianist, ? harpist

Maria Prout (State Library of Victoria)

Maria Prout (State Library of Victoria) (DIGITISED)

MARSH, Maria Heathilla (Miss MARSH; Mrs. John Skinner PROUT; Mrs. PROUT)

Musician, harpist, pianist, music teacher

Born Sidmouth, Devon (? Marlborough, Wiltshire), England, 14 April 1807; baptised baptised St. John the Baptist, Colaton Raleigh, 9 November 1811
Married John Skinner PROUT, St. John the Baptist, Colaton Raleigh, Devon, England, 19 June 1828
Arrived Sydney, NSW, 16 December 1840 (per Royal Sovereign, from Plymouth, 1 August)
Departed Hobart Town, VDL (TAS), 11 April 1848 (per Derwent, for England)
Died Camden Town, London, England, 2 November 1871 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony) (NLA persistent identifier)

PROUT, John Skinner (1805-1876) (NLA persistent identifier) (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)

John Skinner Prout sailed in 1840 in the Royal Sovereign with his wife and seven children for Sydney, where his brother Cornelius Prout had been under-sheriff since 1829. The family arrived in Sydney on 14 December 1840, the ship having also put in at Melbourne. Prout's aunt, Mary Prout, and her husband William Woolcott, a merchant, had also settled there (parents of Charles Henry Woolcott and William Prout Woolcott), while a cousin Samuel Prout Hill came to Sydney soon afterwards.

MARSH, Henry (Henry Charles MARSH)

Composer, pianist, conductor, music teacher, music publisher

Born Sidmouth, Devon, England, 1824; baptised Walcot St. Swithin, 7 November 1824
Married Louisa DAWSON (1826-1916), St. Clement's, Truro, Cornwall, 7 July 1845
Arrived Sydney, NSW, 12 February 1849
Departed Sydney, NSW, July 1874 (per British India, for San Francisco)
Died ? Alameda, California, USA, 17 May 1906 (? probate 7 December 1906) (TROVE tagged by Australharmony) (NLA persistent identifier)

MARSH, Louisa (DAWSON; Mrs. Henry MARSH)

Amateur vocalist

Born Devon, England, 11 July 1826; daughter of James Theophilus DAWSON (1799-1878) and Louisa Elizabeth ANGEL (1802-1886)
Died Alameda, California, USA, 28 September 1916

Stephen Hale Marsh, directing a performance with seven harps, ? California, c. late 1870s; copy of photograph courtesy of the Marsh family

Summary (England)

Stephen, Maria and Henry Marsh were the children of John Marsh and his wife Mary Ann Hale. At Sidmouth in the late 1810s and early 1820s John was a bookseller, stationer, and librarian, but in the register at Henry's baptism in 1824, his occupation was given as cabinet maker.

John Prout, Maria's father-in-law, was a piano tuner from the London firm of Stoddart, who regularly toured Devon in the 1830s and 1840s.

Documentation (England)

The beauties of Sidmouth displayed . . . (Sidmouth: Printed for John Wallis, at the Marine Library, [1810]), 54 

. . . Also a boarding-school for young ladies, in the middle of the town, by Mrs. MARSH . . .


9 November 1811, baptisms of Stephen, Maria, and Louisa Marsh

Baptisms solemnized in the Parish of Colaton Raleigh in the year 1811; Parish register, baptisms and burials, 1718-1812; Devon Record Office, County Hall, Exeter

Stephen Hale Alonzo, born 4 February 1806; Maria Heathilla, born 14 April 1807; Louisa Elizabeth Mary, born 18 October 1809; [baptised on] 9 November 1811, by the R. Greenwood.


The beauties of Sidmouth displayed; being a descriptive sketch of its situation, salubrity and picturesque scenery . . . second edition (Sidmouth: Printed for John Wallis, at the Marine Library, [1816]), (29), 33 

. . . For the few last seasons, the company have spent a great part of their evenings at the libraries. - It may well bear a question whether the older, and certainly more sociable mode upon the whole, of assembling at the rooms, is not a preferable way of passing the evening; nothing, however, is so valuable as fashion, or so completely under the dominion of caprice, as any particular mode of "killing time." That taste for music which is so much the characteristic of the present day, was, during the last winter, gratified at Sidmouth, by a number of both public and private concerts. A very respectable band is in its infancy, established by some tradesmen of the town, who in fine weather amuse the company with martial and other pieces - it is supported by voluntary subscription, which is received at Mr. Wallis's Library . . . 

. . . Another Library has since been opened by Mr. Marsh, towards the east end of the beach. It is a large, handsome room, with a colonnade in front, and commanding a full view of the sea, but the elegant rural scenery which is to be seen from the original establishment is wanting . . .

[News], Exeter Flying Post (18 July 1816), 4

We have seldom heard a finer Instrumental Band than that at Miss Tremearn's Concert, at the Hotel, on Monday evening last [15 July]. Master Marsh's Piano-Forte, Mr. Rudhall's Clarionet, and Mr. Lillycrop's Harp Concerto, met with a merited applause, as did Mr. Gilbert's Solo on the Trumpet; but every one was astonished and delighted at hearing Miss Tremearn's (a child of eight years old) execution on the piano: It is sufficient to say, she equals her master, the celebrated Binger . . .


[Advertisement], Exeter Flying Post (21 August 1817), 4

Public Subscription Rooms, Sidmouth. John Marsh has the honour of respectfully announcing to the Nobility and Gentry that the newly-erected Music and Ball Rooms will be open on Tuesday the 26th instant with a Concert of Vocal & Instrumental Music ... the Storm Concerto by Master Marsh.

MUSIC: On Steibelt's Storm concerto, see "AN AMATEUR CONCERT (For the Mirror)", The mirror of literature, amusement, and instruction 3 (1824), 86 


The Sidmouth guide: or, An accurate description of the situation, picturesque beauties, salubrious climate, &c., of that much admired watering place, and the circumjacent country within fifteen miles (Sidmouth: Printed for John Marsh, at his Library and Public Rooms; and sold in London by Rivington & Co., St. Paul's Churchyard; Ackermann, Strand, and all the Booksellers, 1818; Printed by R. & A. Taylor, London), 21 (transcribed Tony Brown)

THE LIBRARIES. Previous to the year 1809 no library of sufficient consequence to engage the attention of visitors, as a place of amusement and social conversation, existed in Sidmouth; one of two small book shops furnished a few novels and newspapers, but they laboured under the disadvantages of confined space and accommodation. These considerations induced Mr. John Marsh to begin a new structure, combining the advantages of an uninterrupted view of the sea and magnificent range of coast with those of an extensive library, furnished with every appropriate article of utility and fancy; where the morning lounge might be made agreeable by the airiness and comfort of a spacious room, the aid of newspapers and magazines, the prospect of the ocean, beach &c. The principal nobility and gentry, residents or visitants of Sidmouth, patronised the establishment, and still continue their favour and countenance. After Mr. M. has commenced building a short time, another library was began by Mr. Wallis, who had previously kept a smaller one. This building is a more contracted scale; the views from it are good, but rather inferior to those from the library of Mr Marsh. Many residence and visitants having expressed a wish that a new Ball and Music Room should be established, J. Marsh, aided by the subscriptions of several of the nobility and gentry, has completed a most beautiful structure, with anti-room, card room &c. It was opened in August 1817. Suitable refreshments are provided in the Anti-room for those ladies and gentlemen who may choose to partake of them. The regulations of the ball and card rooms may be seen at the Library.

[News], Exeter Flying Post (26 August 1819), 4

Bankrupts - From list in Tuesday nights Gazette, John Marsh of Sidmouth Devon, Bookseller.

Edmund Butcher, The beauties of Sidmouth displayed . . . third edition (Sidmouth: Printed for John Wallis, at the Marine Library, [1820]), (37), 38 

. . . In the month of October 1819, Mr. Wallis had the distinguished honor, when the late Duke of Kent first visited Sidmouth, of conducting his Royal Highness to the old and new sea-water baths, &c. and was subsequently introduced at the York Hotel, to submit the much admired panoramic view for his Royal Highness's inspection, of which he expressed his decided approbation, and was graciously pleased to say it would afford him mucii pleasure to shew it to her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent. On the 24th of December following their Royal Highnesses and suite arrived at Sidmouth, previous to which Mr. Wallis had received the honor of his appointment, [38] dated Kensington Palace, to be Bookseller, &c. to their Royal Highnesses' household.

In the year 1812, an opposition Library was built by Miss Rose, and was carried on by Mr. Marsh till the year 1819, it is now shut up, and the late proprietor has established an opposition billiard-room, behind the small shop where he for a short time carried on the pastry business . . .

NOTE: Stephen Marsh's daughter, Marion Tracy (1955 letters, Hall papers, State Library of New South Wales), believed that Stephen received the patronage of the Duchess of Kent, and that he had been allowed by the duchess on one occasion to hold the infant queen Victoria (b. 24 May 1819). According to Marion Tracy, they had first met in Kensington, where the duchess lived. But it seems more likely that the meeting was at Sidmouth, where the Duke and Duchess of Kent holidayed at Xmas-New Year 1819-1820, staying at Woolbrook Glen, and where early in the New Year the duke died.

Pigot's dictionary of Cornwall & Devon, 1822/3

Bookseller and Stationers - John Marsh (& Royal Library)
Professors & Teachers - Stephen Marsh (music) ...


7 November 1824, baptism of Henry Marsh

Baptisms solemnized in the Parish of Walcot in the County of Somerset; register Walcot St. Swithin, 1824-1828, page 12

[Baptised] [1824 November] 7 / Henry son of John & Mary Anne Marsh / No. 10 Chapel Row / Cabinet Maker ...

[News], Exeter Flying Post (25 November 1824), 4

Mr. A. McDonald's Concert and Ball at the Hotel on Thursday last [18 November], was most numerously and fashionably attended. The Concert was got up very respectably, and the company bore testimony to the abilities of the performers by frequent expressiouss of aprobation. Mr. Macdonald was yery successful in his Concerto on the Piano Forte, which he executed in a very superior style. Mr. Marsh (of Sidmouth), performed a brilliant Fantasia on the harp, composed by Mr. Bochsa, with considerable skill . . . Mr. Spark sung two favyurite songs in a style which elicited strong marks of approbation . . .


"MARRIED", Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser (11 January 1826),

Yesterday, the 10th inst. at Sidmouth, by the Rev. R. Greenwood, Mr. Stephen Hale Alonzo Marsh, to Miss R. S. Marman, only daughter of the late John Marman, Esq., of the same place.

Monthly magazine and British register 28/2 (February 1826), 223 

Married. At Sidmouth, S. H. A. Marsh, esq. To R. S. Marman, daughter of the late J. Marman, esq.

ASSOCIATIONS: Ruth Sarah Marman (b. London, 1807) was the daughter of John Marman (1765-1822) and Ruth Sarah Hatcher (1767-1836)

[News], Exeter Flying Post (27 April 1826), 4

A large and elegant Organ built by Mr. W. Thomas, of this city, now erecting in Exmouth New Chapel, will be opened on Sunday next bv Mr. Salter, - the choir will be assisted by a number of vocalists from Exeter, and the principal parts will be sung by Mr. Spark, of the Cathedral.

Our musical friends will, we are assured, be pleased to know that Mr. S. Marsh, of Sidmouth, has been prevailed on to give lessons weekly on the Harp in this city, on his return from Torquay. - Mr. Marsh's superior abilities, both as a Harper and Pianist, are too well-known to the Musical world not to be duly appreciated.


19 June 1828, marriage of John Skinner Prout and Maria Heathilla Marsh

"MARRIED", The West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser (27 June 1828)

At Collaton Rawleigh, to Mr. J. S. Prout of Penzance, Maria Heathilla, only daughter of Mr. J. Marsh, Librarian, Sidmouth.

ASSOCIATIONS: John Skinner Prout's father was a piano-forte tuner and regulator

[Advertisement], Exeter and Plymouth Gazette (4 October 1828), 3

MARSH'S ROOMS. SIDMOUTH, Oct. 3rd, 1828. Under the patronage of the Nobility and Gentry of Sidmouth and its Environs. MRS. MARSH begs to announce that her BENEFIT BALL Will take place on Monday next, October 6th. LADY PATRONESSES, Mrs. GENERAL RUMLEY - Mrs. FELLOWES. STEWARD, ARTHUR HAMILTON, Esq.


[News], Bristol Mercury (13 October 1829), 3

Our first Concert for this season takes place on Monday next, under the mrangemeni of Mr. Loder, and the bill of fare is truly inviting. Madame Garcia has obtained the reputation of being a singer of the first class; and Lindley and Williams on their respective instruments are too well known in Bristol to require any eulogy here. Mr. Marsh has almost from infancy enjoyed the reputation of being an admirable harpist; and the frequenters of Sidmouth must have been often delighted with the exhibition of his talents. We perceive by another advertisement that Mr. Marsh is about to take up his residence here. We have no doubt the impression he will make on Monday next will be conducive to his future success.

[News], Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser (14 October 1829), 7

The celebrated harp professor and composer, Mr. Marsh, of Sidmouth, has, we observe by The Bristol Mercury, removed to Clifton. This determination must be matter regret to the respectable inhabitants of Sidmouth and its neighbourhood, that gentleman having long been as kindly as he was deservedly cherished for his high professional abilities, and the polite demeanour by which they were accompanied . . .

The Concerts to take place on Monday next at Bristol, and at Bath the ensuing day, will, it is understood, be very well attended. Madame Malibian Garcia, the celebrated vocalist, with several other professional folks of high reputation are engaged for the occasion, among whom perceive the very eminent harpist, Mr. Marsh.


Pigot's dictionary of Devon, 1830

Bookseller & Stationer - Marsh John, York Terrace
Professors & Teachers - Marsh Stephen A. (Harp, piano and singing) High Street

Pigot's commercial directory of Cornwall for 1830, 157.

Professors & Teacher - Prout, J. S. (drawing) Cornwall Terrace (Penzance)
........."................"...... - Prout, Maria H. (music)

[Advertisement], Bristol Mirror (17 April 1830), 3

ASSEMBLY ROOM, PRINCE'S STREET, BRISTOL. Under the Patronage of The Right Worshipful the MAYOR and MAYORESS. MR. GREETHEAD begs most respectfully to acquaint the Nobility, Genry, and Public of Bristol, Clifton, and their Vicinities, that his CONCERT Will take place on THRUSDAY Evening next, April 22 . . . In the course of the Evening, Mr. MARSH will play (by desire) Bochsa's Brilliant Variations on Weber's last Waltz, on the Harp; Miss WILLIS BROWNE, a Fantasia on the Piano-Forte, Herz; and a Duet, with Mr. Marsh, by Czerny. Leader of the Band, MR. JOHN STANSBURY. Conductor, Mr. MARSH . . .

[Advertisement], Bristol Mercury (1 June 1830), 3

ASSEMBLY ROOMS, PRINCE'S STREET, BRISTOL. MRS. T. W. ELLIOTT, (late Miss M. R. RICHARDS, niece of Mr. Loder,) Professor of the Piano-Forte, Harp, and Singing, most respectfully begs leave to acquaint the Ladies and Gentlemen of Bristol, Clifton, and their vicinities, that, at the request of numerous Friends, she intends giving A CONCERT OF VOCAL AND INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC At the above Rooms, this PRESENT EVENING, June 1st. PRINCIPAL PERFORMERS. Miss COVENEY, Miss J. COVENEY, (A Child only Six Years of Age,) Mr. Coveney having very kindly olitred her services for this night only, Miss WILLIS BROWNE, Mrs. T. W. ELLIOTT, Miss MARY LODER, (from Bath,) (Her First Appearance,) Mr. CROFT & Mr. BIANCHI TAYLOR. Guitar, Mr. PRATTEN, Pupil of Senor HUERTA; Harp, Mr. MARSH; Flute, Mr. I. CLINTON. Leader of the Band - Mr. J. LODER. Conductor - Mr. E. LODER . . .

"INSOLVENT DEBTORS", The law advertiser (1 July 1830), 267 

Marsh, John, late of Sidmouth, Devonshire, bookseller and music-seller.


[Advertisement], Bristol Mirror (29 January 1831), 2

MR. MARSH respectfully announces to the Nobility and Gentry of Clifton, Bristol, and its Vicinity, that his
CONCERT Will take place at the ASSEMBLY-ROOMS, Prince's-Street,
On THURSDAY next, the 3d of February.
Mr. HENRY FIELD (his first appearance here these two years), will play Herz's grand and brilliani Fantasia, from the Opera of Joseph, on the Piano-Forte, with Orchestral Accompaniments; and also the much celebrated Piano-Forte Duet of Herz's, from Guillaume Tell, with Mr. Esain.
Mr. ESAIN and Mr. MARSH will play a brilliant Harp and Piano-Forte Duet, Mr. MARSH wilt also play Bochsa's Reminiscences of England, a grand Fantasia for the Harp, with Orchestral Accompaniments, in which are introduced the favourite airs - "Rule Britannia," "Cease rude Boreas," and "The British Grenadiers' March.
Leader - Mr. LODER, Who has obligingly offered his valuable services.
Conductor - Mr. MARSH . . .

ASSOCIATIONS: The Assembly-Rooms, Clifton, were designed and built by Francis Greenway; see: 

[News], Bristol Mercury (8 February 1831), 3

Mr. Marsh's Concert, at the Assembly-Room, Prince's street, on Thursday last, was most respectably and fashionably attended, notwithstanding the extreme inclemency of the weather. Miss Riviere delighted the audience with her exquisite singing, and the whole of the performances, aided by the sterling talent of Loder and Field, elicited the highest degree of satisfaction.

[Advertisement], Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette (10 March 1831), 3

MR. A. LODER respectfully informs the Nobility and Gentry that his
BENEFIT CONCERT Will take place at Mr. LODER'S commodious and much admired Music Rooms,
Milsom Street, On WEDNESDAY Evening, March 9, 1831.
PART I [From Mozart's "Cosi fan tutti"] . . . [and]
Fantasia, Harp, "The Reminiscences England," (Bochsa) - Mr. Marsh . . .
PART II [From Mozart's "Cosi fan tutti", continued] . . . [and]
Air, "Swiss Drover Roy," Miss Grant accompanied on the Harp by Mr. Marsh . . .

[News], Bristol Mercury (12 April 1831), 3

With much pleasure we extract the following high compliment to a professor of this city, from the Bath Herald:

"Among the performances at the Pump-room grand concert, we must not omit a grand fantasia on the harp, by Mr. Marsh, an artist, whose taste, brilliancy, exquiste touch, and elegance on this instrument, proved perhaps the most delightful treat of the whole selection, and unquestionably drew forth the most rapturous applause; his accompaniment to Mrs. Pillinger's beautiful song, "Julio told me," deserves similar notice, as it afforded similar delight.


Devonshire & Cornwall illustrated . . . by Thomas Allom, W. H. Bartlett, &c., with historical and topographical descriptions by J. Britton & E. W. Brayley (London: H. Fisher, R. Fisher, & P. Jackson, 1832), 23-24 

There are three good Inns at Sidmouth, viz. the London Inn, the New Inn, and the York Hotel; the two former are in the eastern branch of the town, and the latter upon the beach, as represented in the annexed View. This Hotel has an uninterrupted prospect over the vast bay, upon the inner skirts of which the town is situated, yet from the great distance of the main channel, no vessels of considerable magnitude can come nearer than "the extreme verge of the horizon." The original assembly and card rooms are at the London Tavern: there is also a new and handsome assembly room at Marsh's Library, which, as well as Wallis's Library, is on the beach . . .

[Advertisement], Bristol Mirror (3 November 1832), 2

S. H. A. MARSH, Professor of the Harp, Piano-Forte, and Singing, respectfully announces to the Nobility, Gentry, and the Public in general, of Bristol, Clifton, and the Vicinity, that he has re-opened the Musical Establishment lately carried on by Mr. DAVIS, at No 6. PARK-STREET, with an entirely New Assortment of Instruments, &c., which he has carefully selected from the first Manufactories in London, and a large Stock of Ancient and Modern English and Foreign Music.
S. H. A. MARSH also begs inform them that has, in connection with the above establishment, opened a MUSICAL CIRCULATING LIBRARY, the same principles as those conducted by Messrs. Willis and Birchall, in London.
Subscribers will entitled to Four Books at a time in Town, or Twelve in the Country.
The Library consists of Music for the Piano-Forte, Harp, Violin, Flute, Guitar. Violoncello. &c. &c.,
- Vocal, English, Italian, French, German, and Spanish.
All New Works of eminence, as soon as published, are added the Library.
No.14, Park-Place, Clifton, to Let. Apply at No. 6, Park-Street.


"From the LONDON GAZETTE of Friday, May 24" . . . BANKRUPTS", Morning Chronicle [London] (25 May 1833), 2

STEPHEN HALE ALONZO MARSH, now or late of Bristol, music and musical-instrument seller, June 1 and June 6, at twelve, at the offices of Messrs. Bevan and Brittan, solicitors, Small-street, Bristol. Solicitors, Messrs. White and Whitmnore, Bedford-row; and Messrs. Bavan and Brittan, Bristol.

"BANKRUPTS", The legal observer; or, Journal of jurisprudence (June 1833), 176 

Marsh, Stephen Hale Alonzo, Bristol, Music & Musical Instrument Seller. White & Whitmore, Bedford Row; Bevan & Brittan, Bristol.

[Advertisement], Taunton courier, and Western advertiser (25 September 1833), 1

Madame GRANDOLFI, from the King's Theatre, Signor SAGRINI, Guitarist,
Signor BUCHER, Principal Flautist at the King's Theatre, (San Carlo) Naples,
and Mr. MARSH, Harpist and Pianist, BEG to announce that they will give an Evening CONCERT, in the above Room,
on THURSDAY, September 26th, 1833, at Eight o'Clock, Mr. MARSH will preside at the Piano Forte.
PART I. Overture - Rossini . . . Fantasia, Harp, Mr. Marsh - Bochsa.
Duetto, "Bella Imago," Semiramide, Madame GRANDOLFI and Mr. MARSH- Rossini . . .
PART II. Fantasia, Piano Forte, Mr. Marsh - Herz.
Duetto Concertante and Variations for Flute and Piano Forte, on a popular Neapolitan Air - Signor Bucher and Mr. Marsh - Bucher . . .
Song, "Hark! I hear the Vesper Bell," with Harp Accompaniments, Mr. MARSH - Bochsa . . .

"CONCERT", Exeter and Plymouth gazette (19 October 1833), 3

We beg to call the attention of our readers to a short notice of the performance of the concert given here last Monday evening [14 October], by Signor;s BUCHER, SAGRINI, Mr. MARSH and Madame GRANDOLFI . . . Mr. Marsh, our old neighbour, afforded us a great treat in his playing on both instruments (harp and pianoforte); his harp fantasia on the air "Oh no we never mention her" with variations of his own, displayed considerable talent and elegance of style, both in the composition and performance: he also combines brilliancy and taste with good execution on the pianoforte . . .


[Advertisement], The morning post [London] (16 April 1834), 1

NEW ARGYLE ROOMS, REGENT-STREET. - NEW MUSIC AT HALF-PRICE. - Just published, the Overture, Songs, &c, in Herold's celebrated Opera, Le Pre aux Clercs, now performing at Covent Garden Theatre. . . . The Overture, arranged for Pianoforte and Harp, with accompaniments for Flute and Violoncello (ad lib.), by Marsh, eleve de Bochsa, 4s. - In the press and shortly will be published, a Selection of Airs for Harp, Harp and Pianoforte, with Accompaniments for ditto, ditto, arranged by the same, all from the same Opera . . .


[Advertisement], Royal Cornwall gazette (14 February 1835), 1

Mr. PROUT, Piano Forte Manufacturer and Tuner, (From Stoddart's, London) BEGS to inform the Nobility and Gentry of Cornwall, that he intends commencing his half-yearly journey through the County, on the 24th of the present month . . . Orders may left with Mr. GILLET, and Mrs. HEARD, Truro; Mr. LAKE, Falmouth; and Mrs. MARSH, Piano Forte and Harp Teacher, Penzance; and M. HAYNE, Bodmin. 2, Union Street, Stonehouse, Oct. 9, 1838.

[Advertisement], Bristol mirror (28 February 1835), 4

GRAND CONCERT. MR. MARSH respectfully announces to his Friends and the Public of Bristol and Clifton,
On WEDNESDAY Evening, March 11th, 1835.
VOCAL PERFORMERS: Mrs. BELVILLE PENLEY, (Late Miss Field, from the Theatres-Royal, Covent-Garden and Drury-Lane,) Miss FANNY HEALY, (From the Nobility's Concerts, London, and Theatre-Royal, English Opera House,) Mr. MILLAR (Principal Singer, the Bath Concerts, and Theatre-Royal, Opera House,) Mr. C. WHITE and Mr. H. FIELD (Who has obligingly consented to sing on this occasion.)
INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMERS: MR. HENRY FIELD Will perform on the Piano-Forte, for the first time Bristol, Czerny's Grand Variations di Bravura sur deux Themes de Fra Diavolo.
Signor SAGRINI, The celebrated Guitarist, who will perform his favourite Fantasia on La Violette, and accompany Miss Healy in Mr. Millar's new of "The Blind Flower Girl." Mrs. PROUT Will play a brilliant Duet, for Piano-Forte and Harp, with Mr. Marsh.
And Mr. MARSH Will perform, for the first time on the Harp, his New Grand Melange, introducing Favourite Air Ballet of Auber's "Farewell to the Mountain," (sung Mr. Phillips in the Mountain Sylph), "Se Romeo," "Oh come Nascondere," and his Air of "The King of Merry England." Also, for the first time, he will introduce the ACCORDIAN, as an Accompaniment, in a new brilliant FANTASIA he has composed for that Instrument and the Harp.
Mr. MARSH will preside at the Piano-Forte.
The Concert will commence precisely at Eight o'clock.
Admission, Six Shillings each, or Family Ticket to admit Four, One Guinea;
Gallery Tickets, Three Shillings each; to be had of Mr. MARSH, No. 8, Caroline-Place, Hotwells, and at the Music Warehouses.

[News] Bristol mirror (14 March 1835), 3

On Wednesday evening last Mr. Marsh gave his concert at the Assembly Rooms. The whole went off extremely well, and was creditable to all. The fantasia upon the guitar, by Signor Sagrini, was loudly encored, as would have been the grand variations di bravura, by Henry Field, but that it would have been unreasonable to have done. We consider this gentleman to be decidedly amongst the best piano players of the day -€ his touch is brilliant and rapid in the extreme. The female performers also exerted themselves most successfully, and received, as they merited, the warmest applause. Mr. Marsh is altogether an able conductor, and throws in the weight of his extsnsive powers upon the harp and piano, invariably heightening the effect of the piece. The room was not full as we could have wished, or as might have been anticipated from the bill of fare. We observed, however, good many professional and amateur gentlemen, who seemed highly delighted.

[News], Bristol mirror (26 September 1835), 3

The visitors at Weston-super-Mare had a musical treat on Monday last [21 September], at the Assembly Rooms, under the direction of Mr. George Edwards. We have heard that the whole affair went off with very great eclat. Mr. Marsh "struck the harp of epic song" in very admirable style, supported hy Master William Pratten upon the piano. Mr. Marsh also played a new concerto by Herz, and a fantasia of his own on the harp - the theme is "Life let us cherish" . . .


[Advertisement], Bristol mirror (14 January 1837), 3

ASSEMBLY ROOMS, CLIFTON. MISS A. McMAHON respectfully informs the Nobility and Gentry of Clifton and Bristol, and the Public in general, that she will hare the honour of giving CONCERT, at the ROYAL HOTEL, Clifton, on THURSDAY EVENING, January 19th, 1837. PRINCIPAL VOCAL PERFORMERS: MRS. HARDWICK, MISS WOOD. MISS A. McMAHON, And MISS REDFORD . . . MR. E. IURNER, MR. F. HODGES, An AMATEUR, And MR. AUSTIN PHILLIPS. INSTRUMENTALISTS: Piano Forte, Miss A. McMAHON; Harp, Mr. MARSH. Conductor, Mr. A. PHIILLIPS . . .

"MR. NEATE'S SOIREE", Morning post [London] (5 June 1837), 6

There was a very numerous attendance at Mr. Neate's secoud soiree on Saturday evening [3 June] . . . The other instrumental pieces were a fantasia on the harp, by Mr. Marsh, of Clifton, who produced a very good tone, but his performance consisted only of a melody of simple airs . . .

"MR. NEATE'S SECOND SOIRÉE", The musical world (9 June 1837), 203 

Mr. Neate's Second Soiree, which took place last Saturday in the Hanover Square Room, was very fully attended. The selection was in every respect admirable. Mr. Neate himself performed a portion of a quartett for pianoforte, clarionet, horn and bassoon, being assisted by Messrs. Lazarus, Puzzi, and Godfrey: also an excellent series of variations upon the air of "God save the king," in which, considerable fancy and variety of treatment displayed the accomplished and refined musician. His third performance was a pianoforte trio of Beethoven, with Messrs. Lazarus and Banister (Clarionet and Violoncello) delightfully played; and lastly his own charming rondo, entitled,"The Carillons," which we reviewed in No. 14 of our little periodical. This brilliant composition appeared to afford high satisfaction to the audience. The other instrumental exhibitions were a piece by Mr. Ole Bull, accompanied on the pianoforte by Sir George Smart: a fantasia on the flute, by that beautiful player, and clever musician, Mr. Ribas; and a solo on the harp, by a Mr. Marsh of Clifton. The vocalists were Mrs. A. Shaw, Miss Bruce, Miss Rose Raper, and Mr. T. Welsh. The first lady was encored in the latter movement of Meyerbeer's air, "Ah, ch'io l'adoro," and which she sang with considerable vigour and appropriate expression. Miss Bruce was skilfully accompanied by Mr. Lazarus in the "Gratias agimus;" her own performance of it being also successful: Miss Raper (a mezzo-soprano) sang a ballad, the melody by Thalberg, in a tone and manner indicating future popularity: and Mr. Welsh accompanied himself on the pianoforte, in a ballad, the composition by himself; also in Purcell's "Mad Tom." Both in his performance and style of singing Mr. Welsh displays the fine artist. Sir George Smart was the President for the evening at the pianoforte. Mr. Neate's third and last soiree will take place on the 17th inst. These performances have been highly patronized.

[Advertisement], Hampshire Advertiser (8 July 1837), 3

GRAND CONCERT. MR. OLE BULL, MADEMOISELLE OSTEBGAARD and MR. MARSH, THE Nobility, Gentry, and Public, are respectfully informed, that a CONCERT of VOCAL aod INSTBUMENTAL MUSIC, will take place at the ASSEMBLY ROOMS, SOUTHAMPTON, on Thursday Morning, July 20th, when they will have the only opportunity of hearing the celebrated and extraordinary Violinist, OLE B. BULL, previous to his leaving England. He will perform his most attractive compositions, consisting of a Cantabile Doloroso, and Rondo Ridente, Irish Concerto, introducing "Savourneen Deelish," "Rory O'More," and "St. Patrick's Day." His unrivalled Quartetto, producing the effect of four distinct instruments, and a characteristic Concertante Duet, for Violin and Harp, with Mr. Marsh, composed by them expressly for this occasion. Madlle. OSTEBGAARD, of the Philharmonic Opera, and Nobilities Concerts, London, will sing several of her most favourite German, Italian, French and English Songs, and also, with Mr. Marsh, Rossini's celebrated Duet, "Le Marinari," and the Grand Duet from Donizetti's Opera of Belisario. MB. MARSH, the celebrated Pianist and Harpist, will perform on one of Erard's new Patent Harps, a "Grand Melange," introducing the most favorite airs, from modern operas, and a brilliant Fantasia on the Piano Forte. He will also sing his new Cantata, "Spirit of Music," and some of the most celebrated and popular Compositions of the day. To commence at Two o'clock precisely. Family Tickets to admit Four One Guinea; or Single Tickets, 6s. each to be had at the principal Music Sellers and Libraries.

"CONCERT", Western Times [Exeter] (5 August 1837), 3

The Concert of Mr. Marsh, the celebrated harpist, Mr. Ole Bull, and Madlle. Ostergaard, on Wednesday last, at the Subscription Rooms, was fashionably attended. Mr. Bull's performance on the violin excited all that admiration and astonishment which attends his performance, and which not even the previous acquaintance with his style was able to weaken. Mr. Marsh's brilliant execution as pianist, drew forth the rapturous plaudits of a delighted auditory, whilst his performance on harp was not less flatteringly received. Mr. Marsh also sung in a pleasing and finished style one or two elegant compositions of his own which were spoken of most highly by the professional gentlemen present, displaying the most profound knowledge of science, and evincing musical genuis of a high order. Mr. Marsh was encored more than once. Madlle Ostergaard sung with great taste and power, and was honoured with flattering encores. Mr. Marsh as a Devonian possesses talents that will sooner or later be recognized as confering credit on his native county.

"EXETER", The musical world (18 August 1837), 156 

The concert of Mr. Marsh the celebrated pianist, Mr. Ole Bull, (who by the bye, is not yet off to America) and Mlle. Ostergaard, on Wednesday the 2nd inst., at the Subscription Rooms, was fashionably attended. Mr. Marsh's execution as a pianist, drew forth the plaudits of a delighted auditory, whilst his performance on the harp was not less flatteringly received. Mr. Marsh also sang in a pleasing and finished style one or two compositions of his own, which were spoken of highly by the professional gentlemen present. Mlle. Ostergaard sang with great taste, and was honoured with flattering encores.

[Advertisement], Bristol mirror (9 September 1837), 3

NEW MUSIC - Just Published, S. H. A. MARSH's Grand Sacred Cantata, Spirit of Music, Recollections of Devonshire, two Valse Rondos for Piano-Forte; LEs Favourites Qnadrilles; and Les Souvenirs de Valse. To had at the Music Sellers, and at Mr. Marsh's residence, Cotham Cottage, where his Terms for Instruction on the piano-forte, harp, singing, and counterpoint, may be known.


[News], Bristol mercury (16 June 1838), 4

We find the following testimonial to the talent of our fellow-citizen, Mr. Marsh, in the Court Journal, of Saturday last [9 June]:

"At Strauss's concert on Tuesday last [5 June], we had the good fortune to hear a new performer on the harp, Mr. Marsh, who is the most finished performer on that instrument we have beard. His execution is perfect, and with more variety of tone than we tnought the harp capable of producing, added to an exquisite taste, he delighted his audience in a fantasia of his own composition, upon Vive Tu; and, if we remember rightly, the March from Fidelio; after which he introduced the favourite barcarolle from Marino Faliero, all of which he treated in a most masterly manner. We hope soon to hear him again, as, in truth, we never heard the harp to such perfection."

2 September 1838, marriage of Stephen Hale Marsh and Eliza Sympson, St. Giles in the fields, Holborn, London, England

Register of banns, St. Giles in the fields, Holborn; Church of England Parish Registers. London Metropolitan Archives, London

Stephen Marsh, Eliza Sympson, both of this Parish; [banns read] 1st time Aug't 19; 2d time Aug't 26; 3d time Sep.2

[Advertisement], Royal Cornwall Gazette (12 October 1838), 3

Mr. PROUT, Piano Forte Tuner, Regulator, and Repairer, (FROM STODDART'S, LONDON) MOST respectfully begs to announce to the Nobility and Gentry of Cornwall, his intention commencing his half-yearly journey, in the last week of the present month, and, by particular desire, he will again visit Penzance. Mr. P. avails himself of the present opportunity of acknowledging his gratitude for the very distinguished patronage with which he has so many years been honoured, and trusts (from his practical knowledge of PIANO FORTE MAKING, together with an approved method of Tuning,) his future exertions will oontinue to give satisfaction, and ensure him general support. Orders may left at Mrs. Heard's, Truro; Mr. Lake's, Falmouth; and Mrs. Marsh's, Harp and Piano Forte Teacher, Penzance. 2, Union Street, Stonehouse, Oct. 9, 1838.

James Alexander Hamilton, Hamilton's catechism on the nature, invention, exposition, development and concatenation of musical ideas illustrated with examples from the most celebrated authors: respectfully dedicated to S. H. A. Marsh, esq. (London: R. Cocks, 1838) 

ASSOCIATIONS: James Alexander Hamilton (1785-1845)


[Advertisement], Morning Post (12 June 1839), 1

MESSRS. LIDEL and MARSH have the honour to announce that they will give a GRAND SOIRFE MUSICALE THIS DAY, June 12, on which occasion they will be assisted by the following eminent Artistes: - Voca!ists. Mesdames Stockhausen, Toulmin, Steele, Koenig, and W. Seguin: Messrs. Kroff, Giubilei, Fraser, W. Seguin, and A. Giubilei. Instrumentalists - Harp, Mr. Marsh, and Mr. Henry Marsh; Violoncello, Messrs. Lidel, Banister, E. Hopkins, and Mr. Phillips, who will perform for the first time in this country, a Grand Serenade for Four Violoncellos; Flute, Mr. Clinton; Guitar, Mr. Stoll; Concertina, M. Regondi; and Piano-forte, Mr. C. Salaman. Conductor, Mr. Marsh. Tickets, half-a-guinea each to be had at Addison and Beale's, 201, Regent-street; Charles Oliver's, 41, New Bond-street; and all the princinal Music Sellers; Mr. Marsh, 18, South-row, Burton Crescent; and Mr. Lidel, 144, Albany-street, Regent's Park.

[News], London Evening Standard (13 June 1839),

The musical soirie given by Messrs. Marsh and Lidel yesterday evening, in the Hanover-rooms, was attended by a numerous audience. Mr. Marsh is an admirable performer on the harp, and an excellent composer for the instrument. Mr. Lidel is a violoncellist of the highest class, possessed of a rich vocal tone, and great command of the instrument, with an elegant and expressive style. There was some agreeable singing by Madame Stockhausen, Mrs. W. Seguin, M. Kroff, Guibilei, and some others; and the entertainment altogether was a very elegant one.

"LIDEL AND MARSH'S CONCERT" Bell's new weekly messenger (16 June 1839), 6

LIDEL AND MARSH'S CONCERT took place on Wednesday evening; the entertainments being much varied. Mr. LIDEL played the violincello an adagio and air with variations, introducing Roslyn Castle, with very good effect; his tones are full and very correct, his double stops remarkably good, and in his playing he displays much execution and finish. Madame Stockhausen gave the aria from Robert le Diable, Idol de me vie, with much spirit; the encore that was insisted upon, being scarcely fair towards her. Mrs. W. SEGUIN sung the pretty Scotch ballad, Smile again my bonnie Lassie, with much taste and feeling. Mr. Marsh's fantasia on the harp was also a very clever performance, SPOHR'S beautiful air, Rose softly blooming, telling well on the harp, though the subject was hardly varied enough. HERR STOLL on the guitar is one of the best players of that instrument we have ever heard; he produces several very novel effects from the instrument, and chose a most pleasing subject, which he varied with much skill and judgment. Mr. CLINTON also played a fantasia with spirit. The concert was well attended, but did not finish until a very late hour.

"MR. LIDEL AND MR. MARSH'S GRAND SOIREE MUSICALE", The new monthly belle assemblée (July 1839), 49 

The Hanover Square Rooms were crowded on Wednesday, June 12, to support the talents of the above named artists, and an excellent concert was provided. Mr. Marsh was particularly happy in is harp playing. His concerto on Spohr's air from "the Beauty and the Beast," was highly creditable to him both as a composer and as an [50] instrumentalist. Mr. Lidel, also, bids fair to become one of our most distinguished violoncellists; and in speaking of the rising members of the musical profession, we must not forget Mr. Clinton, whose flute-playing has arrived as near perfection as that of the late Charles Nicholson and the present Charles Richardson. Mr. Clinton's tone is clear, and his execution distinct and well in tune. He performed on this occasion Weber's variations to the Hunting chorus, with great brilliancy, giving the difficult arpeggi with wonderful precision and aplomb. A Herr Stol, of Vienna, produced great effect with that most intractable of instruments, the Spanish guitar. The efforts of the vocalists were also highly appreciated. Madame Stockhausen, Miss Woodham, (by the way she is Mrs. Toulmain now - we wish her every happiness in her new state!) Mrs. W. Seguin, and Herr Kroff were of the number.

[Advertisement], Somerset County Gazette (10 August 1839), 1

THE GOLDEN BAND and Wheal Chance United Tin Mining Company, PENZANCE, CORNWALL .... Managing Director. - J. G. BECKERLEG, Esq., (late Comptroller of the Tin Coinages, Duchy of Cornwall.)
Directors. - EDWARD BLOUNT, Esq.; THOS. MAY, Esq.
Trustees. - W. J. P. WILKINSON, Esq.; STEPHEN HALE MARSH, Esq ...


Baptisms solemnized in the parish of St. Pancras, in the county of Middlesex, in the year 1840

No. 50; [baptized] 1840, January 11; [name] Stephen; [parents] Stephen Hale Alonzo, Eliza, Marsh; [abode] South Bow; [profession] Professor of Music; [birth] 4 December 1839

"MR. CLINTON'S CONCERT", Bell's life in London and sporting chronicle (28 June 1840), 2

This concert, in the Hanover-square rooms on Tuesday evening [23 June], was very numerously attended. Mr. Clinton is an eminent performer on the flute, and an excellent composer for that instrument. His fantasia on a favourite Welsh air - a very pretty piece - was played with an uncommon richness of tone and brilliancy of execution. Mr. Marsh performed a very beautiful solo on the harp, composed by himself, in that light and graceful style which belongs to the character of that elegant instrument. Mlle. Bott, an excellent pianist, played a solo; and Mr. Hayward displayed much genius and originality in his performance on the violin. Several German choruses were admirably sung by the choristers of the Prince's Theatre; and airs were sung by Herr KrofF, Miss S. Pyne, Miss Yarnold, Mr. J. Parry, and other vocalists. The concert, on ths whole, was very agreeable and interesting.

[Advertisement] The evening packet [Dublin] (26 November 1840), 1

UNDER THE IMMEDIATE PATRONAGE OF LORD MORPETH AND SEVERAL LADIES OF DISTINCTION. HERR SEDLATZEK (First Flute to his Majesty the Emperor of Austria, and of the London Concerts,) BEGS leave most respectfully to announce, that he will give a SOIREE MUSICALE, At the residence of Mrs. ALLEN, (who has given the use of Her Rooms for the occasion,) No. 5, GARDINER S ROW, On TUESADY, the 1st of DECEMBER, 1840, When he will be assisted by the following distinguished Vocal and Instrumental Performers: THE MISSES ALLEN AND MISS HAYES, MR. PIGOTT. M. RUDERSDORFF, MR. MARSH, The celebrated HARPIST, from London; A DISTINGUISHED AMATEUR, Who will perform with Herr SEDLAZEK for TWO FLUTES; and SIGNOR SAPIO. Tickets Five Shillings each; Family Ticket to admit five. 1l 1s.; to had the principal Music Shops, and of Herr SEDLATZEK, 18, North Earl-street.


1841 England Census; Cornwall, Madron, Penzance, District 9

Regent Terrace ... Henry Marsh / [Age] 18 ... / Professor of Music ...

"MRS. ALLEN'S CONCERT", Dublin Morning Register (30 January 1841), 2

The lovers of music have lately enjoyed many treat of the highest order, some of which (such the Anacreontic and Philharmonic Concerts) have not only been conducted on a good scale, but, by producing some stars of the first magnitude, such Lizst, &c. &c., have presented an additional attraction. However, it has often occurred to us that the pleasure to be derived from these meetings does not always depend either the exhibition of "some bright particular star," however brilliant - nor in the performance, where masses are employed to produce effect. This fact was fully established in our minds while partaking of the pleasure afforded by Mrs. Allen's concert last Tuesday evening, at her house in Gardiner's row. The selection of music was judicious and well arranged, and, under the able direction of M. Rudersdoff, the whole went off, as might be expected, with spirit, and to the entire satisfaction of those who were present. The orchestra, though small, was most effective, exhibiting a grand concert in beautiful miniature. The overture, by Rossini, which opened the concert, was given in the true style of the composer. This was followed a duet, sung by the Misses Serle with judgment and taste. We do not recollect having beard Mr. Marsh to more advantage than on this occasion: he is an excellent performer on his instrument, the harp - an instrument to which (we confess) we have never been very partial - however, under his masterly hand, our prejudices have been greatly, if not altogether, removed. Mrs. Allen (by whose performance on the pianoforte we recollect being several years ago greatly delighted) played one of Cramer's most celebrated concerts with orchestral accompaniments . . . Mrs. Allen is fine specimen of that school which her father (Mr. Logier) has so successfully established throughout Europe and other parts of the globe . . . Miss Thomasine Allen played Herz's brilliant variations, Le Petit Tambour, with ber usual facility, from memory. They are extremely difficult, and the composer himself, had he been present, could not have desired to hear them more correctly executed. We were also greatly delighted by Thalberg's grand duet, from Norma, performed on two pianofortes, by the Misses Tbomasine and Louisa Allen. These interesting young ladies are worthy branches of the tree from which they sprang. The audience, which was numerous, and of the first respectability, expressed their approbation by loud and reiterated plaudits.

20 April 1841, Stephen's concert, Dublin

[Advertisement], The evening packet [Dublin] (17 April 1841), 1

And many other distinguished Personages.
HAS The honor to annoucne that his GRAND SOIREE MUSICALE will take place
AT THE ROTUNDA, On TUESDAY, the 20th of APRIL, 1841.
Part I.
TRIO - Two Violoncellos and Double Bass Messrs. Pigott, Patton and Percival - Corelli.
DUET, from Belisario - Mr. Knight and Signor Sapio - Donizetti.
CONCERTO - VioIin - Miss Rossini Collins - Kalliwoda.
CANTATA - "Spirit of Music," Miss Hayes - Marsh.
FANTASIA - Flute-on the “Swiss Boy," by a distinguished Amateur - Richardson.
BALLAD - "There was a Time," Mr. Knight - Knight.
GRAND MELANGE - Harp - Mr. Marsh, composed expressly for this occasion - Marsh.
The subjects taken from Bunting's Collection of Irish Airs, introducing "The Lamentation," "Irish Cry," "Fanny Power," "The Girl left behind me," and "The Jolly Ploughman."
SCENA "Come per me sereno" - Miss Hayes - Bellini.
CONCERTANTE DUET - Violin and Violoncello - Monsieur Rudersdorff and Mr. Pigott, Kummer.
Part II.
GRANDES VARIATIONS BRILLANTES - Piano-forte - Mr. Marsh, dedicated to him by - Czerny.
TERZETTO - First time - Miss Hayes, Mr. Knight, and Signor Sapio - Marsh.
FANTASIA - on the Accordian - Miss Smyth, accompanied on the Harp by Mr. Marsh.
BALLAD - "The Dream," Mr. Knight - Knight.
DUET "I know a Bank" - Miss Emma Collins and Miss Victoria Collins, (by desire,) - Horn.
SONG - The Parent's Gift," Signor Sapio, accompanied on three Violoncellos by Messrs. Pigott, Patton, and Percival - Marsh.
GRAND POT POURRI DUET - Flute and Pianoforte - Mr. R. Pratten and Mr. Marsh - Bucher and Benedict.
FINALE, Rossini.
To Commence at Half-past Eight o’clock. Tickets 5s. each; Family ditto, admit Six, One Guinea.
To be had at the Principal Music-shops, and of Mr. Marsh, at his residence, No. 32, Denzille-street.

"MR. MARSH'S CONCERT", The evening packet (22 April 1841), 3

The concert given by this distinguished professor on Tuesday night was fully and fashionably attended, and the music, which was selected with the greatest care, and admirably varied, appeared to yield the most unlimited satisfaction to all present. The principal vocal performers were Miss Hayes, the Misses Collins, Mr. Knight, and Signor Sapio; and in the instrumental department Mr. Marsh was assisted by some of the ablest professors in the city. The concert commenced with a trio for two violoncellos and double bass, by Messrs. Patton, Pigott, and Percival, which was, indeed, an unusually rich treat. Mr. Pigott's superior performance is very well known this city; but Mr. Patton is a new comer amongst us, and from the specimens of his ability, that we have heard, we have no hesitation in pronouncing him a performer of first-rate attainments, whose future eminence it easy foresee. To those of our readers who remember Percival - the Percival - whose command over the violoncello we have never heard surpassed, it will be a strong recommendation to state that the gentleman who made the trio is his son, and, we are happy to add, that he has amply evidenced the possession of hereditary talent. Messrs. Percival, Pigott, and Patton performed, in conjunction, a second time during the evening, in the accompaniment to Sapio'e song - "The Parent's Gift" - which was loudly applauded. We hope to hear Mr. Percival perform a solo at some the ensuing concerts, when we shall have a better opportunity of speaking of his talents. Mr. Knight gave three songs of his own composition, with all that pure taste and true feeling which have rendered him so popular. Mr. Marsh's performance on the harp and piano-forte exhibited a rare knowledge of the power of both instruments, united with the most brilliant execution and finest espression. The grand melange on the harp was particularly effective. Miss Hayes introduced a grand cantata, entitled "The Spirit of Music," composed by Mr. Marsh. It was loudly and very deservedly applauded, and lost none of its effect by being intrusted to this accomplished young lady, whose beautiful voice and highly cultivated taste have raised her to such an eminence in her profession. The solo on the flute, by Mr. Wynn, was a choice morceau. We have never heard any variations more pleasing than those on "The Swiss Boy," as played by him. Altogether, the concert passed off with the utmost eclat, and the crowds which attended did not separate till the performances had entirely concluded, and expressed their delight in unqualified terms repeatedly during the evening.

"MR. MARSH'S CONCERT", Dublin Monitor (24 April 1841), 2

The concert given by this distinguished professor, on Tuesday night, was fully and fashionably attended; and the music, which was selected with the greatest care, and admirably varied, appeared to yield the most unlimited satisfaction to all present. The principal vocal performers were Miss Hayes, the Misses Collins, Mr. Knight, and Signor Sapio; and in the instrumental department Mr. Marsh was assisted by some of the ablest professors in the city. Mr. Marsh's performance on the harp and pianoforte exhibited a rare knowledge of the powers of both instruments, united with the most brilliant execution and finest expression. The grand melange on the harp was particularly effective. Miss Hayes introduced a grand cantata, entitled "The Spirit of Music," composed by Mr. Marsh. It was loudly and very deservedly applauded.

"MR. MARSH'S CONCERT", The evening packet (24 April 1841), 3

In a brief notice of this charming entertainment given, in our last, we had not since to mention the surprising performance on the violin of Miss Rossini Collins . . . In our previous notice we dwelt with some stress the delightful effect imparted to the song, "The parent's gift," by the newly-conceived and well-executed accompaniments for three violoncellos. We have since discovered that this unique composition is the production of Mr. Marsh, also the charming terzetto, which was given the second act, and which reflect the highest credit on his taste and skill. Notwithstanding his high reputation as an artist and composer, we had no idea that possessed the extraordinary versatile powers that has given such evidence of, for, in his efforts last Tuesday evening, he proved himself an exquisite performer on harp as well as the piano-forte, producing all the effects and mastering all the intricacies which each iustrument characterised, with a power and facility that must at once establish him as a harpist and piano-forte player (two very rare qualities combined) of the highest rank.

30 April 1841, Sapio's concert

[Advertisement], The evening packet (29 April 1841), 3

SIGNOR SAPIO Has the honor to announce that his GRAND CONCERT will take place on TO-MORROW EVENING, FRIDAY, the 30th of April, 1841.
Leader - Mons. RUDERSDORFF.
Overture - Kalliwoda.
Trio - "Keolanthe" - Miss Hayes, Mr. Frazer, and Signor Sapio, (first time in this country,) - BALFE.
Aria - "Tutto parea sorridere" - Signor Sapio - BALFE.
Grand Trio - two Violoncellos and Double Bass - Messrs. Pigott, Patton, and Harrington - CORRELLI [Corelli].
Scena - "Care Compagne" - Miss Hayes, (Sonnambula,) - BELLINI.
Fantasia - Harp - on the favorite Valse Antique - MARSH.
Scena - "Oh! 'tis a glorious sight to see" - (Oberon) Mr. Frazer - WEBER.
Solo - Flute - a distinguished Amateur - NICHOLSON.
Grand Duet - Violin and Violoncello - Mons. Rudersdorff and Mr. Pigott - KUMMER.
Leader - Mr. JAMES BARTON.
Concerto - Piano-forte, in G minor - Mr. W. White - MENDELSSOHN.
Glee - "Rose of the Valley" - Miss Hayes, Mr. Frazer, Mr. T. Yoakley, and Signor Sapio - KNYVETT.
Fantasia and Variations - Accordeon - Miss Smyth, accompanied on the Harp by Mr. Marsh, (by desire).
Song - "Lo! Here the gentle Lark" - Miss Hayes; Flute Obligato - Mr. Powell - BISHOP.
Celebrated Fantasia and Variations - Double Bass - Mr. Percival - SEBASTIAN LEE.
Duet - "Del antipatica vostra figura" - Mr. Joseph Robinson and Signor Sapio - MERCANDANTE.
Song - "I will love thee to the last" - Mr. Frazer - MONTGOMERY.
Trio - "Vadasi via di qua" - Miss Hayes, Mr. Frazer, and Signor Sapio - MARTINI.
Concert to commence at half-past Eight o'Clock.
Tickets 5s. each. Family Tickets, to admit Five, 1l. 1s. to be had at the Music Shops, and of SIGNOR SAPIO, 1, Percy-place.

"GRAND CONCERT", The evening packet (1 May 1841), 3

Signor Sapio had his annual Concert in the Long-room of the Rotundo last night, which was crowded with a highly-fashionable auditory, composed of the Signor's numerous pupils and private friends, who were anxious to avail themselves of the opportunity to afford him a substantial proof of the high estimation in which he is held. The programme presented an array of musical entertainment that could not be surpassed, and its excellence and variety were repeatedly acknowledged during the evening. The first trio, from the new opera of Keolanthe, was delightfully sung by Miss HAYES, Signor SAPIO, and Mr. FRAZER; and the grand trio that followed, for two violoncellos and double bass, by Messrs. PIGOTT, PATTON, and HARRINGTON, was a masterly performance, and well deserving of the rapturous plaudits it elicited. Miss HAYES gave the beautiful scena from Sonnambula with exquisite feeling and expression. We have not heard her in better voice, and do not wonder that SAPIO is proud of his fair pupil. Her song of "Lo! Here the gentle lark," with a flute accompaniment, played in superior style by POWELL, was a vocal treat of unusual excellence. Mr. FRAZER's fine tenor told with great effect in Weber's "Oh! 'tis a glorious sight to see;" and in a sweet ballad, in the second part, entitled "I will love thee to the last," his pure and perfect style of singing was advantageously exhibited. Mr. MARSH's fantasia on the harp (his own composition) was a brilliant and masterly achievement, reflecting equal credit on his genius as a composer and his abilities as a performer. The grand duet, for violin and violoncello, between PIGOTT and RUDERSOFORFF, elicited the loudest plaudits; and the fantasia and variations on the double bass, by Mr. PERCIVAL, were distinguished by a positive pathos and feeling that we did not think could possibly be expressed by the instrument. In his hands it really discoursed "most excellent music," and on the conclusion of his performance he was rapturously applauded, both by professional and non-professional auditors. The Signor was a host in himself, and, altogether we have rarely passed a more delightful evening.

4 May 1841, Miss Rossini Collins's concert

"CONCERT, ROTUNDO", Dublin Morning Register (8 May 1841), 2

Miss Rossini Collins's concert last Tuesday evening attracted a numerous and fashionable attendance . . . The subjects in which this young and extraordinary violinist shone forth were variations on air from Donna del Logo, admirably worked up Kalliwoda, and the favourite composition of Meyseder (op. 40), dedicated to Paganini . . . Mr. Marsh, whose entrance was hailed by much applause, appeared the three-fold capacity of a pianist, harpist, and composer, and his triumph in each character was complete. His performance of the "Grands Variations" dedicated to him by Czerny, was given in a masterly manner, and, produced an effect rich and brilliant. His performance on the harp (his own composition) was equally successful, and from the mastery he here evinced, his subsequent display on the pianoforte astonished, while it delighted . . .

13 May 1841, Samuel Pigott's concert

[Advertisement], The morning register [Dublin] (13 May 1841), 1

ROUND ROOM, ROTONDO . . . Mr. PIGOTT'S grand concert will take place THIS EVENING (Thursday), the 13th instant . . . Conductor - Mr. MARSH . . .

"CONCERT", Galway Vindicator, and Connaught Advertiser (11 August 1841), 3

The Concert given yesterday morning at Kilroy's, by Miss Hutchinson and Mr. Marsh, was very fashionably, though not very numerously attended. Those who did not avail themselves of the opportunity, will have to regret, as seldom will a similar opportunity be presented of witnessing the union of good taste, skill, and execution, without painful straining for effect, or noisy affectation. Though the Performers were but two, they afforded us much more quiet delight, than could have been imparted from many wanderings through crowded rooms, where it would seem the ambition of the Performers, not only to drown the buzz of conversation, but to conquer each other in artful distortions of the readings, and violent utterings-forth of the beautiful compositions placed before them. Of these "desagremens," we had not to complain on yester morning; Miss Hutchinson and Mr. Marsh seemed, as it were, at home, and pleased that their audience, though not crowded, was for the most part gifted with taste and discrimination, and not uneducated in the glorious art, in which themselves excel. The several pieces were judiciously chosen - as well with regard to the chamber - as to the peculiar powers of the Performers, and to variety. Of the selections, none gave greater pleasure than those composed by Mr. Marsh himself. His very difficult and very brilliant fantasia, on his own instrument, the Harp, given in the first part, displayed his mastery of execution, as well as elegance of conception. The simple, pretty ballad - simple in idea, though perhaps not so easy in performance, "the Parent's Gift," was sung very sweetly Miss Hutchinson; and again, Marsh's "Souvenirs de Strauss," we considered most happy and admirably apposite to the subject. Of the other pieces we could separately speak in terms of praise. Miss Hutchinson sang very pleasingly - we need not add very correctly - Rossini's "Una Voce;" Hawes's "I'll speak of thee," with equal sweetness, and much effect, as the trifle itself seems capable of; but her triumph was "Grace Darling" - a really beautiful thing by our modern Linley, and given by Miss H. most happily. Mr. Marsh gave - we had almost said threw forth - some exquisitely ,brilliant variations on the Piano Forte - arranged by Czerny, and dedicated to Marsh himself - it were well that all the dedications were as appropriate Bochsa could not have heard without delight Marsh gently ringing on his sweet-toned harp the "Vesper Bell," which fell distinct though distant on on our delighted ears. Finally, the Finale "Wanted Governess" - a pretty little bit of badinage - was given with archness and effect. Seldom can we promise ourselves a morning of such enjoyment - we must only hope.

See also "CONCERT BILL EXTRAORDINARY", The musical world (30 September 1841), 211 (DIGITISED)

. . . Mr. MARSH, the celebrated Harpist, Pianist, and Musical Composer, from London, Bath, Bristol, and Dublin . . . will perform on one of Erard's New Patent Gothic harps, some of his most admired compositions - and also a Brilliant Fantasia on the Piano-Forte . . .

"ALBERT CLUB", Cork Examiner [Ireland] (20 October 1841), 3

This delightful Club held its first meeting for the season on last evening, the Victoria Hotel, where about sat down to exquisitively served dinner . . . Francis B. Beamish, Esq., President - Thomas Lyons, Esq., Vice-President. After the cloth had been removed, the Chairman rose . . . Next toast "The Lord Lieutenant and prosperity to Ireland," which was followed by trio from Donnzetti's overture to Lucia de Lamermoore," by Messrs. Charles John Sullivan, Marsh and Forde, the piano, harp, and flute, performed an exquisite style . . . toast - "The Fair Daughters of Erin," followed by "Kathleen Mavourneen," by Mr. Alex. Roche, with a harp accompaniment . . . The Chairman's address was succeeded by a Glee, "Give me the harp of epic song," by five voices, which blended delightfully together . . . Among other toasts were the following: - "Our guest, Mr. Marsh, whose great musical talent has established his fame this country; and we regret he is about departing to exercise it in another" . . .

20 October 1841, Stephen departed Cork, per Sir Edward Paget (from London)


"HELSTON HARMONIC SOCIETY", Royal Cornwall Gazette [England] (23 December 1842), 2

The fourth subscription concert which took place on Wednesday evening the 14th inst., was numerously and fashionably attended. The music was well selected, and the overtures to Fauchon, Le Nozze di Figaro, La Cenerentola and Semramide were played with great precision and effect, particularly Figaro, which was worked up in brilliant style by the leader Mr. James, who also played in the course of the evening a Concertante Duett with Mr. Marsh of Penzance for violin and piano-forte, which was rapturously applauded throughout, and a violin solo accompanied by Mr. Marsh, which was deservedly encored. We must again congratulate the Helston Harmonic Society on having such a leader as Mr. James, who is not only master of that difficult instrument, the violin and the piano-forte, but has also shevn himself to be an efficient performer on the violoncello. Griffin's Concert was played by Mr. Marsh on the piano-forte with great taste and brilliancy, and met with loud and rapturous applause. Mr. Bevan, in the course of the evening, played an extempore solo on the flute in his usual style, and met with that applause which he so well deserves. We cannot omit to mention a Quartette by Pleyel, which was played with great judgment and precision by the amateurs. Several glees and songs were sung during the evening with great taste and judgment, and added considerably to the effect of the evening's entertainment.


"HELSTON", Royal Cornwall Gazette (28 April 1843), 2

Harmonic Society. On Wednesday evening se'nnight, the last Concert for the season was given at the Assembly Rooms. The company wes numerous. In addition to the amateurs and professional gentlemen who usually cater for the public entertainments here, were Messrs. Marsh and Bevan, from Penzance, and Monsieur Nollet from Truro. The pieces were admirably performed, and warmly applauded. These concerts have been throughout the season respectably attended, and the musical department, under the able leadership of Mr. James, has given entire satisfaction to the audiences.


[Advertisement], Royal Cornwall Gazette (12 January 1844), 1

Mr. PROUT, Piano Forte Tuner, Repairer, &c., (FROM STODDARTS, LONDON), BEGS to announce to the Nobility and Gentry of Cornwall, his intention of commencing his periodical journey the beginning of the next week ... Orders may be left at Mr. Heard's Music Warehouse, Truro; ... and at Mr. Marsh's, Organist, Penzance. 2, Union-street, Stonehouse, January 8, 1844/

"MUSIC AND DANCING", Royal Cornwall Gazette (9 August 1844), 2

On Wednesday evening, Mr. Dawson and his family gave an interesting concert of vocal music, at the Assembly Rooms, Truro, which was very respectably patronized. Much of the singing, particularly that by Miss. L. Dawson, was neatly executed. Mr. Dawson, an old favourite in Truro, gave several comic songs, especially Parry's Blue Beard: with excellent spirit and humour. Mr. Marsh presided at the piano forte, and gratified the audience with his solo, performed with tba left hand only. After the singing, a variety of fashionable dances were given with much grace and poetry of motion, by Mr., Miss, and Miss H. Dawson. The celebrated Polka concluded the performances.

"LOCAL INTELLIGENCE", ? [Cornish] Weekly News (16 August 1844)

MR. DAWSON'S CONCERT - On Wednesday evening, the 7th inst., Mr. DAWSON gave a concert at the Assembly-room, Truro, in which he was very ably assisted on the piano by MR. MARSH, of Penzance. There was a tolerably good company, and the singing of Mr. DAWSON, Miss DAWSON, Miss L. DAWSON, and Master DAWSON, was of a very superior character. Miss L. Dawson sang several popular ballads in a style that bids fair to establish her reputation as one of the best of our local songstresses. The "As I view those scenes so charming," was exquisitely sung, and would doubtless have been encored, as several of her previous songs were, if she had not been so much engaged throughout the evening. Mr. MARSH played a left-handed solo on the piano with great ability and with excellent taste and spirit. The evening's entertainments concluded with some very spirited and elegant dancing, including the now popular and fashionable Polka, and the whole of the performances went off with great éclat.

"LISKEARD", Royal Cornwall Gazette (22 November 1844), 2

A very handsome organ has been erected in Liskeard Church, by Mr. Bishop, organ builder to Her Majesty. It will be opened on Sunday next, the 24th inst., by Mr. Marsh, late Organist at Penzance.

Marriage of Henry Charles Marsh (son of John Marsh) and Louisa Dawson (daughter of James Dawson), St. Clement's, Truro, Cornwall, 7 July 1845 (FHL Film Number: 1545392)


[News], Royal Cornwall Gazette (6 February 1846), 3

The Penzance Harmonic Society gave their second conrert, at the New Hall, Prince's Street, on Tuesday evening, to an unusually numerous, and highly respectable company, who were most gratified by the evening's entertainments. - The orchestral performances for the evening, were "Le Nozze di Figaro" and the "Caliph of Bagdad." The vocalists were Miss Roach, Messrs. Raubem and Gard, and, in comic songs, Mr. Dawson. Mr. T. Weaver performed an admirable solo on the violin. Mr. Marsh presided at the piano; and some flute music was ably executed by Messrs. Bevan and Trythall.


Marian Eliza Marsh; baptised St. Clement's, Truro, 16 July 1847

"EMIGRATION TO AUSTRALIA", London Evening Standard (13 December 1847), 1

An important meeting was held on Saturday afternoon [11 December], shortly after two o'clock, at the residence of Mr. L. Boyd, 8, Waterloo- place, to devise the most efficient means of promoting an extensive scheme of emigration to the colony of New South Wales. "In consequence of the great destitution now existing amongst a class of small farmers and labourers in the north of Ireland aud Scotland," according to the terms of the circular by which the meeting was convened, "the present moment was considered a fitting opportunity to supply the want of the Australasian colonies, so far as regards labour, by encouraging in every posible manner the emigration of such persons." The chair was taken by the Hon. F. Scott, M.P. Amongst those present were - Lord Farnham, Colonel Matheson, M.P., Sir Edward McNaghten, Bart., M.P., Sir Thomas Mitchell, surveyor general of Australia, Hon. James Hewitt, M.P., Richard S Bourke, Esq., M.P., John Boyd, Esq., M.P., Sir William Yemer, Bart., M.P., R. Montgomery Martin, Esq., Sir Robert Ferguson, Bart., M.P., Mark Boyd, Esq., Hananel De Castro, Esq., John Connell, Esq., Lennox Boyd, Esq , Captain Hamilton, R.N., Mark Mackenzie, Esq., John William Sutherland, Esq., George Webster, Esq., Samuel Browning, Esq., Adam Duff, Esq., D. Q. Henriquez, Esq., J. Montefiore, Esq., Sprott Boyd, Esq., S. H. Marsh, Esq., James Grant, Esq., F. Hale Thompson, Esq., Charles Balfour, Esq., John Evans, Esq. . . .

Mr. Archibald Boyd proposed the first resolution, That the colony of Australia, from the salubrity of its climate, the demand for labour that now exists, and is likely to increaae, the abundance of food for the support of the labourer, and its other advantages, both social and physical, offers, in he opinion of this meeting, an admirable outlet for emigration" . . .

Mr. Montgomery Martin supported the resolution. He said convicts were not now sent to New South Wales. Out of a population of 200,000 not more than 5000 were convicts . . .

Lord Farnham proposed the next resolution: - "That this meeting will do its utmost to urge upon her Majesty's government the propriety of giving pecuniary assistance in aid of an emigration to the colony on a large scale, being deeply impressed with the conviction that the relief that would thus be afforded to Ireland and Scotland, while it would secure a comfortable prevision for the emigrants themselves, could not fail to lay the foundation of wealth and prosperity in an important part of her Majesty's dominions, the benefits of which the mother country would ultimately reap" . . .

The next resolution was moved by Sir Edmund Macnaghten, M.P., seconded by Mr. R. S. Bourke, M.P.: - "That this meeting feel confident that the colony itself will liberally contribute to any measure of pecuniary aid which the government of this country may sanction".

The various resolutions were then adopted, and a vote of thanks having been passed to the chairman, the meeting separated shortly before five o'clock.

ASSOCIATIONS: Thomas Mitchell (NSW surveyor general)


"MUSIC", Royal Cornwall Gazette (21 January 1848), 3

In our advertisement columns will be found news of concerts to be given this (Friday) evening, at Falmouth, and on Monday evening, under the patronage of the Earl of Falmouth, at Truro. The performers are Mrs. Henry March, Mr. S. H. Marsh, Mr. Dawson and Mr. T. J. Prout.

[Advertisement], Royal Cornwall Gazette (21 January 1848), 3

BY PARTICULAR DESIRE. A CONCERT will be given on the Evening of FRIDAY next, the 21st, at the POLYTECHNIC HALL, Falmouth, and on MONDAY, the 24th, in the ASSEMBL ROOM, Truro, for the only occasion previous to Mr. S. H. MARSH'S return to London. Mrs. Henry Marsh, Mr. Dawson, Mr. T. J. Prout, and Mr. S. H. Marsh, will sing favorite Songs, Duets, Trios, &c., and Mr. S. H. Marsh will perform a New Selection of Harp and Piano-Forte Music with Mr. Henry Marsh, who will preside at the Piano-Forte. TO COMMENCE AT EIGHT O'CLOCK PRECISELY.

[News], Illustrated London News (6 May 1848), 11

A DEPUTATION on the subject of the introduction of railways into Australia, consisting of Mr. S. H. Marsh, Mr. William Prosser, and Mr. John W. Brett, had an interview with Earl Grey, yesterday, at the Colonial-office.

"MUSIC", John Bull (4 November 1848), 12

Hail to Victoria Queen of the Ocean. The Australian National Anthem; Composed by S. H. Marsh, Esq. The words by John Rae, Esq., Town Clerk of Sydney.

The Australian Waltz. Composed for the opening of Government House, Sidney; by. S. H. Marsh.

The Traveller's Return. A Song, composed on the occasion of Dr. Leichhardt's retutn to Sidney, and dedicated to Members of the Royal Geographical Society. By the same.

T. Boosey, and Co.

Here is music from the Antipodes! The above compositions are interesting in more than a musical point of view: they are proofs of the cultivation, in one of the remotest settlements of the British Empire, of the arts which indicate advanced civilization and refinement of manners. They are, moreover, possessed of great intrinsic merit, and evidently proceed from the pen of a skilful and accomplished musician. The "Australian National Anthem" has been received as such in the colony, and is habitually performed on great public solemnities. It is well worthy of the honour: the poetry is loyal, patriotic, and vigorous; and the melody is (as it ought to be) plain and simple, yet bold and full of character. Each verse is repeated in chorus, richly harmonized in six vocal parts. - The "Australian Waltz" is a pleasing piece for the pianoforte; brilliant and effective without being too difficult. "The Traveller's Return" is in celebration of the return of Dr. Leichhardt from his journey of discovery in the interior of Australia; one of the most wonderful and important achievements of modern times; an achievement which, in the words of a recent writer on Australia, "has virtually added a vast and valuable province to the British empire, and has greatly extended the domain of civilized man." The song before us is an elegant poetical and musical tribute to the merits of this accomplished traveller.


[Advertisement], Windsor and Eton Express (29 December 1849), 1

NEW & FASHIONABLE MUSIC . . . RECIEVED FROM THE FOLLOWING PUBLISHERS . . . FROM MR. JEFFERYS . . . Princess Louisa Schottische . . . S. H. Marsh . . .

After 1849

George Clement Boase and William Prideaux Courteney, Bibliotheca cornubiensis, a catalogue of the writings, both manuscript and printed, of Cornishmen, and of works relating to the county of Cornwall ... volume 1 A-O (London: Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer, 1874), 336

MARSH, Henry. b. Sidmouth, 1824. Now resident in Sidney, Australia.

The Duke of Cornwall's Waltzes for the piano-forte. Composed and dedicated to Mrs. Pidwell Batten by Henry Marsh. Lond., R. Cocks and Co., [1842,] fol., pp. 6, 3/-.

The Mount's Bay Quadrilles for the piano-forte. Composed and dedicated to Miss Fanny Scobell by Henry Marsh. Lond., Chappell and Co., [184-,] fol., pp. 6, 4/-.

NOTE. - Mr. Marsh married a dau. of Mr. James Dawson, Comedian, of Truro.

. . . volume 2 P-Z, 871 

WHITE, RICHARD (eld. son of Rich. White, d. 1875). b. Copperhouse, Phillack 8 Apl. 1825. Apprentice to John Hamilton, builder, Penzance; A self taught musician and then under the instruction of Hen. Marsh, professor of music Penzance, to whom he was ultimately an assistant; Studied tuning and the construction of the organ and pianoforte in London; Organist of Roman Catholic ch. Penzance; Organist and schoolmaster at Gulval; Master of the National sch. Penzance for two years; Organist and choir master of St. Paul's, Penzance since 1859. m. 24 Aug. 1848 at Penzance, Emily, second dau. of Hen. Vingoe builder, Penzance and his wife Alice. The Mount's Bay waltz, composed and respectfully dedicated to the members of the Penzance Institution, on the occasion of the presentation to Messrs. Colliver and May by R. White. [Wood- cut of Mount's Bay]. Engraved and published by Vibert, Penzance, 186-, fol. p. 1, 6d . . .

"DEATHS", Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser (16 April 1879), 4

April 2, at his residence, Banwell-court, Somerset, aged 66, Mr. Jos. Dyer Sympson, only son of the late Mr. Symons Sympson, of Banwell; also on April 1, at 109, Portsdown-road, London, Eliza, the wife of Mr S. H. Marsh, youngest daughter of the above Mr. Symons Sympson.

Documentation (Australia)

"THE ARTS", The Sydney Herald (18 December 1840), 2

We have pleasure in announcing that among our recent arrivals we have Mr. J. S. Prout, an artist of some celebrity in England. This gentleman, is a nephew of Samuel Prout F. R. S., late painter in Ordinary to His Majesty, George the Fourth, and now to Her present Majesty, Queen Victoria, and it is said our visitant has much of the talent of his relative - this is decidedly a source of congratulation to the Colonist m general and it is hoped, that the Drawing-rooms of our wealthy Settlers will soon be ornamented with the drawings of this young Artist, whose Works, published at home speak a sufficient guarantee of his merit. - We may add, that to His Honor Judge Burton (now it is hoped on his passage to this Colony), we are indebted for Mr. Prout's visit to our shores.

ASSOCIATIONS: William Burton (judge, controversialist)


"BUSHELLE'S CONCERT", The Sydney Herald (12 February 1841), 2 

. . . Marsh's song (sadly miscalled National) "the Queen of Merry England," is a very wretched production, and we were sorry to see Mr. Bushelle wasting so much good singing on so poor a composition. No singing could make it even passable, and if our musical Queen have no better musical tributes than this in her favour, she will assuredly not have her memory handed down to posterity in song. We have no wish ever to bear it again . . .

[News], The Australian (6 March 1841), 2

"THE FINE ARTS", Australasian Chronicle (16 March 1841), 3

[Advertisement], Australasian Chronicle (23 March 1841), 3

"CONCERT", The Sydney Herald (24 March 1841), 2

"MRS. PROUT'S CONCERT", Australasian Chronicle (23 March 1841), 2

"MRS. J. S. PROUT'S CONCERT", The Sydney Monitor (24 March 1841), 2

"THIS EVENING'S CONCERT", Free Press and Commercial Journal (24 March 1841), 2 

Those who are fond of music will have an excellent opportunity of gratifying their penchant by attending Mrs. Prout's Concert, at the Victoria Theatre, this evening. Mr. and Mrs. Bushelle, Mr. Worgan, and other vocal amateurs will assist, and the list of instrumental performers comprises almost the whole of the profession in Sydney, besides the band of the 28th regiment, to which Colonel French has, as usual, given permission to attend. Much has been said pro and con relative to Italian music; we certainly prefer our national music and our own language to Italian, but, at the same time, a judicious admixture of the latter is requisite to form a modern concert, and at the same time is not at all disagreeable. The programme of this evening's Concert we now have before us, and we are of opinion that the selection is such as will give general satisfaction. For the benefit of those who are not at all, or but imperfectly, acquainted with the Italian language, a translation of the various pieces has been prepared and will be distributed with the programmes, amongst the audience. Mrs. Prout is a stranger, and we trust will meet with a hearty and cheering reception; and the public should remember, that by the arrival of Mrs. Prout and her family in Sydney, they have also acquired in Mr. Prout an artist of no mean description, although in a different line from that of Mrs. Prout.

24 March 1841, Maria Prout's concert

[Advertisement], The Sydney Herald (24 March 1841), 1 

GRAND CONCERT, under the distinguished patronage of Lady Gipps, Lady Mitchell, Mrs. Deas Thomson, Mrs. Barney, and several other ladies of rank, who have all signified their intention of being present.
Mrs. J. S. PROUT, Pianist, begs to announce that her Concert of Vocal and Instrumental Music will take place at the Royal Victoria Theatre, THIS EVENING, March 24.
She will be assisted by Mrs. Bushelle, Mr. Bushelle, Mr. Worgan, several vocal amateurs, Mr. S. W. Wallace, Mr. T. Leggatt, Mr. Wallace, Mr. Deane, Mr. E. Deane, Mr. Sippe, Mr. Walton, Mr. O'Flaherty, Mr. Curtis, Mr. Portbury, Mr. Pappin, Mr. Downes, and the other members of the theatrical orchestra. Colonel French has also kindly allowed the use of the excellent Band of the 28th Regiment.
Leader, Mr. S. W. Wallace; Conductor, Mr. Leggatt.
A Book containing the Italian Songs with a correct translation, may be had at the doors of the theatre.
Overture to Don Giovani, Mozart - Full orchestra
1. Opening Scene and Pastorale, "Notte Giorno" and Giovanette, from Mozart's celebrated Opera
"Don Giovanni;" full Orchestral Accompaniments - Mr. & Mrs. Bushelle, Mr. Leggatt, Mr. Worgan, Mr. Griffiths
2. Song, "What is the Spell?", Rooke - Mr. Worgan
3. Song, "La Tremenda Ultrice Spada," from Bellini's Romeo; Orchestral Accompaniments- Mrs. Bushelle
4. Song, "As I view these Scenes so charming," from the Somnambula; Orchestral Accompaniments - Mr. Bushelle
5. Solo, Pianoforte, Air Varié "Suoni la Tromba," Herz - Mrs. J. S. Prout
6. Quintett, "When Winds breathe soft" - All the Vocalists.
7. Song, "Auld Robin Gray," with Quintett Accompaniments, and Oboe Obligato, Mr. Leggatt - Mrs. Bushelle
8. Song, "Largo al Factotum," with full Orchestral Accompaniments - Mr. Bushelle
PART II. Overture to Ludovic, Herold - Full Orchestra
1. Solo, "Joy's bright Fountain;" Chorus, "Hail to the Queen!" full Orchestral Accompaniments - Mrs. Bushelle and all the vocalists.
2. Song, "When Time hath bereft thee," (by desire,) full Orchestral Accompaniments - Auber - Mr. Bushelle.
3. Duet Concertante, Piano and Violin, Herz & Lafont - Mrs. J. S. Prout, Mr. Wallace
4. The Buffo Duet, "All'Idea," with full Orchestral Accompaniments - Rossini- Mr. & Mrs. Bushelle
5. "The Groves of Blarney" - Mr. Bushelle
6. The favourite Polacca in Il Puritani, Solo and Quartett, with Orchestral Accompaniments - Mrs. Bushelle, Mr. Bushelle, Mr. Worgan, Mr. Leggatt
"God Save the Queen!"
Tickets for Pit or Boxes, 7s. 6d. each; Upper Boxes, 5s.; and Gallery, 2s. 6d each. The Pitt will be elegantly fitted up and communicate with the Dress Boxes. Private Boxes may be secured on application to Mr. Prout, Elizabeth-street North, where tickets may be obtained, as well as at Mr. Ellard's and Mr. Aldis's, George-street. Doors open at half-past seven; the concert will begin at eight o'clock.

"MRS. PROUT'S CONCERT", Free Press and Commercial Journal (27 March 1841), 3 

On Wednesday evening we attended Mrs. Prout's Concert, and passed a couple of hours very pleasantly. The novelty of the evening was of course Mrs. Prout, and all agreed to her exceeding talent as a Pianist. The songs of the evening have all been heard and written of before. Mr. Bushelle created a hearty laugh as usual; Mr. Worgan's song was rather a failure; altogether the concert went off well.

"MRS. PROUT'S CONCERT", The Australian (27 March 1841), 2 

. . . The concert in most respects, went off with eclàt. The overtures were played with taste and correctness, with the exception of the flutes, which were sadly out of tune . . . Auld Robin Gray was most feelingly sung by Mrs. Bushelle; but we could not help regretting that, in her evidently ill-state of health, so long and exhausting a song should have been allotted to her . . .

"MRS. J. S. PROUT'S CONCERT", The Sydney Herald (27 March 1841), 2 

ON Wednesday a large assemblage of the élite of Sydney attended the Theatre to hail our newly arrived musician, Mrs. J. S. Prout, who was warmly received and enthusiastically applauded, as she well deserved to be . . . In the overtures [Mr. S. W. Wallace] seemed afraid of overpowering the weak and powerless orchestra, which is called "Full" in the Programme; but we have seldom heard any attempt so feeble and deficient in spirit as the Don Giovanni. Had Mozart been present, he could not, assuredly have recognised his own music. Herold's Ludovic was rather better; but, still feebleness was its decided characteristic . . .

"MUSIC", The Sydney Herald (4 November 1841), 2 

Our musical readers will be pleased to hear that we may soon expect the arrival of Mrs. Prout's brother, Mr. Marsh, well known at home both as a musical composer and performer, more particularly on the harp. Mr. Marsh has heen giving a series of concerts in England and Ireland; and, in Dublin Patriot of the 24th of April last, we find the following remarks:

"In our previous notice, we dwelt with some stress on the delightful effect imparted to the song, "The Parent's Gift," by the newly-conceived and well executed accompaniments for three violincellos. We have since discovered hat this unique composition is the production of Mr. Marsh, as also the charming terzetto, (from his own Opera the Gentleman in Black) which was given in the second act, and which reflect the highest credit on his taste and skill. Notwithstanding his high reputation as an artist and composer, we had no idea that he possessed the extraordinary versatile powers that he has given such evidence of, for, in his efforts on last Tuesday evening, he proved himself an exquisite performer on the harp, as well as on the piano-forte, producing all the effects, and mastering all the intricacies by which each instrument is characterised, with a power and facility that must at once establish bim as a harpist and pianoforte player (two very rare qualities combined) of the highest rank."

Mr. Marsh will be a welcome addition to the musical talent already in the Colony.

"Summary of Public Intelligence", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (6 November 1841), 3 


"Mrs. Prout's Concert", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (12 March 1842), 2

"CONCERTS", The Sydney Herald (4 June 1842), 2


[Advertisement], The Australian (17 October 1843), 2

"MUSICAL REGISTER. MR. MARSH'S CONCERT", The Weekly Register of Politics, Facts and General Literature (21 October 1843), 196 

"Misfortunes never come singly," says the adage: we, of Sydney experience, are disposed to say the same of concerts, or rather to substitute concerts for misfortunes. The lowering times were, we feared, inimical to anything like an harmonious meeting; and with our notice of Mrs. Bushelle's recent concert, we thought we had disposed of one of those "few and far-between" visitations which we Sydneyites hardly dare look for. We were calculating, however, without Mr. Marsh, whose affiche for Wednesday last drew to the Royal Hotel a numerous audience - including his Excellency and Lady Gipps, the Mayor and many of the élite of this City. The chief attraction was the mustering of "all hands" to the piano-fortes and harps, to the number of twenty-six, belonging to thirteen individuals, most of them young ladies of very comely and amiable appearance, but whose chief occupation seemed to be to jump their fingers from the dominant to the key-note, as opportunity might offer, during the time that Mrs. Marsh, Mrs. Prout and others, were playing from multiplied copies, the overture to "Les Diamans de la Couronne" arranged as a duet for the piano with harp accompaniment. There certainly was some paucity of talent visible in this arrangement, but the performers were irresistable, and were most gallantly encored. Mrs. Bushelle was decidedly not in voice, and sung with more effort than usual. Mrs. Wallace has not improved in style, nor learned to sing with correct emphasis. Mr. Wallace's violin, however, Mr. Marsh's harp, and the amateur's violoncello, delighted us much.

"MUSICAL INTELLIGENCE", The New South Wales magazine 1/11 (November 1843), 634-35 

"PORT OF HOBART TOWN", The Courier (9 February 1844), 2

"SYDNEY ILLUSTRATED", The Sydney Morning Herald (20 March 1844), 2

"MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT", The Sydney Morning Herald (22 March 1845), 2

[Advertisement], The Courier (25 March 1848), 3

"MUSICAL SOIREE", The Courier (5 April 1848), 3

"PORT OF HOBART TOWN", Colonial Times (14 April 1848), 2

"MULTUM IN PARVO", The Sydney Morning Herald (19 April 1848), 3  

[Advertisement], The Argus (10 April 1852), 5

[Advertisement], The Argus (21 April 1852), 2


[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (27 September 1854), 1

Conrad Martens, Wanstead, residence of Stephen Marsh, 30 April 1853

Conrad Martens, sketches in Australia, 1835-65; 8. "Wanstead; Stephen Marsh Esq., April 30 1853"; State Library of New South Wales (detail above) (IMAGE)

[Advertisement], Empire (18 March 1862), 1 

RANDWICK ASYLUM for DESTITUTE CHILDREN. - Programme of the Concert given by Signor CESARE CUTOLO, in aid of the funds of the above Institution, at the Masonic Hall, THIS (Tuesday) EVENING, March 18th, assisted by Miss Brady, Miss M. Brady, a Gentleman Amateur (Mr. Waller), Mr. Sussmilch, and the Gentlemen Amateurs of the German Glee Club, Mr. T. Brooks, Mr. Henry Marsh, the Band of H. M. 12th Regiment, and a Lady Amateur (Mrs. H. Marsh) who has kindly consented to sing for this benevolent occasion (her first appearance).

PART I ... 4. - Song - "The Adieu" - Lady Amateur (Mrs. Marsh) - Roch-Albert ...

PART II ... 5. - Song - "The Wanderer" - Lady amateur (Mrs. Marsh), Schubert ...

"SIGNOR CUTOLO'S CONCERT", The Sydney Morning Herald (19 March 1862), 5 

. . . Several songs were very pleasingly sung by Mrs. Marsh in the course of the evening - the " Adieu," of Roch Albert; the " Gondalotto," and the "Wanderer," of Schubert . . .




"SOCIAL", The Sydney Morning Herald (31 July 1874), 5 

Mr. Henry Marsh, a gentleman well-known in this city for upwards of twenty-five years as a talented musical writer, performer and tutor, left with his family for San Francisco per British India in the early part of the present month. We have previously noticed the presentation of a testimonial to Mr. Marsh by the members of the choir of the Church of England, at St. Leonards, where the recipient was organist, and understand that a number of Mr. Marsh's old pupils subscribed for another souvenir, as an evidence of their esteem. The rather unexpected early departure of the ship that conveyed Mr. Marsh to his now place of residence, prevented as formal a presentation as had been intended, and it took place somewhat hurriedly, at the offices of the Hon. Secretary for the testimonial, Mr. J. C. Neild, 227, Geerge-Street, where the souvenir, a handsomely silver mounted emu egg inkstand, bearing an appropriate inscription, was handed to Mr. Marsh by one of the lady subscribers, who, in a few suitable words, assured Mr. Marsh of the high esteem in which he was held by his pupils, past and present, and of the regret that they felt at his leaving Australia for America, where they wished him every prosperity. Mr. Marsh feelingly replied, thanking the subscribers most heartily, and assuring them that he should ever remember them and their kindness. Mr. Neild conveyed to Mr. Marsh the good wishes of absent subscribers who had commissioned him to convey their kind regards to their old friend and tutor, and a hearty leave taking terminated the proceedings.



"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (21 July 1879), 1 

MARSH. At Portsdown Road, London, of bronchitis, Mrs. Stephen H. Marsh, formerly of Sydney.

Documentation (California)


"St. Peter's Episcopal Church Benefit", Daily Alta California (18 February 1879), 1 

The Trustees of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, being sorely pressed financially, have arranged to give an operetta, concert and farce, at Platt's Hall, to-morrow evening, at 8 o'clock. J. N. Long, Esq., haa kindly taken the supervision of the entertainment. Thomas J. Duffy, Esq., leads the orchestra. The following is the programme; Part I. The operetta of "The Crimson Scarf," by Legouix . . . Part II. - Instrumental Concert - Overture, harp and piano, "Grand Duchess," (arranged by S. H. Marsh) S. H. Marsh and Henry Marsh; Grand Duo, plano-forte, "De Guillaume Tell," (Rossini) Miss Maud Marsh and Mr. Henry Marsh; Fantasia, harp, (S. H. Marsh) S. H. Marsh; Selection, harp and piano, S. H. Marsh and Henry Marsh. Part III. - To conclude with the farce of "When Women Weep," by J. N. Long . . .


1880, USA federal census; San Francisco, California

5 Henrietta Square / Stephen Marsh / Head / 72 / [born] England
Harriet Marsh / Wife / 55 / [born] England
George Marsh / 23
Lucy Marsh / 20
Alfred Marsh / 19
Victor Marsh / 16
Stephen Marsh / 13
Alonzo Marsh / 11
Maud Marsh / 7
William Marsh / 5


[Advertisement], San Francisco Call (2 April 1890), 5


[Advertisement], San Francisco Call (17 January 1891), 5


1900 USA Census

Henry (head), Louisa (wife), Alameda Precinct 8, Alameda, California

"Death of Mrs. Gore", San Francisco Call (28 May 1906), 4

ALAMEDA, May 27. - Mrs. Matilda Hale Gore, wife of Dr. Arthur Gore, passed away yesterday at her home, 1702 Paru street. She was a native of Australia, 45 years of age, the daughter of Henry Marsh, the late composer, and sister of Frank and Frederick Marsh, Mrs. Ellis Read, Mrs. Robert Collins and Miss Eva Marsh. Her funeral is to be held tomorrow afternoon from Christ Episcopal Church.

Musical works (Stephen)

Thema, with an introduction and variations (1824)

Thema, with an introduction and variations for the piano forte, by S. H. A. Marsh (London: For the Author, by Chappell & Co., [1824]


"NEW MUSIC", The London magazine 10 (July 1824), 88 

Thema, with an Introduction, and variations, by H. A. Marsh [sic]. Mr. Marsh is a pupil of Bochsa, and the style of the piece before us has much of the brilliancy and taste of that master. The theme is very elegant, and it is well preserved, although there is no lack of variety or spirit in the variations.

[Review], The quarterly musical magazine and review 6 (1824), 261 

Thema, with an Introduction and Variations for the Piano Forte, by S. H. A. Marsh. London (for the Author) Chappell & Co.

Mr. Marsh is an inhabitant of Sidmouth, and a pupil of Mr. Bochsa, to whom this work is dedicated, and we presume it to be one of his first attempts at composition. If so, it is highly creditable to him. The theme is smooth and elegant, the melody and character of which is preserved through seven variations. Without incurring the imputation of imitating his master, Mr. Marsh has given his style a resemblance to that of Mr. Bochsa in many points, in the introduction particularly, where he has taken the first bar of his theme as a subject, and also in the marks of expression. The prevailing character of the piece is smoothness and delicacy, with occasional passages of force, but the former qualities are most generally apparent.

[Review], Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser (26 January 1825), 3

"THEMA," with an Introduction, and Variations for the Piano forte, by S. H. A. MARSH. London (for the Author) Chappell & Co.

Mr. Marsh is an inhabitant of Sidmouth . . . (From The Quarterly Musical Magazine and Review.)

The Author of "The Thema," thus deservedly commended has recently given the public a very elegant little Air, called "There's a Magic in thine Eye," and which has been very greatly admired. Mr. Marsh, at a very early age, evinced the dawnings of that superior talent by which he is now distinguished as one of the most able Harpists of the present day, as well as a brilliant Piano-forte Performer. Judging from his present compositions, it would be but reasonable to predict that he will, ere long, become no less eminent a Composer, than he already is from his skill in eliciting the drilling tones of his Hatp, or displaying the graceful touches of the Piano.

[News], Bristol mirror (11 September 1830), 3

The very flattering terms in which a composition by Mr. Marsh, whose musical works are advertised in another column, is spoken of in the 6th volume of the Quarterly Musical Magazine and Review, is so highly creditable to his talents, as to induce us to extract the following passage. Speaking of a theme, with an introduction and variations for the piano-forte, the reviewer says: "The theme is smooth and elegant . . . qualities are most generally apparent."

Love at the helm (1828)

Love at the helm, a ballad, by S. H. A. Marsh (1828)


[Reviews], La belle assemblée; or, Court and fashionable magazine 

Love at the Helm, a Ballad, by S. H. A. Marsh [and other titles] . . . The first of these songs purports, from the title, to be original; the composer never, surely, can have so far deceived himself; it is nearly note for note a wellknown waltz.

[Advertisement], The harmonicon (April 1829), [last page] 

NEW SONGS . . . Love at the Helm - Marsh. 2s 0d . . . Published by S. CHAPPELL, 135, New Bond-street, London.

Introduction and variations on Kathleen O'More (? 1830)

Introduction and variations on the . . . Irish air of Kathleen O'More for harp (London, [1830?])

Copy at British Library, Music Collections h.184.b.(10.) [004509971]

The song of an exile (1830)

I come to thee (serenade) (1830)

'Gainst thine enchanting eyes (1830)

Cease your funning (1830)


"NEW MUSIC", Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser (28 July 1830), 3

"The Song of an Exile," - "I come to thee," (Serenade) - "'Gainst thine enchanting Eyes." - "Cease your Funning." - Mr. S. H. A. MARSH, the celebrated harpist, has just richly contributed to the delights of musical recreation by the publication of the songs and pieces above enumerated. They have all been received at the concerts of the nobility and gentry at Clifton, (where Mr. Marsh now resides) with delighted attention, and will no doubt become fashionably popular. One of the serenades is dedicated to Miss Coles, of Parrock's Lodge, near Chard, and another to the Miss Bayly's, and the variations (which are very beautiful) in Cease your Funning, to Miss Bacon of Sidcliff.

There's a magic in thine eye, love (London: Paine and Hopkins, [1832])

There's a magic in thine eye, love, sung by Mr. Spark at the Sidmouth subscription concerts, written by Harry Stoe Van Dyk; composed by S. H. A. Marsh (London: Paine & Hopkins, [1832])

Copy at the National Library of Australia (DIGITISED)

[Advertisement], London Evening Standard (18 April 1832), 1

THERE'S A MAGIC IN THINE EYE, by S. H. A. Marsh. 1s. 6d.
Paine and Hopkins, 69, Cornhill.

ASSOCIATIONS: On Spark, see: "Table Talk", The musical standard (7 October 1865), 120 

The Exeter papers record the death of Mr. Spark, a lay vicar of the cathedral in that city, at the age of 68. For nearly 60 years he had been a singer in Exeter Cathedral. He was an accomplished musician, and had sung with Catalani. His son, Dr. W. Spark, is well known as the organist of the Leeds Town Hall.

The king of merry England (1834)

The King of merry England, a new national song . . . by S. H. A. Marsh (London: [?], [1834])


The King of merry England, a new national song, sung with unbounded applause by Miss E. Paton, Mr. Sinclair, Mr. G. Barker, Mr. Franks & Mr. C. Purday, the words by R. Gilfillan, Esq'r (extracted from The Dublin magazine and review), composed and most respectfully dedicated to his most gracious majesty, king William the fourth by S. H. A. Marsh, second edition (London: S. Chappell's, Mori & Lavenu's . . . [etc.], [? 1834])

Copy at the National Library of Australia (DIGITISED)

"NEW MUSIC. NEW NATIONAL SONG", Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser (5 November 1834), 6

"The King of Merry England,"
Sung at the dinner given to Earl GREY, at Edinburgh, with immense applause, has been admirably set to Music by the eminent Composer, S. H. A. Marsh, of Clifton. This very clever Musician has invested this merry and loyal song with a right merry and highly tasteful tune, and we confidently predict that henceforth there will no public convivial board - social table, or musical soiree, at which the "King of Merry England" will not be greeted with the hearts and voices of all so assembled, who feel as 'Englishmen ought to do, the united impulses of personal loyalty and national veneration. It is the very best song to the very best tune which has appeared within the last dozen years. The following are the words, and we are glad to find that the booksellers this town are already supplied with copies.

Mr. Marsh's New National Song, the Words by R. Gilfillan, Esq., taken from the Dublin University Magazine.

O! the King of Merry England,
What King so loved as he? -
A gallant band may he command
In all his kingdoms three
And there the smile of beauty
Still falls upon the free.
       O! the King of Merry England, &c. . . .

Les favorites quadrilles (1837)

Les souvenir de la valse (1837)

Recollections of Devonshire (1837)

Spirit of music (1837)

[Review], Bristol Mercury (16 September 1837), 4

S. H. A. Marsh's Grand Sacred Cantata, Spirit of Music, Recollections of Devonshire, Les Favoarites Quadriles and Les Souvenir de la Valse. - London: Chappel, New Bond-street, and Wessel & Co., Frith-street. - We congratulate Mr. Marsh upon the success which has attended his pen in the production of these truly musical compositions. The Cantata, Spirit of Music, soars far above the common-place productions with which the musical world is daily inundated; its melody is so highly characteristic, and its accompaniment so rich, full, and harmonious, that we will venture to predict for it a fame which shall endure when many of the lighter compositions of the day are forgotten. The Waltzes boast much originality, and bear testimony not only to the skill, but the taste of the composer. It is long since we have heard any more pleasing than they are, particularly No. 3 in Les Souvenir de la Valse, and the whole are so arranged as to afford excellent practice.

[Review], The musical world (24 November 1837), 170 

"Les Favorites," Quadrilles, by T. H. A. Marsh [sic]. - Recollections of Devonshire. Two Valses rondos, by ditto. - CHAPPELL.

Mr. Marsh's quadrilles (Les Favorites) are worthy their name, which is more than can be often said of these assumptions of flattering titles. Of his "valse rondos," the first is poor and common-place, but the second good and original, with a pretty modulation or two.

The queen of merry England (1838)

New edition, from The king of merry England, above


"WEEKLY LIST OF NEW PUBLICATIONS", The musical world 8 (19 April 1838), 269 

. . . MARSH, S. H. A., "The Queen of merry England," National song - [CHAPPELL] . . .

A set of quadrilles (c. 1840)

A set of quadrilles, composed and arranged for the piano forte and dedicated to the subscribers of the Clifton balls (London: Chappell's, [c. 1840])

Copy at the British Library; Music Collections h.725.xx.(8.) [013599888]

? [Advertisement], The Bristol mercury (12 December 1840), 8

New Dance Music & Piano-forte Pieces . . . The following at the various Prices annexed . . . 6. Clifton Quadrilles, Les Favourites . . . SOLD BY J. COCKRAM, At his PIANO-FORTE WAREHOUSES. Nos. 6 and 30, LOWER ARCADE, BRISTOL.

Two favorite airs by a lady [undated]

Copy of no. 2 at DePaul University Library (a Collection of piano and vocal music from the library of Charles Dickens) 

Musical works (Henry)

The duke of Cornwall's waltzes [? 1842]

The duke of Cornwall's waltzes for the piano-forte, composed and dedicated to Mrs. Pidwell Batten by Henry Marsh (London: R. Cocks and Co., [1842])

Copy at British Library

The Mount's Bay quadrilles [? mid 1840s]

The Mount's Bay quadrilles for the piano-forte, composed and dedicated to Miss Fanny Scobell by Henry Marsh (London: Chappell and Co., [184-,])

Copy (in album belonging originally to Sara Flower) at State Library of New South Wales

Bibliography and resources

J. S. Prout, Journal of a Voyage from Plymouth to Sydney, in Australia on board the emigrant ship Royal Sovereign, with a short description of Sydney . . . to which is added a brief account of Port Phillip (London : Smith, Elder, & Co., 1844) (DIGITISED)

The autobiography of Mr. James Dawson (Truro: J. R. Netherton, 1865)

V. W. Hodgman, Prout, John Skinner (1805-1876), Australian dictionary of biography 2 (1967)

Maria Prout, DAAO

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