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Charles Flavell Hayward (1863–1906)

The death of this popular member of the Brescians, best known among intimates as the "Hatless Man," was due to an abscess which settled on his lung, and for which he underwent an operation, which resulted fatally. His full name was Charles Flavell Hayward, his age was 44, and he was fairly well known in English musical circles. He commenced his career by playing first violin at the Birmingham festival concerts, playing at the same desk as Elgar, with whom he kept up a friendly correspondence to his last days. He afterwards toured as solo violin with Sims Reeves, Foli, and Madame Dolores (or Antonia Trebelli, as she was then called), and played at all the principal musical festivals at home. He principally devoted his energies to composition, and particularly orchestration, and composed three grand operas, two comic operas, and published over 100 detached pieces, principally orchestral, together with solos for violin and vocal, concerted numbers, and songs. One of his songs had a sale of over 50,000 copies, whilst one or two of his violin solos have had large sales. All the orchestral arrangements and vocal concerted music of the Brescians were arranged or composed by the deceased gentleman, and their success musically is due in no small measure to his artistic inspiration. He was the possessor of the Chas. Reade "Strad" violin, and played on this instrument regularly.

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