Albert Fransella (1865-1935)
“Mr Fransella sacrifices boldness of style to delicacy of tone and perfection of execution. He takes his instrument as it is, and does not enlarge the holes to get a big tone, or otherwise spoil it for ordinary players and trusts to his power of lip to make it practicable for himself. What we got from him therefore was the normal modern orchestral flute, very well played”.
(George Bernard Shaw, The World, 7/3/1894)
He played in the Crystal Palace Orchestra 1855-1901, the
Queen’s Hall Orchestra 1895-1919, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1900-1925
and made tours with Melba and Tetrazzini. He also held principal positions in
the Scottish Orchestra and the Royal Opera,