Anne and Gerald Thursfied – Whiteleaf Lodge
In 1931 the property known previously as“Chinnor View” (now Whiteleaf View) was sold to Gerald and Anne Thursfield, who owned it until 1946. Gerald was a mechanical engineer in his own right. His wife Anne was a major soprano singer. As a widely read musician she was equally at home singing German lieder and French chansons. (1)
Anne Thursfield (born 28th March, 1885 (New York) died 5th June, 1945) at Cheyne Walk, Chelsea. As Mezzo-Soprano she made a number of recordings with piano accompaniment by Gerald Moore, with HMV during her lifetime. (2)
Ms. Thursfield sang soprano at many Proms concerts, notably; in 1919 (No. 03) 1928 (No. 40) 1929 (No. 34) and 1929 (No. 49) the last night of the Proms. (3) She appeared at the Wigmore hall in May 1919 and 1920 when her repertoire included a varied selection of classical Italian arias, old French and English songs and modern ones, among the French songs performed were Faure’s Clair de lune and Debussy’s Fantoches. (4)
(1) “Obituary” Times (London, England) 21 June 1945. The Times Digital Archive.
(2) His Masters Voice Records (advertisement extract) circa 1929
(3) BBC.co.uk proms archive 1919
(4) Press article (source unknown) 1915