BL 7 November 2008
'Notice to Proprietors and Managers.
'BROTHERS ALVERNO have this Day changed their names to BROTHERS ERNO, as there has been so much confusion with Proprietors thinking they were the Brothers Alfrano; also we have had letters addressed to Brothers Alfrano, and the Alfranos have had letters addressed for Brothers Alverno. Hoping that this will not make any confusion with Proprietors thinking we are fresh partners, but the same. Have fulfilled successful engagements at People's, keighley; Newsome's Circus, Liverpool; and Thornton's Varieties, Leeds. Conclude To-noght a successful engagement Lorne Music Hall, Greenock.
'Open Monday next, October 27th, ROYAL MUSIC HALL, LEITH.
'Please address all letters, Brothers ERNO, Royal Music Hall, Leith.'
(The Era, London, Sunday, 26 October 1873, p. 14d)
'The Only and Original BROTHERS ERNO, in conjunction with LITTLE FRED and LA PETITE FLORA, the Great Infant Gymnasts. Their performance on the Double Trapeze is something wonderful. Finished, Mechanics', Hull, January 31st, and Re-engaged to return April 27th, for Twelve Night. Conclude To-night a Successful Engagement, Alhambra, Bradford. Opening Monday Next, February 9th, for Twelve Nights, STAR, BARROW-IN-FURNESS, where please address all letters. At Liberty March 9th.'
(The Era, London, Sunday, 8 February 1874, p. 14d)
'THE MESSIAH CONCERT. - Not least among the many attractions of Easter week will be the grand performance of Handel's Messiah on Tuesday next, to which allusion has already been made. At any time, and under almost any circumstances, this sublime work is sure of a cordial reception in Birmingham; but in the present instance there is a special fitness in the time, and a completeness in the cicrumstances, which must greatly enhance the attractiveness of the oratorio. For Eastertide, indeed, a better musical selection could not have been made, and being made, its performance could hardly have been entrusted to more competent hands than those into which it will pass on Tuesday next. Mr. Sims Reeves, upon whom the principal tenor music will devolve, is simply unapproachable in the part, and the co-operating artistes, Madame Lemmens-Sherrington, Miss Helen D'Alton, and Signor Foli, are among the very best available for the work. The band and chorus, selected chiefly from the franks of the Festival Choral Society, will be under the conduct of Mr. Stockley, and Mr. Stimpson will preside at the organ. If other inducements were needed to secure the support of all musical lovers for this very attractive performance, it is supplied by the announcement that the concert is for a benevolent object, vis., to provide funds for the purchase of an organ for the new church of St. Stephen's, at Selly Hill.'
(Birmingham Daily Post Birmingham, England, Friday, 7 April 1871, p. 4e)
'THE dancing dames who delight the golden youth (and silver age) which frequents '' the halls,'' seem lately, in the ever necessary search after ''fresh trips and postures new,'' to have found some virtue in wearing electric light. The idea admits of nothing more novel than variation of application, having become pretty familiar to the public since it was first introduced at the Savoy Theatre. Miss Nellie Navette, a lady not unknown in these circles for feat footing, is the latest experimentalist. Wearing a garland of (what are presumably) large red poppies, whose hears are light (either because their souls are pure, or because they nestle on Miss Nellie's bosom), and carrying a branch of the same flowers (of which one feels a sad prescience that she cannot leave go) the lady executes some ordinary steps neatly enough. She pauses occasionally to smile upon us, and ''light up'' (which is permitted at the Alhambra, if not at the Palace [also in Leicester Square]), and the general effect is - shall I say? - fetching.'
(Nestor, 'Slashes and Puffs,' Fun, London, Wednesday, 8 February 1893, p. 55a)
'London, Sunday Night [22 January 1893]
'For those to whom either the political or the poetical drama proves too solid a fare, London just now is able to provide excellent enjoyment. At the Alhambra, where a fresh ballet, Chicago's World's Fair, is shortly to take the place of the picturesque Up the Rive, Miss Nellie Navette, one of the neatest and cleverest of dancers, will to-morrow give for the first time a new ''electric dance,'' introducing some kaleidoscopic effects of recent invention by Mr. A.L. Fyfe.'
(The Birmingham Daily Post, Birmingham, England, Monday 23 January 1893, p. 5b)
'(FROM OUR LONDON CORRESPONDENTS.)
'LONDON, Tuesday [24 January 1893]. . .
'A charming novelty was produced at the Alhambra last night. It is a new floral electric dance by Miss Nellie Navette. In light, floating, classical garb, whose soft folds indicate without revealing too much of a lovely figures, Miss Navette glides gracefully through a series of exquisite movements. She is flower decked, and ever and anon among the flowers electric lights sparkle. It is a most charming picture dance, and last night was received with a fervour of enthusiasm. The two great ballets, Up the River and Aladdin, have lost none of their fascination for the frequenters of the Alhambra, but I understand that Mr. A.a. Gilmer, who has succeeded Mr. John Hollingshead in the management, is already preparing a new spectacular ballet which will deal with the humours of the Chicago Exhibition.'
(Western Mail, Cardiff, Wales, Wednesday, 25 January 1893, p. 4g)
'THE ALHAMBRA. . .
'On Monday night the variety portion of the now liberal programme was added to by the appearance of Miss Nellie Navette in her new electric dance. Miss Navette has for some time held a place among the foremost of the favourites of the music halls, owing her position in no small measure to her Terpsichorean ability. Her many admirers might address to her the lines of ''the Bard'' from The Winter's Tale - ''When you do dance, I wish you a wave o' the sea, that you might ever do nothing but that,'' for her ''steps'' are pleasant studies in neatness and grace. In her new electric dance she comes on in a dress that is garlanded with pretty flowers, and in her hand she bears a feathered spray. While she dances flowers and spray become suddenly radiant with electric lights, producing a most cahrming effect, which is presently enhances, as, retiring for a moment, she returns bearing a sunshade, from the various points of which comes further radiance. Miss Navette's contribution to the Alhambra programme is as pretty as it is novel, and it is greeted with applause that is both loud and long continued. . . .'
(The Era, London, Saturday, 28 January 1893, p. 16a)
'New music has, we learn, been composed by M. Jacobi for the ''Floral Electric Dance'' now being performed by Miss Nellie Navette at the Alhambra Theatre.'
(The Daily News, London, Monday, 30 January 1893, p. 2a)
Metropolitan music hall
'. . . There is a serio-comic songstress whose name is Miss Minnie Gough, whom the people like much, as they may well do, for she is a merry young lady with a clear, ringing voice, and is an adept in the art of pleasing. When we saw and heard her she sang a medley and gave a personation of Cupid armed with the bow and arrows, which gained her much applause. . . .'
(The Era, London, Sunday, 31 August 1873, p. 11 c)
The London Pavilion
'. . . Miss Minnie Gough is just now in high favour here, and that deservedly. She dresses well, and is the happy possessor of a really excellent voice. In a medley given in rrmarkably handsome costume she ranges from gay to grave, and, leaving the hackneyed air of ''Mother says I mustn't,'' sings in quite artistic style that pretty song of ''The Love Bird,'' which is sure to be well received when well interpreted. And well interpreted it is by Miss Gough, who retired amid plaudits which bespeak her popularity, and which must be to her highly gratifying. . . .'
(The Era, London, Sunday, 5 July 1874, p. 7c)
'MINNIE GOUGH, England's Greatest Serio, finished To-night a most successful Engagement Royal, Holborn. All New Songs. ''The Gravedigger,'' by Charles Williams, great success. Return to Town Easter. All the best Halls booked in the Provinces. Agent, H.J. Didcott.'
(The Era, London, Saturday, 13 December 1890, p. 27d)
Minnie Gough died at Birmingham after a very long illness on 30 March 1891
The Era, London, Saturday, 28 March 1891, p. 14d