Lemmens-Sherrington [née Sherrington], Helen
- George Grove
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(b Preston, Oct 4, 1834; d Brussels, May 9, 1906). English soprano, wife of Jaak Nikolaas Lemmens, whom she married in 1857. She came of a family who had lived for several generations at Preston. Her mother was a musician. In 1838 they emigrated to Rotterdam, and there Helen Sherrington studied with Verhulst. In 1852 she entered the Brussels Conservatory and took first prizes for singing and declamation. On 7 April 1856 she made her first appearance in London and soon rose to the position of leading English soprano, both in sacred and secular music; after the retirement of Clara Novello in 1860 she had no rival. She appeared in English opera from 1860 to 1865, and at Covent Garden in 1866, but found her place more in concert and oratorio. During the 1870s she formed part of the vocal quartet most in demand for festivals, with Janet Patey, Sims Reeves and Charles Santley. After her husband’s death in ...