- W.H. Husk
- , revised by George Biddlecombe
- and Catherine Hutchinson
(b London, 1814; d Warsash, Hants., Aug 4, 1879). English soprano. She was a member of Britain’s foremost acting family in the early 19th century; her father was the actor-manager Charles Kemble and her aunt was Sarah Siddons. Kemble studied singing in Paris with Giulio Bordogni (1831–4) and later in Italy where she had lessons with Giuditta Pasta (1838), as well as with Gian Orazio Cartagenova, Saverio Mercadante, and Nicola Vaccai (1839–40). Kemble’s early performances were as a concert singer. In 1835 she sang in the Concerts of Ancient Music on May 13 and 20, in a performance of Messiah given by the Royal Society of Musicians on June 10, and at the York Festival in September. Kemble went on to perform in central Europe (1837), where she gave several concerts with Josef Dessauer, during which she demonstrated that she had the range and coloratura ability to become an operatic soprano....