William Henry Squire was born at Ross-on-Wye and educated at the Royal College of Music. His celebrity was primarily as a cellist, in which capacity he performed the Saint-Saëns concerto at Crystal Palace in 1895, played in the Queen’s Hall Orchestra, and led the cellos at Covent Garden. He was a professor of the instrument at the RCM as well as the Guildhall School of Music, and he made a classic recording of the Elgar concerto. Though he also included a cello concerto among his compositions, it was his ballads that achieved greatest success. Notable among them is this hit of 1908, which Fred Weatherly declared had been ‘sung by all tenors’.
from notes by Andrew Lamb © 2003