1885 – October 6, 1937
Redferne (Percy) Hollinshead was born in
Eye, Suffolk, England, 1885. His father, a Baptist minister, moved the family to Canada
when Redferne was six. After a few years in Ontario the Hollinsheads settled in Hartney, Hollinshead first sang solos in Winnipeg's
Central Congregational Church and on provincial tours with the Winnipeg Citizens Band. In 1906 Hollinshead was engaged as soloist
by Bloor St Presbyterian Church, Toronto. After a stay in London for study with Giovanni Clerici he returned to Toronto to teach at
the Hambourg Conservatory and sing at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church. He also studied with Giuseppe Carboni, his colleague at the
Hambourg Cons after 1915. He was a member of the first Adanac Quartet. Hollinshead settled in New York in 1917 and succeeded
the renowned Dan Beddoe as tenor soloist at Broadway's Grace Church in 1922. He retained the position until his death. In later
years he sang frequently on radio, both in the USA and Canada. In 1927 he toured Canada. Hollinshead made a few cylinders for
Edison ca 1912 and also recorded after 1926 as first tenor of the American Singers, a male quartet. Hollinshead died in
New York on October 6, 1937.
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I wish to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording and biographical information.