Monica comments:

A programme was discovered in Emily’s writing desk, which is kept at the Brontë Parsonage Museum. It is for a Grand Concert on Tuesday 24 October 1843 at the Salle de la Société Royale de la Grande Harmonie. Did the Jenkinses take Charlotte to it? The first piece was the duet from Bellini’s Norma. I end with a collage of my quest in Brussels for the Jenkinses and Brontës.

Anna Netrebko and Elīna Garanca sing Mira, o Norma From Bellini’s opera Norma – YouTube

Brussels Brontë Blog: Brussels, Brontë, Jenkins: My great-great-grandparents Rev. Evan and Eliza Jenkins and the Brontës (

Monica Kendall