Charles Dickens in Boston - 1842

from American Notes, pages 39, page 39:

On the ringing of a bell, the pupils all repaired, without any guide or leader, to a spacious music-hall, where they took their seats in an orchestra erected for that purpose, and listened with manifest delight to a voluntary on the organ, played by one of themselves. At its conclusion, the performer, a boy of nineteen or twenty, gave place to a girl; and to her accompaniment they all sang a hymn, and afterwards a sort of chorus. It was very sad to look upon and hear them, happy though their condition unquestionably was; and I saw that one blind girl, who (being for the time deprived of the …   more >>
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American Notes, pages 39. In Charles Dickens , and Patricia Ingham (ed.), American Notes (2000), p. 39. accessed: 23 June, 2024

location of experience: Boston


Charles Dickens

Listening to

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hymn performed by choir of blind children
organ voluntary
written by John Stanley

Experience Information

Date/Time 1842
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors


The occasion was Dickens' visit to the Perkins Institution and Massachusett's Asylum for the Blind.

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:37:38 +0100