William Gardiner in Covent Garden - the 1790's

from Music and Friends: Or, Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante, pages 124-125:

I was indebted to ... [Major Brackenbury] for my introduction to Mrs. Salmon, when she had just made her début as a singer at the oratorios in Covent-Garden theatre. I had heard her the previous evening with great delight, and inquired how it was that the best of Handel’s songs had been given to Miss Stephens: she informed me that Mr. Harris, the proprietor of the theatre, had stipulated with the director, that Miss Stephens should have the choice of the songs, as being the first singer in England. “Of course,” Mrs. Salmon said, “I am obliged to take up with what Miss Stephens pleases…   more >>
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William Gardiner, Music and Friends: Or, Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante, volume 1 (London, 1838), p. 124-125. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1397070948956 accessed: 11 December, 2023

location of experience: Covent Garden


William Gardiner
Composer, Hosier

Listening to

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From mighty kings
written by George Frideric Handel
performed by Mrs Salmon

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1790's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:15:49 +0100