William Gardiner in Derbyshire - the 1810's

from Music and Friends: Or, Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante, page 345:

[My] friend, the Rev. Palmer Johnson, Aston, Derbyshire, chairman of the county festival, engaged her [Madame Catalani] for that occasion at three hundred guineas. The evening she arrived I heard her sing two or three ballads, accompanied by her clever daughter. She sang sotto voce, and I was so pleased that I complimented her by saying she sang as well as she did twenty years ago. On the following morning how miserably was I disappointed! the first note she gave was coarse and out of tune. I waited with anxiety, thinking she would improve as she went on; but no! the freshness, the delicacy of…   more >>
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William Gardiner, Music and Friends: Or, Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante, volume 1 (London, 1838), p. 345. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1411074352930 accessed: 9 December, 2023

location of experience: Derbyshire


William Gardiner
Composer, Hosier

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1810's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:05:53 +0100