Queen Victoria et al. in Sydenham - 1854

from Westminster Pilgrim; Being a Record of Service in Church, Cathedral and Abbey, College University and Concert Room, with a Few Notes on Sport, page 18:

The first great musical gathering in which I took part was the opening of the Crystal Palace at Sydenham, by Queen Victoria, in 1854. A large choir was formed, which included that of Rochester Cathedral, and I sang in this choir under the direction of Costa. Clara Novello sang the solos in the National Anthem; her clear, beautiful voice still seems to ring in my ears. She put in an ornament on the word 'us' [...] and as she lingered on the high B flat, an old gentleman behind me, a member of the choir, exclaimed enthusiastically, 'That's a beauty!'

cite as

Frederick Bridge, Westminster Pilgrim; Being a Record of Service in Church, Cathedral and Abbey, College University and Concert Room, with a Few Notes on Sport (1919), p. 18. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1430808947621 accessed: 21 January, 2018

location of experience: Sydenham

Listeners

Queen Victoria
Monarch
1819-19??
Frederick Bridge
Writer, Composer, Teacher, Organist
1844-1924

Listening to

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National Anthem of Great Britain
written by Thomas Arne
performed by Clara Novello

Experience Information

Date/Time 1854
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in public

Originally submitted by sp327 on Tue, 05 May 2015 07:55:47 +0100
Approved on Mon, 21 Sep 2015 10:18:46 +0100