Blind Fred in Rochester Cathedral - the 1850's

from Westminster Pilgrim; Being a Record of Service in Church, Cathedral and Abbey, College University and Concert Room, with a Few Notes on Sport, pages 34-5:

Very early in my articles I took the whole of the Cathedral services on week-days, but encountered one rather awkward experience while playing my first Sunday service. I need hardly say that at this date my anthem-repertory was not very large; I had, however, practised Elvey's "Unto Thee have I cried," which contained a well-known alto solo. Now the alto soloist seemed to turn rather restive at being "accompanied by a boy," as he somewhat disparagingly said, and at the last moment declared he could not sing the solo. However, the Precentor told him that he would have to sing it, so the …   more >>
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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. 34-5. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1432738064745 accessed: 9 December, 2022

location of experience: Rochester Cathedral

Listeners

Blind Fred
Organ blower

Listening to

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Church service performed by Frederick Bridge

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1850's
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in public

Originally submitted by sp327 on Wed, 27 May 2015 15:47:44 +0100
Approved on Mon, 16 Nov 2015 10:48:29 +0000