Mrs Rishton et al. in Exeter Cathedral - 29 August, 1773

from Journals and Letters, page 22:

The singing here is the most extraordinary I ever heard, - there is no Instrument, but the People attempt to sing in Parts - with such Voices! such expression and such Composition! They to Day, in honour, I presume, of the Dean, performed an Anthem. It was really too much to be borne decently - it was set by a Weaver, - and so very unlike any thing that was ever before imagined, so truly barbarous, that with the addition of the singers trilling and squalling, - no Comedy could have afforded more Diversion: Mrs Rishton and I Laughed ourselves sick - though we very much endeavoured to be …   more >>
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Frances Burney, and Peter Sabor and Lars E. Troide (ed.), Journals and Letters (London, 2001), p. 22. accessed: 1 March, 2024

location of experience: Exeter Cathedral


Frances Burney

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Choral singing in Exeter Cathedral

Experience Information

Date/Time 29 August, 1773
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Thu, 28 May 2015 17:11:21 +0100