William Gardiner in Leicester - late 18th Century

from Music and Friends: Or, Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante, page 41:

The Assembly Room was fitted up with boxes, pit, and gallery ; and as a patron of the art, Chamberlain invited young aspirants to the stage, to make their debut in Leicester. I remember Mr. and Mrs. Siddons — then, of no notoriety. Southgate, a buffoon, delighted me with his grimaces. His coming on in the character of a down-looking, disconsolate bachelor, and singing the following song, I can never forget:

A lonely bachelor am I ; I live upon a second floor ; I cannot marry, the reason why, I am so desperately poor. I know a girl, But dare not court her, Because I've …   more >>

cite as

William Gardiner, Music and Friends: Or, Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante, volume 3 (London, 1 January, 1853), p. 41. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1432982485757 accessed: 15 July, 2024

location of experience: Leicester


William Gardiner
Composer, Hosier

Listening to

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theatre song performed by Southgate

Experience Information

Date/Time late 18th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Sat, 30 May 2015 11:41:25 +0100
Approved on Tue, 13 Oct 2015 09:15:45 +0100