William Gardiner in Leicester - at the end of 1783

from Music and Friends: Or, Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante, page 56:

The winter of 1783 was so intense, and of such long continuance, that a party of the best skaiters got up a dramatic pantomime, which they performed upon the broad sweep of the river, opposite to the Bath gardens. Harlequin and Columbine were represented by the fleetest skaiters. They were followed by Pantaloon and Justice Guttle. There had been just established a set of noisy watchmen in the town, with their great coats, rattles, and lanthorns. These gentry formed part of the dramatis persona. Besides these were sailors, milkmaids, gipsies, and ballad singers, who sang and sold droll …   more >>

cite as

William Gardiner, Music and Friends: Or, Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante, volume 3 (London, 1 January, 1853), p. 56. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1433076942297 accessed: 14 July, 2024

location of experience: Leicester


William Gardiner
Composer, Hosier

Listening to

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pantomime music performed by anonymous men and women

Experience Information

Date/Time at the end of 1783
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors, in public

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Sun, 31 May 2015 13:55:42 +0100
Approved on Tue, 13 Oct 2015 09:44:39 +0100