William Gardiner in Diss - 1789

from Music and Friends: Or, Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante, page 94:

I arrived in the evening at Diss, and hearing that there was a grinding organ in the church, then a great novelty, I hunted up the sexton, and expressed a wish to see it. he lit his llanthorn, and on our way to the church informed me that he was the organist as well as sexton. With a very consequential air, he began his performance. I was pleased with the compact and solid effect — more so than with the loose style of playing I have heard from some dexterous performers. I then observed, " you play nothing but psalmody" ! He smiled, and with self-complacency said, " I play voluntaries,…   more >>

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William Gardiner, Music and Friends: Or, Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante, volume 3 (London, 1 January, 1853), p. 94. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1433106796008 accessed: 25 June, 2022

location of experience: Diss


William Gardiner
Composer, Hosier

Listening to

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Hallelujah Chorus
written by George Frideric Handel

Experience Information

Date/Time 1789
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Sun, 31 May 2015 22:13:16 +0100
Approved on Tue, 13 Oct 2015 10:29:36 +0100