William Gardiner in London - the 1820's

from Music and Friends: Or, Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante, pages 555-561:

In rambling through the eastern part of London, on a Saturday, I was attracted by some curious sounds in the Jews' Synagogue. I ventured in, and found it a spacious place, the lower part occupied by men ; the women appearing behind a lattice work in the galleries. Having taken off my hat I was desired to put it on again. Each Jew has a little chest, from which he takes out his psalter, and a shawl to throw over his shoulders ; then puts down the lid, sits upon it, and joins the service. In a raised pew, in the centre, is placed a choir of five voices, who chant the psalms of David to Hebrew…   more >>

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William Gardiner, Music and Friends: Or, Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante, volume 2 (London, January, 1838), p. 555-561. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1433968055401 accessed: 18 July, 2024

location of experience: London


William Gardiner
Composer, Hosier

Listening to

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Jewish sacred music performed by vocal soloists, Choir, Congregation

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1820's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Wed, 10 Jun 2015 21:27:35 +0100
Approved on Thu, 15 Oct 2015 12:27:39 +0100