Queen Victoria et al. - 4 May, 1848

from Reminiscences of the Opera, pages 217-9:

And now Thursday, the 4th of May, drew nigh. The privileged of the theatre told tales abroad of the appearance of the "Swedish Nightingale" at rehearsal, of her enthusiastic reception by all the members of the orchestra, of her overpowering emotion on facing this tumultuously flattering welcome, and of her undiminished, nay, increased powers. Thursday, the 4th of May came. The …   more >>

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Benjamin Lumley, Reminiscences of the Opera (London, 1864), p. 217-9. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1438764866768 accessed: 18 July, 2018

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Queen Victoria
Benjamin Lumley
Opera manager, Solicitor

Listening to

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La sonnambula
written by Felice Romani, Vincenzo Bellini
performed by Jenny Lind

Experience Information

Date/Time 4 May, 1848
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in the company of others, in public


In the years 1839, 1842 and 1848, the Chartist Movement urged Parliament to adopt three great petitions. Of these, the best known is the final petition, with six million signatures (although a number of these were later found to be fake), presented to Parliament on 10th April 1848 after a huge meeting on Kennington Common. This event achieved great prominence in the story of Chartism, due largely to the reaction of the authorities as they faced the challenges of that turbulent year. The presentation of the petition came at a time of much violent change in Europe; Louis Philippe had been removed from the French throne in February 1848, and revolutions were soon to convulse other European capitals. These events had given great heart to the Chartist leaders, although they were already much encouraged by the election to Parliament, in July 1847, of their most popular leader, Feargus O'Connor. ...some of the propertied classes had come to believe that the Chartists intended revolution... Working people had proclaimed themselves as Chartists at crowded meetings throughout March 1848. The authorities had viewed this campaign with great concern, and some of the propertied classes had come to believe that the Chartists intended revolution, even though the Movement's leaders always emphasized their commitment to peaceful protest. The government's concern led to Queen Victoria being dispatched to the Isle of Wight for her safety, and the Duke of Wellington - with thousands of soldiers and special constables - was brought in to defend London. http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/victorians/chartist_01.shtml

Originally submitted by sp327 on Wed, 05 Aug 2015 09:54:27 +0100
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