Richard Church et al. in Battersea - 1900

from Over the bridge : an essay in autobiography, pages 122–125 :

... [W]hen we got home, there, in the front parlour, stood a new instrument, another upright, but in a plain black case, severe, formidable.  No piano-slip, no photograph frames, no vases, softened its professional outline.  It stood apart, like a priest, expressionless, different from the fussy life around it …

Slowly... [Jack] advanced towards the piano, his face expressionless, though a false diagnosis might have described it as sulky.  I leaned forward to peer round the archway.  I saw him pause, then open the lid.  The keyboard, dead-white …   more >>

cite as

Richard Church, Over the bridge : an essay in autobiography (London, 1956), p. 122–125 . accessed: 22 June, 2024

location of experience: Battersea


Richard Church
editor, Civil service, Novelist, Poet […]
Lavinia Church

Listening to

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Spanish Dance from 'From Foreign Parts'
written by Maurice Moszkowski
performed by Jack Church

Experience Information

Date/Time 1900
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors


The performer, Jack Church, was twelve years old. His brother, Richard (who wrote about the experience) was seven at the time.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Thu, 24 Sep 2015 22:08:32 +0100
Approved on Wed, 09 Mar 2016 16:23:10 +0000