John Courtney - 17 September, 1789

from Music and Society in Eighteenth-Century Yorkshire, page 125:

This morn[ing] my Wife & I & my Son sat in East Gallery, as did Miss Cayley Mrs & Miss Metcalfe, best seat, & heard the Oratorio of Messiah. The Church was very full indeed & the singing & instrumental music exceeded far that of yesterday. The Songs by Harrison, Mrs Billington, & Miss Cantelo, were delightfully fine indeed, but Sale & Pearson I thought but very indifferent. I liked my Seat the best of any I had had. Mr Ashley told Mr Sykes they had never performed to so numerous & genteal an audience except at the abbey & at Worcester. 

cite as

Christopher Simon Roberts, Music and Society in Eighteenth-Century Yorkshire, p. 125. accessed: 20 July, 2024


John Courtney

Listening to

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written by George Frideric Handel
performed by Harrison, Miss Cantelo, Mrs Billington, Pearson, Sale

Experience Information

Date/Time 17 September, 1789
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


John Courtney on a performance of Messiah at the Handel Commemoration Festival at Hull.

Originally submitted by acusworth on Sun, 08 Nov 2015 17:29:03 +0000
Approved on Wed, 09 Mar 2016 13:52:00 +0000