Lowell Mason in Foundling Hospital, London - mid January, 1852

from Musical letters from Abroad, pages 16-18:

This establishment [London Foundling Hospital] is interesting to musical people, from the fact that Handel was one of its patrons, composing for it, and performing his music for its benefit. A tablet is seen in one of the rooms, with the amount received for several years in succession from Oratorios given. But alas! for the music now; it is anything but church music. There are nearly 400 children, about half of each sex; they all sit in the organ loft, and all sing the chants, responses, tunes, and services. They are dressed in a neat uniform, the boys in blue, with a white collar …   more >>

cite as

Lowell Mason, Musical letters from Abroad. In Musical Letters from Abroad (New York, 1854), p. 16-18. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1448274783410 accessed: 22 February, 2024

location of experience: Foundling Hospital, London


Lowell Mason
Musician, Composer

Listening to

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extract from the Messiah
written by George Frideric Handel

Experience Information

Date/Time mid January, 1852
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by acusworth on Mon, 23 Nov 2015 10:33:04 +0000
Approved on Tue, 14 Mar 2017 13:23:06 +0000