Lowell Mason in Birmingham - early September, 1852

from Musical letters from Abroad, pages 205-6:

Great preparations were made for the Festival this year, and it is believed that a better band and chorus were brought together than on any previous occasion.


In all, one hundred and forty instruments; to which must be added the great organ, one of the most powerful in the world. The vocal chorus consisted of eighty to ninety voices on each part, as soprano, alto, tenor, and bass; in all, about three hundred and thirty or forty voices. It must be understood that these were all real (not merely nominal) singers, capable of sustaining their respective parts. The parts …   more >>

cite as

Lowell Mason, Musical letters from Abroad. In Musical Letters from Abroad (New York, 1854), p. 205-6. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1448922003968 accessed: 6 February, 2023

location of experience: Birmingham


Lowell Mason
Musician, Composer

Experience Information

Date/Time early September, 1852
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Birmingham Festival

Originally submitted by acusworth on Mon, 30 Nov 2015 22:20:04 +0000
Approved on Sun, 19 Mar 2017 07:55:56 +0000