James Douglas in Exeter Hall, London - mid 19th Century

from Account of life as a chorister in the nineteenth century, page 8:

[James Douglas recalls a number of usually annual musical outings in his memoir. pp. 7-9]

We also sang at a grand evening Concert at Exeter Hall one of Mr Surman’s, when [St George’s organist] Dr Elvey’s Anthem “In that Day” was sung, the tenor solo being taken by Mr Lockey of St Pauls, & we also sang at a Concert given by Mr John Hullah at Exeter Hall. He was one of the originators I think of the tonic – sol-fa system.

cite as

James Douglas, Account of life as a chorister in the nineteenth century. In Choir Archives, St George's Chapel, Windsor, England, p. 8. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1524221081683 accessed: 18 May, 2024 (All extracts from the memoir are by kind permission of the writer's descendant Prof. James Wilkinson.)

location of experience: Exeter Hall, London


James Douglas
chemist, Clerk and manager railways, tobacco importer

Listening to

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'In that Day'
written by Sir George Elvey
performed by Mr Lockey

Experience Information

Date/Time mid 19th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


John Hullah (d. 1884), composer and populariser of musical education, opposed the 'tonic sol-fa system', a technique for teaching sight-singing. The system was invented by Sarah Ann Glover (1785-1867).

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:44:42 +0100
Approved on Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:12:44 +0100