Charles C.F. Greville in Westminster Abbey - between 24 June, 1834 and 25 June, 1834

from Journal entry, 26 June 1834, page 98:

I was at the Abbey on Tuesday and yesterday for a performance and a rehearsal of the ‘Messiah.’ The spectacle is very fine, and it is all admirably managed—no crowd or inconvenience and easy egress and ingress—but the ‘Messiah’ is not so effective as I expected, not so fine as in York Minster; the choruses are admirably performed, but the single voices are miserable—singers of extreme mediocrity, or whose powers are gone; old Bellamy, who was at Handel’s commemoration as a singing boy, Miss Stephens, &c.

cite as

Charles C.F. Greville, Journal entry, 26 June 1834. In Henry Reeve (ed.), The Greville Memoirs: A Journal of the Reigns of King George IV and King William IV, volume 3 (London, 1874), p. 98. accessed: 4 December, 2022

location of experience: Westminster Abbey


Charles C.F. Greville
Clerk-in-ordinary to the Privy Council, Political and social diarist, Private secretary

Listening to

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written by George Frideric Handel
performed by Catherine Stephens, Thomas Bellamy

Experience Information

Date/Time between 24 June, 1834 and 25 June, 1834
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Mon, 25 Jun 2018 10:01:14 +0100
Approved on Sun, 01 Jul 2018 13:45:38 +0100