Hester Lynch Piozzi et al. in Lichfield - early October, 1787

from Letter from Anna Seward to Rev. T.S. Whalley, 6 October 1787, pages 336–337:

Mr Saville being last week at Birmingham oratorios, I could not have the pleasure of introducing him to Mr and Mrs Piozzi; but, as they desired me to bring any of my friends in the afternoon, I took his timid Philomela in my hand. Never had Mr Piozzi two beings of his audience who were more charmed with his perfect expression on his instrument, and with the touching and ever-varying grace with which he sings. Surely the finest sensibilities must vibrate through his frame, since they breathe so sweetly through his song, though his imperfect knowledge of our language …   more >>

cite as

Anna Seward, Letter from Anna Seward to Rev. T.S. Whalley, 6 October 1787. In Archibald Constable (ed.), Letters of Anna Seward: Written Between the Years 1784 and 1807, volume 1 (Edinburgh, 1811), p. 336–337. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1535640620723 accessed: 20 June, 2024

location of experience: Lichfield


Hester Lynch Piozzi
Writer, Writer
Anna Seward
Poet, Writer
Gabriele Mario Piozzi
Composer, harpsichordist, Singer

Listening to

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Unspecified vocal and harpsichord music performed by Gabriele Mario Piozzi, Mrs Elizabeth Smith

Experience Information

Date/Time early October, 1787
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors


'Philomela' is Anna Seward's nickname for John Saville's daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Smith.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Thu, 30 Aug 2018 15:50:25 +0100
Approved on Thu, 06 Sep 2018 17:04:57 +0100