Fifth Viscount Torrington in New College - 8 July, 1781

from Tour to the West, 1781, pages 54–55:

The chapel service at the colleges begins so early, that we hurry’d away from our dinner in hopes of hearing an anthem sung by a famous singing boy of New College: In summer time much of the shew and grandeur is lost by the want of illumination; and we were baulk’d of our intention, as the anthem was very ill sung, and the service most idly perform’d, by such persons as I should suppose had never learnt to sing or read; tho’ the warden himself attended and I thought might have order’d a better anthem for the strangers: but good breeding is …   more >>

cite as

John Byng, Tour to the West, 1781. In C. Bruyn Andrews (ed.), The Torrington Diaries Containing the Tours Throughout England and Wales of the Hon. John Byng (Later Fifth Viscount Torrington) Between the Years 1781 and 1794, volume 1 (London, 1934), p. 54–55. accessed: 23 April, 2024

location of experience: New College


Fifth Viscount Torrington
Army officer, civil servant, diarist

Listening to

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an anthem performed by Choir of New College Oxford

Experience Information

Date/Time 8 July, 1781
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


All spelling and punctuation copied from the original source.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Thu, 03 Jan 2019 12:42:07 +0000
Approved on Tue, 19 Feb 2019 13:08:11 +0000