Fifth Viscount Torrington in Lincoln Cathedral - 29 June, 1791, in the morning

from Tour into Lincolnshire, 1791, page 346:

Climb hill to cathedral […]

 The service was nobly perform’d; Drs Douglas, and Smith, canons residentiary, attended, in all form, and at the communion service; a choir of 10 boys, and 5 men, of whom one boy and two men appear’d to have good voices; the Litany was chanted in the middle isle by two lay-vicars with voices like bulls.  When this duty is well done, it becomes the best spiritual concert; better than those at which you are overwhelmed by fiddlers, and Italian singers.

cite as

John Byng, Tour into Lincolnshire, 1791. 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 2 (London, 1935), p. 346. accessed: 5 March, 2024

location of experience: Lincoln Cathedral


Fifth Viscount Torrington
Army officer, civil servant, diarist

Listening to

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music at the cathedral service performed by Lincoln Cathedral Choir

Experience Information

Date/Time 29 June, 1791, in the morning
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Thu, 03 Jan 2019 17:39:43 +0000
Approved on Mon, 11 Mar 2019 10:56:59 +0000