Charles Lewis Phipps et al. in Melksham, Wiltshire - 3 September, 1818, at night

from Diary of Thomas Moore, 3 September 1818, pages 153–154:

[W]ent in the evening with the Phippses to a Melksham concert; joined by the Hugheses, from Devizes, who brought an author with them, a Rev. Mr. Joyce […] The concert was bad enough. They had twice before prepared a bill of fare out of my things, expecting I would come: this night there was nothing of mine, but we sent a man and mare to the cottage for a copy of the “National Melodies,” that they might sing “Hark! the Vesper Hymn,” which Bowles had told me they did well. The man threw down the mare and broke her knees; and, after all, the glee was most doleful[.]

cite as

Thomas Moore, Diary of Thomas Moore, 3 September 1818. In Lord John Russell and Lord John Russell (ed.), Memoirs, Journal and Correspondence of Thomas Moore, volume 2 (London, 1853), p. 153–154. accessed: 25 April, 2024

location of experience: Melksham, Wiltshire


Charles Lewis Phipps
Deputy-Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Magistrate
Thomas Moore
Poet, Singer, song writer

Listening to

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a concert performed by Melksham musicians
'Hark! the Vesper Hymn'
written by Thomas Moore
performed by Melksham musicians

Experience Information

Date/Time 3 September, 1818, at night
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Thomas Moore was friendly with two brothers, Robert and William Hughes. William was associated with the Devizes bank of Lock and Hughes, so it might have been his family who attended this concert. Charles and Sophia Phipps were neighbours of the Moores, living at Wans House in Bromham.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Tue, 30 Jun 2020 18:47:18 +0100
Approved on Wed, 29 Jul 2020 14:57:54 +0100