William Gardiner in Leicestershire - December, 1782

from Music and Friends: Or, Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante, pages 45-47:

Lester was a man of a very superior mind, wrote excellent letters, and was a poet as well as musician. At Christmas-time he always furnished a copy of verses which were performed in the church. I remember one of these carols was set to music by Webbe, the celebrated glee-composer; my father set another, and, for a variety, at Lester’s request, one was composed for a full orchestra by myself. On the Monday the voices and instruments took a circuit round the town, and performed the carol at the principal houses, where they were not only regaled with good Christmas cheer, but presented with …   more >>
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William Gardiner, Music and Friends: Or, Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante, volume 1 (London, 1838), p. 45-47. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1397032661062 accessed: 19 April, 2024

location of experience: Leicestershire


William Gardiner
Composer, Hosier

Listening to

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'But thou didst not leave his soul in Hell', Messiah
written by George Frideric Handel
performed by Young
English Glees
English Glees performed by musicians of the forest

Experience Information

Date/Time December, 1782
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in public


Harry Lester was a Leicestershire stocking-maker who, Gardiner tells us, helped to direct the music at the church in the village of Sheepshead.

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Wed, 09 Apr 2014 09:37:41 +0100