William Gardiner et al. in Westminster Abbey - 28 June, 1838, in the morning

from Music and Friends: Or, Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante, pages 868-871:

Early in June I applied to my friend Sir George Smart, hoping by his interest to procure a place at the Coronation [of Queen Victoria]. He very kindly appointed me to the semi-chorus, and my place was near the front, on the left-hand side of the orchestra, where I had a fine view of this astonishing sight...

The music was the service of the church as performed in the cathedrals, solemn and grand, heightened in its effects by a band of one hundred and fifty instrumental performers, and nearly three hundred voices. The parts usually sung by a single voice were performed by six of the …   more >>

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William Gardiner, Music and Friends: Or, Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante, volume 2 (London, January, 1838), p. 868-871. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435612509755 accessed: 21 July, 2024

location of experience: Westminster Abbey


William Gardiner
Composer, Hosier
Queen Victoria

Listening to

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Zadok the priest
written by George Frideric Handel

Experience Information

Date/Time 28 June, 1838, in the morning
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:15:10 +0100
Approved on Tue, 25 Aug 2015 09:58:58 +0100