James Douglas in St Paul's Cathedral, London - mid 19th Century

from Account of life as a chorister in the nineteenth century, pages 7-8:


We had several musical outings. Once a year a selected number of us sang at the festival of the Sons of the Clergy at St Pauls & also at the Charity Childrens anniversary at the same place. The latter was a very imposing sight. All …   more >>

cite as

James Douglas, Account of life as a chorister in the nineteenth century. In Choir Archives, St George's Chapel, Windsor, England, p. 7-8. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1524220010778 accessed: 20 May, 2024 (All extracts from the memoir are by kind permission of the writer's descendant Prof. James Wilkinson.)

location of experience: St Paul's Cathedral, London


James Douglas
chemist, Clerk and manager railways, tobacco importer

Listening to

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Old Hundredth performed by A children's choir
“Zadok the Priest & Nathan the Prophet”
written by George Frideric Handel
performed by A Children's Choir
'God Save the Queen'
written by Arne
performed by a Children's Choir

Experience Information

Date/Time mid 19th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


The Festival of the Sons of the Clergy at St Paul’s is still celebrated annually, in May (as of 2018). Since it began in 1655 the service has included music and pageantry in aid of clergy and their families in times of need. James Douglas recalls a number of musical outings, usually annual events, as a chorister (pp. 7-9), given here as individual listening experiences.

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:26:51 +0100
Approved on Fri, 01 Jun 2018 15:25:32 +0100