Anna Seward et al. in Lichfield Cathedral, Lichfield - August, 1803

from Letter from Anna Seward to Rev. R. Fellowes, 31 August 1803, page 103:

My friends assure me no death has, in any person’s memory here, been so generally, so deeply lamented. Every member of his cathedral, of which more than forty years he had been the most constant attendant, and brightest ornament, both in the reading-desk and in the musical service, followed his funeral with choral honours and with deluged eyes. Scarcely were any eyes dry amongst that large concourse of people which flocked around in solemn silence.

cite as

Anna Seward, Letter from Anna Seward to Rev. R. Fellowes, 31 August 1803. In Archibald Constable (ed.), Letters of Anna Seward: Written Between the Years 1784 and 1807, volume 6 (Edinburgh, 1811), p. 103. accessed: 22 July, 2024

location of experience: Lichfield Cathedral, Lichfield


Anna Seward
Poet, Writer

Listening to

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Choral music at a funeral

Experience Information

Date/Time August, 1803
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Anna Seward is writing about the funeral of her close friend John Saville, a lay-vicar at Lichfield Cathedral and well-known singer, who died on 2 August 1803

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Sat, 01 Sep 2018 15:51:20 +0100
Approved on Fri, 07 Sep 2018 13:13:08 +0100