Fifth Viscount Torrington in Cheltenham - early June, 1781

from Tour to the West, 1781, pages 9–10:

The walks both public and private, are shady and pleasant; opposite to the pump is a new long room, where the papers are taken in, as also sometimes unfortunate young gentlemen.On the other side is a band of fiddles, to assist with their musick the operation of the waters.  Sorry I am to own that such musick is to me as delightful as the opera band or Bachs concerts; for I think no musick is pleasant, but when you can chuse your distance, or time of attention; otherwise I suffer worse than a young fidler’s elbow.

cite as

John Byng, Tour to the West, 1781. In C. Bruyn Andrews (ed.), The Torrington Diaries Containing the Tours Throughout England and Wales of the Hon. John Byng (Later Fifth Viscount Torrington) Between the Years 1781 and 1794, volume 1 (London, 1934), p. 9–10. accessed: 14 July, 2024

location of experience: Cheltenham


Fifth Viscount Torrington
Army officer, civil servant, diarist

Listening to

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music at the spa performed by a band of violins

Experience Information

Date/Time early June, 1781
Medium live
Listening Environment in public


All spelling and punctuation copied from the original.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Thu, 03 Jan 2019 11:58:30 +0000
Approved on Tue, 19 Feb 2019 12:52:59 +0000