Calendar of london concerts 1750–1800




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SIMON McVEIGH

CALENDAR OF LONDON CONCERTS 1750–1800


advertised in the London daily press

http://research.gold.ac.uk/10342/

Department of Music, Goldsmiths, University of London



s.mcveigh@gold.ac.uk

Acknowledgment

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Extent of Search

One daily newspaper title has been checked for the entire period (up to 1785 the General/Public Advertiser). For most of the period a second title has been checked in addition, and for the later years many more titles were also consulted. The majority of newspapers cited are available on microfilm in the series Early English Newspapers (from Research Publications) and in digitised form in the 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Database (see www.bl.uk/reshelp/findhelprestype/news/newspdigproj/burney/index.html).



The Times (Daily Universal Register) is available through The Times Digital Archive (see gale.cengage.co.uk/times.aspx/). Both series can be viewed via major research and university libraries. A few newspapers are to be found only in hard copy in the British Library, London; the Bodleian Library, Oxford; or the Beinecke Rare Book Library, Yale University.

Over 4000 records of advertised concerts are included in the database: subscription concerts, benefits, oratorio performances, meetings of musical societies, readings and music, concerts at the principal gardens (Ranelagh, Vauxhall, Marybone). The geographical boundary is that of present-day Greater London. While further searches may reveal further concerts, it is unlikely that there will be a significant number of these. I am indebted to the researches of H.C. Robbins Landon and Thomas B. Milligan for some additional references.

The following are at present excluded: staged presentations, concerts with plays gratis, concerts at minor gardens, all events where music formed a lesser part of the proceedings (from charity church-services to equestrian displays). Concerts which were not advertised are also omitted, even though information on these may be available from other sources and from newspaper reviews (for example, meetings of the Academy of Ancient Music, the Concert of Ancient Music, the Anacreontic Society and the Concert of the Nobility; court ode performances; certain concerts at Vauxhall Gardens).

Explanation of Editorial Method

The database is organized essentially as an index, compiled from the various sources cited. None of the material should be regarded as verbatim. Editorial contribution is as follows:

Date, Place, Time, Price. These are all standardized. ‘Half a guinea’ is represented as 10s 6d.

Title, Type. These are editorially invented.

Programme. All lower-case material in the programmes is completely editorial. Material within [ ] derives from the sources. Material within < > relates to a word earlier in the item, placed in this way to maintain consistency of presentation. All names, genres, instruments and titles of major works are standardized (but not song-titles). The order of items is partially editorial. In general, performers are listed at the beginning where this information is not duplicated in programmes; programmes are presented in order, so far as this can be determined; unordered items may be added at the end. Within items a standardized order is imposed: Composer Genre Instrument Performer. Thus GIORNOVICHI CN VN CLEMENT indicates a violin concerto composed by Giornovichi and played by Clement. Instruments and relevant performers are also ordered in a standard way (thus PF FL OB VN VA). Note the following convention: V MARA~ RUBINELLI, I SALOMON CRAMER-w (singers Mara and Rubinelli, instrumentalists Salomon and Cramer). Thus DIR BACH ABEL (directed by Bach and Abel) - but DIR BACH; ABEL (directed by Bach, performers included Abel). HN HN indicates (two) horns. Women are distinguished by ~ at the end of the name. / denotes or. + denotes accompanied by.

Advert[isement]. Concerts were frequently advertised in several newspapers, with increasing amounts of information as the date approached. Only the minimum number of references is cited here, usually an advert on the day of the concert (in which case the date is omitted from the citation).

Review. Reviews are cited from the primary source, and from other newspapers and reports where known, but this section should not be regarded as comprehensive.

Notes. Material enclosed within [ ] is editorial. The remainder is quoted or paraphrased from the sources (not necessarily verbatim).

Users are invited to send additional information and corrections to Simon McVeigh at s.mcveigh@gold.ac.uk. My grateful thanks to Steve Terepin for all his work in enabling the database to be accessed in its current form.

Bibliographical References

(i) Newspapers (full titles vary slightly from year to year)

AR Argus

DI Diary, or Woodfall’s Register

DUR Daily Universal Register [The Times]

GA General Advertiser; (Parker’s) General Advertiser

GZ Gazetteer

LDA London Daily Advertiser

MC Morning Chronicle

MH Morning Herald

MP Morning Post

MS Morning Star

OR Oracle

PA Public Advertiser

PL Public Ledger

SS Stuart’s Star

ST Star

SU Sun

TB True Briton

TI The Times

WO World
(ii) Others

BD Philip H. Highfill, Jr., Kalman A. Burnim and Edward A. Langhans, A Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers & Other Stage Personnel in London, 1660–1800 (Carbondale, 1973–93)

Burrows-Handel Donald Burrows and Rosemary Dunhill, Music and Theatre in Handel’s World: The Family Papers of James Harris 1732–1780 (Oxford, 2002)

Deutsch-Handel Otto Erich Deutsch, Handel: a Documentary Biography (London, 1955)

Fenner-Opera Theodore Fenner, Opera in London: Views of the Press 1785–1830 (Carbondale, 1994)

Landon-England H.C. Robbins Landon, Haydn in England 1791–1795 (London, 1976)

LS The London Stage 1660–1800: Part 4, ed. G.W. Stone (Carbondale, 1962); Part 5, ed. C.B. Hogan (Carbondale, 1968)

McVeigh-Concert Simon McVeigh, Concert Life in London from Mozart to Haydn (Cambridge, 1993)

McVeigh-Newspapers Simon McVeigh, ‘London Newspapers 1750 to 1800: a Checklist and Guide for Musicologists’, A Handbook for Studies in 18th-Century English Music VI, ed. Michael Burden and Irena Cholij (Oxford, 1996), 1–60

McVeigh-Professional Simon McVeigh, ‘The Professional Concert and Rival Subscription Series in London, 1783–1793’ , Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle, 22 (1989), 1–135

McVeigh-Italian Simon McVeigh, ‘Italian Violinists in Eighteenth-Century London’, in The Eighteenth-Century Diaspora of Italian Music and Musicians, ed. Reinhard Strohm, Speculum Musicae VIII (Turnhout, 2001), 139–76

Milligan-Concerto Thomas B. Milligan, The Concerto and London’s Musical Culture in the Late Eighteenth Century (Ann Arbor, 1983)

Parke-Memoirs William Thomas Parke, Musical Memoirs (London, 1830)

Salwey-Piano Nicholas Salwey and Simon McVeigh, ‘The Piano and Harpsichord in London’s Concert Life, 1750–1800: a Calendar of Advertised Performances’, A Handbook for Studies in 18th-Century English Music VIII, ed. Michael Burden and Irena Cholij (Oxford, 1998), 36–72



Identification of Places

A/W

Almack's Rooms, King Street (to 1782); becomes Willis's Rooms in 1783 (old name sometimes retained at first).

AM

Arts Museum, Haymarket.

APL

Apollo Gardens.

APO

Temple of Apollo, Queen Square.

ART

Society of Artists' Exhibition Room, Strand.

BUF

Buffalo Tavern, Bloomsbury Square.

BUT

Mrs Butter's Boarding School, Church Street, Stoke Newington.

C&A

Crown and Anchor Tavern, Strand.

C&R

Crown and Rolls Tavern, Chancery Lane.

CAS

Castle Tavern, Paternoster Row.

CG

Covent Garden Theatre.

CHA

Charlotte Street Chapel, near Buckingham Gate.

CKH

Cooks Hall, Aldersgate Street.

CMA

Coachmakers Arms, Great Windmill Street.

CMB

Grove House, Camberwell.

CMH

Coachmakers Hall, Foster Lane, Cheapside.

COC

Circulating Library, 9 Cockspur Street, Charing Cross.

CP

Clayton and Pary's Room, King Street.

CRO

Crown Tavern, behind the Royal Exchange.

CSN

Casino, Great Marlborough Street [at No 43, now No 48]. [See also MST].

DEP

Assembly Room, Roman Eagle, Church Street, Deptford.

DEV

Devil Tavern, Temple Bar.

DL

Drury Lane Theatre.

DST

Great Room, Dean Street (Mr Ogle's, later Mrs Ogle's).

ECH

Edinburgh Coffee House, Sweeting's Alley, Royal Exchange.

EE

Exeter Exchange Concert Room, Strand.

ELI

Elim Chapel, 105 Fetter Lane.

FBC

Five Bells Church, Strand.

FBT

Five Bells Tavern, behind the new church, Strand.

FH

Foundling Hospital Chapel.

FMH

Freemasons Hall, Great Queen Street.

FMT

Freemasons Tavern.

GEO

George Tavern, King Street, Westminster.

GL

Gold Lamp, King Square Court, Dean Street.

GLB

Globe Tavern, Craven Street, Strand.

GLO

Globe Tavern, Fleet Street.

GRE

Greenwood's Room, Haymarket.

H

Hickford's Rooms, Brewer Street (until 1787); later (1788) Rice's Rooms or (1794) Assembly Room, 40 [41?] Brewer Street.

HAB

Haberdashers Hall, Maiden Lane.

HAM

Long Room, Hampstead.

HAR

Mr Harvey's Room, Talbot Tavern, Richmond.

HAT

Hatton House, Cross Street, Hatton Garden.

HAY

New Theatre / Little Theatre / Theatre Royal Haymarket [not the same as the King's Theatre].

HM

Half-Moon Tavern, Cheapside.

HOD

Hodge's Long Room, Sunning Hill.

HOL

Mr Holland's, Bedford Row.

HRN

Brother Griffith's, the Horn Tavern, Doctors Commons.

HSQ

Hanover Square Rooms (Gallini's Rooms, Festino Rooms).

ISL

Highbury Assembly Room, Islington.

JOI

Joiners Hall, Upper Thames Street.

JST

New Theatre, James Street.

KA

King's Arms Tavern, Exchange Alley, Cornhill.

KIN

Kingston-upon-Thames Church.

KT

King's Theatre, Haymarket (also Opera House).

KTG

King's Arms Tavern, Grafton Street, Soho.

KTR

King's Theatre Room (New Rooms, etc).

LH

Lock Hospital Chapel, Grosvenor Place, near Hyde Park Corner.

LIS

Lisle Street, Leicester Fields.

LLH

City of London Lying-in Hospital Chapel, City Road.

LOF

Loft's Great Room, Goodman's Fields.

LON

London Tavern, Bishopsgate Street.

LYC

Lyceum, Strand.

M

Marybone Gardens.

ME

Assembly Room, Mile End.

MIT

Mitre Tavern, Fleet Street.

MST

40 Great Marlborough Street. Unlikely to be the same as CSN (Casino, Great Marlborough Street), which was not at No 40.

NH

Nag's Head Tavern, Leadenhall Street.

NL

New Lyceum, Hanover Square.

NLT

New London Tavern, Cheapside.

OAT

Mr Oates', Barton Street, Westminster.

P

Pantheon, Oxford Street.

P&G

Pillar and Gold Lamp, Haymarket.

PH

Paul's Head Tavern, Cateaton Street.

PM

(New) Auction Room, Pall Mall.

R

Ranelagh Gardens (Ranelagh House).

RCH

Richmond Church.

RIC

Assembly Room, Richmond.

ROS

Rose Tavern, Marybone Gardens.

ROT

Rotherhithe Long Room, near King Stairs.

ROY

Royalty Theatre, Well Street, Wellclose Square.

S&H

Swan and Hoop Tavern, Cornhill.

SEC

Mr Sechard's Rooms, 115 Pall Mall.

SET

Mr Settree's Rooms, Southampton Buildings, Chancery Lane.

SG

Great Room, Spring Gardens (Mr Cox's Auction Room, etc).

SHP

Ship Tavern, behind the Royal Exchange.

SHR

Sherrard House, Sherrard Street, Golden Square.

SMW

St Margaret's Church, Westminster.

SSQ

Soho Square (Carlisle House, Mrs Cornelys').

STG

St George's Lutheran Chapel, Goodman's Fields.

SUN

Sun Tavern, King Street.

SWN

Swan Tavern, Chelsea.

THA

Thatched House Tavern, St James's Street.

THR

Great House, Thrift Street, Soho.

TOP

Mr Topham's New Room, Castle Tavern, Richmond.

TRK

Turk's Head Tavern, Gerrard Street.

TST

Tottenham Street Rooms (the Ancient Music Concert Rooms, Mr Pasquali's Rooms, etc).

V

Vauxhall Gardens.

VIL

Mr Villeneuve's Room, 6 Newman Street, Oxford Road.

WA

Westminster Abbey.

WES

Wesleys' house, Chesterfield Street.

WHC

Whitehall Chapel.

WHI

Lates' Great Room, Somerset Street, Whitechapel.



Abbreviations within Type


CB

Concert Benefit.

CS

Concert Series.

GB

Gardens Benefit.

GS

Gardens Series.

MI

Miscellaneous.

OB

Oratorio Benefit.

OS

Oratorio Series.

RM

Readings and Music.

SOC

Society.


Abbreviations within Price


B

Boxes.

P

Pit.

FG

First (lower) gallery.

SG

Second (upper) gallery.

g

Gentleman/gentlemen.

l

Lady/ladies.

subscr

Subscription.

transf

Transferable.
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