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An evening with the Black Bear Music Club: May 8th 1809

It’s been a long time since we visited my friends at the Black Bear Music Club. High time to put that right and see what they were up to once again, so, setting aside my work on the Hans Keller … Continue reading

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Benefit night at the Black Bear Inn

Regular readers of this blog will have seen our previous posts on the Black Bear Inn Music Club. This post  continues the closer look at the benefit nights held for regular performers such as violinist John Scarborough, flautist George Nicholls … Continue reading

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Fifty gradations of tone: concert life at St. James’s Hall

In amongst the runs of programmes for Monday and Saturday Popular concerts and the Richter concerts at St. James’s Hall, the University Library also has a box of some fifty miscellaneous programmes for concerts between 1876 and 1901. They are … Continue reading

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Bygone concert venues 6: The Black Bear Inn, Cambridge

The Black Bear Inn here in Cambridge was notable for its concerts held from the 1770’s to the 1800’s under the auspices of its Music Club. Black Bear? Sadly, like so many of the fascinating old inns of this City … Continue reading

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The Great Handel Triennial Festivals

Large-scale choral performance of Handel had become a firmly-established feature through the work of Michael Costa and the Sacred Harmonic Society (founded in 1836) and the Crystal Palace provided an ideal location in which to develop this very English tradition. … Continue reading

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Light Fantastic: music and the Crystal Palace

On 1 May 1851 Queen Victoria opened the Great Exhibition of Art and Industry in Joseph Paxton’s newly-built Crystal Palace in Hyde Park – a building which would dominate British cultural life until 1936. The exhibition ran from May until … Continue reading

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Bygone concert venues no. 5: Willis’s Rooms

Willis’s Rooms began life in 1765 as Almack’s, a suite of fashionable Assembly Rooms in King Street, St. James’s (not far from the St. James’s theatre demolished in the 1950s) built for the eponymous William Almack. They included a ballroom … Continue reading

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