Tag Archives: Crystal Palace

Berlioz and the Crystal Palace

It’s been something of a Summer of Berlioz this year what with the CUMS performance of the Te Deum in June, the Grande Messe des Morts at St. Paul’s (with the LSO and Sir Colin Davis) and at the Proms … 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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August Manns and the Crystal Palace Saturday Concerts

Sir August Manns (1825 – 1907) was a key figure in the life of the Crystal Palace until his retirement in 1901. First in 1854 as a clarinet player in Heinrich Schallehn’s wind band until a falling-out over fees for his composition … 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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