The Grand Leicester Musical Festival of 1827

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Boylan, P.
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    1. Patrick Boylan, 'Four Handel Oratorio Libretti published by John Gregory, Leicester, 1759-1774'. Transactions of Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society, 80 (2006), pp. 123-151.

    2. William Gardiner, Music and Friends; or, Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante (London: Longman, 1838, 2 vols.), vol. 1 pp. 3-8; Jonathan Wilshire, William Gardiner, New Grove, vol. 7, p. 164; L. M. Middleton, William Gardiner 1770-1853, Oxford DNB, vol. 21, pp. 47-48.

    3. The whole process of developing and eventually running the Festival was recorded in considerable detail in the Infirmary Records, now in the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland (ROLLR): 13 D 54/14. These include Minutes of Meetings, copies of programmes and other printing, and correspondence (including letters accepting invitations to be patrons of the Festival). There is also a great deal of press coverage in both local and national newspapers (many now searchable through the British Newspaper Archive: http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk). A particularly knowledgeable press reporter was that of London's Morning Post, which published 'Leicester Music Festival' reports in the Friday 7th September 1827 and Monday 10th September 1827 editions (page 3 in each case). The Quarterly Musical Magazine and Review, 1827, pp. 193-197 had an extended review with a full list of performers, and there was also an anonymous book: An account of the Grand Musical Festival, held at Leicester, September 4th, 5th, & 6th, 1827, with critical remarks on the Performers & Performances (Leicester: A. Cockshaw & London: Hurst, Chance & Co., 1828). William Gardiner gives a fairly brief account in Music and Friends vol. 2 (1838), pp. 629-633. There is also a chapter on the Festival, drawing on the Minutes, programmes and newspaper reports in Max Wade Matthews: Musical Leicester (Wymeswold: Heart of Albion Press, 1998), pp. 57-75.

    4. It was widely reported - usually with astonishment - in the English provincial newspapers that Pasta was in fact being engaged at a fee of £400, but the Minutes give the figure of £300.

    5. Patrick Boylan, 'The elusive Elizabeth Austin of Leicester: America's first international operatic prima donna'. In preparation - for publication in 2015.

    6. Gardiner, Music and Friends vol. 2, p.532.

    7. See note 5 above.

    8. Elizabeth Austin to the Festival Committee 8th August 1827, Infirmary Records, ROLLR: 13 D54/14/30.

    9. Elizabeth Austin to the Festival Committee 24th August 1827, Elizabeth Austin to the Festival Committee 8th August 1827, Infirmary Records, ROLLR: 13 D54/14/30.

    10. Draft of letter from the Festival Committee to Mrs Elizabeth Austin about the terms of her engagement, 27th August 1827, Infirmary Records, ROLLR: 13 D54/14/31.

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