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12th March 2022 -
16 members and 4 guests invited by Philip attended this on-
Under the heading of The Church, from the beginning of St Augustine’s mission to England in 597, he brought clerks to sing the Mass. Organs were introduced in Saxon times, built locally and playing alongside a choir. The Catholic Liturgy continued after the break with Rome under Henry VIII with certain Psalms re-
Education brought the teaching of music to children, leading to school choirs and schools music festivals. The foundation of the Royal Academy of Music in 1822 led to other music conservatoires becoming established.
Audiences grew from the rich man’s pastime of the 18th and 19th centuries, into public entertainments in such venues as Ranelagh Gardens, Vauxhall Gardens and the Hanover Rooms. Victorian town halls were later centres for major musical festivals such as the Birmingham Triennial Festival (1784-
Despite much home grown talent, there was a view that only foreigners could perform well, leading in some cases to native born performers Italianising their names to seek recognition.
Improvements in musical instrument technology meant that they were more easily playable, instance the valved brass instruments, leading in turn to the formation of colliery bands and further popularisation.
Composers. Philip went on to discuss influences in composition. During the Catholic persecutions, our composers moved to the Continent and were influenced by the keyboard facility of German composers such as Bach and his contemporaries. In the other direction the 18th century brought Handel and Haydn to these shores, and our native composers, such as Greene, Boyce, Stanley and Croft, imitated them, developing a so-
Philip now brought us to the so-