Royal Society of Musicians Anniversary Festival Dinner
London: New Argyll Rooms
Programme Note: Moscheles did not perform due to illness.
|Hymn, ‘Non nobi’|
|National Anthem, ‘God save the King’|
|Glee for Four Voices with Chorus, ‘Come, Fairest Nymph’||[?], [?], [?], [?], Chorus||Mornington|
|Duke of York’s March||Band||Eley|
|Glee for Three Voices and Chorus, ‘Rise to the battle, my thousands!’||[?], [?], [?], Chorus||Attwood|
|Violin Solo||Mr. Mori; Assisted by Messrs. |
Calkin, F. Cramer, Neate, Pigot, Sherrington
|Glee for Four Voices, ‘O my love’s like a red red rose’||W. Knyvett|
|March||Directed by Messrs. Kramer, Willman||Haydn|
|Glee for Five Voices, ‘Queen of the Valley’||Dr. Callcott|
|Piano Fantasia||Mr. Moscheles|
|Madrigal for Five Voices, ‘Let me, careless and unthoughtful lying’||Linley|
|March||Directed by Mr. Kramer and Mr. Willman||Winter|
|Song, ‘John Andersno, my joe’ (by desire)||Mr. Broadhurst|
|Glee for Four Voices, ‘See the chariot at hand here of Love’||Horsley|
|Glee for Five Voices, ‘Mark’d you her eye of heavenly blue?’||Spofforth|
|Song, ‘Good old Days of Adam and Eve’||Mr. Taylor|
|Glee for Four Voices, ‘Foresters, sound the cheerful horn’||Bishop|
|Song, ‘Allan Water’||Master Smith|
|Glee for Four Voices and Chorus, ‘The mighty conqueror of hearts’||[?], [?], [?], [?], Chorus||Webbe|
|Song, ‘Sweet Home’||Mr. Collyer||Parry|
|Principal Vocalists: Master Smith, Messrs. Broadhurst, Taylor|
|Principal Instrumentalists: Mr. Calkin, F. Cramer, Mori, Neate, Pigot, Sherrington|
SELECTION OF MUSIC
TO BE PERFORMED AT THE
ROYAL SOCIETY OF MUSICIANS
HELD AT THE
NEW ARGYLL ROOMS,
SATURDAY, MAY 17, 1823.
THE RIGHT HONORABLE THE EARL OF DERBY, PRESIDENT.
PRINCIPAL VOCAL PERFORMERS.
MESSRS. BELLAMY, BROADHURST, EVANS, ELLIOT, CLARK, COLLYER, T. COOKE, GOULDEN, HAWES, KING, LEETE, NIELD, PARRY, ROVEDINO,
J. SMITH, SALE, J. B. SALE, TERRAIL, C. TAYLOR, T. WELSH, VAUGHAN,
&c. &c. &c.
MASTER SMITH, WESLEY, AND CARD.
THE VOCAL PIECES WILL BE ACCOMPANIED ON THE PIANO FORTE,
MESSRS. ATTWOOD, BISHOP, GREATOREX, AND HORSLEY,
VIOLIN, MR. MORI, PIANO FORTE, MR. MOSCHELLES;
Who have kindly consented to perform on the occasion.
MESSRS. KRAMER, WILLMAN, MAHON, FLEISCHER, MONZANI, ERSKINE, SHARP,
TULLY, MANCOUR, PETRIDES, HARPER, AND MARRIOTTI.
[The rest of the programme includes the pieces performed, including the lyrics of the songs]
[GB-Lbl Playbills 220]
The Morning Post (May 19, 1823): 3.
ROYAL SOCIETY OF MUSICIANS.
The Anniversary Dinner of this Institution took place on Saturday last at the Argyll Rooms, at six o’clock. Earl FORTESCUE took the Chair, in consequence of the sudden indisposition of the Earl of DERBY.
Upwards of two hundred Gentlemen sat down to a most excellent dinner, provided by WADD, of Bond-street. The boxes were filled with “England’s matchless beauty.” Nothing could surpass the splendour of tHe scene; the Rooms being so elegant and brilliantly lighted, reminded us of the banquets read of in the Arabian Nights.
A list of the toasts, together with the words of the glees, &c. which were performed, had been prepared and distributed about the room—a very commendable thing done by the Stewards.
When the cloth was removed, Non Nobis Domine was sung in a most sublime manner; then followed the toast of “The King,” and our fine National Anthem was exquisitely performed, accompanied on wind instruments. We shall not follow the toasts, &c. &c. regularly, but merely state, that the fine glee of Come, fairest Nymph—ATTWOOD’S Rise to the Battle—W. KNYVETT’S My love is like the red red rose—CALLCOTT’S Queen of the Valley—and HORSLEY’S elegant composition, See the Chariot at hand—were performed in the most masterly manner—Messrs. ATTWOOD, HORSLEY, and GREATOREX, presiding alternately at the Pianoforte.
Mr. DANCE rose to propose the health of the Noble President, which he prefaced by stating how much the Society was indebted to his Lordship, and to the other Noble Director, of the Ancient Concerts. Mr. D. concluded a very feeling address, by quoting our immortal Bard’s definition of mercy, which, he said, might be, with great propriety, applied to charity.
Lord FORTESCUE (who laboured under a severe cold), assured the company, that the welfare of the Society was dear to his heart, and that he would, at all limes, his utmost to promote it.
Mr. HAWES rose to propose the health of the Royal and Noble Vice-Presidents; and, in doing so, he touched on great claim, which have lately come on the Society’s funds. “A dark cloud hangs over us at this moment,” said he, “and I fear that the Governors will be under the painful necessity of reducing the allowance to the claimants, which would be a melancholy proceeding, or draw on the funded property of the Society, which would be a ruinous alternative. But the cloud will pass over; yes, your bounty will disperse it, and the aged musician, the widow and the orphan, will invoke blessings on their excellent benefactors.”
A Gentleman rose in the body of the room and said that he was a life subscriber; but before he could give further aid, he wished to see a statement-of the accounts, a regular debtor and creditor in black and white. He was informed that the Society’s books were always open for his inspection, but at such a meeting as the present to enter into long details of accounts would only interrupt the harmony of the bay. This did not satisfy him. He persisted in addressing the Chair, to the great annoyance of the company, particularly the Ladies. But this discordant scene had its effect, for it rendered Master SMITH’S song of Allan Water doubly sweet, and C. TAYLOR’S Good old Days of Adam and Eve restored harmony and good humour. Mr. MORI performed a polonaire on the violin, in a manner that drew down universal applause. He was assisted by Messrs. F. CRAMER, PIGOT, SHERRINGTON, CALKIN, and NEATE, who kindly volunteered their services at a moment’s notice.
Mr. MOSCHELES was to have performed a Fantasia on the Pianoforte, but he was taken very unwell, and confined to his bed. He sent a very handsome apology.
The Military Band, under the direction of Mr. KRAMER and Mr. WILLMAN performed HAYDN’S and WINTER’S Grand Marches, composed for the Society by those eminent authors, in a most effective style. BISHOP’S beautiful Glee of “Foresters, sound the cheerful horn,” was loudly encored. COLLYER sung PARRY’S song of “Sweat Home,” in a very chaste manner.
Several donations were given, and many life and annual subscribers were obtained. We were particularly pleased to hear, among the life subscribers, the name of our beautiful warbler, Miss STEPHENS.
Doctor NICHOLAS, Chaplain of the Society, on his health being drank, returned thanks in a very humourous [sic] speech, which was particularly complimentary to the Ladies, for the Learned Gentleman said, “That men were nothing without the women.” He touched upon ancient Greece, and then concluded by making a strong appeal to the company in behalf of the Society.
The Morning Advertiser (May 20, 1823): 2.
Royal Society of Musicians Anniversary Dinner at the Argyll Rooms, May 17, 1823: ‘Mr. Moschelles was to have performed a Fantasia on the Piano-forte, but he was taken very unwell, and confined to his bed. He sent a very handsome apology’.