26 March 1830

         92nd Anniversary Dinner of the Royal Society of Musicians Concert

London: Freemasons’ Hall—Time: Dinner at Half Past Five o’Clock

Tickets: 1 Guinea


Flute FantasiaMr. Nicholson 
Glee for Five Voices, ‘There is a mild and tranquil light’ Attwood
Glee for Four Voices, ‘Are the white hours for ever fled?’ Callcott
Glee for Four Voices, ‘Come, Gentle Zephyr’ Horsley
Glee for Four Voices, ‘Foresters, Sound the Cheerful Horn’Horns: Messrs. Rae, PlattBishop
Glee, ‘The Seasons’ T. Cooke
Glee, ‘In autumn we should drink, boys’ Hawes
Grand March Bishop
Grand March Winter
Hymn, ‘Non nobis Domine’   
National Anthem, ‘God Save the King’  
Piano FantasiaMr. Moscheles 
Song, ‘Rule Britannia’Accompanied by Wind Instruments  
TrioMr. T. Cooke 

Principal Vocalists: Messrs. Bellamy, Collyer, Cooke, C. Taylor, Elliot, Hobbs, King, Leete, Nield, Parry, Parry jun., Rovedino, Smith, Terrail, Vaughan, Master Phillips
Principal Instrumentalists: Messrs. Attwood, Bishop, Cooke, Greatorex, Irwin, Harper, Horsley, K. Fleischer, Mackintosh, Marriotti, Moscheles, Parry, Powell, Rae, Tully, Willman


Encores: Glee for Four Voices, ‘Foresters, Sound the Cheerful Horn’ —Horns: Messrs. Rae, Platt —Bishop           

Glee, ‘In autumn we should drink, boys’—Hawes

Grand March—Bishop

Grand March—Winter


The Morning Post (March 19, 1830): 1.

ROYAL SOCIETY OF MUSICIANS.—The NINETY-SECOND ANNIVERSARY DINNER of the Society will take place on FRIDAY, March 26, 1830, at the Freemason’s Hall, the Right Hon. Earl of CAWDOR in the Chair

Tickets, One Guinea each, to be had at the principal Music Shops, the Freemasons’ Tavern, and of the Committee.

M. SIMCOCK, Secretary.

The Times (March 20, 1830): 1.

ROYAL SOCIETY of MUSICIANS.—The NINETY-SECOND ANNIVERSARY DINNER of this Society will take place on Friday, March 26, 1830, at the Freemasons’ Hall: 

The Right Hon. Earl of CAWDOR in the chair.

Tickets, one guinea each, to be had at the principal music shops; at the Freemasons’ Tavern: and of the Committee. The dinner at 5 o’clock for half-past precisely.                              M. SIMCOCK, Secretary.

The Morning Post (March 23, 1830): 1.


The following eminent Vocal and Instrumental Performers have kindly promised to attend the Ninety-second ANNIVERSARY DINNER of the ROYAL SOCIETY of MUSICIANS, on FRIDAY next, at the Freemasons’ Hall; Lord CAWDOR in the Chair:—Messrs. Attwood, Bishop, Bellamy, Cramer, Calkin, T. Cooke, Collyer, Dance, Elliott, Griffin, Goulden, Greatorex, Horsley, Hobbs, Knyvett, King, Leete, J. Lord, W. Lord, Nield, Neate, H. Phillips, Parry, Parry, jun., Rovedino, Sale, Sherrington, J. Smiths, C. Taylor, Terrail, E. Taylor, Vaughan, and Master Phillips. Mr. Moscheles and Mr. Nicholson will perform Fantasias on the Pianoforte and Flute. The Wind Instrument Band will consist of Messrs. Willman, Powell, Key, Fleischer, Cooke, Irwin, Platt, Rae, Mackintosh, Tully, Harper, Irwin, Marriette, and Parry, who will perform Three Grand Marches, composed expressly for the Society by Haydn, Winter, and Bishop. Dinner on Table at Half-past Five o’Clock precisely. Tickets, One Guinea each, to be had at the Freemasons’ Tavern.

The Morning Post (March 25, 1830): 1.


The following eminent Vocal and Instrumental Performers have kindly promised to attend the Ninety-second ANNIVERSARY DINNER of the ROYAL SOCIETY of MUSICIANS, TO-MORROW, March 26, at the Freemasons’ Hall; [the rest is the same as advertised in The Morning Post on March 23].


The Morning Post (March 27, 1830): 3.


The 92d Anniversary of this Institution was celebrated yesterday at the Freemasons’ Hall, on which occasion between two and three hundred professors and amateurs of music attended; the Earl of CAWDOR, as one of the Director of the King’s Concerts of Ancient Music, in the Chair. 

The cloth being removed, “Non Nobis Domine” was sung [sic] in the most impressive manner by at least fifty voices; afterwards “God Save the King,” and “Rule Britannia,” accompanied by a band of wind instruments, were sung [sic] with excellent effect. HORSLEY’s Glee of Come gentle Zephyr; ATTWOOD’S There is a mild and tranquil light; CALLCOTT’S Are the white hours for ever fled? T. COOKE’S Prize Glee, The Seasons; BISHOP’S Foresters (accompanied beautifully on the Horns by PLATT and RAE; and HAWES’S In autumn we should drink, boys; were sung [sic] in the best possible style by Messrs, BELLAMY, COOKE, COLLYER, ELLIOT, HOBBS, KING, LEETE, NIELD, PARRY, PARRY, jun., ROVEDINO, SMITH, CHAS. TAYLOR, TERRAIL, E. TAYLOR, VAUGHAN, and Master PHILLIPS. The Band, consisting of the following eminent Performers—WILLMAN, POWELL, KEV. FLEISCHER, COOKE, IRWIN, PLATT, RAE, MACKINTOSH, TULLY, HARPER, MARRIOTTE, and PARRY, played WINTER, HAYDN, and BISHOP’s Grand Marches, in a manner that elicited the most rapturous plaudits. 

The health of the Noble President being proposed by Mr. HORSLEY in a very neat and pointed address, his Lordship returned thanks, assuring the company of his readiness at all times to promote the interest of so excellent an Institution as the Royal Society of Musicians. He requested the favour of a performance on the pianoforte by Mr. MOSCHELES.—(Loud applause.) 

We have had the pleasure so often of testifying our approbation of this Gentleman’s wonderful talents, that we are at a loss for new terms to describe his efforts on this occasion; suffice it to say, that he never exerted himself with greater success. His manner of introducing Scots wha hae, and God save the King, was truly elegant, and the way he treated it, and worked up the coda, quite electrified the company. Mr. NICHOLSON performed a Fantasia on the flute, in that superb style which ranks him the first (perhaps in Europe) on that instrument. The beautiful expression which he threw into the air Gramachree elicited universal plaudits. 

The venerable Earl of DERBY sent a donation of ten pounds, regretting exceedingly that a fit of the gout prevented his presence at the Meeting. 

Mr. HORSLEY read a long list of donations and subscriptions received in the course of the evening; and the Noble Chairman observed, that however highly the eminent talents of those who surrounded him were appreciated by the public, their benevolent endeavours on that occasion placed them in a most honourable point of view, and he felt proud of the honour of presiding at a Meeting which boasted of a number of Musical Professors, second to none, whether vocal or instrumental. After a most delightful entertainment, the company separated about eleven o’clock. The Noble Chairman was loudly cheered as he left the Hall. 

BISHOP’S Glee of the Foresters, and HAWES In autumn we should drink, boys, were loudly encored, as were WINTER and BISHOP’S Grand Marches, which were inimitably performed by the Band.

The Morning Post (March 29, 1830): 3.


The vocal pieces which were sung at the Anniversary Dinner of this Institution on Friday last were accompanied by Messrs. ATTWOOD, BISHOP, HORSLEY, and GREATOREX. Sir GEORGE SMART was to have accompanied NICHOLSON in his admirable Fantasia, but an engagement obliged him to leave the Hall before Mr. N. performed. Mr. T. COOKE sang a mock Italian Trio, in which he introduced one of CORELLI’S solos on the violin, accompanying it (or rather humming a most difficult and correct bass) with his voice! That highly respectable professor, Mr. GREATOREX, gave his name as a Life Governor of the Society, as a mark of his approbation of the manner in which it was conducted, and the good it did. Mr. HORSLEY paid Mr. PARRY a very handsome compliment for his great exertions in promoting the interest of the Institution; the professional members of which have enrolled his name on the list of honorary Life Governors, as a token or their respect for him. The New Musical Fund, in which Sir GEORGE SMART takes a most lively interest, has paid Mr. PARRY the same compliment.