A history of the English music festival is long overdue. Dr Pippa Drummond argues that these festivals represented the most significant cultural events in provincial England during the nineteenth century and emphasizes their particular importance in the promotion and commissioning of new music. Drawing on material from surviving accounts, committee records, programmes, contemporary pamphlets and reviews, Drummond shows how the festivals responded to and reflected the changing social and economic conditions of their day. Coverage includes a chronological overview documenting the history of individual festivals followed by a detailed exploration of such topics as performers and performance practice, logistics and finance, programmes and commissioning, together with information concerning the composition and provenance of festival choirs and orchestras. Also discussed are the effects of improved transport and new technologies on the festivals, sacred and secular conflicts, gender issues, the role of philanthropy, the nature of patronage and the changing social status of festival audiences. The book will also be of interest to social, economic and local historians.
___________________________________ About the Author
Dr Pippa Drummond was educated at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, UK, where she took the degrees of MA, BMus and D.Phil. After a number of years as a Junior Research Fellow and Director of Music at St Hugh’s, she was appointed to a Lectureship at Sheffield University. After a break from academic life to bring up a family and pursue a professional flute-playing career Drummond spent several years as Head of Woodwind at Trent College. Drummond is the author of The German Concerto: Five Eighteenth-Century Studies (1980).