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Westminster Abbey Musical Festival (1785)
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Programme and wordbook for the first performance of a Grand Musical Festival, given by the Royal Society of Musicians on 2 June 1785 at Westminster Abbey.

This was a three-part concert of orchestral, instrumental and vocal/choral music by Handel, conducted by Joah Bates.

The document includes a list of the Directors and Patrons for the event and carries a statement regarding the financial activities of the Royal Society of Musicians over the previous year.

The wordbook lists the following vocal performers: Miss Abrams and Miss Harwood; Signor Tasca and Madame Mara; Messrs Bellamy, Corfe, Dyne, Harrison, Knyvett, Norris, Osmand, Parry, Reinhold and Saville.

Note: an additional copy of the programme for this event, including a list of the Subscribers to the Royal Society of Musicians, is held at British Library 1560/2098.
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1785 - 1785
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The British Library St Pancras ,96 Euston Road London NW1 2DB
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council