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Bedford's Musical Society : A History of Bedford Choral Society (Hardcover) (Michael Benson)

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The Bedford Amateur Musical Society, later Bedford Choral Society, was formed in 1867. Its beginnings were not auspicious - an article in a local newspaper reported that 'no one felt very sanguine about the success of the proposed Society ... the idea being that musical people were a quarrelsome lot and could not hold together for any length of time.' Despite this, the Society has had a long and almost continuous history and is still thriving today. This volume records the characters that have shaped the Society through the years, the varied musical programmes and the links with well-known performers and musicians. It includes the BBC Music Department's move to Bedford early in the Second World War and its support for the Society as it re-established itself. The volume holds an introduction by Donald Burrows, Professor of Music at the Open University and a leading scholar of the music of George Frideric Handel. Professor Burrows provides a historical setting for the development of the Society within the context of national musical developments.BR MICHAEL BENSON was educated at St Michael's College, Tenbury Wells and later attended Hereford Cathedral School and Church of England Theological College. Michael has been a member of Bedford Choral Society since 1977 and was General Secretary from 2002 to 2008.
Number of Pages: 2898
Genre: Music
Sub-Genre: History + Criticism
Series Title: Publications Bedfordshire Historical Record Society
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Inc
Author: Michael Benson
Language: English
Street Date: December 17, 2015
TCIN: 50596641
UPC: 9780851550817
Item Number (DPCI): 248-08-7288

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