The first Edinburgh Musical Festival: 'serious and magnificent entertainment', or 'a combination of harmonious and discordant notes'?

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This article is based on a talk given in Edinburgh Central Library on 30 October 2015 to mark the bicentenary of the First Edinburgh Musical Festival. The author examines contemporary accounts of the Festival and discusses the music performed, the artists who performed it and the social and economic aspects of the Festival, placing it in the context of the increasing popularity of provincial music festivals which spread across Great Britain in the wake of the Handel festivals of the late eighteenth century.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35
Number of pages46
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished or Performed - Jun 2016