Music in Eighteenth-Century Britain Conference

The twenty-ninth annual conference will be held on Friday 29 November 2013 at the Foundling Museum.


Twenty-Ninth Annual Conference on




CHAIRS – Ann van Allen-Russell, Berta Joncus


10.00 Coffee and registration

10.30  Jeremy Barlow (London) and Todd Gilman (Yale) – A newly discovered cache of letters to Samuel Arnold 

11.00  David Hunter (Austin, Texas) – Handel, Slavery and the new Financial Capitalism

11.45  Amanda Babington (Manchester) – Comparative Notes: Opinions on Music at Home and Abroad

12.15  Olive Baldwin and Thelma Wilson (Brentwood) – Images of Richard Leveridge, bass singer and composer 

12.45  Reports and Information session


13.00  LUNCH (provided in the room)


14.00  Susi Woodhouse (Cambridge) – The Black Bear Inn Music Club: a vignette of eighteenth-century concert life in Cambridge

14.30  Tríona O’Hanlon (Dublin) – The performance of works by Handel in support of eighteenth-century Dublin charities

15.00  Darryl Dumigan (Huddersfield) – Paolo Rolli’s librettos for Nicolas Porpora’s ‘London’ operas

15.30  Tessa Murdoch (London) – The Triumph of Music over Time: George Frideric Handel and Musical Clocks by Charles Clay


16.00  Tea


16.30  Matthew Spring (Bath) – James Brook’s 36 Select Pieces for a Military Band (1797) and the ‘normal’ music of the pleasure gardens. 

17.00  Boxwood & Brass (London) – Music from the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, 1780-1800

18.00  Conference ends


REGISTRATION FEE, including lunch with wine, £16 in advance - £21 on the day.

Registration fee also covers admission to The Foundling Museum between 10am and 5pm

Organised by Claire Sharpe, Katharine Hogg and Colin Coleman


To register please send cheques (payable to ‘Claire Sharpe Conference Account’) to Claire Sharpe, c/o GCHC, 40 BRUNSWICK SQUARE, LONDON, WC1N 1AZ.  

Enquiries: tel: 020 7841 3606 or email:



Enquires should be made via:

Claire Sharpe

Tel: +44 (0)20 7701 8038



Katharine Hogg / Colin Coleman:

Tel. +44 (0)20 7841 3606