The 36th Annual Conference on Music in 18th-Century Britain, 2020


The 36th Annual Conference on Music in 18th-Century Britain took place virtually.


Talks via YouTube from 9AM on Fri 27 November, 2020.

Reports, questions, comments, discussion via Zoom from 15.00

  • Sarah McCleave (Belfast), 'Fame and the Female Dancer' (project)
  • Ellen Moerman, Charles Burney in Translation (project)
  • Handbook XXIV and other notices

Lizzy Buckle | Georgian Live Aid


As part of the Being Human Festival 2020, researcher Lizzy Buckle introduces her work with the Foundling Museum’s Gerald Coke Handel Collection and discusses who the real beneficiaries of eighteenth-century benefit concerts were.

The 35th Annual Conference on Music in 18th-Century Britain 2019


REGISTRATION FEE, including lunch and refreshments, and admission to The Foundling Museum between 10am and 5pm, payable in advance, £17 (£21 on the day).


10.00  Registration

10.15  Thomas McGeary (Champaign, IL) — A new scenario for opera in London in its “Critical Decade”: opera in the English manner? opera in the Italian manner?

10.45  Jeanice Brooks (Southampton) and Wiebke Thormählen (London)Making opera  one’s business : giving “voice” to female aristocratic patronage

11.15-11.45  Refreshment break

11.45  Matthew Spring (Bath) — Herschel in the Gardens

12.15  Roz Southey (Newcastle) Thomas Bewick and the printing of tickets, 1783-1791

12.45-14.00  Lunch and Two Last Nights! exhibition viewing / Reports (from 13.45)

14.00  Ann van Allen-Russell (London) Cultural economics and music business : the Bach-Abel Subscription Concerts, 1773-1775

14.30  Dominic Bridge (Liverpool) — Between culture and commerce : music publishers and their networks in eighteenth-century Britain

15.00  Sandra Tuppen (London) — Subscribers to the Concerts of Antient Music in the late eighteenth century

15.30-16.00  Refreshment break

16.00 Terry Jenkins (Pinner) Hats on - or hats off : theatrical etiquette

16.30  Catherine Crisp (Chichester) Clarinet performance 1760-1810: venues, audience attendance and reception

17.00  Conference ends


Followed by:

19.00   Indoor Fireworks! : interval entertainments from Drury Lane

Olwen Foulkes (recorder) introduces a programme of sparkly concertos by Antonio Vivaldi and Giuseppe Sammartini.    

Tickets: £12, £10 concessions & Foundling Friends