The People's Concert Society

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Toronto Summer Music Festival says
Sarah Jeffrey, oboe
Shane Kim, violin
Eric Nowlin, viola
David Hetherington, Emmanuelle Beaulieu-Bergeron, cello
David Jalbert, piano

Britten: Phantasy Quartet for Oboe and Strings, Op. 2
Bliss Oboe Quintet
Vaughan-Williams Piano Quintet

For the Festival’s fourth concert paying tribute to a vital component of London’s musical history, another team of top-flight musicians performs another program of first-rate British music. By the 1880s, a broader London audience was being introduced to classical music. Earlier educational initiatives had been concerned with choral music. A new phase in the popularization of instrumental music began with the People’s Concert Society, which was formed in 1878 with the aim of “increasing the popularity of good music by means of inexpensive concerts.” The essential feature was the maintenance of high artistic standards, and the programs were closely modeled on those being given at St. James’s Hall. The concerts were held in various disadvantaged parts of London, including the People’s Palace in the East End. One penny was charged for most seats. The operation relied upon artists giving their services or taking nominal fees and was partly supported by subscription.
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By: Toronto Summer Music Festival

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