200 years ago today, at ten o’clock each morning, performers from London, Carlisle, Glasgow and Edinburgh collected together for an initial rehearsal to present a musical extravaganza nothing you've seen prior heard in Scotland, a musical festival! Edinburgh liked its first ‘Festival Week’.
“From England, therefore the remotest areas of Scotland, people and entire households poured into the city. Every home and every area that could be gotten was occupied by people of all of the ranks and ages…” (G. F. Graham, 1816 inside the Account of this very first Edinburgh Musical Festival).
Concerts sold-out very quickly and directors instantly organized a supplementary overall performance.Announcement of this extra concert into the Edinburgh Evening Courant, 2 November, 1815
The nationwide Library of Scotland is showing a small display of material from its selections regarding the festival: show programmes, paper articles and music results. The screen starts today and operates until Mon 30 November 2015.
The event ended up being launched with detail within the Edinburgh night Courant on 26 October 1815.Announcement
associated with the festival
in the Edinburgh Night Courant,
26 October, 1815
The initial show happened at Parliament-house the early morning of 31 October 1815 exhibiting well-known sacred music by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) and Joseph Haydn (1732-1809).Concert programme of the very first concert on 31 October, 1815
The initial piece of songs played when you look at the event was the overture to Handel’s oratorio Esther.The overture to Handel’s Esther published by John Walsh in 1732
For more information on the extensive choices of songs inside National Library of Scotland visit the site, view a basic movie on YouTube and discover free full-text songs to enjoy.