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Programme for a Grand Sacred Concert in the Mission Hall, Britten Street, Chelsea, 20 March 1882. In this programme the figures refer to the numbers of the oratorio. Many of the singers in this performance (if not all of them) were members of the Bach Choir which at that time was mostly drawn from the upper echelons of society. Apart from the Goldschmidts perhaps the most notable name is Mr. Coleridge. Arthur Duke Coleridge (1830-1913), the great-nephew of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, was a keen amateur musician and excellent tenor. He had many distinguished friends in the music world including William Sterndale Bennett and Charles Stanford. Through them he met the Goldschmidts. Having heard Bach's Mass in B minor in Leipzig he was keen for it to be performed in London. With this in mind, he formed a committee which included William Gladstone, M.P. (an amateur musician and son of the more famous William Gladstone), Otto Goldschmidt, George Grove, Lionel Benson (another fine tenor) and John Stainer.  The plan came to fruition with a performance at St. James's Hall conducted by Otto Goldschmidt on 26 April 1876.

Programme for a Grand Sacred Concert in the Mission Hall, Britten Street, Chelsea, 20 March 1882. In this programme the figures refer to the numbers of the oratorio. Many of the singers in this performance (if not all of them) were members of the Bach Choir which at that time was mostly drawn from the upper echelons of society. Apart from the Goldschmidts perhaps the most notable name is Mr. Coleridge. Arthur Duke Coleridge (1830-1913), the great-nephew of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, was a keen amateur musician and excellent tenor. He had many distinguished friends in the music world including William Sterndale Bennett and Charles Stanford. Through them he met the Goldschmidts. Having heard Bach's Mass in B minor in Leipzig he was keen for it to be performed in London. With this in mind, he formed a committee which included William Gladstone, M.P. (an amateur musician and son of the more famous William Gladstone), Otto Goldschmidt, George Grove, Lionel Benson (another fine tenor) and John Stainer. The plan came to fruition with a performance at St. James's Hall conducted by Otto Goldschmidt on 26 April 1876.

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