The Corsican Demon, or Trafalgar, or Gentility
at the Vauxhall Gardens
The classical early 19th century sees the time of the Prince Regent. James Hook is writing charming songs to entertain in the Vauxhall Gardens in London whilst the wars rage on abroad. Shortly before the Regency begins, Nelson falls at Trafalgar in 1805. Later, in 1815, Wellington is victorious over the French at Waterloo.
This programme discovers the music and songs from this time of contrasts.
VICTORIAN - A musical revolution
Never before in history has the musci fo the ordinary people taken such a leap forward as with the invention of the metal reed instruments at the time of Queen Victoria. This revolution gives the world the concertina, the harmonica, the harmonium and the accordion.
All the above, as original or replica, instruments are used in the following programmes to chart the reign of the longest serving monarch in our island's history. These instruments are added to by another Victorian innovation, the banjo, and recently redesigned earlier technology such as clarinet, oboe, violin and percussion.
Victorian Maritime history is rich, and so are the songs to go with it! Songs about the Queen's navy, the Plimsoll line the Barbary Coast and much more are included in this mid-nineteenth century presentation.
The Naughty Nineties says it all!
The music hall is at its height in the 1890s and Edwardian times. In this presentation we have everything from rampant patriotism to evergreens, songs from the shows, sickly sentimentality, comedy and woe. This programme includes a song board for audience to sing-a-long with all the music hall songs that everyone knows.
For a seasonal variation, visit the Christmas page of this web-site for our Victorian Christmas option.