- Christina Bashford
(b Leicester, Dec 19, 1802; d London, Oct 2, 1888). English concert manager and critic. He was apprenticed to his father, a baker and confectioner, before taking violin lessons with François Fémy in London (c1819). His initial interest in music seems to have been nurtured by William Gardiner, who may also have introduced him to London musicians, and in the early 1820s he began working as a violinist at the Philharmonic Society, Concerts of Ancient Music and Royal Italian Opera. In 1825 he sought harmony lessons from Thomas Attwood at the RAM, and taught there as a sub-professor of the violin; two years later he studied counterpoint briefly with Fétis in Paris. He was active as a teacher and ‘fixer’, and wrote music criticism for the Morning Post (1826–42) and The Athenaeum (1830–34), and contributed to the Musical World and the ...