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date: 02 June 2020


  • Betty Matthews


City in England. The foundation stone of the present cathedral was laid in 1220, and building was completed in 1266. Until the Reformation, the form of liturgy in the cathedral was known as Sarum Use (see Salisbury, Use of) and was widely adopted throughout England. Among post-Reformation organists may be mentioned the John Farrants, elder and younger, and Michael Wise, and there are local connections with the Lawes family and Adrian Batten.

It was to hear music that George Herbert walked twice weekly into Salisbury and afterwards took part in private music meetings. The ‘Society of Lovers of Musick’ celebrated St Cecilia's Day in the cathedral in 1700 and probably annually thereafter. In 1740 the society subscribed to Handel's ‘Twelve Grand Concertos’ op.6, and St Cecilia's Day was celebrated ‘as usual’ with a concert at the Assembly Room in New Street (replaced in 1750 by one in the High Street). A ...

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