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16. Music, Merriment & Mischief: Catch Clubs in the 18th century

17 October 2022, 15:00 - 16:00

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What was a Catch Club, and what even is a catch? Ahead of tonight’s special event at Freud’s, Chris Price introduces these 18th century institutions, in which the norms of behaviour and respectability were relaxed and where an unusually wide range of songs - from love songs to political satire - was heard. Chris is a singer and conductor, and Director of Music at Canterbury Christ Church University where his research has taken him to the extensive archives of the Canterbury Catch Club. Live performances of some of the catches will illustrate his talk.

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Chris Price

Chris Price


Chris Price was born in Yorkshire and gained both his BA and his PhD at Durham University. From Durham he went straight to Canterbury to sing as a Tenor Lay Clerk in the cathedral choir, a post he held for some considerable time. Whilst with the Cathedral choir, Chris gained extensive experience in recordings, broadcasts, and on tours in Europe and America. As a solo singer, he has a particular interest in early music, the catch and glee repertoire of the late 18 th and early 19 th centuries, and 20 th -century song, especially t... Read Full Biography


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This event is part of a series:

Oxford Lieder Festival: 14 - 29 October 2022

The 21st Oxford Lieder Festival, Friendship in Song: An Intimate Art, invites you to explore song as an art form that grew up among friends, often at special and sociable gatherings, and inspired many composers’ most personal and profound works. We explore friendships between composers, poets and performers, recreate the intimate atmosphere of the salon, and generally enjoy a festive sp...

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