Bob & Jacqueline Patten English Folk Music Collection
Ian Russell's talk on John Hall, part 01
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Grenoside Community Centre, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, UK
Russell, Ian (male)
Dr Ian Russell introduces Douglas and Ethel of the Green Moor Carollers. John Hall ‘Sheffield’s first known composer’. Those who have researched John Hall: E. D. MacKerness in his book ‘Somewhere further north’; Sally Drage; Jenny Cockson, who discovered the Pearson ms in Gloucester that contains music by Hall. List of John Hall’s compositions. References to Hall. Obituary in the Sheffield Register of 1794. Edward Miller’s reference to him in his ‘Dr Watts’ Psalms and Hymns set to new music’ of 1805. In 1905 James Lightwood wrote ‘careful enquiry has failed to elicit any further information concerning this individual’. Eric MacKerness wrote in 1974 ‘as a musician he cannot have risen much above mediocrity’.