Mon 1 January 0001 - Mon 19 March 2018
Concert begins at 13.05pm
Jonathan Scott - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester organist
Suppé arr Scott Overture: Light Cavalry
Mozart Fantasie K608
Handel Allegro from Concerto The Cuckoo and the Nightingale
Jonathan Scott Peterloo 1819
Widor Allegro (Symphonie VI)
Massenet arr Scott Meditation from Thaïs
Saint-Saëns arr Scott Finale from Symphony No 3 (Organ)
Of his Peterloo 1819 included today, the composer and artist writes:
I wrote Peterloo 1819 in 2015 as a programmatic solo organ work which describes the events of The Peterloo Massacre on 16 August 1819. I first performed it in my lunchtime organ series at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester on 4 March 2015. JS.
The involvement of one of Jonathan’s ancestors is outlined below
On 16 August 1819, a hot, cloudless summer day, a crowd of over 60,000 people from Lancashire gathered in St Peter’s Fields, Manchester in a peaceful pro-democracy and anti-poverty demonstration. Less than 2% of the population had the vote and hunger was rife due to the corn laws which made bread unaffordable. The crowd consisted of men, women and children of all ages, the majority of whom had attended in their Sunday best and brought food for a summer day out. Magistrates called for the crowd to be dispersed and the cavalry charged into the crowd with their sabres drawn. It is estimated that 18 people were killed and over 700 were seriously injured. The event became known as the Peterloo Massacre in an ironic comparison to the Battle of Waterloo where many of the soldiers that day had also served. The cavalry and Magistrates were cleared of any wrong-doing by the official inquiry as it was ruled that their actions had been justified to disperse an illegal gathering. The true events of The Peterloo Massacre were only officially acknowledged in 2007 when a red plaque was unveiled in Manchester on the old Free Trade Hall on Peter Street, close to the site of the events of 16 August 1819. My own Great Uncle, Samuel Bamford (1788-1872), led the large group from Middleton and wrote a full eye-witness account of the day’s events in his autobiography 'Passages in the Life of a Radical'. For his part in the demonstration he was initially confined to Lancaster Castle on a charge of treason. This was eventually dropped and he was imprisoned for a year in Lincoln Jail for inciting a riot.
A blue plaque in Middleton reads:
The Middleton contingent congregated here on Barrowfields and marched to St Peter's Field in Manchester led by Sam Bamford. The meeting popularly known as the “Peterloo Massacre”, was in support of the vote for the working classes, 16 Middleton people were injured.
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