Social and cultural historian - Leanne Langley -  classical music in Britain

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This is the website of the social and cultural historian Leanne Langley,

who works on classical music in Britain.

You've come to the right place if you're seeking new information on the historic

English musical press (periodicals, writers, readers and music criticism), British music institutions (Philharmonic Society of London, Sainsbury's Dictionary, Royal Academy of Music, Grove's Dictionary, Queen's Hall Promenade Concerts), or late 19th- and early 20th-century London concert history (halls and venues, players and conductors, orchestras, recitals, repertory, audiences, promotion, finance and reception).

I'm a social and cultural historian, and my subject is classical music in Britain from 1750 to 1950.   Within it, I aim to challenge prevailing stereotypes and stimulate fresh thought.  If you need more information or want to discuss your own music research project please contact me.

Most of my published work is available in major libraries.  Some is available to buy, and some is free on the web.

I'm currently writing a book about  late 19th- and early 20th-century London concert history - everything from concert halls, urban development and orchestral finance to repertory, players, listeners and changing perceptions of high and popular culture.

Programme cover for a Queen’s Hall Symphony Concert, London, October 1913.

With more than 25 years' experience in teaching, writing and the publishing industry,

I also offer a professional music research and support service for media producers, music archivists, book and journal editors, conference planners, educators, academic supervisors, picture editors and students.

Tell me what you want to know, or what angle you're pursuing, and I'll do my best to help in a timely and cost-effective way.  I look forward to receiving your enquiries and feedback.

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In preparation - Unlocking Classical Music: Queen's Hall and the Rise of Public Orchestral Culture in London, 1880–1930

Cartoon of a modern research team, seeking answers in a huge pile of books.



Based in Southampton, England

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