The Loder family of Bath: Music and culture in provincial Britain in the long nineteenth century

Timetable for Loder Study Day 16 October 2015
The Holburne Museum, Bath

9.00-9.50 Registration and Coffee.

9.50-10.00 Welcome from Jennifer Scott (Director, the Holburne Museum)

10.00-11.15. Session 1: Context (3 papers plus 15 minutes questions) Matthew Spring to chair:

Paul Cooper: John Charles White and the pirating of ‘Captain Wyke’

Bill Tuck: From Almacks Ballroom to the Powick Asylum: the spread          of quadrille mania throughout England in the long 19th Century

Amina Wright: Early nineteenth-century images of British musical life         from collections at the Holburne Museum

11.15-12.00 Keynote address with questions

Stephen Banfield (Emeritus Professor): Earning a musical living in    provincial England in the age of the general practitioner

12.00-1.00 Lunch

1.00-1.40 Lunchtime recital. Charles Wiffen (piano) and Bath Spa Students perform music by members of the Loder family

1.45-3.00 Session 2: The Loders of Bath (3 papers plus 15 minutes for questions) Andrew Clarke to chair:

Carole Hooper: Two Ladies at the piano

Peter Horton: Samuel Sebastian Wesley, the Loders, Bath and Bristol

Margaret Christopoulos: Ann Matilda Loder, an analysis of barriers            and enablers affecting the careers of female musicians in the early 19th century

3.00-3.25 Coffee/Tea

3.25-4.40 Session 3: opera (3 papers plus 15 minutes for questions) Charles Wiffen to chair:

Mark Morris: Meldodrama vs. Opera: William Moncrieff’s play Giselle,        or The phantom Night Dancers and Edward Loder’s opera The      Night   Dancers.’

Christopher Redwood: The reception of Loder’s Operas

Robert Beale: E J Loder’s Manchester alliance with Charles Hallé and           the genesis of Raymond and Agnes

4.40-5.25 Professor Paul Rodmell Keynote address with questions: Revisiting Edward Loder – The Operas Reconsidered

5.25-5.30 Closing thanks from Dr Charles Wiffen

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Original CFP follows

Call for papers: Study Day

Bath Spa University and Holburne Museum

A celebration of the Loder family of Bath. Music and culture in provincial Britain in the long nineteenth century

Organised by Bath Spa University’s Centre for Musical Research in collaboration with the Holburne Museum.

Date: Friday 16 October 2015

Venue: The Holburne Museum (Bath, UK)

Keynote Address, Emeritus Professor Stephen Banfield: Earning a musical living in provincial England in the age of the general practitioner

Guest Speaker, Professor Rachel Cowgill: The Project for English Opera in early nineteenth-century Britain: some perspectives from provincial archives

Study Day Organiser: Dr Matthew Spring


Bath Spa University’s Centre for Musical Research and The Holburne Museum are pleased to invite papers for this study day on subjects relating to the Loders of Bath and more widely to aspects of music and culture in provincial Britain in the long nineteenth-century.


The Loders were the leading family of musicians in Bath from the 1790s, a position they maintained until 1850. We welcome papers associated with the activities of the Loders, and also papers associated with the wider social aspects of history and culture in provincial Britain in the period 1790-1900.   In particular we invite topics that touch upon the Gothic in English opera and literature, provincial musical families, the music trade, and the wider aspects of leisure culture in the early nineteenth century. The study day coincides with the launch of a new book, The Loder Family: Musicians in Nineteenth-Century Bath, edited by Nicholas Temperley and published by Boydell and Brewer.   It will be an opportunity to inform a wider public of the achievements of this important but little known musical family.


Members of the Loder family were active not only in Bath, but in Bristol, London and elsewhere. Prominent among them was John David Loder (1788-1846), a professor at the Royal Academy of Music and one of the foremost violinists of his day, as a teacher and orchestral leader in Bath, London and at festivals around the country. One of John David’s musical sons, Edward J. Loder became a leading composer of English opera from the mid-1830s to the mid-1850s. Such was the influence of this multi-branched Loder family in particular that the 1833 Bath Directory lists eight members of the family active in Bath as professors of music or music business owners. Some of the Loders left Britain altogether, travelling to North America and Australia. One branch of the family produced George Loder (c1794-1829), a Bath flautist and pianist. By his first marriage he was the father of Edward’s cousin George Loder (1816-68), who was active in both the USA, where he conducted the first American performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and Australia, where he died. By his second marriage George Loder senior was also father of Kate Fanny Loder (1825-1904), another first cousin of Edward. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music and was a professional pianist (notable for performances of music by Weber, Mendelssohn and Brahms) and also a composer – most particularly of orchestral and chamber music.   While the family was firmly based in Bath until the mid-century, thereafter they took their skills and talents across the English-speaking world.


The day will be hosted by The Holburne Museum in Bath. Originally the Sydney Gardens Hotel, the Holburne is situated at the entrance to the Sydney Gardens, the only extant Georgian pleasure garden in Britain – though much changed since its heyday in the early nineteenth century.   It was here that John David Loder and later John Fawcett Loder led the orchestra that played for garden gala events. The day will include a concert of the music of the Loders and their associates. The conference will coincide with an exhibition at the The Museum of Bath at Work, where there will be a display on Bath musicians at work.


Conference Committee


Andrew Clarke, Independent Researcher

Matthew Spring, Bath Spa University

Charles Wiffen, Bath Spa University

Simone Homes, Holburne Museum

Amina Wright, Holburne Museum


Abstract submission

Papers are limited to 20 minutes in length allowing time for question and discussion. Please submit an abstract of no more than 200 words and one page of biography. All proposals should be submitted by 1st May 2015 to Please include your name, contact details – postal, e-mail and telephone number, and affiliation (if applicable). The committee will make a decision by the end of May 2015. Further information about the programme, concert, registration, travel and accommodation will be announced after that date. The costs for delegates will be £35 for the day. This will include tea and coffee but not lunch which is available from the Holburne café or nearby in Bath.


For further information and bookings for delegates go to the Centre For Musical Research’s link: