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Bandstands
Pavilions for music, entertainment and leisure

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ISBN
9781848023727
Author
Paul Rabbitts
Published by
Historic England
Publication Date
March 2018
Format
Paperback
Extent
256 pages, 223 illustrations
Dimensions
170 x 240 mm

In 1833, the Select Committee for Public Walks was introduced so that ‘the provision of parks would lead to a better use of Sundays and the replacement of the debasing pleasures’. Music was seen as an important moral influence and ‘musical cultivation … the safest and surest method of popular culture’. The introduction of the bandstand became significant in the reforming potential of public parks.

However, the move from the bull baiting of ‘Merrie England’ to the ordered recreation provided by bandstands has never been fully comprehended. Music in public spaces, and the history and heritage of the bandstand have largely been ignored. Yet in their heyday, there were over 1,500 bandstands in Britain, in public parks and on piers and seaside promenades. Some venues such as the Arboretum in Lincoln attracted crowds of over 10,000 whilst London's parks attracted more modest numbers at regular weekday and weekend concerts up until the beginning of the Second World War.

This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of these pavilions made for music, discusses the music played within them, their design and manufacture and worldwide influence. The book describes the bandstand’s evolution from ‘orchestras’ in the early 18th century Pleasure Gardens, through the reforming Victorian period, to the post Second World War decline and their subsequent revival in the late 1990s. 


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