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You are warmly invited to the book launch of 'Kitty Clive, or The Fair Songster' by Dr. Berta Joncus, at The Word independent bookshop.
You are warmly invited to the book launch of 'Kitty Clive, or The Fair Songster' by Berta Joncus, a Senior Lecturer in Musicology in the Department of Music.
Who was Kitty Clive? Eighteenth-century London's top singer and actress whom audiences adored, an activist and feminist whom critics hated, a career women who commanded the skills of her greatest peers, from Handel to Henry Fielding. Yet she’s gone unnoticed until now – why? Find out the story behind the Fair Songster.
With musical entertainment from the percussionist and Goldsmiths alumna Rosie Bergonzi. Drinks reception from 6.30pm for a 7.15pm start.
‘While CLIVE, with beauteous Ease, the Audience charms, And, with the Fire of native Influence, warms; Pour’d from her Eyes, the meaning Raptures roll: And shoot the laughing GRACES through the Soul’ – 1735
‘Mrs. C[liv]e, who has had her Share of Popularity, and once was esteem’d the Phaenix of the Age, seems now to be of little Consequence; her Laurels are all wither’d; her Friends grown cold; and the repeated Acclamations that us’d to welcome her Appearance, are now no more.’ – 1747
‘The philosopher Stone, they say (when they can ketch it) will turn every thing into gould; but I am sure the theatres may truly be said to turn every body’s happiness (who has anything to do there) into anxiety’ – Kitty Clive, 1771
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|19 Jun 2019||6:30pm - 8:00pm|
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