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Old concert ticket 1853

My friend found this as he was sweeping a pile of rubble in his shop on Ditchling Road. It is actually embossed on some kind of rubber rather than paper, which is probably why its lasted 160 years!

Would it be possible to find out about the concert it was issued for?

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  • Possibly ‘SacRED Music’, and therefore a church might be involved somehow?

    By Stefan Bremner-Morris (18/05/2013)
  • Would seem an expensive performance at the one-shilling ticket price!

    By Martin White (19/05/2013)
  • I like your idea, Stephan, that it could be ‘Sacred Music’. It looks like May 23rd 1853 was a Monday. It must have been quite a do. The entry price of 1s would have been quite a lot way back then, surely?

    By Sandra Bohtlingk (nee Baldwin) (19/05/2013)
  • Are those written initials at the bottom right, N.C. or N.P.?

    By Stefan Bremner-Morris (19/05/2013)
  • The performance of sacred music was given in the Assembly Room at the Town Hall by the Brighton Sacred Harmonic Society and included selections from Haydn’s Creation. The soprano was Miss Payne, the tenor Mr Wood and the bass Mr Marshall. The band and orchestra (leader Mr Gibbons) comprised 70 players. The organist was Mr Cox. Admission: 1s, reserved seats 2s. Source: Brighton Gazette, 19 May 1853. The Town Hall was used for many public events in those days.

    By David Fisher (07/07/2017)

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