Anne Lister's Performing Arts

Janneke van der Weijden and Alison KirchgasserPublished on 6 October, 2020 · Last updated on 29 June, 2023
 Cover photo: Marius Masalar

Anne Lister enjoyed music.

Anne saw music as an important part of a cultured life and played several instruments. As today, going to concerts could be part of a courtship and tête-a-tête at the piano, part of a flirtatious interlude. She regularly went to concerts and social gatherings, which often included the participants playing and singing. 

This project is to compile together all aspects of Anne’s experiences of performing arts. This could be a private one to one recital, Anne practicing her flute or a trip to the theatre, opera or concert hall. 

Performing arts in Anne Lister's journals

Our aim is to get an overview of all the theatrical and musical experiences Anne describes in her journals, which will greatly help future further analyses of her musical and cultural references, likes and dislikes, and so on. 

We invite everyone to join us in collecting these references as they go along transcribing from Anne’s journals. Please put as much information as you can and have a look and see if you can add to the other entries where there are blanks. 

Reference tracker: Musical Anne


This project is made possible through ongoing contributions from the following people:

How to contribute to this project

Tip: Don't worry about redundancy; enter any information you have and we'll reconcile duplicates later.

All information in this spreadsheet is in English, but please preserve the names of events and artists as written by Anne Lister.

Anyone can help research and add additional information for each references in this spreadsheet.

If you want to help research information about these references or help find any of these artworks, please follow the steps above and note you would like to research the entries.