Detail of Mrs Clive from the picture at Strawberry Hill, engraved by Alexander van Haecken, c1735 © Gerald Coke Handel Foundation
For the Benefit of Kitty Clive

For the Benefit of Kitty Clive

40 Brunswick Square London WC1N 1AZ
15 Nov 2019
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Discover the amazing and little-known story of Kitty Clive (1711-1785), Georgian singer, actress, writer and activist. Hear live performances of the songs she made famous.

19:00 (doors 18:30) | Free but booking essential

Clive was London’s top stage star, renowned in theatre, opera and musical comedy. A singer and actress whom audiences adored, she was also an activist and feminist whom critics hated, a career women who commanded the skills of her greatest peers, from Handel to Henry Fielding. Music historian Berta Joncus shares research from her new book which reveals Clive’s incredible journey from humble beginnings to stardom, and how, as a campaigner and role model, she created lasting transformations in the world of Georgian show business.

Dr Berta Joncus is Senior Lecturer in Music at Goldsmiths University, and her research focuses on the eighteenth-century London stage, European vocal music, European popular music before 1800 and, more generally, how vocal stars of the past produced their music and were produced by it. Joncus’s new book, Kitty Clive, or the fair songster will be published by Boydell & Brewer this Autumn. It brings together years of research to uncover and re-evaluate the life and career of the extraordinary and inspiring stage star, and the transformative effect she had on London’s entertainment industry.

Part of the Being Human Festival.