William Godwin's Diary


Performance, at the concert hall in Hanover Square, Mayfair managed by Sir John Gallini, for the benefit of Godwin’s friend, the theatre composer William Shield (bap. 1748/9, d. 1829). Among the performers was composer, pianist and teacher Muzio Clementi (1752-1832), another of Godwin’s acquaintances, who made his final concert appearances in 1790. Shield, Clementi and the violinist Johann Peter Salomon – who Godwin also knew – are buried in the same grave in Westminster Abbey. The concert included works by Haydn, Handel and Bach.

See The Times, 31 May 1790, for an advertisement with details of the programme.