We are honoured that Dr Oskar Cox Jensen, historian at Queen Mary University of London, and co-editor of Charles Dibdin and Late Georgian Culture (OUP, 2017), is supporting us:
Charles Dibdin the Elder was, by and large, a cantankerous old buffoon. But he also has a claim to have been the most significant cultural figure of the later Georgian period, giving more people more (and more varied) pleasure than anyone else. Among his various innovations, he was a key pioneer of the one-man-show, boasting well-crafted original songs and wide-ranging patter, and as such it’s wonderful news that one of these productions, Christmas Gambols, is being recorded by Retrospect Opera. It will provide a compelling snapshot of the taste of two centuries ago, from broad comedy to pathos; it will, above all, be highly melodious. I look forward to hearing it enormously. Please do support it.