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After exhibiting before Their Majesties: Mozart and the British Museum

By October 1764 the Mozarts had once more been at court, having been received at the Queen’s House in May as Leopold Mozart wrote ‘within 5 days of arriving’. The young Wolfgang played before George III and even accompanied Queen Charlotte, who sang an aria. In addition to this, the Mozart children gave public concerts. Leopold Mozart arranged for his children to be advertised in the…
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Music for a Queen: Mozart and Queen Charlotte

The first and only time that the boy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart visited London occurred between 1764-5, at about the half-way point of the Mozart family’s monumental European Grand Tour, which was to prove pivotal in Wolfgang’s developmental process as a composer, the…
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Queen Charlotte: A British Queen, 1818-2018

The year 2018 marked the 200th anniversary of the death of the German-born British Queen Charlotte, consort of George III (1744-1818). Her life will be celebrated at Kew Palace, where she died on 18 November 1818, with a new exhibition that explores her marriage to the King, her intellectual and artistic achievements and her last months at Kew. The Queen’s considerable botanic interests could…
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