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General Reid at 300

2021/22 is the 300th anniversary of the birth of General John Reid.

The Reid concerts were established as a consequence of a legacy from General John Reid that came to the College of Edinburgh in 1838.   Reid was a distinguished military man, keen flautist and composer born in 1721 or 22 who died in London in 1807, leaving a will dated the ‘19th day of April 1803’ and a codicil dated ‘4th day of March 1806’.   His codicil stated:

2021 anniversary dates associated with Music at the University of Edinburgh

Listed here are a number of anniversary years ending in 01, which are closely associated with the history of Music at the University of Edinburgh and the Reid Concerts. 
I have listed here 20 significant events, by no means a comprehensive list but I thought it was an interesting selection that was worthy of mention.  
From 1839 to 2012, ten men served as [Reid] Professors of Music and five of them feature in this anniversary list.

2021/22 is also the 300th anniversary of the birth of General John Reid.

2020 anniversary dates associated with Music at the University of Edinburgh

  

Three Reid commemoration concert anniversaries in 2019

 

2019 anniversary dates associated with Music at the University of Edinburgh

2019 anniversary dates associated with Music at the University of Edinburgh

First concert by the Reid Orchestra: 5 May 1917

The Reid Ochestra

A native orchestra – for the instruction and development of 
native talent – as a means for the practical study of music in 
the University of Edinburgh – for the establishment of 
regular concerts of the best music at popular prices in Edinburgh

 

Reid Concerts Database project - 3rd anniversary

Three years ago on St Cecilia’s Day, November 22, 2013, the Reid Concerts online Database went ‘live’. 

The Reid Concerts Database was set up in May 2013 as an online resource to record the history of the Reid Concerts at the University of Edinburgh and to support my PhD research into the development and evolution of the concerts.    
(Further information about the project is given in the 2nd anniversary blog).   

Sidney Thomas Mayow Newman (1906-1971)

2016 is the 110th anniversary of the birth of Sidney Newman, Reid Professor of Music at the University of Edinburgh (1941-1970) and today is the 45th anniversary of his death

Sidney Thomas Mayow Newman (b. 4 March 1906; d. 22 September 1971), C.B.E., M.A.(Oxon.), Hon. D.Mus.(Dunelm.), Hon. R.A.M., F.R.C.O., F.T.C.L.

100th anniversary of the "New Reid Concerts" 1916

Professor Donald Francis Tovey was, in 1914, appointed Reid Professor of Music at the University of Edinburgh and for two years he continued the tradition of Historical Concerts established by his precedessor, Frederick Niecks, presenting four concerts in the winters of 1914-15 and 1915-16.

175th anniversary of the first Reid Concert at the University of Edinburgh

Friday 12 February 2016 is the 175th anniversary of the first annual concert presented by the University in memory of General John Reid, founder of the Chair of Music and the Reid School of Music at the University of Edinburgh.

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