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John Beard Biography

  • Foreword

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  • About the author

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  • Introduction - The origins of John Beard

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  • Chapter 1 - John Beard at the Chapel Royal

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  • Chapter 2 - John Beard and the London theatre

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  • Chapter 3 - First Marriage

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  • Chapter 4 - Resumption of work at the theatre

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  • Chapter 5 - Beef, Liberty and the National Anthem

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  • Chapter 6 - The rise of the Charities

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  • Chapter 7 - Ranelagh Gardens

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  • Chapter 8 - The Garrick years

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  • Chapter 9 - Music at Court

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  • Chapter 10 - Widowhood and remarriage

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  • Chapter 11 - Management of Covent Garden

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  • Chapter 12 - The Professional life of an actor

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  • Chapter 13 - Retirement

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  • Appendix 1

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    John Beard: Theatrical career, and Benefit Nights
  • Appendix 2

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    Covent Garden during Beard’s management, 1759 – 1767, main-pieces and after-pieces
  • Appendix 3

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    Works that Beard sang for Handel 1734 - 48 & 1751 – 59;
    Beard’s absence from Handel’s Oratorios 1748 - 50
  • Appendix 4

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    Oratorio at Covent Garden 1759 – 67.
    Messiah at the Foundling Hospital 1759 – 1767
  • Appendix 5

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    Theatrical Correspondence:
    Covent Garden riot; Beard / Shebbeare correspondence
  • Appendix 6

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    Private correspondence
  • Appendix 7

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    Ballads, Songs and Cantatas
  • Appendix 8

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    Poetry relevant to Beard’s career
  • Appendix 9

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    The Beard / Rich / Waldegrave family trees
  • Bibliography

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John Beard - Handel and Garrick\'s Favourite Tenor,
a book by Neil Jenkins.

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