Music …à quoy aboutit pour les Anglois tous ces voyages en Italie, qu’à y prendre le gout de la peinture, des statues, et de la musique, toutes choses qui n’engagent qu’à des depenses.

The most fashionable music in eighteenth-century Britain was foreign, principally Italian opera and German orchestral music. British tourists expected to attend musical performances whilst abroad, and to enjoy the music that they heard. Music played a large part for many tourists and it is clear that many were observant and sensitive critics of what they heard.