The Dvořák Society for Czech and Slovak Music


“Traces in the Sand” – The Story of Anthony Kammel in 18th Century Britain

New book published by the Dvořák Society

Although the influence of German musicians such as J C Bach and Handel on 18th century British musical life is well-documented, the influence of musicians from Bohemia is less well known. Our knowledge is now increased by the book written by Dvořák Society member Sylva Šimsová about Anthony (Antonín) Kammel, 1730–1784. The title of the book is “Traces in the Sand” – The Story of Anthony Kammel in 18th Century Britain.

To launch the book, the Dvořák Society (as publisher) has arranged an event on 12 July in Shugborough, Staffordshire, with live music composed by Kammel.




Launch of “Traces in the Sand” at historic Shugborough Estate where Kammel’s patron once lived

On Saturday 12th July 2014 we are fortunate to be able to hold the launch of the latest of the Dvořák Society’s Occasional Publications entitled Traces in the Sand at the Shugborough Estate, nr Stafford, Staffordshire, ST17 OXB. Shugborough is the former seat of the Anson family, one of Anthony (Antonín) Kammel’s patrons.


Starting at 2pm in the saloon of the main house there will be talks on the life of Kammel in respect of the Anson family given by local historian Andrew Baker and composer Karel Janovický, the husband of the book’s author Sylva Šimsová. Accompanying the talks will be live performances of two of Kammel’s String Quartets played by the Heron Quartet. The launch will take place in the house and is open to National Trust visitors and Dvořák Society members alike.

Shugborough is a working historic estate featuring a fine Georgian mansion working servants’ quarters, farm with costumed servants and walled gardens. Home to The Earls of Lichfield, Shugborough is set in 900 acres of Grade I listed parkland. It is a National Trust property managed by Staffordshire County Council. Pay and display parking costs £3 (including NT members). Please allow sufficient time to get to the house. It is a 20 minute walk from the car park. The estate is car free. There is a free shuttle transport service to the house laid on by NT.

For further information please contact David Roberts, the Dvořák Society’s Secretary either by email ( or telephone (01782 631274).

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