Music, Witchcraft and the Paranormal, I.2



"Paranormal Manifestations of Music"

pp. 96-139

p. 99 variant characterizations of praeternatural apparitions

"Appearances of allegedly deceased people have sometimes been found, after investigation, to have taken place before their death and not after (Wilson, 1995). ...

{praemonitory apparition of the aitheric double of the dying}

Peter Underwood favours a theory according to which ... a telepathic image ... is capable of being picked up by someone else. This perceptual capacity may ... maintain it by experiencing the impression (Underwood, [1986]).

Myers, an early founder of the SPR, believed apparitions to be a "manifestation of persistent personal energy" ... . ..

{Is this "persistent personal energy" intended as the guardian-angel, or simply as an aureole?}

... G. N. M. Tyrrell, published a book Apparitions (1953) ... in which he argued that apparitions were telepathic ... .

Other theories have included ... hybrid beings created from dead persons' spirits, ... and even alien manifestations from other dimensions."

Wilson 1995 = Ian Wilson : In Search of Ghosts. London : Headline Bk Publ.

Underwood 1986 = Peter Underwood : The Ghost Hunter's Guide. Poole; New York : Blandford Press.

Tyrrell 1953 = George Nugent Merle Tyrrell : Apparitions. London : Society for Psychical Research -- distributed by G. Duckworth.

p. 100 variety of evidential sightings of praeternatural apparitions

"Perhaps the greatest difficulties arise when one attempts to define apparitions with reference exclusively to one of these explanations.

{And, indeed, none of these "explanations" is adequate nor accurate. So-called "ghosts" are likely all to be divinities, from supernal planes-of-existence, visiting the material plane.}

For centuries there have been countless reports of sightings by groups of people; many photographs have been taken; animals' behaviour has been affected by such entities; physical objects have been moved etc. ...

The reports of cyclic hauntings and apparitions that were unknown to the observer would seem to indicate that the human mind was not conjuring up such entities ... (Wilson, 1995)."

{Deities who praeside over particular segments of time-cycles are well-known in world-religions. Sometimes time-cycle apparitions are ascribed to cyclic opening of portals connecting with other planes-of-existence.}

pp. 100-1 unearthly transcendental music, including from angelic choirs

p. 100

"An exploratory study of apparitions was made by the psychical researcher Ernest Bozzano which included examples of deathbed music being heard as well as examples of ... musical hauntings (Bozzano, 1923).

However, more recently two large-scale studies of such phenomena were carried out in the nineteen sixties and seventies by the late American psychic researcher D. Scott Rogo ... (Rogo, 1970; 1972)."

p. 101

""... Nine angels who sing by night sing down on all those who can sing ..." (cited in Godwin, 1987, p. 61)

The German mystic Heinrich Seuse (Henry Suso) (c. 1295-1366) ... spoke of hearing music from an angelic source outside himself ... (cited Godwin, 1987, p. 112)."

"A number of saints, including St Chad, St Joseph of Copertino, St Veronica Giuliana and St Guthlac (Rogo, 1970), either heard celestial music or it was heard by others at their deathbeds."

Bozzano 1923 = Ernest Bozzano : Phenomenes Psychiques au Moment de la Mort. Paris.

Rogo 1970 = D. Scott Rogo : Nad. University Bks.

Rogo 1972 = D. Scott Rogo : Nad 2. University Bks.

pp. 102-3 praeternatural drumming by spirits in Mompesson's house, in their protest against that magistrate's having stopped a mortal drummer of theirs from drumming

p. 102

"The most famous instance of inexplicable {praeternatural} drumming is ... the phenomenon known as 'The Drummer of Tedworth' (or Tidworth) ... . A detailed account was provided by the Revd Joseph Glanvill, a chaplain to Charles II and a Fellow of the Royal Society, in his Saducismus Triumphatus : Full and Plain Evidence Concerning ... Apparitions

(London ... 1666).

{the same year as S^abbatay^ was declared mas^iyah. by Natan of <azzah}

He wrote that ... William Drury annoyed the townsfolk of Ludgarshall

{Concerning the name of DRURY Lane Theatre, with its ghost-haunted Darkling Room in London's WestEnd, LUD-GArs-hall may have been selected (by spirits) on account of its name's resembling that of LUD-GAte of London.}

on the outskirts of North Tedworth in Wiltshire by his incessant drumming ... . He was arrested and placed in gaol by the magistrate John Mompesson and his confiscated drum was removed to the magistrate's house -- ... now ... the drum playing itself. ... Mompesson ... burning the drum ... Drury ... escaped but was not heard of again. However, the manifestations in Mompesson's house continued ... . It appealed to the populace's imagination sufficiently for a broadside ballad, dated 1663, to be published about it (cited in Price, [1945], pp. 391-393). In

p. 103

1716, Joseph Addison wrote a comedy about it called The Drummer or the Haunted House and in more recent times Edith Sitwell wrote a poem --The Drum (Selected Poems, 1936, London)."

Price 1945 = Harry Price : Poltergeist over England. London : Country Life Ltd, 1945. (reprinted Bracken Bks, London, 1993)

pp. 103-8 in Britain, castles harbouring musical ghosts


__ Castle




Abergeldie in Aberdeenshire


Spencer 1992, p. 135




RDA 1973, p. 465

Loch Nell


Hippisley-Coxe [1973], p. 165



Matthews 1993


Cortachy in Angus


Harper [1971], p. 254


Herstmonceaux in Sussex


Underwood 1971, p. 94


Duntrune in Argyl


Hippisley-Coxe [1973], p. 163-4


St Donat's in Wales


Underwood 1993b


Inverary in Argyl


Underwood 1993b

Ewloe in Clwyd


Bord 1990, p. 83

Balcomie in Fife


Brooks 1990, p. 211

Fyvie in Aberdeenshire


Underwood 1993b, pp. 173-4

Odiham in Hampshire


Underwood 1996, p. 21



Mead 1994, p. 40

Spencer 1992 = John & Anne Spencer : The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits. vol 1. London : Headline Bk Publ.

RDA 1973 = Folklore, Myths and Legends of Britain. Readers' Digest Assn.

Hippisley-Coxe 1973 = Antony D. Hippisley-Coxe : Haunted Britain. London : Hutchinson; New York, McGraw-Hill. (reprinted London : Pan Bks, 1975)

Matthews 1993 = Rupert Matthews : Haunted Edinburgh. Andover (Hampshire) : Pitkin Pict.

Harper 1971 = Charles George Harper : Haunted Houses. Detroit : Tower Books. (reprinted London : Studio Edns, 1994)

Underwood 1971 = Peter Underwood : Gazetter of British Ghosts. London : Souvenir Pr.

Underwood 1993b = Peter Underwood : The Ghost Hunter's Almanac. Orpington (Kent) : Eric Dobby Publ.

Bord 1990 = Janet & Colin Bord : Atlas of Magical Britain. London : Sidgwick & Jackson; Secaucus (NJ) : Chartwell Bks.

Brooks 1990 = John Attwood Brooks : Britain's Haunted Heritage. Norwich : Jarrold Publ.

Underwood 1996 = Peter Underwood : Guide to Ghosts and Haunted Places. London : Piatkus.

Mead 1994 = Robin Mead : Weekend Haunts : a Guide to Haunted Hotels in the UK. London : Impact Bks.

pp. 110-5 in France & in Britain, churches & abbeys haunted by ghostly music


church or abbey




abbey of Jumieges in France


JSPR Dec 1915, pp. 119-20


Iona in Scotland


Bord 1990, p. 175

chapel of St David's in Wales


Bord 1990, p. 99


Fotheringhay church in Northhampton

trumpets & drums

Dening & Collins 1996

St Peter's church in Babraham (Cambridgeshire)




Langenhoe church nigh Colchester in Essex


McEwan 1989


St Dustan's in East Acton, London


McEwan 1989


Minsden chapel in Hertfordshire


Underwood 1971, pp. 170-1


Lawford church nigh Colchester


Downes 1992, p. 50


Denny abbey in East Anglia


Harries [1968]


Beaulieu abbey in Hampshire


Brooks 1990, pp. 42-3


St Albans


Puttick 1994, pp. 13-15


Borley rectory on the Essex-Suffolk border


Price 1940

Dening & Collins 1996 = John C. Dening & R. E. Collins : Secret History. Brandon (Suffolk) : Plantagenet Publ.

McEwan 1989 = Graham J. McEwan : Haunted Churches of England. London : Robert Hale.

Downes 1992 = Wesley H. Downes : The Haunted Colchester Area. Clacton-on-sea (Essex) :: Wesley's Publ.

Harries 1968 = John Harries : The Ghost Hunter's Road Book. London : Mu:ller . (reprinted London : Letts & Co, 1974)

Puttick 1994 = Betty Puttick : Ghosts of Hertfordshire. Newbury (Berkshire) : Countryside Bks.

Price 1940 = Harry Price : The Most Haunted House in England. London : Longmans.

pp. 119-20 praeternatural music heard at the Petit Trianon of the palace at Versailles in France : Miss Moberly & Miss Jourdain; Mr Crooke

p. 119

"the Principal and Vice-Principal (Miss C. A. E. Moberly & Miss E. F. Jourdain respectively) of St Hugh's College for Women, Oxford, visited ... the Petit Trianon, the house and garden that Louis XVI had given to Marie Antoinette in 1774 ... . ... . ... in January 1902 ... Miss Jourdain ... provides ... comments about hearing music ...

p. 120

referred to [as if of] a "band of violins" ... in her book (cited in Sidgwick, 1911, pp. 353-360) entitled [Morison & Lamont 1911] An Adventure. ... .

... Mrs E. Sidgewick mentioned that soldiers often exercised in the vicinity ... .

{Soldiers are never exercised to violin-music; and they would have been visible if they had been praesent.}

Miss Jourdain attempted to write out the music (Bod. MS. Eng. misc. C257, p. 130). ... The SPR published several viewpoints in their journal (JSPR Volume 44 no. 734/5/6. December 1967; March 1968; June 1968) ..., and the prominent psychical researcher Andrew MacKenzie devoted a chapter of one of his books (MacKenzie, 1982, pp. 124-156) to the subject.

Here he cites the story of a Mr Crooke who had heard "old music" at the same location played by a string band when no band was present (ibid., p. 135)."

Sidgwick 1911 = Mrs E. Sigwick, in PROC OF THE SOC FOR PSYCHICAL RESEARCH 25:353-62.

Morison & Lamont 1911 = Elizabeth Morison & Frances Lamont (pseudonyms of Charlotte Anne E Moberly & Eleanor Frances Jourdain) : An Adventure. London : Macmillan & Co. (reprinted NY : Coward-McCann, 1951)

MacKenzie 1982 = Andrew MacKenzie : Hauntings and Apparitions. London : Heinemann.

pp. 121-2 trumpet-music from praeternatural rider on praeternatural horse

p. 121

""hauntings in York ... were recorded {witnessed} by Harry Martindale in the early nineteen fifties ... . ...

p. 122

He ... heard the sound of a trumpet ..., and suddenly the figure of a horse came through the wall. ... On the back of the horse was a man dressed in Roman costume, and behind him came a group of soldiers. ...

He was later ... to find that two other people had also left accounts, giving identical details." (Mitchell, [1974], pp. 69-70)

Mitchell 1974 = John V. Mitchell : Ghosts of an Ancient City. York : Cerialis Pr. (reprinted York : St Peter's School, 1996)

pp. 122-4 praeternatural music playing on a harpsichord or on a pianoforte

p. 122

"Levens Hall in Cumbria ... (Brooks, 1990) ... a priest ... heard a harpsichord being played which was "wreathed in light" ... ."

p. 123

"Barcaldine House in Scotland ... is a sixteenth[-] century building that has ... a "Blue Lady ... when she is sighted music is invariably played" (Underwood 1993b, p. 144) ... . The owners ... told the story of a piano being played by a lady dressed in blue."

"One famous example is that of Hampton Court which has been recorded as possessing "ghostly music ... the sound of piano music playing from empty rooms" (Underwood 1984, p. 124)."

p. 124

"Sawston Hall in Cambridgeshire was re-built in 1584 ... for protecting Mary Tudor ... . Numerous ghosts have been reported as well as spinet or harpseichord music, which was first reported by Mrs Huddleston in 1930. ... (Poole, [1988], p. 14)"

Underwood 1984 = Peter Underwood : This Haunted Isle. London : Harrap.

Poole 1988 = Keith B. Poole : Britain's Haunted Heritage. London : Hale, 1988. (reprinted Leicester : Magna Bks, 1995)

p. 126 self-playing pianofortes

"pianos that play by themselves (the Crown Hotel, Poole; the Talacre Arms, Holywell; and the Black Horse, White Roding)"

{Because the mechanically self-playing pianoforte (informed by a punched paper scroll) was already invented and in use before the advent of electrical devices, these instances could be omitted; though ghosts (poltergeists) could well imitate workings of mechanical devices.}

{"Ctesibius, of Alexandria, Egypt, an inventor and writer, refers to a self-playing mechanical organ in the second century, B.C. Since then, as music making became more sophisticated, automatic instruments evolved into the Tower carillons (13th century), self-playing mechanisms (17th century), cylinder music boxes (18th century) and disc music boxes (19th century). ... In 1863, the Frenchman Fourneaux invented the player piano. He called it, "Pianista", the first pneumatic piano mechanism, which was introduced at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition in 1876. In 1887, a year after Votey invented the Pianola; Edwin Welte introduced the perforated paper roll in Germany." }

p. 127 praeternatual violin-music

"Waggon and Horses, Sheffield ... "that ruddy ghost playing his violin upstairs" (Salim, 1983, p. 39).

However, the violin playing at the White Hart, Chalfont St Peters, ... is told of a previous landlord ..., who died in the 1920s, playing the violin ... on the night of his death. ... (Playfair, 1985, p. 14)"

Salim 1983 = Valerie Salim : Ghost Hunter's Guide to Sheffield. Sheffield : Sheaf Publ.

Playfair 1985 = Guy Lyon Playfair : The Haunted Pub Guide. London : Harrap.

p. 128 praeternatural bell-tolling at vicarages

"at the Old Rectory at Burford, Oxfordshire ... "... the sound of singing near the monks' old graveyard, and the tolling of a bell at 2 a.m. are reported" (Hippisley[-]Coxe, [1973], p. 88)."

"Elm Vicarage where a phantom bell has been heard (Hippisley[-]Coxe, [1973])."

p. 129 praeternatural music in theatres

"Camberwell Palace Theatre ... according to the 'Gaiety Girl' Ruby Miller, she heard music there at a time when the building was deserted ... an orchestra playing circus music ... (cited Paul, 1985, p. 94)."

"Theatre Royal, York which according to Peter Underwood : "... has a frequently[-]seen Grey Lady and the unexplained sound of chanting" (1993a, p. 79)."

Paul 1985 = Philip Paul : Some Unseen Power : Diary of a Ghost-Hunter. London : Robert Hale.

Underwood 1993a = Peter Underwood : Ghosts and How to See Them. London : Anaya Publ.

p. 130 praeternatural music in private houses

"cottage in Stainland, Halifax, where as apparition was described as

"... having a white face, sunken eyes and long flowing white hair ...

{As for (Daniye>l 7:9) <atiq Yo^mi^n ('the Antient of Days') -- "His head and his hair were white" (Apokalupsis of Ioannes 1:14) -- he is the "White Head (Reisha> H.iwwara>)" (ThQ 8, p. 87) aspect of (ThQ 8, p. 79) the 1st (namely, Keter) of the 10 spiro^t of Qabbalah (which 10 are alluded to in the "10 horns" of Daniye>l 7:7).}

the figure was apparently playing a violin" (Spencer, 1992, pp. 113-114).

{"God plays music ... as early as Philo; since Montanus it appears explicitly several times in mystical literature, nor is it absent from Hebrew literature." (MEAA, p. 56)}

Another cottage ..., in Thundersley, Essex, was ... the focus for bugles sounding during the night at the time of the full moon in the 1960s (Payne, [1987])."

Apokalupsis of Ioannes

ThQ 8 = Grace F. Knoche : Theosophy in the Qabbalah. chapter 8 : "Symbolism of >Arikh >Anpin and Z<eir >Anpin".

MEAA = Moshe Idel : The Mystical Experience in Abraham Abulafia. State Univ of NY Pr, Albany, 1988.

Payne 1987 = Jessie K. Payne : A Ghost-hunter's Guide to Essex. Romford : Ian Henry Publ. (reprinted 1995)

p. 131 music emanating from sea and from lakes or pools


nature of music

off coast of South Hayling Island, Hampshire

sunken bells

" " " Dunwich, Suffolk

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" " " Nigg Bay, Eastern Highlands

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" " " Aberdovey, Gwynd

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" " " St Ives Bay, Cornwall,

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" " " Forrabury, "

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" " " Mount Bay, "

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" " " Senen Cove, "

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" " " Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex

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" " " Pendor Cove, Cornwall


Marden Pool, Herefordshire

sunken bells & singing

Rostherne Mere, Cheshire

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Llangorse Lake, Powys

sunken bells

Cole Mere, Ellesmere, Shropshire

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Tunstall Pool, Norfolk

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Llyntarw Clatter, Powys


Glen Esk, Angus

singing & piping

p. 132 music emanating from out-of-doors countryside sources


nature of music



open farmland -- Edgehill, Warwickshire


St Nectan's Glen, Cornwall

organ & chanting

country lanes -- Liphook, Hampshire


cave -- Cricieth, Caernarvon

piper & 2 fiddlers

Bayham, Kent/Sussex border


Middle Hill Wood, Broadway

buried bell

pp. 132-3 bells

p. 132

Bells, "with the exception of the bell sounding under Middle Hill Wood at Broadway in Worcestershire, ... are under water."

p. 133

""The phantom bells ... are most often reported just before Christmas and frequently late at night" (Underwood, 1984, p. 97)."

"sunken bells in lakes and rivers ... have been stolen by mermaids -- Marden Pool and Rostherne Mere ... ([RDA], 1973)."

pp. 134-5 music attributed to faeries; mermaids' singing

p. 134

As "to 'music' ... on the island of Skye, fairies are said to be the performers (Hippisley[-]Coxe [1973])."

p. 135

"Mermaids are said to be responsible for the singing heard at Pendor Cove, Cornwall".

p. 136 instance of piano-music

"Patrick Moore (the astronomer) being witness to an anomalous musical experience with a group of friends ... : "Suddenly there was a sound of music -- ... concerted, rippling chords ... . The lid of the piano keys was closed and nobody was around ..." (St Aubyn [and Hanbury], 1996, p. 115)."

St Aubyn & Hanbury 1996 = Astrid St Aubyn & Zahra Hanbury : Ghostly Encounters : True Tales of the Ghouls, Spooks and Spectres in the Lives of the Famous. London : Robson Bks.

p. 138 transcendental source to praeternatural music

"Rogo believed that such ... transcendental music ... existed in a different dimension".


Melvyn J. Willin : Music, Witchcraft and the Paranormal. Melrose Bks, Ely (Cambridgeshire), 2005.