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London: City Halls
London: City Halls
A collection of programmes given at venues in the City of London. The venues include Livery companies, the London Guildhall and the Royal Exchange. The collection chiefly contains programmes from concerts; other items in the collection include programmes from plays, programmes and seating plans from dinners with musical entertainment and a small amount of press reviews. There are ca. 26 programmes from Goldsmiths Hall in the collection, dating from 1939 to 1979: these include concerts given by the City Music Society in the 1950s and 1970s. The collection as a whole also includes a significant amount of programmes from the Guildhall. In addition, there are a number of programmes from Drapers' Hall, Fishmongers' Hall and Merchant Taylors' Hall. The earliest programme in the collection is from a concert given at Drapers' Hall in 1856. However, the collection predominantly dates from the twentieth century. A variety of musical genres are represented in the collection including recitals, orchestral concerts and choral concerts.
Venues contained in the collection:
Goldsmiths Hall; Drapers' Hall; Fanmakers Hall; Fishmongers' Hall; Grocers Hall; Guildhall; Ironmongers' Hall; Merchant Taylors' Hall; Painters' Hall; Royal Exchange; Stationers' Hall
The programmes are arranged by alphabetical order of the venue: the exception to this is "Goldsmiths Hall". Within each venue, the programmes are arranged by date. A leaflet with venues in more than one collection
Date range of collection
Associated People or Organisations
Details also available
Inventory of venues covered.
Royal College Of Music, Library
Mon-Fri by appointment
The CPH collections now form part of the RCM Library. The majority of the concert programme collections are stored off-site so you need to request items before arriving. Requests for programmes are processed on Thursday for delivery to the library the following week. The Library itself is open Monday to Friday during term times and Tuesday to Friday during vacations. We can advise you about our hours when you contact us.
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