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Thomas Harper Programmes: London (1826-1891)
A volume of programmes of performances by Thomas Harper. The programmes feature performances by the trumpeter Thomas Harper from 1826 to 1891 – Thomas Harper lived from 1816-1898 – which took place in a variety of venues within London. It is questionable whether the first programme in the volume features Thomas Harper junior (1816-1898): it is plausible that the “Mr Harper” listed as trumpet obligato is in fact Thomas Harper junior’s father (1786-1853; also called Thomas Harper). The volume contains 38 programmes.

The programmes are largely from concerts where Thomas Harper played obligato trumpet: these concerts include performances of oratorio, sacred music and solo vocal concerts. Accompanists to Thomas Harper include piano, orchestras and military bands. A number of programmes are from musical performances which were given to commemorate the opening of buildings.

The collection includes some significant early printed material concerning the Royal College of Music in the early 1890s: this includes an early (possibly 1890) plan of the college.

The volume contains programmes from the following venues:

Philanthropic Society’s Chapel; Universal Hall of Commerce, Threadneedle Street; St. Martin’s Hall; Willis’s Rooms; Covent Garden; St. James’s Hall; Shoreditch Town Hall; Athenaeum, Camden Road; Horns Assembly Rooms, Kennington Park; Presbyterian Church, Stratford; Bow & Bromley Institute; Beaufort House, Fulham; Falstaff Club; Leighton Road Mission Hall, Kentish Town; Highbury Athenaeum; Royal Aquarium, Westminster; Royal College of Music [opening of college]; Vestry Hall, St. Pancreas; St. James’s Hall, Forest Hill; Vestry Road, Haverstock Hill; Royal Masonic Institution for Girls, Battersea; Royal Albert Hall; St. John’s Wood Literary and Scientific Society; Dudley Hall, Egyptian Hall; Royal Academy of Music

In addition, there are a number of programmes which do not state a concert venue.

The programmes are organised chronologically. Undated programmes or programmes with unconfirmed dates are filed at the end of the sequence.
Date range of collection
1826 - 1891
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Not Specific
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Location Details

Royal College Of Music, Library
London SW7 2BS
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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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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council