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Collection Description

Collection Title
Wandering Minstrels (1868-1878)
A scrapbook of programmes relating to the Wandering Minstrels, 1868 to 1878. The volume contains ca. 159 programmes, which relate to performances by amateur ensembles. The programmes encompass venues within the United Kingdom, and a large number of these are from venues within London. The majority of programmes are from concerts given by the Wandering Minstrels; a significant amount of these are from “Smoking Concerts” which were held at 47 Sloane Street. The collection also contains some financial accounts of the Wandering Minstrels. The remainder of the collection relates to other amateur groups or unnamed societies. The overwhelming majority of these are from programmes given by the Civil Service Musical Society, frequently though not exclusively from concerts held at St. James’s Hall. There are also some programmes from musical entertainments which formed part of Civil Service Cricket Club Dinners. The collection includes a small amount of press cuttings.

Venues represented in the collection:
Music Hall, Hastings; 47 Sloane Street; St. James’s Hall; Music Hall, Canterbury; Castle Hotel, Richmond; Lyncombe House; Pimlico Rooms; Hanover Square Rooms; 18 Carlton House Terrace; Griffin Hotel, Kingston-on-Thames; Royal Sussex Hotel, Tunbridge Wells; 31 Bryanston Square; Guard’s Institute, Vauxhall; Streatham Hill Institute; Willis’s Rooms; St. Peter’s, Eaton Square; Royal Albert Hall; Speaker’s House, Westminster; Northumberland House; Crystal Palace; Town Hall, Croydon; Assembly Rooms, Stoke Newington; South Kensington Museum; St. Peter’s, Pimlico; Whitgift School; Public Hall, Croydon; St. Matthew’s School-room [geographic location unknown]; Grosvenor House; Town Hall, Rugby; National Schools [geographic location unknown]; Corn Exchange, Aylesbury; St. Paul’s Schools, Whitechapel; Lecture Hall, Watlington; House of Charity, Soho; Drill Hall, Kingston-on-Thames; Oatlands Park Hotel, Walton-on-Thames; St. Peter’s Schools, Lower Belgrade Street; Totteridge Park; Town Hall, Folkestone; Hall, Russell Square; St. George’s Hall, Langham Place; 28 Berners Street; Beethoven Rooms [London]; Surrey Masonic Hall, Camberwell; 6 Carlton House Terrace; Brompton Hospital; Grosvenor Hall; Dome, Royal Pavilion, Brighton; Hartley Hall, Southampton; Aston Rowant House [in the vicinity of Watlington?]; Vestry Hall, Chelsea.

The collection also contains programmes from the following festivals and organisations, where the venues are unknown:

Eleusis Club; St. Peter’s Festival; St. James’s Festival

The programmes are arranged chronologically.
Date range of collection
1868 - 1878
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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