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Collection Description

Collection Title
Concerts of Antient Music (1783-1839)
A collection of 53 volumes of programmes from the Concerts of Antient Music. The programmes date from 1783 to 1839: there are gaps from the years 1784, 1792, 1796, 1798. Each volume represents one year of programmes. The majority of volumes contain twelve programmes – exceptions being the first few volumes from the 1870s and the programmes from the 1830s which contain less – as well as a list of subscribers to the season. In addition, later volumes in the sequence contain lists of vocal performers and instrumental performers as well as an index. The index contains an alphabetical list of vocal music performed across the season and a list of “overtures, concertos, &c” listed by individual concert within the season. The programme to each concert contains a list of music performed, as well as the words to vocal numbers.

The concerts in this collection took place in the following venues: New Rooms, Tottenham Road (1783-1794: note a different set of dates from article “Concerts of Antient Music” in Grove 6); New Room, King’s Theatre, Haymarket (1795-1803); New Rooms, Hanover Square (1804-1839).

The concerts took place during the first half of each year, usually February/March to May/June. There was an overall shift from the season spanning February-May to the season spanning March-June, over the period that this collection covers (1783-1839). The concerts often took place on Wednesdays, with occasional years having concerts on Thursdays. The programmes from the 1780s and 1880s include seasons where the majority of concerts are on Wednesdays, but one or two individual concerts taking place on other weekdays.

The collection is arranged chronologically.
Date range of collection
1783 - 1839
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Not Specific
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Location Details

Royal College Of Music, Library
London SW7 2BS
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020 7591 4723
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Mon-Fri by appointment
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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