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Collection Description

Collection Title
Miscellaneous programmes (1860-1870)
A collection of ca. 197 programmes from Great Britain, 1860 to 1870. The majority of programmes relate to concerts given in the provinces - in particular from Yorkshire and parts of Scotland - though a couple of London programmes are present. Though the programmes date from 1860 to 1870, there is a concentration of programmes from 1864 to 1868 within the collection.

The programmes are from concerts that took place at a wide variety of venues, which are listed below. However, there is a significant amount of programmes from various venues in Leeds, in particular the Town Hall and the Victoria Hall. In addition, there are a number of programmes from St. George’s Hall, Bradford.

A multitude of types of performance are represented in this collection: though the majority of programmes are from concerts, there are also items from church services and literary readings. In particular, there are concert programmes from choral concerts, solo vocal concerts, lecture concerts and organ demonstrations or openings.

A significant part of the collection relates to Dr. [William] Spark: he was an organist, writer and conductor, particularly active in the Leeds area in the years covered by this collection. The collection includes programmes from Dr. Spark’s lecture recitals and organ demonstrations. There are also programmes which included solo organ items or accompaniments performed by Dr. Spark, as well as concerts where Dr. Spark conducted his own choir, entitled “Dr. Spark’s Choir”.

The collection also contains a few programmes from the series “Charles Hallé's Grand Concerts”, often featuring Hallé as a pianist.

Venues included in the collection:

Leeds Parish Church; St. George’s Hall, Bradford; Corn Exchange, Kettering; Colston Hall, Bristol; Beethoven Rooms [London]; Hereford Cathedral; Imperial Hotel, Malvern; St. James’s Hall [London]; Queen’s Concert Rooms, Hanover Square; Leeds Town Hall; Corn Exchange, Northampton; Leeds Grammar School Chapel; Grove Wesleyan Chapel, Horsford; St. Peter’s Church, Blackburn; St. Mark’s Church, Dukinfield; Ulverston Parish Church; St. Mary’s Church, Bridlington; High Street Chapel, Huddersfield; Christ Church, Blackburn; Independent Chapel, Goole; Salem Independent Chapel, Pateley Bridge; Fine Art and Industrial Exhibition, York; Baptist Chapel, Goodshaw; Wesleyan Chapel, Castleford; Roscoe Palace Chapel, Leeds; St. Paul’s Church, Shipley; Queen Street Chapel, Leeds; Wesleyan Chapel, Hunslet; Congregational Church, Bolton; Kirkgate Wesleyan Chapel, Bradford; Trinity Chapel, Bradford; Holbeck Mechanics’ Institution; Public Rooms, Ripon; Hull Literary and Philosophical Society; Leeds Mechanics’ Institution and Literary Society; Dewsbury Mechanics’ Institution; Leeds Working Men’s Institute, Assembly Rooms; Mechanics’ Institute, Keighley; Barnsley Mechanics’ Institute and Literary Society; Mechanics’ Institution, Bingley; Grand Central Hall, Leeds; Chapel-Allerton Church School-Room; Corn Exchange, Stirling; City Hall, Perth; Mechanic’s Institute, Bradford; Union Hall, Stirling; Town Hall, Birmingham; St. George’s Church, Leeds; Collegiate Establishment for Young Ladies, Pontefract; Victoria Hall, Leeds; Headingley Town School-Room [Leeds]; New Assembly Room, Leeds; Music Hall, Albion Street, Leeds; Working Men’s Institute, Garforth [Leeds]; Town Hall, Tadcaster; Corn-Exchange Hall, Stirling; Scientific Hall, Goole; Agricultural Hall, Islington; Stock Exchange Hall [Leeds]; Leeds Working Men’s Hall; Highfield School Room, Earlsheaton; Leeds Church Institute and Sunday School Association; Town Hall, Skipton; Barnsley Mechanics’ Institution; Hull Young People’s Christian and Literary Institute; Public Halls, Batley; Freemason’s Hall, Heckmondwike; Hunslet Mechanics’ Institution; Town Hall, Batley.

The collection also contains programmes from the following organisation, where the venue is unknown:

Cremona Musical Union

The collection contains a programme where the title of the venue known, but the geographic location is uncertain:

National School Rooms [Bramley?]
Date range of collection
1860 - 1870
Accumulation Dates
Suggested Audience
Not Specific
Associated Places
Details also available
Inventory with dates, some venues and some performer information
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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