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Collection Description

Collection Title
BBC Concerts (1955-1956)
A collection of 30 programmes from concerts organised by the BBC, from 1955 to 1956. Some programmes contain analytical programme notes with illustrative musical examples.

The collection contains programmes from the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra. The programmes from the BBC Symphony Orchestra include London concerts given in the Royal Festival Hall, and provincial concerts as follows: Colston Hall, Bristol; Salisbury Cathedral; Ulster Hall, Belfast; Guildhall, Londonderry; Theatre Royal, Dublin. The concerts occasionally included performances by the following groups: BBC Chorus; BBC Show Band; BBC Choral Society; BBC Women’s Chorus.

Programmes from the BBC Concert Orchestra are from the following provincial venues: Corn Exchange, Bedford; Kursaal Ballroom, Southend-on-Sea; Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells; Winter Gardens, Margate; Dome, Brighton; Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone; Assembly Hall, Worthing; De la Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea; Town Hall, Clacton; Guildhall, Southampton. Performances by the orchestra were occasionally supplemented with performances by the following choirs: BBC Men’s Chorus; Bexhill Choral Society; Worthing Municipal Choir; Folkestone Halliday Girls’ Choir; Freda Parry Choir; Brighton Male Voice Choir; Brighton Girls’ Choir; Brighton and Hove Harmonic Society; Danish Radio Entertainment Choir.

There is also a programme from a concert entitled “New Music for Brass”; this was organised as part of the BBC Light Programme, and took place in the Usher Hall, Edinburgh.


Programmes are divided between BBCSO and BBCCO, with the “New Music for Brass” programme dividing the two sequences. BBCSO concerts are divided between London concerts and provincial concerts, and both of these sequences are arranged chronologically. BBCSO programmes are organised chronologically.
Date range of collection
1955 - 1956
Accumulation Dates
Suggested Audience
Not Specific
Details also available
Inventory - concert dates, performers, conductors, venues (if London) or town, performing groups
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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
Building Information
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