There are a number of programmes from the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Orchestra. There are programmes from the following locations: Royal Albert Hall; Corn Exchange, Bedford; Guildhall, Cambridge; National Gallery; Coliseum, Aberdare. Occasional concerts featured performances from the following groups: BBC Singers, BBC Chorus, Merthyr and District Philharmonic Choir. The concerts given in Bedford were from "Lunch hour concerts" (Fridays) and "Symphony concerts" (Wednesdays).
The collection includes programmes from a tour by the BBC Theatre Orchestra to the following locations: Alma Cinema, Luton; Granada Cinema, Bedford; New Theatre, Oxford; Lyric Cinema, Wellingborough; Savoy Cinema Theatre, Kettering; The Ritz, Rushden [Northamptonshire]; Bedford School Great Hall; Corn Exchange, Bedford. These concerts were conducted by Stanford Robinson, and also featured performances by the BBC Chorus and the BBC Theatre Chorus.
There is a small amount of programmes from the BBC Midland Light Orchestra, conducted by Rae Jenkins. These took place in the Town Hall, Leamington and the Town Hall Kidderminster.
There is a small amount of programmes from the BBC Military Band. These programmes are from concerts given in Northern Island, at the following venues: Wellington Hall, Belfast; Town Hall, Newry; Town Hall, Ballymena. These concerts were conducted by P.S.G. O’Donnell, and included a performance with the Queen’s Island Male Voice Choir.
Various programmes in the collection are connected to domestic initiatives relating to World War Two: examples include series such as “National Gallery Concerts” and “Bedford Holidays at Home”.
The collection is divided by ensemble; each ensemble is loosely arranged chronologically.
- British Broadcasting Corporation -
- BBC Symphony Orchestra -
- National Gallery Wartime concerts -
- BBC Singers -
- Robinson, Stanford -
- BBC Chorus -
- BBC Midland Light Orchestra -
- BBC Military Band -
- BBC Orchestra -
- BBC Theatre Chorus -
- BBC theatre orchestra 1931 - 1949
- Holidays at home -
- Jenkins, Rae -
- Merthyr and District Philharmonic Choir -
- O'Donnell, P.S.G. -
- Queen's Island Male Voice Choir -
- National Gallery
- Corn Exchange, Bedford
- Bedford School Hall
- Guildhall, Cambridge
- Royal Albert Hall
- Alma Cinema, Luton
- Coliseum, Aberdare
- Lyric Cinema, Wellingborough
- National Gallery
- New Theatre, Oxford (Became Apollo, late 1970s; reverted to New Theatre, early 2000s)
- Savoy Cinema Theatre, Kettering
- Town Hall, Ballymena
- Town Hall, Kidderminster
- Town Hall, Leamington Spa
- Town Hall, Newry