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Collection Description

Collection Title
BBC Concerts (1943-1944)
A collection of 65 programmes relating to concerts organised by the BBC, 1943 to 1944. The majority of programmes relate to performances by BBC ensembles. Some programmes include analytical programme notes.

There are a number of programmes from concerts given by the BBC Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. These are from concerts given at the following venues: Corn Exchange, Bedford; Guildhall, Cambridge; Astra Cinema, St. Athan (part of ENSA Music Festival, September 1943); Church of St. Matthew (town unknown); Empire Theatre, Cardiff; Colston Hall, Bristol; Central Hall, Newport; Royal Albert Hall. The following groups also performed at a selection of these concerts: BBC Women’s Chorus, BBC Chorus, BBC Choral Society, Cambridge University Musical Society, London Symphony Orchestra and London Philharmonic Orchestra.

The collection also contains a number of programmes from the BBC Theatre Orchestra from various provincial venues: De Montford Hall, Leicester; Savoy Cinema Theatre, Kettering; The Palace, Wellingborough; Corn Exchange, Bedford; New Theatre, Northampton; Cambridge Arts Theatre Trust [venue unknown, likely to be Cambridge Arts Theatre]. Some performances also featured the BBC Theatre Chorus.

There are a few programmes from the BBC Midland Light Orchestra. These are from concerts given in the following venues: Town Hall, Kidderminster; County Mining College, Cannock; Routh Hall, Bromsgrove School. In addition, some performances also featured the Birmingham Choral Society.

There are programmes from two BBC concerts of massed brass bands. The first concert took place in Belle Vue, King’s Hall (an "entertainment centre" in Manchester, which included circus and zoological gardens - the centre declined in the 1970s and 1980s). The featured bands were from Black Dyke Mills, Foden’s Motor Works, Bickershaw Colliery and Fairey Aviation Works. The second programme is from a concert in the Royal Albert Hall – featuring the bands, “Black Dyke Mills”, “Foden’s Motor Works”, “City of Coventry”, “Fairey Aviation Works”, “Enfield Central” and “Luton”.

Finally, there is a prospectus from a tour to Wales undertaken by the BBC Singers. This was the choir’s first tour, and took place in late September/early October 1943. The venues featured in the tour are as follows: Tabernacle Baptist Church, Cardiff; Tabernacle Baptist Church, Pontypool; Reardon Smith Lecture Theatre, Cardiff; Sardis Welsh Congregational Church, Pontypridd; Zoar Welsh Congregational Church, Merthyr; Park Church, Llanelly.

The programmes are loosely divided by ensemble, and then some parts of the collection are arranged by date.
Date range of collection
1943 - 1944
Accumulation Dates
Suggested Audience
Not Specific
Associated Times
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
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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