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Collection Description

Collection Title
Leeds Musical Festival (1886-1972)
A collection of 15 volumes and 9 individual programmes from the Leeds Musical Festival, 1886 to 1972. The festival title appears as “Leeds Triennial Festival” on some programmes. Some volumes have been bound from loose programmes; other (later) volumes have been published as a single volume overall festival programme. Programmes contain analytical programme notes and musical examples. The collection also contains a small amount of tickets.

The collection contains programmes from the following years:

1886 [1 vol.]; 1889 [1 vol. bound with 1895]; 1892 [1 vol.]; 1895 [1 vol. bound with 1889]; 1898 [1 vol.]; 1901 [1 vol.]; 1904 [1 vol.]; 1907 [1 vol.]; 1910 [1 vol.]; 1913 [2 different vols.]; 1934 [2 loose programmes]; 1937 [4 loose programmes]; 1947 [1 vol.]; 1950 [1 vol.]; 1953 [3 loose programmes]; 1967 [1 vol.]; 1970 [1 vol.]; 1972 [1 vol.].

Concerts largely took place at Leeds Town Hall – the venue for the first festival in 1858 - or an unspecified venue likely to have been Leeds Town Hall. Festivals from the 1960s and 1970s also used a variety of other venues, in addition to the Town Hall. Extra venues used include the following: Grammar School; Parish Church; Temple Newsam House; ABC Cinema; Great Hall, University.

There were typically eight concerts per festival, two a day running Wednesday to Saturday. However, form 1934 the festivals extended, and the programmes from the late 1960s and 1970s extended to over a week, with three events per day. The festivals were chiefly from October, though programmes from 1967 onwards indicate that the festival occurred in April and May.

The festival programmes largely represent orchestral works, large-scale choral works including oratorios and operatic selections. They contain a
reasonable amount of British music, including a significant amount of Elgar; from 1967 festival included some chamber concerts and religious services.

The personnel used at the festival varied. Early programmes do not specify an overall name of orchestra or choir, but list each constituent member. Significant conductors for the festivals include Charles Stanford and Arthur Sullivan. Later, orchestra title is given: this was frequently a visiting professional orchestra. Though the orchestra varied from year to year, the same orchestra participated for the duration of the festival. By the 1960s, this was no longer the case; a variety of orchestras took part in each festival.

The programmes are arranged chronologically.
Date range of collection
1886 - 1972
Accumulation Dates
Suggested Audience
Not Specific
Details also available
Some volumes have inventories - these include dates, time of concert, artists

Location Details

Royal College Of Music, Library
London SW7 2BS
Open Map
020 7591 4723
Visiting Information
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.
Display Overview
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Additional Collection Information

Accrual Status
Custodial History
Parts of the collection are ex-Libris Public Reference Library, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
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Management Information (Type)
Collection Owner(s)
Collection Creator(s)
Collection Collector(s)
Collection Custodians(s)
Associated Collection(s)
Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council