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Collection Description

Collection Title
Sheffield Musical Festival (1899-1936)
A collection of seven volumes of programmes from the Sheffield Musical Festival, 1899 to 1936. The festival was sometimes entitled “Sheffield Triennial Musical Festival”. The programmes include analytical programme notes and musical examples. There are press reviews of the festival loosely contained within the 1936 programme book. In addition, the volume for 1899 includes a souvenir booklet: this includes photographs of the festival, and was allegedly produced for the chorus by the festival organisers.

The collection contains volumes from the following years: 1899; 1902; 1905 (2 vols.; 2nd volume contains two programmes, both of which are duplicates); 1908; 1911; 1936 (published as one volume).

The majority of festivals consisted of six concerts, two per day from Wednesday to Friday. The 1908 festival’s concerts were spread over five consecutive days. The festivals all took place in October.

The titles of performing groups were largely unspecified; an exception is the 1936 festival, where concerts were given by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The choruses involved with the festival were advertised for their size (“over 300 voices”) and voluntary nature. The conductors for the festivals varied, but included August Manns (1899); Henry Wood (1902; 1908, 1911, 1936); Weingartner (1905) – as well as composers conducting their own music, for instance Edward Elgar (1902).

The concerts were generally one of two types. One sort of concert contained one work per concert, either an oratorio of similar large-scale vocal work, such as Berlioz’s Faust. The second type of concert was a mixed concert: these contained a combination of smaller choral works (some scared, some secular), solo arias or scenes from operas and orchestral works. Occasionally concerts would feature solo instrumental music, usually performed by a “star” performer, such as Kreisler (1908). Repertoire included recently composed music, as well as older repertoire, and included a significant amount of recently composed British music.

The programmes are arranged chronologically.
Date range of collection
1899 - 1936
Accumulation Dates
Suggested Audience
Not Specific
Associated Places
Details also available
Inventories in some volumes - date, time of day, conductor, performers

Location Details

Royal College Of Music, Library
London SW7 2BS
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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.
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Additional Collection Information

Accrual Status
Custodial History
Some volumes ex-libris Public Reference Library, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and previously part of James B. Clark Music Library
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Associated Collection(s)
Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council