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First Cycle of Musical Festivals of the Dominion of Canada (1903)
A programme book from the First Cycle of Musical Festivals of the Dominion of Canada, 1903. The cycle of festivals lasted from 31st March to 9th May. The volume contains a retrospective account of the festivals, followed by programmes from the various festivals. The volume contains a number of portraits of the organisers and conductor of the festivals.

The festivals took place at various locations in Canada. The cycle contained the following festivals: Halifax Musical Festival; Moncton Musical Festival; St. John, N.B., Musical Festival; Hamilton Musical Festival; Brantford Musical Festival; Woodstock Musical Festival; London Musical Festival; Toronto Musical Festival; Ottowa Musical Festival; Montreal Musical Festival; Festival de Quebec; Manitoba Musical Festival; Brandon Musical Festival; Vancouver Musical Festival; New Westminster Musical Festival; Victoria Musical Festival.

The festivals took place successively, over a period of one to three days in each city. The concerts took place in the following venues: Academy of Music, Halifax; Opera House, Moncton; Opera House, St. John, N.B.; Drill Hall, Hamilton; Drill Hall, Brantford; Opera House, Woodstock; Opera House, London; Massey Hall, Toronto; Russell Theatre, Ottawa; Windsor Hall, Montreal; Salle d’Exercices Militaires, Grand Allée; Drill Hall, Winnipeg; City Hall, Brandon; Vancouver Opera House; Drill Hall, New Westminster, B.C.; Drill Hall, Victoria.

The concerts consisted of choral music and instrumental music, all written by British composers. The conductor of the festival was Alexander Campbell Mackenzie – at the time the principal of the Royal Academy of Music, London – and a variety of orchestras and choruses took part. The majority of orchestras were imported from the United States, and included the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Minneapolis Orchestra, Portland and Seattle Orchestra. The indigenous Montreal Symphony Orchestra participated in the festivals in St. John, Moneton and Halifax, but surprisingly, not the festival held in Montreal. The choirs that took part in the festival were largely local, and included some choruses set up specifically for the purposes of the festival.

The programmes are in chronological order.
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1903 - 1903
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Royal Academy of Music, Library
Marylebone Road London NW1 5HT United Kingdom
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Books; printed music; sound recordings; choral sets; orchestral sets; manuscripts; early printed music & books; undergraduate & research
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council