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Collection Description

Collection Title
Henry Wood Collection: Miscellaneous London Programmes (1901-1912)
A collection of four volumes of programmes of concerts given in London, 1901 to 1912. Some of the programme contain analytical programme notes and musical examples. In addition, there are few examples of typed draft music lists interfiled in the volumes.

The programmes are from concerts that took place at a variety of venues. There is a significant amount of programmes in the collection from Queen’s Hall. In addition, there are also programmes from the following venues: Alexandra Palace; St. James’s Hall; Crystal Palace; Royal Albert Hall; Borough Theatre, Stratford; Lewisham Hippodrome; Holmsdale Fine Arts Club; Earls Court; Empress Hall; Chandos House; Bechstein Hall; Hamilton Hall; Excelsior Hall; Aeolian Hall; Grand Hall, Bromley; Marlborough Theatre, Holloway; The Alhambra, Charing Cross Road; People’s Palace.

The programmes in this collection are largely from orchestral concerts or solo recitals. Orchestral concerts were usually given by the Queen’s Hall Orchestra, conducted by Henry Wood. Other conductors of the orchestra include Otakar Ševcik and Percy Pitt. On some occasions, orchestras gave joint concerts. For example, one programme in the collection is from a concert which included the following orchestras: Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, New Symphony Orchestra, Beecham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Opera House Orchestra, and London Opera House Orchestra. There is also a programme from the first visit to London by the Hallé Orchestra: this was on 16/3/1903, and the orchestra was conducted by Richter.

The collection features a number of different concert series and concert organisers. There are a significant amount of programmes from concerts organised by the National Sunday League: these concerts tended to take place in theatres – both in the West End and the suburbs of London – or the Queen’s Hall. There are also a number of programmes from Queen’s Hall Symphony Concerts, as well as concert organised by the Philharmonic Society. Finally, there is a programme from a subscription concert (“Mr. Simpson’s fourth subscription concert”) that is likely to have taken place in Dundee. The concert was given by the Queen’s Hall Orchestra conducted by Henry Wood.

The programmes are loosely arranged in chronological order.
Date range of collection
1901 - 1912
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Not Specific
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Location Details

Royal Academy of Music, Library
Marylebone Road London NW1 5HT
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Collections Overview
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