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Collection Description

Collection Title
Henry Wood Collection: Programmes and books of words [Nottingham] (1896-1901)
A collection of two volumes of programmes from concerts largely given by Henry Wood, from 1881 to 1901.

The majority of programmes in the collection are from concerts given in Nottingham. These were given at the Albert Hall and Mechanic’s Hall, as well as a few which were given at the Victoria Hall. There are also programmes from other provincial venues (Town Hall, Eastbourne; Agricultural Hall, Wolverhampton), London venues (Steinway Hall; Royal Albert Hall; St. James’s Hall; Queen’s Hall; Queen’s Hall, Small Hall) and a small amount from foreign venues (Singakademie, Berlin).

The programmes in the collection are largely from orchestral or choral concerts. The vast majority of these were conducted by Henry Wood. There are also a few programmes from performances of opera, and some from recitals. For instance, there are programmes from recitals that featured “Mrs Henry Wood” as soloist – Wood’s first wife, Olga Mikhailov – including performances in St. James’s Hall and Queen’s Hall, Small Hall.

The orchestras and choirs that gave concerts varied, but included the Queen’s Hall Orchestra and Queen’s Hall Choral Society. In addition, the Nottingham concerts featured a “Nottingham Orchestra”, which claimed to be “selected from the Queen’s Hall, Hallé, Birmingham, and Nottingham Concerts”. A significant amount of programmes were organised by the Nottingham Sacred Harmonic Society – established in 1856 – and a number of concerts formed part of the series “Nottingham Orchestral Concerts”. Outside of Nottingham, other concerts were organised by the National Sunday League, and concert series included the Saturday Popular Concerts (St. James’s Hall) and Robert Newman’s Symphony Concerts (Queen’s Hall).

Some programmes include analytical programme notes and musical examples. In addition, the volumes also include isolated items such as posters, financial accounts and a programme from a lecture on Russian song.

The programmes are arranged chronologically.
Date range of collection
1897 - 1901
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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