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Collection Description

Collection Title
A. L. Bacharach collection: Box 12 (1934-36)
Unique Identifier
Mus 317.c.12
The 12th of 13 boxes of handbills and programmes forming the collection of the nutritionist and writer on music A. L. Bacharach (1891-66), relating to concerts given at a range of London venues between 1934 and 1936.

Also, a programme for the afternoon and evening concerts given by the Hastings and St. Leonard's Municipal Orchestra, with Myra Hess (piano), Freda Townson (vocal) and Alfred Chapman (trombone), on 3 November 1934 at the White Rock Pavilion, Hastings, conducted by Julius Harrison.

All programmes are held loosely and are ordered here by venue.

1. Queen's Hall
- Courtauld-Sargent concerts
- Royal Philharmonic Society
- Miscellaneous Queen's Hall concerts
2. Wigmore Hall
3. Aeolian Hall
4. Sadler's Wells
5. Concert Hall, Broadcasting House
6. Working Men's College, Crowndale Road, Camden
7. Miscellaneous venues (London)
8. Fragments

1.Queen's Hall
- Courtauld-Sargent Concerts
Programme books with biographical and Analytical Notes (with photographs and a list of the orchestral ensemble) for performances given during the 5th and 6th series, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
5th series
15/16 January 1934: conducted by Thomas Beecham, including the first performance of Arnold Bax, Symphony No. 5.
5/6 February 1934: Artur Schanbel (piano), conducted by Julius Harrison.
12/13 March 1934: Herbert Janssen (vocal), the Kutcher Quartet, Leon Goossens (oboe) and John Hunt (piano).
6th series
15/16 October 1934: Mary Jarred (vocal), conducted by Georg Szell.
12/13 November 1934: Edwin Fischer (piano) and Lionel Tertis (viola), conducted by Malcolm Sargent, including the first performance of Vaughan Williams, Suite for Viola and Orchestra.
10/11 December 1934: conducted by Fritz Busch.
11/12 February 1935: Szigeti (violin), conducted by Georg Szell.

- Royal Philharmonic Society
Programme books, with words and Analytical Notes (including musical examples and lists of the orchestral ensemble), for the 122nd season (no. 16) and for the 124th season (nos. 1-12), given by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted (unless otherwise stated below) by Sir Thomas Beecham.
12 April 1934: Alma Moodie (violin), including the first performance of Arnold Bax, The Tale the Pine Trees Knew.
17 October 1935:
31 October 1935: Adolf Busch (violin).
7 November 1935: Emanuel Feuermann (cello), including the first performance of Schoenberg, Violoncello Concerto.
21 November 1935: Ethel Bartlett and Rae Robertson (piano), conducted by Sir Hamilton Harty, including the first performance of Arnold Bax, Symphony No. 6.
5 December 1935: Heifetz (violin), conducted by Julius Harrison.
16 January 1936: conducted by Felix Weingartner.
30 January 1936: Henry Wendon and Roy Henderson (vocal), Backhaus (piano) and the BBC Choral Society, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.
13 February 1936:
27 February 1936: William Primrose (viola).
12 March 1936: Clifford Curzon (piano) and the Royal Amateur Chorus.
24 March 1936:
2 April 1936: Berlioz, La Damnation de Faust, with Ninon Vallin, John Sullivan, George Hancock and John Brownlee (vocal), the Royal Opera Amateur Chorus.

- Miscellaneous Queen's Hall concerts
5 March 1934: London Symphony Orchestra with Gaspar Cassado (cello), conducted by Sir Hamilton Harty, including the first performance of Arnold Bax, Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (with Analytical Notes by Edwin Evans, including musical examples and a list of the orchestral ensemble).
10 March 1934: Rachmaninoff (with Descriptive Analysis).
29 September 1934: Promenade Concert (40th season), given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Ninon Vallin and Joseph Hislop (vocal) and Helen Perkin (piano), conducted by Henry Wood (with words and Descriptive Notes by Rosa Newmarch). The concert included the first performance of Bach-Respighi, Prelude and Fugue in D.
14 June 1935: London Music Festival (last concert), given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Arturo Toscanini (with analytical notes, including musical examples, a list of the orchestral ensemble and photographs).

2. Wigmore Hall
16 February 1934: Clifford Curzon (piano), with the London String Players, conducted by Herbert Menges (handbill with photograph).
22 February 1934: Recital on Two Pianos by Max Pirani and Eric Grant, including the first performance of Christian Darnton, Duo Concertante (handbill).
18 May 1934: Recital by Harriet Cohen, including: the first English performance of Joaquin Turina, Danzas Gitanas; the first English concert performance of Ernest Bloch, Love Poem In the Night; and the first London performance of Arnold Bax, Sonata No. 4 (MS) .
16 October 1934: Song Recital by Laurence Holmes, accompanied by Harold Craxton (with words).
5 November 1934: Song Recital by Dorothy Robson, accompanied by Harold Craxton (with wordbook).
5 December 1934: Recital of Music for Two Pianos, by Ethel Bartlett and Rae Robertson (handbill with photograph).
12 November 1935: Song Recital by Flora Collins, accompanied by Gerald Moore (with words).
14 February 1936: New London Trio (handbill)

3. Aeolian Hall
22 March 1934: Royal Philharmonic Society Chamber Concerts (1st season, no.4), given by the Brosa String Quartet with Victor Watson (double bass), Gwendolen Mason (harp), Joseph Slater (flute), Leon Goossens (oboe) and Reginald Kell (clarinet) (with notes, including musical examples).
1 March 1935: Stratton String Quartet with Harriet Cohen (piano) and Raymond Jeremy (viola), including the first performance of Arnold Bax, String Quintet in one movement (handbill with photographs).

4. Sadler's Wells
All programmes include a plot synopsis and carry detailed information regarding the performers (including lists of the orchestral ensemble), conducted by Warwick Braithwaite (1934 and 1936) and Lawrence Collingwood (1935)
21 April 1934: Verdi, Othello.
27 October, 1 and 15 November 1934: Mozart, The Marriage of Figaro.
16 October and 7 November 1935: Mussorgsky, Boris Godunof [sic]..
29 November 1935: Smetana, The Bartered Bride.
11 (and 14) March 1936: Verdi, Falstaff.

5. Concert Hall, Broadcasting House
Programmes with words and notes for the 8th season of Concerts of Contemporary Music (nos. 4, 7 and 8), in 1934.
23 February: Cyril Scott (piano), Arthur Gleghorn (flute) and John Duncan (baritone), with the Wireless Chorus and the choristers of St. Mark's, North Audley Street, conducted by Leslie Woodgate.
25 May: Bela Bartok programme, with Trefor Jones and Frank Phillips (vocal), Bela Bartok (piano), the Wireless Chorus and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Aylmer Buesst.
29 June: British Music, given by Dennis Noble (baritone), Clara Asher-Lucas (piano) and a section of the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leighton Lucas and Edward Clark.

6. Working Men's College, Crowndale Road, Camden
Sunday Chamber Music Society, 14th-17th seasons (single-sheet programmes)
14th season (no. 12, 14-18, 20-22): 14 and 28 January, 4, 11, 18 and 25 February and 11, 18 and 25 March 1934.
15th season (nos. 1-4, 6-7, 9-12, 15-23): 7, 14, 21 and 28 October, 11 and 18 November and 2 and 9 December 1934 and 13 and 20 January, 10, 17 and 24 February, 3, 10 (x2), 17, 24 and 31 March and 7 April 1935.
16th season (nos. 1-13 15-21): 6, 13, 20 and 27 October, 3, 10, 17 and 24 November and 1 December 1935 and 12, 19 and 26 January, 2, 16 and 23 February and 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 March 1936.
17th season (nos. 1-2, 5-7, 9-12): 4 and 11 October, 1, 8, 15 and 29 November and 6, 13 and 20 December 1936.

7. Miscellaneous London venues
4 March 1934, 65 Victoria Road, Kensington: Pianoforte Recital by Egon Petri (handbill/single-sheet programme).
17 June 1935, Cowdray Hall: London Contemporary Music Centre with Dorothy Moulton (soprano), Frederick Thurston (clarinet) and Harriet Cohen (piano), including the first performance of Arnold Bax, Sonata for Clarinet and Piano and the first English performance of Milhaud, Liturgie Comtadine (handbill).
27 June 1935, American Women's Club, 46 Grosvenor Street: 5th Concert of the Friends of Music (first season), with Mark Raphael (baritone), Reginald Paul (piano), Rene Le Roy (flute), Orrea Pernel (violin), William Primrose (viola) and Lauri Kennedy (cello).
2 September 1936 [no venue given]: Bach Concert given by Freda Townson and Norman Walker (vocal), conducted by Henry Wood, including the first English performance of Elizabeth Maconchy, Concerto for Pianoforte and Chamber Orchestra (handbill). This programme does not name the series of which the performance formed a part, although this may have been the Promenade Concerts.

8. Fragments
None of these fragments/pages indicate the venue for the performance, although many would appear to relate to the Promenade Concerts.
31 March 1934:
25 September 1934: Percy Heming (vocal), Szigeti (violin) and Angus Morrison (piano), including the first concert performance of Benjamin Dale, An English Dance.
26 August 1935: Wagner Concert with May Blyth and Parry Jones (vocal).
4 September 1935: BBC Programme with BBC Orchestra, conducted by Julius Harrison.
24 September 1935: Mozart Concert with Jean Pougnet (violin), William Primrose (viola) and Myra Hess (piano).
Date range of collection
1934 - 1936
Accumulation Dates
Suggested Audience
Not Specific
Associated People or Organisations
Associated Times

Location Details

Bodleian Library, Music Library
Broad Street,Music Library Oxford OX1 3BG
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01865 277063
01865 277182
Visiting Information
Membership fee for users outside the UK academic community; charges for photocopying and inter-library loans
Collections Overview
The collection has very strong holdings of British music and related material acquired in part by legal deposit. Many collected editions and scholarly series. Very strong periodical coverage, including major 19thC European journals. Largest collection of American song material in UK.
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

Additional Collection Information

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Collection Creator(s)
Collection Collector(s)
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Associated Collection(s)
Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council