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Collection Title
Adrian Cruft (1928-73)
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A miscellaneous collection of handbills, programmes, wordbooks and prospectuses for concerts given at a range of venues in London - principally the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall - and other venues in England and Scotland between 1928 and 1973, held as part of the collection of the English composer Adrian Cruft (1921-87).

The collection also includes the Programma Generale di Trenta Concerto all' Auditorium e al Teatro Comunale, Aguila, given between 3 November 1964 and 16 May 1965, with an individual programme with notes for the performances of 7 March 1965.

Items are listed here alphabetically by venue, with the London venues followed by the provincial ones. Many of the programmes relate to performances of music by J. S. Bach and there are a number of items relating to the concerts of the Bach Choir.

1. London venues
- Priory Church of St. Bartholomew the Great
22 March 1952: [Bach], Matthaus-Passion by the South London Bach Society, conducted by Paul Steinitz (with notes by Eric Greene).

- Queen's Hall
1940: 46th (and Farewell) Season of the Promenade Concerts, with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Henry Wood (prospectus).

- Royal Albert Hall
1941, 1942 and 1944: Promenade Concerts, season nos. 47, 48 and 50 (Jubilee), conducted by Sir Henry Wood with Basil Cameron and Sir Adrian Boult (not 1941) as associate conductors (prospectuses).
21 August [1945]: Promenade Concert (51st season), with Norman Walker (vocal) and Arthur Grumiaux (violin) [amended to Phyllis Sellick], and the BBC Symphony Orchestra (with historical and descriptive notes by Mosco Carner and certain handwritten annotations regarding performance timings).
19 August 1947: Mozart-Berlioz Concert give as part of the 53rd season of Promenade Concerts by Isobel Baillie (vocal), Lionel Tertis (viola) and Moura Lympany (piano) with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Basil Cameron (with notes by Hubert Foss and some handwritten annotations regarding performance timings).
3 June 1951: Bach Choir concert no. 219, given as part of the Festival of Britain by Ena Mitchell, Marjorie Thomas, William Herbert, Gordon Clinton, Richard Lewis and Richard Standen (vocal) with the Jacques Orchestra, Dr. C. Thornton Lofthouse (harpsichord) and Osborne H. Peasgood (organ), conducted by Reginald Jacques.
15 December 1955: Concert of Christmas Music, given by Isobel Baillie, Marjorie Thomas, David Galliver and Evan Thomas (vocal) with the London Senior Orchestra, conducted by Ernest Read (with words and a list of the orchestral ensemble).
16/17 December 1955: Carols given by the Royal Choral Society, with Nancy Evans and Dennis Noble (vocal), accompanied by Veronica Parker (piano) and Arnold Grier (organ), conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent (with words).
10 July 1958: Order of Service for the Triennial Festival of the Royal School of Church Music, with John Dykes Bower, Dr Francis Jackson, Sir William McKie and Dr Sidney Campbell (organ), conducted by Gerald H. Knight.
16 December 1962, 19 December 1965, 18 December 1966, 17 December 1967, 22 December 1968, 21 December 1969 and 20 December 1970: Family Carols given by the Bach Choir, conducted by David Willcocks, featuring the Jacques Orchestra (1962 and 1965-68) and the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble (1970 and 1971) (with words).
21 April 1971: Mahler, Symphony No. 8 given by Angeles Gulin, April Cantelo, Alfreda Hodgson, Barbara Robotham, John Mitchinson, Thomas Hemsley and John Holmes (vocal) with the New Philharmonia Chorus, Städtischer Musikverein Düsseldorf, Wandsworth School Choir and the New Philharmonia Orchestra (with historical, analytical and biographical notes with musical examples and photographs).

- Royal College of Music
28 May 1965: Handel, The Messiah, given by the University of London Choral Society and the Handel Orchestra, with Eileen Poulter, Pamela Bowden, Gerald English and Hervey Alan (vocal), conducted by John Russell (with wordbook).

- Royal Festival Hall
3 December 1955: Christmas Concert, given as part of the Ernest Read Orchestral Concerts for Children by the London Senior Orchestra and the Schools Choir of Girls and Boys with Eric Thiman (organ), conducted by Ernest Read (with words).
17 June 1958: Elgar, The Dream of Gerontius, given by the Bach Choir with Norma Procter, Richard Lewis and Hervey Alan (vocal), Dr. Osborne H. Peasgood (organ) and the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Reginald Jacques (with wordbook).
19 and 26 March 1961: Bach, St. Matthew Passion, given by the Bach Choir and the Jacques Orchestra, with Richard Lewis, Donald Bell, Elsie Morison, Marjorie Thomas, David Galliver and John Carol Case/David Galliver, Richard Standen, Jennifer Vyvyan, Norma Procter, Gerald English and Donald Bell (vocal), C. Thornton Lofthouse/Hubert Dawkes (harpsichord) and Osborne H. Peasgood (organ), conducted by David Willcocks (with wordbook and a list of the orchestral ensemble).
8 April 1973: London Philharmonic Orchestra with David Ward, Sheila Armstrong and John Carol Case (vocal) and the London Philharmonic Choir, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult and John Alldis (with programme notes by Eric Mason and biographical notes with photographs).

- St. Paul's Church, Knightsbridge
8 June 1963: Bach, Mass in B minor given by St. Paul's Festival Choir with Eileen Poulter, Gerald English, Marjorie Thomas and Maurice Bevan (vocal) and C. Thornton Lofthouse (harpsichord), conducted by Richard Latham (with wordbook, a list of the choral ensemble and extensive handwritten annotations).

- Southwark Cathedral
Saturday 17 March [no year]: Bach, St. Matthew Passion, with Edna Mitchell, Celia Moran, David Price, Owen Grundy and Alan Mahy (vocal), C. Thornton-Lofthouse (continuo) and the Alexandra Orchestra, conducted by Sidney S. Campbell (handbill).
24 January and 31 January 1945: Music at Mid-Day on Wednesday (single document).
14, 21 and 28 January and 4 February 1948: Music at Mid-Day on Wednesday/Bach Recitals (single document).

- Wigmore Hall
Friday 19 September [no year]: Harpsichord Recital by Lucille Wallace (handbill).

2. English provincial venues
- [Aberdeen, Haddo House]
18 May 1958: Bach, Mass in B minor, given by the Haddo House Choral Society and Turiff Choral Society with Jennifer Vyvyan, Pamela Bowden, David Price and Richard Standen (vocal), accompanied by Dr. Thornton Lofthouse and conducted by June Gordon (with words, historical and analytical notes, musical examples and a list of the orchestral ensemble).

- Bath Abbey
14 October 1950 and 16 October 1954: Bach, St. Matthew Passion, with a section of the London Symphony Orchestra (with words, historical and analytical notes, musical examples and a list of the choral ensemble).
12 October 1968: Haydn, The Creation, given by Angela Beale, Wynford Evans and Richard Angas (vocal), accompanied by Thornton Lofthouse (harpsichord) and conducted by Cuthbert Bates (with historical and descriptive notes by Allan Bennett).
All concerts at this venue featured the City of Bath Bach Choir, conducted by Cuthbert Bates

- Birkdale, Convent of Notre Dame
17-26 August 1954: Concerts and Recitals, given by the Schools Music Association of Great Britain.

- Cambridge, King's College Chapel
17 December 1957 and 24 December 1958: Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.

- Cambridge, New Theatre
10-14 February 1931: Purcell, The Fairy Queen.

- Christchurch, [Civic Theatre]
1 December 1956: Christmas Carols, given as the 3rd Subscription Concert of the Christchurch Harmonic Society with the assistance of the Christchurch Girls' and Boys' High School Choirs (with words and lists of the Officers and the Subscribers to the organization).

- Hereford Cathedral
7 September 1958: Hereford Music Meeting/Three Choirs Festival Opening Service, with Michael Burton (organ) and the London Symphony Orchestra (Service Sheet).

- Leeds, Town Hall
5 October 1928: Leeds Musical Festival concert by Mr Parry Jones, Mr Keith Falkner, Mr Dennis Noble and Miss Elsie Suddaby (vocal) and Mr W. H. Reed (violin), conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham, including C.H.H. Parry, Job, conducted by Sir Hugh P. Allen (with words, historical and analytical notes, musical examples, lists of the choral and orchestral ensembles and records of the Patrons and Guarantors for the Festival).

- Leicester, De Montfort Hall
15 December 1942: Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with Cyril Smith (piano), conducted by Malcolm Sargent (with Descriptive Notes by A. K. Holland and a list of the orchestral ensemble).

- Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall
12 December 1942: Liverpool Philharmonic Society Seventh Subscription Concert (104th season), given by the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with Henry Holst (violin), conducted by Basil Cameron (with Analytical Notes by A.K. Holland and a list of the orchestral ensemble). Also held is a prospectus for the Sixteen Subscription Concerts given this season, conducted by Malcolm Sargent, Adrian Boult, Basil Cameron and Constant Lambert (with introductory statement and a record of the vocal and instrumental soloists engaged).

- Northampton, Carnegie Hall
12 December 1957: Christmas Music and Carols for Choir, Orchestra and Audience, conducted by Robert Joyce.

- Northampton, St. Matthew's Church
22 December 1957: Bach, Christmas Oratorio, given by the Northampton Bach Choir and Orchestra with Pauline Brockless, Helen Watts, Eric Greene and Norman Lumsden (vocal), C. Thornton Lofthouse (piano) and Charles Barker (organ), conducted by Robert Joyce (wordbook, 2 copies).

- Southport, Garrick Theatre
27 September 1942: Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with Cyril Smith (piano), conducted by Malcolm Sargent (with Descriptive Notes by A. K. Holland and a list of the orchestral ensemble).

- Sutton, Sutton High School for Girls
8 March 1963: J.S. Bach, St. Matthew Passion, given by the Sutton Cantata Choir with Marjorie Thomas, David Galliver, John Carol Case and Richard Avon (bass), with Dr C. Thornton-Lofthouse (harpsichord), conducted by Dora Mountfort (handbill).

- Wellington, Town Hall
1 December 1956: Annual Recital of Christmas Music and Carols, presented by the Combined Anglican Choirs with Molly Atkins and Raymond Reesby (vocal) and Molly Withers (organ), conducted by Stanley Jackson (with words).

Date range of collection
1928 - 1973
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Not Specific
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Location Details

Royal College of Music, Library
Prince Consort Road London SW7 2BS United Kingdom
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020 7591 4323
020 7589 7740
Visiting Information
Loans of performance sets to individual societies or persons; binding; reprographics; photocopying; microform printing
Collections Overview
Founded in 1883, the RCM Library primarily supports the performance, study and research of RCM members. It is also open to the public for reference and research. It contains some 300,000 items, including significant collections of early printed and manuscript material from the 16th to 19th centuries, given to the College upon its foundation, specifically the Libraries of the Sacred Harmonic Society and of the Concerts of Ancient Music. Donations since have included autographs of composers of international renown, amongst them Beethoven, Chopin, Haydn, Mozart and Schubert, as well as manuscripts and archives of major British composers. Although a British bias is apparent, the collection also has significant German and Italian manuscripts and early printed holdings. Later acquisitions of printed music include large quantities of out-of-print material, and sizeable collections of performance sets. Audio-visual holdings and the RCM's own sound archive's are also extensive.
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council