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Collection Description

Collection Title
Alick Maclean Collection (1880-1960)
Unique Identifier
MS Mus. 203, vol. xxxvi.
The 36th of 41 volumes of material comprising the collection of the English composer and conductor Alick [Alexander Morvaren] Maclean (1872-1936), including programmes for performances featuring Maclean either as a conductor or composer, given at various English between 1896 and 1936 and programmes for concerts given by his son, Quentin Maclean (organ) at venues in England, Europe and Canada between 1909 and 1960.

The collection also includes a programme for a Pianoforte Recital by Alick's father Charles Maclean given at the Albert Institute, Windsor on 27 July 1880.

In addition to the concert programmes, listed below by venue, the collection includes two wordbooks for Maclean's one-act opera Petruccio (first performed, 29 June 1895) and a related document entitled 'Some Criticisms of the Press'. There are also a number of brochures relating to The Spa, Scarborough (1930-32), monthly magazines of the Mainz Stadttheater (April 1906 and March 1913), and the Kilburn Magazine for 1938, which provides information regarding theatrical performances at the Gaumont State Theatre and listings for 6 organ performances given by Quentin Maclean from 25 July.

1. Concerts featuring Alick Maclean
- London venues
- English provincial venues
2. Concerts featuring Quentin Maclean
- London venues
- English provincial venues
- Non-UK venues

1. Concerts featuring Alick Maclean
a) London venues
- Bechstein Hall, Wigmore Street
26 April 1910: Bechstein Hall Orchestra Inaugural Concert, with Miss Ada Boscowitz and Mr Henry Ainley (vocal), conducted by Mr Theodore Stier, including the first performance of Alick Maclean, Mystic Picture (from The Annunciation) (with words, historical and analytical notes and a list of the orchestral ensemble).

- Coliseum
4 and 18 April 1909: Amalgamated Musicians' Union Sunday Evening Concert, by the British Symphony Orchestra, led by Mr A. E. Sammons and conducted by Mr Alick Maclean and Mr J. Skuse (with words).

- Freemasons' Tavern
7 January 1896: Old Acquaintance Musical Society 7th Smoking Concert, with Mr Hirwen Jones, Mr Edward Branscombe, Mr Charles Manners, Mr R. E. Miles, Mr W. H. Noel and Mr F. Frampton (vocal), the Stavordale Banjo Quartet, accompanied by Messrs J. Speaight and J. Kift (with words).

- Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue
14 August 1909: Moody-Manners Opera Company Seventh Annual London Season (A3 handbill announcement, including a list of works, performers and conductors).

- Queen's Hall
15 February 1909: London Symphony Orchestra Fifth Symphony Concert, led by Arthur W. Payne and conducted by Dr Hans Richter, including the first performance of Alick Maclean, The Annunciation (with analytical notes by F. Gilbert Webb, musical examples and a list of the orchestral ensemble). The concert also included Beethoven, Symphony No. 9, with Miss Agnes Nicholls, Mr Gervase Elwes, Miss Edna Thornton and Mr Robert Burnett and the chorus of the Sheffield Musical Union. Also included are three copies of the prospectus for this series (26 October 1908-27 May 1909, conducted by Hans Richter (nos. 1-7), Emil Mlynarski (no.8), Wassili Safonoff (no.9) and Arthur Nikisch (nos. 10-12)).

- Wyndham's Theatre
16 May 1901: Henry Arthur Jones, The Case of Rebellious Susan, preceded by a short Instrumental Concert, directed by Mr Alick Maclean

b) English provincial venues
- Bolton, Victoria Hall
1 February 1922: Bolton Choral Union 3rd Concert, including Alick Maclean, The Annunciation and Rossini, Stabat Mater, given by Caroline Hatchard, Rachel Hunt, Webster Millar and William Hayle (vocal), with the Hallé Orchestra and the Choral Union, conducted by Thomas Booth (with wordbook, descriptive notes and a photograph).

- Harrogate, Royal Hall
5 April 1923: Municipal Orchestra First Symphony Concert with Bella Baillie (vocal) and conducted by Mr Howard Carr, including the first performance of Maclean, Symphonic Prelude (conducted by the composer) (with words).

- Manchester, Free Trade Hall
7 April 1919: Chappell Ballad Concert given by Miss Louise Dale, Madame d’Alvarez, Mr Gervase Elwes and Mr Charles Tree (vocal) with Liszt, Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat (Moiseiwitsch) and a selection by the New Queen’s Hall Light Orchestra (conducted by Mr Alick Maclean).

- Scarborough, Grand Hall
12 August and 9 September 1921: Classical Concerts given by Alice Moxon (vocal) and Louis Pecskai (violin)/Margaret Minor (vocal) and Arthur Catterall (violin) (with brief historical notes).
1 September 1922: Classical Concert by the Spa Orchestra with William Hendry (vocal) and William Primrose (vocal), directed by Alick Maclean (single-sided programme).

- Scarborough, Spa Ballroom
17 and 21 September [YEAR]: Symphony Concerts with Walter Scott (violin) and Harold Samuel (piano)/Bella Baillie (vocal), conducted by Alick Maclean (with brief historical notes).

- Scarborough, Spa Concert Hall
30 December 1920-2 January 1921: Scarborough Festival. The collection includes programmes with words, historical and analytical notes for five concerts given as part of this event. With the exception of the Song Recital on 2 January 1921, these were two-part orchestral concerts given by the Hallé Orchestra, led by Mr Arthur Catterall and conducted by Mr Henry Wood (30 December), Mr Alick Maclean (31 December and 1 and 2 January) and Mr Roger Quilter (1 and 2 January). The concerts on 31 December 1920 and 1 and 2 January 1921 featured the Sheffield Choir, conducted by Dr Henry Coward. That on 1 January included the first performance of Alick Maclean, Dramatic Suite from ‘The Hunchback of Cremona’. Bound with the programmes are lists of the Committee and Officers of the Festival, a photograph and list of the orchestral ensemble, and biographical notes (with photographs) about the principal performers. In addition to those already mentioned, these were: Miss Rosina Buckman, Mr Maurice d’Oisly, Miss Hilda Blake, Mr Mostyn Thomas, Miss Hilda Cragg-James and Mons. Mischa-Léon, accompanied by Mr Harold Craxton

- Scarborough, [no venue]
26 September 1933: Charles Collier (harp) and Horace S. Green (oboe). No specific venue is cited, although it is noted that the second part was a ‘broadcast programme’.

- Sheffield, City Hall
14 November and 12 December 1935, 25 February and 2 April 1936: Sheffield Musical Union, featuring Garda Hall, Mary Hamblin and Ina Souez, Mary Jarred, Ena Roberts and Lilian Ward, Arthur Cox and Heddle Nash and Arthur Fear, Roy Henderson and Booth Unwin, with the Hallé Orchestra, conducted by Alick Maclean and Malcolm Sargent (prospectus). Also, a separate programme and wordbook, including a list of the orchestral ensemble, for the performance of Handel, Messiah, given on 12 December.

- Sheffield, Victoria Hall
22 December 1921: Handel, The Messiah with Miss Lilian Stiles-Allen, Miss Ena Roberts, Mr Arthur Jordan and Mr Robert Radford (vocal) and the Sheffield Musical Union, led by J. H. Parkes and conducted by Henry Coward (with words and a list of the orchestral ensemble).
23 March 1922: Maclean, The Annunciation, with Mendelssohn, Hymn of Praise, given by the Sheffield Choral Union with Miss Hilda Blake, Miss Frances M. Burrows, Madame Elshaw, Mr Ben Davies and Mr Stanley Beckett (vocal), led by John H. Parkes and conducted by Maclean (with words, analytical notes and F. Gilbert Webb and a list of the orchestral ensemble).
16 November and 14 December 1922 and 15 March 1923: Sheffield Musical Union Three Subscription Concerts with Miss Caroline Hatchard, Miss Florence Mellors, Miss Dorothy Silk, Miss Muriel Brunskill, Mr Arthur Jordan, Mr Webster Millar, Mr Frank Mullings, Mr William Hayle, Mr Herbert Heyner and Mr Frederick Ranalow (vocal), conducted by Henry Coward (prospectus). Also, a separate programme and wordbook (including a list of the orchestral ensemble) for the final performance, featuring Elgar, King Olaf and Maclean, At the Eastern Gate.

- Sunderland, Victoria Hall
16 March and 1 November 1922: Sunderland Vocal Union 14th and 15th concerts, both including Maclean, The Annunciation and the latter including the first performance of Maclean, At the Easter Gate, conducted by Maclean and William Walker (with words and a list of the orchestral ensemble). The programme for March includes analytical notes by F. Gilbert Webb.

- Unknown venues
12 January 1920: Royal Carl Rosa Opera Co. 4th week (handbill).
28 May and 14 and 25 June 1932: Celebrated Spa Orchestra of 34 performers, led by David McCallum and conducted by Alick Maclean (with a handwritten annotation suggesting that these may have been broadcast performances).

2. Concerts involving Quentin Maclean (organ).
a) London venues
- All Souls Church, Langham Place
5 November 1920: Friday Lunch Hour Organ Recital (with short biographical note).

- Central Hall, Westminster
5 May [CHECK DATE]: Concerts of Contemporary Music no. 8 (4th season), directed by Hermann Scherchen.

- Duke of York's Theatre
6-9 July [1909]: J. M. Barrie, What Every Woman Knows, including details of the Programme of Music with Interlude by Quentin Morvaren.

- Trocadero Cinema:
[undated]: Elgar, Nursery Suite.

b) English provincial venues
- [Bournemouth]
4 October 1933: 1st Symphony Concert of the 39th Winter Series, conducted by Sir Dan Godfrey, including the first performance of Quentin M. Maclean, Concerto for Organ and Orchestra (the solo part performed by the composer) (with historical and analytical notes by Hamilton Law and handwritten annotation).

- Brighton, The Dome
6 November 1936: with Robert Easton (bass), H. Temple Wickham and Reginald Carlton and the Brighton Orpheus Male Voice Choir, conducted by John Dalling.

c) Non-UK venues
- Leipzig, Königliches Konservatorium der Musik
22 October and 19 November 1909: 2 Vortrags-Abend (single-sided programmes).

- [Leipzig?], Thomaskirche
12 December 1908/23 January 1909 and 19 February 1910: Motette in der Thomaskirche (with words).

- Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, L'Eglise
26 July 1960: Concert de Musique d’Orgue (handbill).

- Vienna, Großer Musikvereins-Saal
3 March 1924: Keltisches Konzert mit das Wiener Sinfonie-Orchestrer, directed by Alick Maclean, including a work by Quentin Morvaren.
Date range of collection
1880 - 1960
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