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Collection Description

Collection Title
Basil Lam Programme Notes: Box 1 (1960-71)
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A collection of programmes for performances given at venues in London, Buckinghamshire and York between 1960 and 1971, each containing historical and descriptive notes written by Basil Lam, held within the first of three boxes of handwritten and printed material relating to Lam (d. March 1984).

The major part of the collection consists of programmes for the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and the BBC Symphony Orchestra concerts at the Royal Festival Hall, London, the programmes for which also include the texts for the vocal/choral pieces and a list of the orchestral ensemble. The majority of Lam's notes refer to early/Baroque repertory.

The collection has been organized with all material relating to a particular programme note given the same identification number. In what follows, the programmes are listed chronologically within venues, with these numbers given in square brackets

1. Royal Albert Hall/Henry Wood Promenade Concerts (1960–70)
2. Royal Festival Hall/BBC Symphony Orchestra Concerts (1960–67)
3. Miscellaneous London venues (1966–71)
4. Claydon House, Buckinghamshire (1964–5)
5. York (1963)
6. Unknown venue

1. Royal Albert Hall/Henry Wood Promenade Concerts
A number of these programmes carry biographical notes and some include annotations and/or corrections in Lam's hand.

66th season
14 September 1960: London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Meredith Davies, including the first performance of Thea Musgrave, Triptych, for tenor and orchestra [116].
5 August 1960: BBC Symphony Orchestra with Lamar Crowson (piano), conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent [117].

67th season
29 August 1961: BBC Symphony Orchestra and New Music Ensemble with Heather Harper and Charles Spinks, conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent and John Carewe [114].
14 September 1961: London Symphony Orchestra with Janet Baker (vocal), Bronislav Gimpel (violin) and the BBC Chorus, conducted by Meredith Davies [113].

68th season
25 July 1962: BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Malcolm Arnold and David Willcocks [8].
17 August 1962: Philharmonia Orchestra with Kyra Vayne, Pamela Bowden, John Mitchinson and John Cameron (vocal), Katharine Wolpe (piano) and the BBC Chorus, conducted by John Pritchard [14].
10 August 1962: London Symphony Orchestra with Mary Wells, Nancy Evans, John Mitchinson, Frederick Harvey and Raimund Herincx (vocal), the BBC Chorus, Harrow Choral Society and Wembley Philharmonic Society, conducted by Rudolf Schwarz [31].

69th season
10 September 1963: London Symphony Orchestra with Dorothy Dorow (soprano), Richard Lewis (tenor) and Andre Tchaikovsky (piano), conducted by Colin Davis, including the first London performance of Luigi Nono, Cantata, 'Sul ponte di Hiroshima' (conducted by the composer) [112].

70th season
5 August 1964: BBC Symphony Orchestra with Geraint Evans (baritone) and Vlado Perlemuter (piano), conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent, including the first performance of Reginald Smith Brindle, Creation Epic (conducted by the composer) [110].

72nd season
3 August 1966: Handel, Solomon, given by the Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, with Elizabeth Harwood, Elizabeth Vaughan, Patricia Clark, Mary Thomas, Yvonne Minton, Robert Tear and John Holmes (vocal) and the BBC Chorus, conducted by Charles Mackerras (2 copies) [102 and 108].
23 August 1966: BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Heinrich Schutz Chorale, conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent [104].
25 August 1966: New Philharmonia Orchestra with Heinz Holliger (oboe) and Christopher Bunting (cello), conducted by Norman del Mar [107].
26 August 1966: BBC Symphony Orchestra, with John Noble (vocal), Hugh Maguire and Trevor Connah (violin) and the BBC Chorus, conducted by Colin Davis [118].

73rd season
16 August 1967: New Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Sir John Barbirolli [repeat 107].

76th season
9 September 1970: Bach, St. John Passion, given by Sheila Armstrong (soprano), Alfreda Hodgson (alto), Kenneth Bowen and Alexander Young (tenor) and Norman Bailey and Stafford Dean (bass), with the Hurwitz Chamber Orchestra and BBC Chorus, conducted by Charles Mackerras [133].

2. Royal Festival Hall/BBC Symphony Orchestra Concerts
All of these programmes include photographs of the principal performers and a number incorporate musical examples as part of the notes.
2 November 1960: Heather Harper, Maude Baker, Duncan Robertson and Donald Bell (vocal) with the BBC Chorus, conducted by Rudolf Schwarz, including the first performance of Malcolm Arnold, Symphony No. 4 (conducted by the composer) [115].
14 December 1960: BBC Chorus and BBC Choral Society, conducted by Rudolf Schwarz [single document numbered both 24 and 29].
21 February 1962: Bach, St. John Passion, with the BBC Chorus, conducted by Rudolf Schwarz [12].
28 November 1962: Stefania Woytowicz (soprano), conducted by Sir Adrian Boult, including the first London performance of Shostakovich, Symphony No. 12 [15].
3 April 1963: Bach, Mass in B minor, given by Heather Harper, Janet Baker, Alexander Young and John Shirley-Quirk (vocal) with Alan Harverson (organ) and the BBC Chorus, conducted by Lorin Maazel [21].
19 February 1964: conducted by Dean Dixon [111].
1 March 1967: Hans Leygraf (piano) and Joan Carlyle, Yvonne Minton, Ken Neate, Donald McIntyre (vocal), with the BBC Chorus and Choral Society, conducted by Rudolf Kempe (2 copies) [127].

3. Miscellaneous London venues
- Kingston Parish Church
3 December 1966: Thames Chamber Choir, with Ilse Wolf and Nigel Rogers (vocal), the London Trombone Quartet and members of the Thames Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Louis Halsey and Michael Dobson (with words and lists of the choral and orchestral ensembles, 2 copies) [120].

- Purcell Room
3 March 1967: Homage to Henry Purcell/Inaugural concert to mark the opening of the Purcell Room, presented by the Greater London Council by arrangement with the Apollo Society and given by April Cantelo and Robert Tear (vocal), Raymond Leppard (harpsichord) and Bernard Richards (cello) (with photographs) [128].

- Queen Elizabeth Hall
17 February 1968: BBC Third Programme Nine Concerts, given by Margaret Price (soprano) and James Lockhart (piano and harpsichord) with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, directed by Neville Marriner (2 copies) [101 and 15].
6 February 1971: Bach, Mass in B minor, with Norma Burrowes, Sybil Michelow, Ian Partridge and David Thomas (vocal) with David Lumsden (organ), the Louis Halsey Singers and the Philomusica of London, conducted by Louis Halsey and given by the Thames Concerts Society (with words and a list of the orchestral ensemble) [21].

- Royal Academy of Arts
1 March 1966: Augustus John Memorial Concert, given by the Amadeus Quartet with Amaryllis Fleming [91].

4. Claydon House, Buckinghamshire
31 May 1964: Aurèle Nicolet (flute), Amaryllis Fleming (cello) and Mary Verney (harpsichord) [64].
16 and 29 May and 11 July 1965: [78, 87 and no number]

5. York
28 June 1963, York Minster: Italian Choral Music, given by the John Alldis Choir and the Philomusica of London, directed by John Alldis [42].
3 July 1963, Guildhall: Elaine Shaffer (flute) and Valda Aveling (harpsichord), given as part of the York Festival [43].

6. Unknown venue
18-22 April 1966: Chamber Music Evenings, given by: the Amadeus String Quartet (18 April); L'Ensemble Alarius de Bruxelles with recorder player Oswald van Olmen (19 April); Heather Harper, Helen Watts, Robert Tear and John Shirley-Quirk (vocal) with pianist Geoffrey Parsons (20 April); Wilfred Brown (tenor) and John Williams (guitar) (21 April); and Gervase de Peyer (clarinet), Amaryllis Fleming (cello) and Peter Wallfisch (piano) (22 April).
Date range of collection
1960 - 1971
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Not Specific
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Royal College of Music, Library
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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.
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council