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Collection Description

Collection Title
Basil Lam Programme Notes: Box 2 (1967-73)
Unique Identifier
A collection of concert programmes for performances given at various venues in London - principally the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall - between 1967 and 1973, each containing historical and descriptive notes written by Basil Lam, held as part of the second of three boxes of printed and handwritten material relating to Lam (d. March 1984).

This box also includes programmes for performance of Monteverdi, Vespers (1610), as edited by Lam, given in London and Oxford in 1970 and 1973 (see end of entry for details).

Unless otherwise stated below, the programmes include biographical notes (some with photographs), lists of the orchestral ensemble, and, where appropriate, texts for the vocal/choral items. Lam's notes refer primarily to early/Baroque repertory.

The collection has been organized with all material relating to a particular programme/performance given the same identification number. These numbers are provided in square brackets below, where programmes are listed by alphabetically by venue.

1. Queen Elizabeth Hall
10 December 1967: London Orpheus Choir, conducted by James Gaddarn.
3 April 1968: Württemberg Chamber Orchestra with Nell Gotkovsky (violin), Robert Dohn (flute) and Kurt-Heinz Stolze (harpsichord), conducted by Jörg Faerber [155].
27 April 1968: Bach programme given by the South-West German Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Ungar [162].
15 June 1968: BBC Third Programme Nine Concerts, given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by John Pritchard [165].
5 October 1968: Handel, The Messiah, given by the London Orpheus Choir, conducted by James Gaddarn [171].
11 and 14 March 1971: Rafael Puyana (harpsichord), the second concert with Jordi Savall (viola da gamba) (single document) [213].
17 March 1971: Württemberg Chamber Orchestra, with Nell Gotkovsky (violin) and Gerald English (tenor), conducted by Jörg Faerber (with photograph) [212].

2. Royal Albert Hall
- Henry Wood Promenade Concerts
Where appropriate, these documents include a list of the choral ensembles.
15 August 1969: BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Colin Davis [185].
12 September 1969: BBC Symphony Orchestra with the BBC Chorus, BBC Choral Society and Royal Choral Society, conducted by Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt [184].
13 August 1970: Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields with the BBC Chorus, directed by Neville Marriner [202].
5 August 1970: English Chamber Orchestra and the BBC Chorus, conducted by Raymond Leppard and Sir Michael Tippett [single document numbered 198/199].
27 August 1970: Monteverdi Orchestra and Choir, conducted by John Eliot Gardiner [200].
25 August 1971: BBC Welsh Orchestra, with Esther Glazer (violin), conducted by Irwin Hoffmann [227].
7 August 1972: English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Pinchas Zukerman [242].
22 August 1972: Northern Sinfonia Orchestra, directed by George Malcolm [240].
5 January 1973: Winter Prom, given by the London String Players, conducted by Roger Norrington and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult [250].

- Miscellaneous Royal Albert Hall concerts
19 July 1968: Malcolm Sargent Memorial Concert, given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Colin Davis [167].
21 July 1968: Bach, St. Matthew Passion, with the English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Chamber Orchestra and the Wandsworth School Boys' Choir, conducted by Karl Richter [166].

3. Royal Festival Hall
3 April 1968: Beethoven, Mass in D major, given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Chorus and BBC Choral Society, conducted by Lorin Maazel (with musical examples) [153].
5 November 1969: Royal Philharmonic Society (158th season, no.2), given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Pinchas Zuckerman (violin), conducted by Colin Davis, including Purcell, Come Ye Sons of Art, given by Elizabeth Harwood, Charles Brett, Paul Esswood and Michael Rippon (vocal) with the BBC Chorus and John Constable (harpsichord) (with photographs) [186].
12 November 1969: BBC Symphony Orchestra, with George Malcolm (harpsichord) and Alexander Young (tenor), conducted by Eliahu Inbal (2 copies) [188].
28 February 1971: New Philharmonia Orchestra with Gerard Souzay (vocal) and the John Alldis Choir, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas (with photographs and musical examples) [209].

4. Miscellaneous London venues
[undated], [no venue]: Bach, The Art of Fugue, given by the Tilford Festival Ensemble.
23-28 May 1971, Holy Trinity Church, Brompton Road: Brompton Bach Festival, featuring Robert Munns and Peter Long (organ), the Telemann Harpsichord Ensemble, the London Chamber Soloists and the Brompton Choral Society (prospectus) [218-224].

The performances of Monteverdi, Vespers were given on the following dates:
9 May 1970, Queen Elizabeth Hall: Louis Halsey Singers, the London Cornetto and Sackbutt Ensemble and the London Bach Orchestra, conducted by Louis Halsey [195].
20 March 1973, Westminster Abbey: London Orpheus Choir, conducted by James Gaddarn [195].
11 November 1973, Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford: Schola Cantorum of Oxford, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Seventeenth Century Wind Ensemble, conducted by Robert Hammersley [195].
Date range of collection
1967 - 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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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.
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council