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Blackheath Halls Archive: Box 1 (1986-98)
The first of two boxes within the Blackheath Halls Archives to contain loose programmes and programme books, including prospectuses with programmes for the Greenwich Festivals of 1978-81, 1983, 1986, 1988-90, 1991 and 1994 and a miscellaneous collection of programmes for performances given at the Blackheath Concert Hall between 1988 and 1998 (with a number of undated items), including those for performances given as part of the International Song Series.

Also, a programme for a Gala Concert of Blackheath Halls given by the NCOS Symphony Orchestra [National Centre for Orchestral Studies Symphony Orchestra], conducted by Volker Wangenheim, in the Great Hall of Goldsmiths' College on 22 March 1986.

In addition to the programmes (listed below), the box includes a range of publicity material for the venue, including a number of editions of the newsletter Blackheath Concert Halls.

The Greenwich Festival prospectuses all include programmes with notes, biographical notes and photographs, as well as information regarding the various non-musical events given during the Festival. Unless otherwise stated below, the remaining programmes typically contain words and notes, including biographical notes and, in some cases, photographs. Where appropriate, certain programmes carry lists of the choral and/or orchestral ensembles.

1. Greenwich Festival
10-25 June 1978; 9-24 June 1979; 14-29 June 1980; 13-28 June 1981; 11-26 June 1983; 17 May-14 June 1986; 3-19 June 1988; 2-18 June 1989 (two copies); 1-17 June 1990; 5-14 June 1992 (two copies); 7-16 June 1991; and 3-12 June 1994.

2. International Song Series
Programmes for performances given as part of the Wiggins International Song Series (1989) and the Blackheath International Song Series (1990-92).
28 January 1989: Benjamin Luxon (baritone), accompanied by David Willison (two copies).
1 April 1989: Anne Howells (mezzo) and Stafford Dean (bass), accompanied by John Constable (handbill only, two copies).
1 and 2 October 1989: Elisabeth Söderström (soprano) with Roger Vignoles (piano) and Elizabeth Connell (soprano) with Graham Johnson (piano) (single document).
11 and 30 March 1990: Joan Rodgers (single document, 5 copies).
15 January 1991: Willard White (two copies).
21 February 1991: 'Why Do They Shut Me Out of Heaven? A Musical Portrait of Emily Dickinson', given by Arleen Auger (soprano), Roger Vignoles (piano) and John Shrapnel (narrator).
26 May 1991: Linda Finnie (mezzo) and Anthony Legge (piano) (two copies).
13 February 1992: Emma Kirkby and Anthony Rooley (lute).
11 June 1992: Martyn Hill (vocal), accompanied by Graham Johnson.

3. Miscellaneous concerts (listed chronologically)
[no date]: Mozart, Don Giovanni, given by Opera Box, conducted by Paul Bateman.
[no date, three programmes]: Gala Christmas Concerts given by the London Choral Society, conducted by Rupert Bond.
Friday 24 April [no year]: Piano Recital by Julia Cload (handbill).
Wednesday 10 June [no year]: Piano recital by Nikolai Demidenko (two copies).
Sunday 26 June [no year]: Gala Fundraising Concert given by the Medici String Quartet and the Endymion Ensemble, with Jill Gomez (soprano), Raphael Wallfisch (cello), Emma Johnson (clarinet) and Julius Drake, Roger Vignoles and John York (piano) (two copies).
Friday 18 and Saturday 19 July [no year]: The Uninvited, a new community opera by Julian Grant and Ali Campbell with Mary King (vocal) and the Endymion Ensemble, conducted by Peter Selwyn (two handbills).
Sunday 6 October [no year]: Janusz [Olejniczak] plays Chopin and Schubert, Moments Musicaux (handbill).
Tuesday 7 November [no year]: Humphrey Lyttelton and his band (handbill).

28-30 October and 4-6 November 1988: The Genius of Prokofiev, A Chamber Music Festival sponsored by Wiggins Property (single document).
17-19 December 1988: Christmas Week, featuring Philip Simms and Philip Picket and members of Thomas Tallis Society and Cantabile (single document, four copies).
11, 12 and 18 November 1989: Melvyn Tan and his friends, being cellist Steven Isserlis (11 November) and tenor Ian Partridge (18 November) (single document, two copies).
16-18 December 1989: Christmas Weekend (single document, two copies).

14 January 1990: Felicity Lott (soprano) and Jonathan Hinden (piano) (three copies).
10 February 1990: Gala Concert with Kurt Moll (bass) and Cord Garben (piano).
27 March 1990: Jazz at Blackheath featuring Nigel Kennedy and the London Wasp Factory.
5 May 1990: Rossini, The Barber of Seville, given as a Gala Evening by Pavilion Opera.
13-16 and 20-23 September 1990: Lindsay String Quartet (Peter Cropper, Ronald Birks, Robin Ireland and Bernard Gregor-Smith) and Friends Czech Festival (single document with historical and biographical notes, three copies).

2 and 3 February 1991: 'world premiere performance' of the New Mozart Ensemble, with Melvyn Tan (single document, two copies).
5-7 April 1991: Images of Schubert, given by the Music Forum and directed by Roger Vignoles (single document, plus a separate programme and wordbook for 7 April).
15 June 1991: Academy of Ancient Music, directed by Christopher Hogwood.
24 June 1991: First Founders Concert given by the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, with Jill Gomez (soprano), conducted by Sir Neville Marriner (three copies).
2 and 3 July 1991: National Youth Music Theatre in a new opera, Aesop with music by Stephen McNeff.
12 and 13 October 1991: Verdi, Ernani, presented as a workshop weekend by Amici di Verdi with Sir Edward Downes and Sir John Tooley (four copies).
18 November 1991: Book of Good Love, given by Mary Wiegold (soprano), Andrew Mackenzie-Wicks (tenor) and the Discourse Ensemble, conducted by Alwynne Pritchard, being new British and American Music, including the world premieres of Alma Bethany, In the Devil's Kitchen; Alwynne Pritchard, An Heaven Less; J. D. Byers, Trio; Kevin Raftery, Libro de buen amor. Also, the UK premiere of Mel Powell, Two Prayer Settings (two copies).
26 November 1991: Prokofiev Foundation Inaugural Recital, given by Boris Berman (piano) (four copies).
29 November 1991: Primavera Chamber Ensemble (three copies).
9 December 1991: Dennis O'Neill Opera Gala, given for the benefit of the Amici di Verdi by Heather Lorimer, Jason Howard and Michael Druiett (vocal) and Nina Walker and Edward Downes (pianos) as the first concert in the International Song Series (two copies).
22 December 1991: Handel, Messiah, given by the Thomas Tallis Society Choir and Orchestra with Master Rory O'Connor, Miss Linda Hirst, Mr Ian Partridge and Mr David Thomas (vocal), conducted by Mr Philip Simms.

1 March 1992: Rossini Anniversary Concert, given by the Thomas Tallis Society Choir and Orchestra with Anthony Pike (clarinet) and Ann Mackay, Teresa Shaw, Julian Gavin and Christopher Foster (vocal), conducted by Philip Simms.
7, 21 and 29 March 1992: Percy Grainger Festival given by Martin Jones (piano) (single document, two copies).
13-15 March 1992: Scenes from Schumann presented by the Music Forum, directed byRoger Vignoles (single document).
27 March 1992: Mr Richard Suart (baritone) and Miss Susan Cook (piano) in 'As a Matter of Patter' – an evening inspired by the patter songs from opera and operetta (handbill with biographical notes).
2 April 1992: Piano Recital by Jane Beament, including a commissioned work by David Osbon, Blagordarnost (handbill).
9 April 1992: A Celebration of Freedom, given in the presence of Terry Waite by Robert Alexander, Michael Chance, John Hancorn and Gwynne Howell (vocal), the Brodsky Quartet, Nikolai Demidenko and Roger Vignoles (piano), Tasmin Little (violin), Julian Lloyd Webber (cello) and the Blackheath Concert Orchestra, conducted by Philip Simms (three copies).
15 and 16 April 1992: National Youth Music Theatre production of Guys and Dolls.
18 April 1992: Bach, St. Matthew Passion given by the Thomas Tallis Society Choir and Orchestra with Alan Green, Kevin O'Donnell, Flora Jenkin, Rebecca de Pont Davies, Ian Bostridge and David Mattinson (vocal), conducted by Philip Simms.
29 April 1992: Melvyn Tan (fortepiano) (two copies).
6-9 May 1992: Schubertiade, featuring Werner Hollweg (tenor) Norman Shetler (piano), Vokalensemble Zurich and Endymion Ensemble (single document).
22 May 1992: Academy of Ancient Music with Frank de Bruine (oboe), led by Simon Standage and conducted by Christopher Hogwood (two copies).
7 June 1992: Sunday Coffee Concert given by the Warsaw Soloists Concerto Avenna, directed by Andrzej Mysinski (single-sheet programme).
13 and 14 June 1992: 5th Blackheath Gilbert and Sullivan Charity Concert, given by Ann-Louise Straker, Janine Roebuck, Meston Reid, Andrew James Irving and John Ayldon (vocal) with Janet Bishop (piano).
19 June 1992: Burgos Ensemble with John York.
21 June 1992: Founders Concert given by the New Mozart Ensemble with Melvyn Tan (fortepiano), Hiro Kurosaki (violin) and Anthony Halstead (horn).
9-14 July 1992: London Opera Festival, including performances at the Barbican Hall, Blackheath Concert Halls, Lilian Baylis Theatre (Sadler’s Wells), London Coliseum, The Palace Theatre, Queen Elizabeth Hall/Purcell Room, Riverside Studios, Royal Opera House, Royalty Theatre, St. John's Smiths Square and Shaw Theatre (single document). The performance of Stravinsky, Rakes Progress given on 28 June was held at Blackheath.

March-June 1993: Spring into Summer (single document). Also, a leaflet with programmes for 4 March (Roberta Alexander (soprano) and Roger Vignoles (piano)); 26 March (Salomon String Quartet/250th Anniversary of Boccherini's Birth); 28 May (Chilingirian String Quartet/Centenary of Tchaikovsky's Death); and 15 June (Jill Gomez (soprano) and John Constable (piano), 'Night and Day').
4 and 5 June 1993: Britten, Noye's Fludde, presented by the National Youth Music Theatre and featuring the Community Orchestra, the Endymion Ensemble and Pietro Cardillo, Peter Crockford, Mary King, Francis O'Connor, Jeremy James Taylor and Stephen Varcoe (vocal) (single document).
20 June 1993: Founders Concert given by Joanna MacGregor (piano) (five copies).
September 1993-April 1994: La Bonne Chanson, a song recital series devised by Julius Drake and presented in collaboration with the BBC Radio 3 and Blackheath Concert Halls (single document, two copies).
10 December 1993: Peter and the Wolf Gala Concert, given by the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields with Steven Isserlis (cello), conducted by Mark Elder (two copies).

10 March 1994: Prokofiev Memorial Celebration, given by the Goldsmiths' Sinfonia and Chorus with Tasmin Little (violin), conducted by Mark Shanahan, including the first public performance of Prokofiev, Two Poems of Balmot for Female Chorus, op. 7 (handbill and two copies of programmes).
30 September 1994: Singers of St. Petersburg (handbill).

Sundays 27 March, 10 and 24 April and 22 May [1998]: Four Supper Concerts given by the Brodsky String Quartet (Michael Thomas, Ian Belton, Paul Cassidy and Jacqueline Thomas) with Moray Welsh (cello), Olli Mustonen (piano), Yuko Inoue (viola), Richard Tunnicliffe (cello), Peter Hanson (violin) and Jacqueline Shave (violin) (single document, two copies).
3-6 September 1998: PianoWorks '98 (the first event of its kind), directed by Stephen Coombs (prospectus, two copies).
Date range of collection
1986 - 1998
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