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Blackheath Halls Archive: Box 2 (1950-2000)
The second of two boxes within the Blackheath Halls Archive to contain loose fliers, handbills and programmes, including a collection of programmes for choral and orchestral concerts given largely by the London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra at a range of English venues – principally the Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall, London – between 1950 and 1969 (held as a separate parcel within the box) and a miscellaneous collection of programmes for performances given at the Blackheath Concert Halls between 1984 and 2000, including those for the Sunday Supper Concerts (1987–88).

Also, three copies of a programme for a Blackheath Halls Gala Concert given by the National Centre for Orchestral Studies Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Volker Wangenheim) on 22 March 1986 in the Great Hall of Goldsmiths' College (with historical, descriptive and biographical notes, photographs and a list of the orchestral ensemble).

In addition to the detailed programmes (listed below), this box contains a large number of leaflets and flyers which provide information about the monthly events and series at the venue.

All programmes are held loosely but are listed here as follows:

1. Choral-Orchestra Concerts (1950–69)
- Royal Albert Hall
- Royal Festival Hall
- Miscellaneous London venues
- Miscellaneous provincial venues
2. Blackheath Concert Hall
- Sunday Supper Concerts (1987–88)
- Miscellaneous concerts (1984–2000)

1. Choral-orchestral concerts
Where no other indication is given below, these concerts were given by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the majority with the London Philharmonic Choir. All programmes contain words, programme notes (some with musical examples), biographical notes (some with photographs) and lists of the choral and orchestral ensembles. The collection includes programmes for a number of performances of Handel, Messiah, given annually in December and conducted by Frederic Jackson (1950–55).

- Royal Albert Hall
9 February 1950: Beethoven, Missa Solennis, with Sylvia Fisher, Constance Shacklock, Richard Lewis and William Parsons, conducted by Eduard van Beinum.
9 March 1950: Joan Cross, Anne Wood and Peter Pears (vocal) and the Boys' Choir from London Schools' Music Association (Lambeth Branch), conducted by Eduard van Beinum, including the first English performance of Britten, Spring Symphony.
17 May 1950: Handel, Solomon (last Royal Philharmonic Society concert, 138th season), with Margaret Ritchie, Victoria Sladen, Richard Lewis and Bruce Dargavel (vocal) and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Beecham.
18 December 1950: Handel, Messiah, with Margaret Ritchie, Gladys Ripley, Richard Lewis and Martin Lawrence (vocal).
29 May 1951: Handel, Salomon, with Isobel Baillie, Elsie Morison, Andrew Macpherson and Bruce Dargavel (vocal) with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham.
7 June 1951: Delius, A Mass of Life, given as part of the Festival of Britain by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, with Sylvia Fisher, Monica Sinclair, David Lloyd and D. Fischer-Dieskow [Fischer-Dieskau] (vocal), conducted by Thomas Beecham.
20 December 1951: Handel, Messiah, with Joan Cross, Gladys Ripley, Richard Lewis and Scott Joynt (vocal).
13 December 1953, 12 December 1954 and 12 December 1955: Concert of Carols and Christmas Music with Ceinwen Rowlands and Norman Tattersall/Nancy Evans and Eric Green/Norman Tattersall (vocal) and Eric Thiman (organ), conducted by Frederic Jackson.
11 March 1955: Fifth Industrial Concert (2nd series) with Gina Bachauer (piano), conducted by Frederic Jackson and George Weldon.
17 and 20 January 1956: Third Industrial Concert (3rd season) with Sidney Harrison (piano), conducted by Anatole Fistoulari.
26 April and 3 May 1957: Fifth Industrial Concert (4th season) with Ralph Downes (organ), Frederic Jackson (piano) and Helen Watts (vocal), conducted by George Hurst.
2 May 1968: Friends of Vellore Concert with Vernon Handley (vocal) and Mr John Lill (piano), conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.
8 August 1968: Henry Wood Promenade Concert (74th season) with Clifford Curzon (piano), Elly Ameling, Norma Procter and Ronald Dowd (vocal), the BBC Chorus and Choral Society and Wandsworth School Boys' Choir, conducted by Bernard Haitink.
6 December 1968: Industrial Concert with Cyril Smith, Phyllis Sellick and Michael Rippon (vocal).
8 and 9 December 1968: Handel, Messiah with Sheila Armstrong, Anna Reynolds, Gerald English and Raimund Herincx (vocal), conducted by Raymond Leppard.
8 April 1969: Sir Adrian Boult 80th Birthday Concert given by the Bach Choir, BBC Choral Society, Croydon Philharmonic Choir, Goldsmiths' Choral Union, Ripley Choir, Bromley and Ralph Downes (organ) with Sir Adrian Boult and Yehudi Menuhin.
19 April 1969: Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund for Children presents Men O'Brass and Voices, with the combined bands of B.M.C. Fairey Fodens, conducted by Harry Mortimer, with guest conductor Lt. Col. Sir Vivian Dunn.
6 May 1969: Friends of Vellore Concert with John Lill, Vernon Handley and Frederic Jackson.
14 August 1969: Henry Wood Promenade Concert (75th season) with Margaret Price and Norma Procter (vocal), the BBC Men's Chorus and BBC Choral Society, conducted by Bernard Haitink.

- Royal Festival Hall
Monday 30 March [no year]: Hamburg Radio Symphony Orchestra with Anni Schlemm, Marjorie Thomas, Richard Lewis and Kurt Böhme (vocal), conducted by Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt.
Friday 10 June [no year]: Eileen Poulter, Evelyn Cuthill and Edgar Fleet (vocal), conducted by Massimo Freccia.
13 June 1951: Ravel programme, conducted by Victor de Sabata, including the first English performance of Lyrical Fantasia in Two Parts, L'Enfant et les Sortileges.
16 December 1951: Margaret Ritchie, Gladys Ripley and William Parsons (vocal) and Kyla Greenbaum (piano), conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.
18 February 1952: Handel, Messiah, with Elsie Morison, Gladys Ripley, Peter Pears and Hervey Alan (vocal).
29 May [1952]: Eight Coronation Concerts no. 4 with Myra Hess (piano) and Denis Noble (vocal), conducted by Sir Adrian Boult, including Walton, Belshazzar's Feast (conducted by the composer).
31 May 1952: Eight Coronation Concerts no.5, being Beethoven, Symphony No.9, given by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Rosina Raisbeck, Monica Sinclair, Charles Craig and George Hancock (vocal), conducted by Thomas Beecham.
23 September 1952: including the first English performance of Pizzetti, Preludio a un Altro Giorno, conducted by Victor de Sabata.
12 October 1952: Ralph Vaughan Williams 80th Birthday Celebration Concert, with Margaret Ritchie (vocal), Frederick Riddle (viola) and the Luton Girls' Choir, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult (with a Tribute on behalf of Musicians of Britain by Sir Arnold Bax and an essay on Vaughan Williams by Howe).
17 December 1953: Handel, Messiah, with Jennifer Vyvyan, Gladys Ripley, Richard Lewis and Norman Walker (vocal).
22 November 1954: Royal Concert/St. Cecilia's Festival in aid of Musicians' Benevolent Fund and Allied Charities, given by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Rosina Raisbeck (vocal) and the trumpeters of the Royal Military School of Music, conducted by Thomas Beecham (with An Appreciation of Thomas Beecham, by Neville Cardus).
17 December 1954: Handel, Messiah, with Jennifer Vyvyan, Norma Procter, William Herbert and Norman Walker (vocal).
4 February 1955: Beethoven Cycle, Final Concert with Jennifer Vyvyan, Norma Procter, William Herbert and William Parsons (vocal), conducted by Adrian Boult.
9 December 1955: Handel, Messiah, with Margaret Ritchie, Marjorie Thomas, John Kentish and Richard Standen (vocal).
28 January 1956: Jennifer Vyvyan, Anne Wood, William Herbert and William Parsons (vocal) and Ralph Downes (organ), conducted by Adrian Boult, given as part of a series of concerts to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Mozart (23-28 January).
5 February 1956: Elizabeth Lockhart (violin), conducted by Anatole Fistoulari.
15 and 29 April and 27 May 1957: Music of a Century nos. 6-8 with Jennifer Vyvyan, Pamela Bowden and William Herbert/Eric Greene and Owen Brannigan/John Hauxvell and April Cantelo (vocal), conducted by Hans Swarowsky/Janos Ferencsik/Adrian Boult (separate programmes).
11 November [1965]: Elgar, The Dream of Gerontius, with Janet Baker, Ronald Dowd and Don Garrard (vocal), conducted by John Pritchard.
10 March 1968: Ingrid Haebler, Heather Harper, Anna Reynolds, Alexander Young and Donald Bell (vocal), conducted by Bernard Haitink.
23 April 1968: Don Garrard (vocal), conducted by John Pritchard.
19 November 1968: Heather Harper and Norma Procter (vocal), conducted by Bernard Haitink.
2 November 1968: Robert Mayer Children's Concert, given by the London Symphony Orchestra with Denis Wick and John Dankworth, conducted by Trevor Harvey, including the first London performance of Dankworth, Tom Sawyer's Saturday (conducted by the composer).
26 January 1969: Stephen Bishop, Heather Harper, Anna Reynolds, Ryland Davies and Donald Bell (vocal), conducted by Bernard Haitink.
16 February 1969: Bach, St. Matthew Passion with John van Kesteren, Ernst Gerold Schramm, Sheila Armstrong, Norma Procter, Robert Tear and Kieth [sic] Engen (vocal), conducted by Karl Richter.
25 March 1969: Bernard Haitink (conductor).

- Miscellaneous London venues
Thursday 27 April [no year], Studio 1, Maida Vale: London Contemporary Music Centre Concert given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Joseph Cooper (piano) and Trefor Jones, Jean England and Eileen McLoughlin (vocal), conducted by Adrian Boult, including the first performance of E. Maconchy, Symphony and the first broadcast performance of Matyas Seiber, Ulysses.
8 July 1968, St. Paul's Cathedral: Festival of the City of London Opening Concert, with by the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the Westminster Abbey Choir, Westminster Cathedral Choir, St. Paul's Cathedral Choir and Wandsworth School Boys Choir, including the first performance of Berkeley, Magnificat (commissioned for the 1968 Festival by the City Arts Trust), conducted by the composer.

- Miscellaneous provincial venues
7 January 1950, Dome, Brighton: Handel, Messiah, with Elsie Suddaby, Constance Shacklock, William Herbert and Scott Joynt (vocal), conducted by Frederic Jackson.
25 June 1951, Rochester Cathedral: Joan Taylor, Nancy Thomas, Ronald Bristol and William Parsons (vocal), conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.
26 June 1951, Rochester Cathedral: Handel, Messiah, with Ena Mitchell, Kathleen Joyce, David Price and Scott Joynt (vocal), conducted by Frederic Jackson.
27 April 1968, Fairfield Hall, Croydon: Valerie Tryon (piano), conducted by John Pritchard.
21 September 1968, Fairfield Hall, Croydon: Sheila Armstrong and John Carol Case (vocal), conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.
Sunday 15 June [1969], Assembly Hall, Royal Tunbridge Wells: Royal Tunbridge Wells Choral Society and Symphony Orchestra Diamond Jubilee Concert with Rae Woodland, Marjorie Thomas, William McAlpine and Roger Stalman, conducted by Trevor Harvey.

2. Blackheath Concert Halls
- Sunday Supper Concerts (1987–88)
All documents include programme notes, biographical notes and historical notes on the venue.

Winter into Spring (1987)
25 January: An East Anglian Connection, given by the London Sinfonietta Voices directed by Terry Edwards.
8 February: Music for a Winter's Evening, with Martyn Hill (vocal) and John Pigneguy (horn) and the Tallis Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Philip Simms.
1 March: Elgar and Schubert, given by Chamber Players of St Johns with Barry Guy (double bass) and John York (piano).
22 March: Dramatic Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I devised by Jill Nott-Bower and Robert Spencer.

Spring into Summer (1987)
All of these programmes include a list of the complete sequence, which included a further concert, given by Melvyn Tan, on 10 May.
26 April: 18th-Century Classics, given by the Salomon Quartet with Richard Burnett (fortepiano).
3 May: Music for the Month of May, with the Medici String Quartet (Paul Robertson, David Matthews, Ivo-Jan van der Werff and Anthony Lewis).
24 May: Continental Classics by the New Zurich String Quartet.

1987–88 Concert Season
27 September: Martyn Hill (tenor), Clifford Benson (piano) and the Coull String Quartet (two copies)
10 October: Louis Lortie (piano).
1 November: Joanna MacGregor (piano).
15 November: Carmina Burana with the New London Consort, directed by Philip Pickett (two copies).
29 November: Bach Concert by the Tallis Chamber Orchestra, directed by Philip Simms.
13 December: Cambridge Buskers.
13 January: Ernst Kovacic (violin) and David Owen Norris (piano). World Tour with Fritz Kreisler.
24 January: Melvyn Tan (fortepiano).
5 March: Louise Camens (soprano) and Iain Burnside (piano). Intermezzo: An evening in Vienna.

3. Miscellaneous Blackheath concerts
Sunday 12 July [no year]: Blackheath Conservatoire Coffee Concert (two copies).
Wednesday 16 September [no year]: Mozart, The Impressario and Antony Hopkins, Three's Company, given by New Decade Opera (two copies).
14 June 1984: Blackheath Halls Gala Concert, given by the National Centre for Orchestral Studies Symphony Orchestra with Anthony Marwood (violin), conducted by George Hurst (with notes, biographical notes and a list of the orchestral ensemble).
16, 20 and 21 March 1989: Songs, Sketches and Tall Stories: A Music Theatre Project for Schools, involving Simon Bainbridge, David Bedford and John Woolrich (single document).
13 December 1991: Piano Circus, including the word premieres of Dan Rodger, Oggle and Tim Seddon, Stral (with notes, two copies).
15 February 1992: Mozart, Idomeneo presented by Blackheath Opera and directed by Stuart Dunlop (two copies).
2 June 1992: Ensemble Baroque de Mateus with Marta Almajano (soprano), Hidemi Suzuki (baroque cello) and Pierre Hantai (harpsichord) and Baroque Brass of London (two copies).
7 June 1992: Orchestra at Blackheath Inaugural Concert, conducted by Rupert Bond (with notes, biographical notes, musical examples and a list of the orchestral ensemble).
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) (single document with biographical notes, two copies).
3 July 1992: Howells Centenary Concert, given by Andrew Murgatroyd (tenor) with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Stephen Jackson (with words, notes, biographical notes, photographs and lists of the choral and orchestral ensemble, two copies).
27 September, 15 November and 11 December 1992: Season of Serenades given by the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, directed by Kenneth Sillito (single document with notes, biographical notes, photographs and a list of the orchestral ensemble, two copies).
21 November 2000: Music for flute and guitar given by Hayley Savage and Claire Heaney (with notes).
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