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Collection Description

Collection Title
Boult Papers (1895-1976)
Unique Identifier
Add. 72675
A collection of handbills, programmes and prospectuses for performances given at various venues in London and England between 1895 and 1976, arranged chronologically as two volumes (1895–1910 and 1913–71) within the papers of Sir Adrian C. Boult (1895–1977).

Volume one of the collection also includes a prospectus with programmes for Die Abonnement- und Kammermusik-Konzerte im Gewandhause zu Leipzig (1912–13) and copies of various music publications from the city. Volume two contains a programme (with wordbook and notes) for a Fest-Konzert/Werke von Richard Wagner, at the Alberthalle, Leipzig on 24 May 1913, being a concert for the Werke von Richard Wagner, given by Elena Gerhardt (vocal), Das Staedtische Orchester, Der Riedel Verein and Der Leipziger Lehrer-Gesangverein, directed by Dr Georg Göhler aand Professor Hans Sitt

Items are listed here by alphabetically by venue, with London venues followed by English provincial ones.

1. London venues
- Aeolian Hall
17 December 1929: Oriana Madrigal Society Christmas Concert, conducted by Charles Kennedy Scott, including (in part II), Folk Dances by Members of the English Folk Dance Society (with words, lists of the members of the choir, and records of the Honorary and Committee members of the Society).

- Bechstein Hall
11, 21 and 28 October, 4, 11, 18 and 25 November and 2, 9 and 16 December 1914: Ten Concerts of Chamber Music given by the Classical Concert Society (prospectus).

- Maurice Hall, Working Men's College, Crowndale Road, Camden
18 March 1910: Chamber Concert, given by the Oxford Musical Society.

- Queen's Hall
28 May 1906: Vienna Male Choral Society assisted by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Edouard Kremser and Herr Richard Heuberger (with words, biographical notes and photographs). Held with this document is a handbill containing programmes for this concerts and for a performance on 25 May 1906.
26 June 1906: Vienna Philharmonic Society concert no. 1 (with Descriptive and Historical Notes by Percy Pitt and Alfred Kalisch, musical examples and photographs).

- Royal Albert Hall
15 December 1917: Choral Commemoration of the Heroic Deeds of the First Seven Divions, Mons to Ypres 1914, given by Miss Lillian Stiles-Allen and Mr H. Plunkett Greene (vocal) with the Bach Choir and Royal Albert Hall Choral Society, led by Mr William H. Reed and conducted by Hugh P. Allen, including the first performance of Somervell, Ode for Soprano Solo, Chorus and Orchestra, 'To the Vanguard, 1914' (with wordbook, historical/introductory notes and detailed biographical information).

- Royal College of Music
4 March 1924: Recital No. 16, given by Constance Marchant (cello) and Keith Falkner (bass), accompanied by Stanford Robinson and James N. Bell (handbill).

- Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
14 January 1907: Wagner, Die Meistersinger.
19 March 1920: Delius, The Village, conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham.

- Westminster School
29 October 1921: Order of Service, including the words for a hymn sung at 'The Unveiling of the Memorial of the Old Westminsters who have their lives in the European War'.

- [no venue]
4 May [1971]: Frederick Haggis' 85th Birthday Concert/Elgar, The Dream of Gerontius, given by Alfreda Hodgson, Alexander Young and Stafford Dean (vocal), with the New Philharmonia Orchestra and Goldsmiths' Choral Union, conducted by Frederick Haggis (with wordbook, descriptive notes by Alec Robertson and biographical notes with photographs).

2. Other venues in the United Kingdom
- Blundellsands, Brooke House
14 February 1899: vocal and instrumental solos, given by Mr Steudner-Welsing (piano) and Madame San Carlo (vocal).

- Cheltenham, Assembly Room
13 February 1899: Cheltenham Musical Festival Society 2nd Subscription Concert, with Miss Agnes Nicholls, Mr Charles Saunders, Mr Henry Sunman and Mr Charles Knowles (vocal), led by Mr E. G. Woodward and conducted by Mr J. A. Matthews, including Elgar, Caractacus (with a list of the orchestral ensemble).

- Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall
26 October [1895]: Richter Concert, with Mr Edward Lloyd (vocal), conducted by Hans Richter (double-sided handbill).

- Liverpool, Sun Hall, Kensington
13, 20 and 27 November and 4 December 1914: 4 Orchestral concerts, conducted by Adrian C. Boult, with Mrs Ernest Taylor (vocal) and Mr John Lawson (violin)/Miss Ethel Penhall (vocal) and Mr Henri van Damme (cello)/Professor Bouquet of Antwerp (vocal) and Mr Vivian Burrows (cello)/Miss Dorothy Ledsome (vocal) and Mr Redfern (flute) (with words, brief historical and descriptive notes and a list of the orchestral ensemble). All programmes except the first bear handwritten annotations, recording the performance of encores and indicating performance timings.

- Manchester
[1976]: BBC Master Concert, featuring Cecil Aronowitz (viola) and the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra, led by Andrew Orton and conducted by Vernon Handley (with descriptive notes by Michael Kennedy and a list of the orchestral ensemble).

- Oxford
[25 October and 26 November1909]: Recitals of Songs by Mr Plunkett Greene, with Sir Charles Stanford at the piano (with words). The only date on this document is provided as a handwritten annotation.
7-13 May 1922:
Programme and Words of the Music, with Comments and Sixteen Full Page Illustrations for the Festival of Music, inaugurated by the Oxford Bach Choir under the general direction of Sir Hugh Allen. This document begins with a historical Foreword regarding the development of music in Oxford and carries historical/analytical notes by Dr Ernest Walker. It ends with lists of the members of the Oxford Bach Choir, the Oxford Orchestral Society and the Festival Executive Committee.

- Oxford, Sheldonian Theatre
19 June 1919: Concert in commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the opening of the Theatre, with Miss Ethel McLelland and Mr Topliss Green (vocal), the Oxford Bach Choir, Oxford Choral Society and Oxford Orchestral Society, led by Miss Mary Venables and conducted by Hugh P. Allen, including Child, The Act Music 'O Bone Jesu' (as sung at the opening of the Theatre) (with wordbook).

- West Kirby, Public Hall
14 January 1908: vocal and instrumental solos, given by Mr Ernst Schiever and Mr Vivian Burrows (violin) and Dr. Theo. Lierhammer (vocal) (with wordbook).
21-23 May 1908: West Kirby, Hoylake and District Musical Festival, with Mrs Henry J. Wood, Miss Esta d’Argo, Madame Ada Crossley, Madame Alice Lakin, Miss Florence Larkworthy, Mr Webster Millar, Mr Frederic Austin and Mr Dalton Baker (vocal), Mr Arthur Catterall (violin) and the Liverpool Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dr. W. B. Brierley (prospectus, with General Arrangements for the Festival and a list of the choral ensemble).
27 February 1914: with Agnes Nicholls (vocal) and W. B. Brierley (piano), accompanied by Hamilton Harty and conducted by Adrian C. Boult (with words, historical and descriptive notes and a list of the orchestral ensemble).
Date range of collection
1895 - 1976
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Not Specific
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