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Collection Description

Collection Title
Boult Papers (1930-80)
Unique Identifier
Add. 72676
A collection of programme books for performances given at the Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall, London and at Blenheim Palace and the Concert Hall of the Royal Northern College of Music in 1979 and 1980, arranged chronologically as a single volume within the papers of Sir Adrian C. Boult (1895–1977).

This volume concludes with a selection of Orders of Services, for events given in Birmingham, London – principally Westminster Abbey – and Portsmouth between
for events given principally at Westminster Abbey between 1930 and 1972. The musical content of these events is generally restricted to the singing of hymns.

Items are listed here by venue, with the concert programmes followed by the Orders of Service.

- London, Royal Albert Hall
8 April 1979: 90th Birthday of Sir Adrian Boult, presented by the BBC and given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Singers and Chorus with the CBSO Chorus and Sarah Walker (mezzo), conducted by James Loughran, Vernan Handley and Norman del Mar (flyer and programme with historical and analytical notes with musical examples, biographical notes with photographs and a list of the orchestral ensemble). The programme begins with an essay on Boult and provides a record of his discography.
3 May 1979: Final Appeal Concert in aid of the R.C.M. Junior Department International Capital Fund, given by the Royal College of Music Orchestra (Junior Department), with Karen Briscoe and Nigel Clayton (piano), conducted by Christopher Adey (with historical and descriptive notes, biographical notes with photographs, a list of the orchestral ensemble and various notes regarding the RCM Junior Department).

- London, Royal Festival Hall
9 and 10 April 1979: A Tribute to Sir Adrian Boult on his 90th Birthday, given by the London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, with David Nolan (violin) and Jill Gomez, Alfreda Hodgson, Robert Tear and Stafford Dean (vocal), conducted by John Pritchard (Souvenir Programme with historical and descriptive notes, biographical notes with photographs and lists of the choral and orchestral ensembles).
22 October 1980: BBC Symphony Orchestra 50th Anniversary Concert given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Itzhak Perlman (violin), conducted by Gennadi Rozhdestvensky (with programme notes by John Warrack, biographical notes with photographs and a list of the orchestral ensemble). The programme includes various tributes to the BBC Symphony Orchestra, including an essay entitled '50 Years of the BBC Symphony Orchestra: a personal view by Nicholas Kenyon'.

- Manchester, Royal Northern College of Music: Concert Hall
7 March 1979: Commemoration Concert for Sylvia Spencer (oboe), conducted by Timothy Reynish (with extensive notes on Spencer, including a Tribute by Boult, and a list of the orchestral ensemble).

- Woodstock, Blenheim Palace
5 July 1979: A Concert to Celebrate the Centenary of the Firm and the Gaffer's [Sir Basil Blackwell] Ninetieth Birthday, given by the Northern Sinfonia, with James Dalton (organ), Gareth Hulse (oboe) and Sheila Armstrong (soprano), conducted by Jean-Bernard Pommier (with historical, descriptive and biographical notes).

2. Orders of Service
- Birmingham, University of Birmingham
13 October 1930: Jubilee of the Foundation of Mason College and the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Granting of the University Charter.

- London, Southwark Cathedral
24 November 1953: Kathleen Ferrier (1912–53)

- London, Westminster Abbey
10 April 1952 and 7 April 1966: Office for the Royal Maundy.
19 September 1958: Funeral Service of Dr. Ralph Vaughan Williams (with a ticket)
12 October 1968: One People, a service to recall the 900th anniversary year and looking forward
1 June 1972: Unveiling and Dedication of the Memorial to Edward Elgar.
10 July 1972: Service of Thanksgiving to mark the Centenary of Trinity College of Music
12 July 1972: One People
26 October 1972 and 28 May 1975: Ceremony of the Installation of the Knights of the Most Honorable Order of the Bath
20 November 1972: Service of Thanksgiving on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the marriage of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
29 November 1972: Unveiling and Dedication of the Memorial to Lord Reith

- Portsmouth, John Pounds Memorial Church, High Street
24 September 1955: Laying of the Foundation Stone by Sir Adrian Boult of the new John Pounds Memorial Church.
Date range of collection
1930 - 1980
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Not Specific
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Location Details

British Library, Music Collections
96 Euston Road London NW1 2DB
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council