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Collection Title
C. Thornton Lofthouse (1936-69)
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A miscellaneous collection of material, including programmes relating to 3 performances given at the Assembly Rooms, Tunbridge Wells as part of the East Sussex and West Kent Choral Festivals of 1962, 1965 and 1969 and song sheets/programmes for Carol Services given at various English venues between 1936 and 1955, held loosely as a single folder within the collection of the English music educationalist, conductor and harpsichord player Charles Thornton Lofthouse (1895–1974).

1. East Sussex and West Kent Choral Festival
11 April 1962: Bach, St. Matthew Passion, with Ann Dowdall, Helen Watts, Kenneth Woolam, Gordon Clinton and John Shirley-Quirk (vocal), conducted by Dr C. Thornton Lofthouse (with words and a record of the principal instrumentalists).
31 January 1965: A Concert in Honour of the 60th Birthday of Dr Michael Tippett, given by the Deller Consort, Dr Walter Bergmann (harpsichord), Sir William McKie (piano) and the Festival Choir and Orchestra, conducted by C. Thornton Lofthouse (with words, brief programme and biographical notes, photographs and lists of the choral and orchestral ensembles).
3 May 1969: Haydn, The Seasons, with Rhonda Bruce, Edgar Thomes and David Joyner (vocal), Dr Thornton Lofthouse (harpsichord) and the Festival Choir and Orchestra, conducted by Peter Gellhorn (with some handwritten annotations regarding performance timings).

2. Carol Services
An extensive collection of song sheets (with words and music) for Carol Services given at various English venues between 1936 and 1955, including a large number of programmes for performances given at various London venues by the Bach Choir and programmes with wordbooks for 4 performances given by the Royal Choral Society at the Royal Albert Hall.

- The Bach Choir
All performances were accompanied by the Jacques Orchestra and conducted by Reginald Jacques. There are multiple copies for many years.
21 December 1936: Chelsea Town Hall.
20 December 1937 and 21 December 1938: Central Hall, Westminster.
11 December 1943, 9 December 1944 and15 December 1945: Royal College of Music.
16 December 1946, 16 December 1947, 14 December 1948, 11 December 1954 and 10 December 1955: Royal Albert Hall, with the vocalists Bruce Boyce (1946 and 1954), Ronald Bristol (1955), John Carol Case (1955), Gordon Clinton (1947), Nancy Evans (1946 and 1948), Alfred Hepworth (1946), Robert Irwin (1948), Richard Lewis (1948) and Marjorie Thomas (1955).

- Royal Choral Society
The concerts were accompanied by Veronica Parker, with Arnold Grier (organ), conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent. Each programme begins with a list of patrons of the Royal Choral Society. Those for 1953 and 1954 carry handwritten annotations, some of which concern performance timings.
16 December 1950: Gwen Catley and Dennis Noble (vocal).
21/22 December 1951: Heddle Nash (vocal).
18/19 December 1953: Nancy Evans and Robert Easton (vocal).
17/18 December 1954: Richard Attenborough (narrator).

- Miscellaneous venues
Bristol, Central Hall
All concerts were conducted by Professor W. K. Stanton and given with the organists listed below.
14 December 1947, 12 December 1948 and 11 December 1949: Stanley Parker.
10 December 1950, 5 December 1954 and 4 December 1955: Mr Herbert Byard.
12 December 1954 and 11 December 1955: Mr K. W. Mobbs.

- Eton College Hall
[no date] 1955:

- Harrow School Chapel
15 December 1940: conducted by Henry Havergal.

- Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall
22 December 1948: Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, conducted by Reginald Jacques with Gordon Clinton (vocal).

- Oxford, Town Hall
22 December 1935, 19 December 1937, 18 December 1938, 22 December 1940, 21 December 1941, 19 December 1948, 17/20 December 1950 and 18 December 1955: Mayor of Oxford's Christmas Carols, conducted by Sir Hugh Allen (1935) and Thomas Armstrong (1937–55).

- Reading, University of Reading
13 December 1933: conducted by W. K. Stanton
6 December 1937 and 12 December 1938: conducted by Reginald Jacques
10 December 1945, 9 December 1946, 8 December 1947, 7 December 1948 and 12 December 1950: conducted by C. Thornton Lofthouse.
[no date] 1953, 6 December 1954 and [no date] 1955: conducted by Ronald Woodham.

- St. Albans, Cathedral and Abbey Church
21 December 1948 and 17 December 1955: St. Alban's Bach Choir and Orchestra, conducted by Meredith Davies/C.P.P. Burton.

- Winchester, Guildhall
[no date]: conducted by Christopher Cowan.
[no date]: conducted by Henry Havergal.
15 December 1940: conducted by Dr Sydney Watson.
[1949]: conducted by Henry Havergal.
Date range of collection
1936 - 1969
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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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020 7591 4323
020 7589 7740
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