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Collection Title
Cambridge Grand Musical Festival (1833)
Unique Identifier
Case 61.g.6.
A collection comprising the prospectus, programmes and wordbooks for the two morning and three evening performances given between 28 June and 1 July 1833 as the Cambridge Grand Musical Festival, held as a single bound volume with MS notes by Sir George Smart. Also included is a service sheet for a Divine Service given at Great St. Mary's Church, Cambridge on 30 June 1833, during which the Anthem composed by T. A. Walmisley for his Bachelor of Music Degree was performed.

The morning performances were given on 29 June and 1 July 1833 at Great St. Mary's Church, Cambridge. The first consisted of a 'Grand Selection of Sacred Music' in two acts and included music by Handel and a selection from Haydn, The Creation. The second was a performance of Handel, The Messiah.

The evening performances were given on 28 and 29 June and 1 July 1833 at Senate House. These were two-act miscellaneous concerts, consisting of solo and ensemble vocal music with orchestral overtures/symphonies at the beginning of each act and occasional concerto/concertante items.

The prospectus and programmes provide detailed information regarding both the vocal and instrumental soloists (see below) and carry lists of the choral and orchestral ensembles, led by Mr Franz Cramer and conducted by Sir George Smart.

Vocal: Madame Malibran, Mrs. W. Knyvett and Miss Bruce; Mr. Braham, Mr W. Knyvett, Mr Phillips, Mr Horncastle, Mr Machin and Signor Tamburini.

Instrumental: Mr Walmisley (organ) and Monsieur de Beriot.

The orchestral ensemble is described as 'including the principal Performers of the Philharmonic Band' whilst the chorus included singers from the Concerts of Ancient Music, London, the Choral Society of Cambridge, Trinity and King's College Chapels, and Ely Cathedral.

The programmes contain a number of annotations is Smart's hand. These comment on the timings of the performances (complete and of individual sections/pieces), on audience reactions and on the encores requested and performed. There are also observations on the quality of the performances and on the specific performers involved.

The volume concludes with assorted material concerning the Festival, including the minutes of a meeting at which the proposals for the festival were agreed (with the names of those who subscribed, how much they paid, and on what terms they did so) and a statement of receipts and disbursements for the 1833 season. Both documents are attributed to Julian Skrine, Honorary Secretary. There is also a handwritten letter of thanks to George Smart from George Peacock of Trinity College.
Date range of collection
1833 - 1833
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Not Specific

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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council