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Cardiff Triennial Musical Festival (1902, 1904)
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A collection of prospectuses relating to the four morning and four evening performances given at Park Hall, Cardiff in October 1902 and September 1904 (two copies), being the 3rd and 4th Cardiff Triennial Musical Festivals. Also held is an individual programme and wordbook, with extensive historical and analytical notes, including musical examples, for the morning concert given on 9 October 1902.

Documentation for both events provides detailed information regarding the performers (see below), including lists of the vocal and orchestral ensembles, led by Mr W. Frye Parker and conducted by Dr. Frederic Cowen, with Mr G.G. Beale (organ) and choral direction from Mr T.E. Aylward, Mr J.E. Deacon and Madame Clara Novello Davies.

There are also lists of the patrons/committee members for the event and extensive information regarding the practical arrangements. For 1902, there are handbills detailing the rehearsals in both London and Cardiff, with an indication of the timings for each piece. The programme notes for 9 October 1902 were written by Mr W.A. Morgan (historical) and Joseph Bradley (analytical), the latter originally used for a performance at the Glasgow Choral Union.

Consisting predominantly of choral performances, the festivals included a number of works composed especially for the event, many of which were conducted by the composer.

8–11 October 1902
Vocal: Madame Ella Russell, Miss Maggie Davies, Miss Maggie Purvis and Madame Lillian Blauvelt; Miss Maggie Brema, Miss Maggie Lewis and Miss Ada Crossley; Mr Ben Davies, Mr John Coates, Mr Gwilym Richards and Mr A. Dunlop; and Mr Ffrangcon Davies, Mr David Hughes, Mr Ivor Foster and Mr Harry Miller, with Mr Mark Hambourg (piano).

8 October 1902
Morning: Mendelssohn, Elijah.
Evening: F. Cowen, Ruth. Also, Mozart, Overture to Idomeneo and Brahms, A Song of Destiny.

9 October 1902
Morning: C. Franck, The Beatitudes. Also, Wagner, Overture to Die Meistersinger, A.C. Mackenzie, Coronation March and vocal pieces by Purcell and S. Coleridge-Taylor.
Evening: Wagner, Acts 2 and 3 of The Flying Dutchman and Beethoven, Symphony No.3.

10 October 1902
Morning: Rossini, Stabat Mater. Also, Schumann, Piano Concerto in A minor, Elgar, Overture ‘Cockayne’ [sic] and Ambroise Thomas, Scena.
Evening: Saint-Saens, Samson and Delilah.

11 October 1902
Morning: Gluck, Orpheus. Also, Arthur Hervey, Two Tone Poems (composed expressly for this Festival), Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 6 and Gounod, Recit and Air.
Evening: Berlioz, Faust.

21–24 September 1904
Vocal: Madame Blauvelt, Miss Agnes Nicholls, Miss Maggie Purvis, Madame Gertrude Drinkwater, Miss Amy Evans, Miss Maud White, Miss Ada Crossley, Miss Muriel Foster, Miss Margaret Lewys and Miss Margaret Sambrook; Mr Ben Davies, Mr John Coates, Mr Alfred Dunlop, Mr Harold Green, Mr Ffrangcon Davies, Mr David Hughes, Mr Ivor Foster and Mr Harry Miller.

21 September 1904
Morning: Mendelssohn, Hymn of Praise. Also, vocal music by Mozart, Handel and Tchaikovsky and Edward German, Welsh Rhapsody (composed for the festival).
Evening: Saint Saens, Samson and Delilah.

22 September 1904
Morning: Elgar, The Dream of Gerontius. Also Hervey, In the East (tone poem written for the festival), Elgar, Two Sea Pictures and Strauss, Tod und Verklärung
Evening: Massenet, Eve (first performance in England), Schumann, Faust and Grieg, Concerto for Piano (Miss Adela Verne, piano).

23 September 1904
Morning: Verdi, Requiem. Also, Wagner, Overture to Parsifal and Beethoven, Symphony No.7
Evening: Wagner, Act 3 of Lohengrin. Also, duet from Act I of Valkyrie, Cowen, John Gilpin (a choral ballad, written for the festival) and Tchaikovsky, Overture 1812.

24 September 1904
Morning: Félicien David, The Desert, Liszt, Hungarian Fantasie (Miss Adela Verne, piano), Harry Evans, The Victory of St. Garmon (written for the festival and conducted by the composer), Mendelssohn, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Evening: Mendelssohn, Elijah.
Date range of collection
1902 - 1904
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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