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Collection Description

Collection Title
Carl Newton collection:Three Choirs Festival 2 (1975-90)
Unique Identifier
Mus 319.c.20
A miscellaneous collection of prospectuses for the Three Choirs Festivals of 1975-76, 1978-79, 1981, 1984 and 1990, held in Hereford and Worcester. Also, individual programmes from the festivals of 1984 (one programme) and 1990 (two programmes), both of which were given in Worcester. All of these items are held loosely as the twentieth box of the Carl Newton collection.

1. Prospectuses
All documents include programmes with notes (some including musical examples), historical notes on the Festivals and associated topics, detailed lists of the performers (with photographs) and assorted information related to the practical arrangements for the event (including maps, seating plans, ticket prices and travel information).

All Festivals consisted of morning and evening performances and included an Opening Service. There were both choral and orchestral performances, including a number of works being given for the first time.

The Festivals of 1976 and 1979 were in Hereford with the remainder taking place in Worcester.

24-29 August 1975; 22-27 August 1976; 26 August-2 September 1978; 19-24 August 1979; 22-29 August 1981; 18-25 August 1984 and 18-25 August 1990.

2. Individual programmes
The performance in 1984 was given in Worcester Cathedral. The remainder were held in the [Countess of] Huntingdon Hall, Worcester.
23 February 1984: Elgar, The Dream of Gerontius, given on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the death of Sir Edward Elgar by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with Mary King, Kenneth Bowen and Brian Rayner Cook (vocal) and the Worcester Festival Choral Society and Worcester Cathedral Choir, conducted by Donald Hunt (with words, notes, biographical notes and lists of the choral and orchestral ensembles).
23 August 1990: Late Harvest, Readings by Gabriel Woolf including Cardinal Newman's poem, The Dream of Gerontius (with notes).
25 August 1990: My Friends Pictured Within, given by John Crocker and Zena Millar with Stephen Eales (piano) (with biographical notes).
Date range of collection
1975 - 1990
Accumulation Dates
Suggested Audience
Not Specific

Location Details

Bodleian Library, Music Library
Broad Street,Music Library Oxford OX1 3BG
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01865 277063
01865 277182 
Visiting Information
Membership fee for users outside the UK academic community; charges for photocopying and inter-library loans
Collections Overview
The collection has very strong holdings of British music and related material acquired in part by legal deposit. Many collected editions and scholarly series. Very strong periodical coverage, including major 19thC European journals. Largest collection of American song material in UK.
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

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