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Collection Description

Collection Title
Charles Proctor collection: Box 3 (1930-75)
A miscellaneous collection of programmes for performances given at various London venues – principally the Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall – and in a range of English provincial venues between 1930 and 1975, held loosely as the last of three boxes of programmes comprising the collection of the English composer and conductor Charles Proctor (1906–96).

The majority of the programmes relate to performances given by Proctor or by ensembles of which he was the director/chorus master, notably the Alexandra Choir, the Royal Choral Society and ensembles from Trinity College of Music.

Programmes are listed here by venue, with the London venues followed by the provincial ones.

1. London venues
- Church of St. Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb
25 February [no year]: Sunday Half-Hour Broadcast, conducted by Proctor.
Thursdays 5, 12, 19 and 26 June [no year] and Thursdays 9, 16, 23 and 30 June [no year]: Four Organ Recitals by Charles Proctor (single handbills).
15 December 1930, [Muswell Hill]: St. James' Madrigal Society with Charles Proctor (piano) and Stuart Robertson (bass).
26 March 1955 and 18 February 1956: Bach, St. John Passion, given by the Alexandra Choir, conducted by Proctor (with words, two copies for each date).
1 July 1957: Bach Organ Recital by Charles Proctor.
8 February 1970: Bruckner, Requiem in D minor (first British performance) given by the Kensington Festival Orchestra and the Alexandra Choir, conducted by Hans-Hubert Schonzeler (with brief notes).

- Royal Albert Hall
17 December 1961, 16 December 1962 (2 copies), 15 December 1963, 19 December 1965 (4 copies), 18 December 1966 (2 copies), 17 December 1967, 22 December 1968, 21 December 1969, 19 December 1971 (2 copies), 17 December 1972 and 15 December 1974 (2 copies): Carol Concerts given by the Alexandra Choir, conducted by Proctor.
8 January, 10 February and 16/17/19 December 1966, 4 January, 24 March and 15/16/18 December 1967, 15 February, 12 March and 12 April 1968: Royal Choral Society (with 3 copies for 10 February 1966 and 2 copies for 4 January 1967 and 12 April 1968).
7 December 1966 and 11 January 1974: Handel, Messiah, given by the Alexandra Choir with the New Philharmonia Orchestra/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Malcolm Sargent/Rae Jenkins.
7 December 1968: Second Festival of Music and Drama given by the Scout and Guide Association.
12 July 1972: Trinity College of Music Centenary Concert, featuring Proctor as one of a number of conductors, including the first English public performance of Lutoslawski, Livre Pour Orchestre (with notes, biographical notes, photographs and lists of the choral and orchestral ensembles, 3 copies).

- Royal Festival Hall
With the exception of that in 1969 (with the Royal Choral Society), all concerts at this venue featured the Alexandra Choir. Programmes typically contain words and notes and detailed information about the performers (including biographical notes, photographs and lists of the choral and/or orchestral ensembles).
12 June 1951: Elgar, Music Makers/Dyson, Canterbury Pilgrims, with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Proctor (3 copies plus 2 copies of a handbill).
31 December 1951: with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Josef Krips.
24 November 1952: Royal Concert St. Cecilia's Festival, conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent.
1 July 1959: International Celebrity Concert with Eileen Joyce (piano) and the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Walter Susskind.
25 November 1967: Festival of Music and Drama given by the Scout and Guide Association (2 copies).
Tuesday 4 March [1969]: Beethoven, Mass in D with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Wyn Morris.
21 June 1971: Petro Petridis, Saint Paul (first English performance) with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

St. Saviour's Church, Warwick Avenue
9 March 1939 and 2 May 1940: Bach, Mass in B minor/Handel, Messiah, given by the Alexandra Choral Society, conducted by Proctor (with words).

Southwark Cathedral
13 May 1972: Mendelssohn, Elijah given by the Alexandra Choir with the Capriol Orchestra, conducted by Proctor (2 copies).
18 February 1975: Bach, St. Matthew Passion given by the Choir and Orchestra of Trinity College of Music, conducted by Proctor (with a list of the orchestral ensemble).

Stoll Theatre, Kingsway
13 and 20 March and 1 April 1943: Season of Music for the People given by the London Symphony Orchestra with the Alexandra Choir (with Analytical Notes, 2 copies for 1 April).

Miscellaneous London venues
Assembly Rooms, Town Hall, Euston Road: 7 February 1969, Verdi, Requiem, given by the Choir and Orchestra of Trinity College of Music, conducted by Proctor (handbill, two copies).
St. James's Church, Muswell Hill: 29 November 1933, Pre-Advent Festival Service, conducted by Proctor (with words, two copies). This box also includes a prospectus for the Festival of Music given at this venue in October 1934.
St. John's Parish Church, Hoxton: 22 November 1942, Restoration Festival Service featuring the Alexandra Choir (with words).
St. John's Smith Square: 10 November 1974, Alexandra Choir, conducted by Proctor.
St. Olave's Church Hall, Finsbury Park: 27 April 1936, North London Orchestral Society with Miss Mabel Ritchie (vocal), conducted by Proctor (with brief notes and a list of the orchestral ensemble).
St. Paul's Cathedral: 15 July 1947, London Diocesan Missionary Festival.
University Church of Christ the King, Gordon Square: 10 March 1970, Choir and Orchestra of Trinity College of Music, conducted by Proctor.
Waltham Abbey Church: 17 September 1959, Organ Recital by Proctor (programme card).
Wigmore Hall: 1 October 1945, Boyd Neel Orchestra with Lesley Duff (soprano), conducted by Boyd Neel.

2. Provincial venues
St. Albans, Abbey Church of St. Alban: 14 June 1952, Alexandra Choir, conducted by Proctor (with words).
Rye Parish Church: 20 September 1974, Organ Recital by Charles Proctor given as part of the Rye Festival (with programme and biographical notes).
Spalding Parish Church: Monday 3 September [no year], Organ Recital by Charles Proctor (handbill).
Westcliff-on-Sea, Argyll Road Methodist Church: Saturday 26 April [1969] and Saturday 22 May [1971], Alexandra Choir, conducted by Proctor.
Wisbech, St. Peter's Church: 15 May 1946, Mendelssohn, Elijah, conducted by James Fletcher (with a list of the chorus and orchestra).
Date range of collection
1930 - 1975
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Not Specific

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