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Collection of programmes (1829-96)
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A miscellaneous collection of handbills and programmes for performances given at various venues in England between 1829 and 1896, arranged chronologically in a single bound volume. Also, a brochure for a literary evening in Christ Church, New Zealand (1950) and pamphlets and other material relating to theatrical performances.

Items are listed here chronologically.

1. Programmes
26 August 1829, Ware Church: Grand Selection of Sacred Music from the works of Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, etc., given as part of the Ware Festival, led by Franz Cramer and conducted by Mr Luppino (3 copies of a handbill plus a poster). This was a two-part concert, the first part consisting principally of pieces from Haydn, The Creation and the second being a miscellaneous selection of oratorio extracts, including a large number of pieces by Handel. The handbills include a list of the patrons of the Festival and provide the following information regarding the performers: Miss Paton, Miss Palmer, Miss M. Cramer, Mr Braham, Mr Hawes and Mr Phillips (vocal), with a chorus selected from the King's Concert of Ancient Music, assisted by the Young Gentlemen of the Chapel Royal, and the instrumentalists Messrs. Moralt, Nicks, Lindleys, R. Ashley, Daniels, Hill, Card, T. Cooke, Jun., Willman, Mackintosh, Harper, Platt, Mariotti, Chipp.

2 December 1830, Assembly Rooms, Star and Garter, Richmond Hill: Mr Blyth's Concert with Mr Horncastle, Madame Stockhausen, Miss Cramer, Mr Begrez, Mr Terrail and Mr E. Taylor (vocal), led by Franz Cramer and conducted by B. Blyth (handbill with a list of the orchestral ensemble). This was a two-part concert of English and Italian vocal music, with orchestral overtures (by Cherubini and Weber) at the start of each part and concertante items performed by Nicholson (flute) and Lindley (cello).

19 October 1831, St Lawrence Church, Reading/Town Hall, Reading: Berkshire Triennial Musical Festival, morning and evening concerts, with Madame Stockhausen, Miss Cramer, Miss Inverarity, Mr E. Taylor and Mr Braham (vocal), choral singers from the Chapel Royal, Westminster Abbey, St. George's Chapel, Windsor, Oxford and the Female Choristers from Lancashire, Mr Bilson Binfield (organ), led by Franz Cramer and conducted by George Smart (handbill with lists of the Stewards, Patrons and principal instrumental performers). The morning performance was a three-part concert of sacred music, including selections from: Handel, The Messiah; Haydn, The Creation; Spohr, The Last Judgement; and Crotch, Palestine. The evening concert was a two-part miscellaneous performance, primarily vocal, but with orchestral overtures at the beginning of each act and a concertante item in each half.

6 May 1893, Grand Hotel, Colmore Row, Birmingham: Birmingham and Midland Musical Guild Annual Conversazione/two-part concert of vocal and instrumental music by W. S. Bennett, with Miss Nelie Hargreave, Mrs Richardson, Dr C. S. Heap and Henry Taylor (piano), Alexander Humphreys and T. M. Abbott (violin), T. R. Abbott (viola), Joseph Owen (cello), E. Cockerill (double bass) and Mr W. Lee Mathews and Madame Oscar Pollack (vocal), accompanied by William Sewell. The concert was preceded by 'a short paper on the list and works of Sir William Sterndale Bennett', read by Mr A. E. Danie.
18/19 April 1843, Music Hall, Lancaster: Handel, The Messiah (selection), with a miscellaneous act/Public Concert of Vocal and Instrumental Music, with Miss Robinson, Mrs Seymour and Messrs Armstrong, Constantine and Scarisbrick (vocal) (programmes and wordbooks). The latter performance was a two-part vocal concert, with orchestral overtures at the beginning of each part and instrumental solos by Mr Seymour (violin) and Mr Ellwood (cornet a piston).

21 September 1835, Ivanhoe Baths Assembly Rooms, Ashby-de-la-Zouch: Miss Clara Novello, Mr H. Phillips and Miss Fanny Healy (vocal), led by Mr Reinagle and conducted by Mr E. Mammatt (handbill).

25 September 1848, 20 Bedford Street, Covent Garden: Bedford Amateur Glee and Madrigal Society 2nd monthly meeting (handwritten handbill, accompanied by a handwritten statement from the Society, including information regarding subscription to the concerts).

14 April 1859, Town Hall, Leeds: Handel's Centenary Festival, for the Benefit of the Leeds Dispensary, including selections from Messiah, Judas Maccabaeus, Samson and Israel in Egypt, given by Madame Rudersdorff, Miss Helena Walker, Miss Carrodus, Miss Hodgson, Mr Dyson and Mr Santley (vocal) with Mr George Cooper (organ) led by Mr G. Haddock (leader) and conducted by Mr Spark (handbill/poster). The concert featured a band and chorus of 400 performers, selected from the Leeds Madrigal and Motet Society, and the Choral and other Societies of Bradford, Halifax, Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Keighley, Wakefield, Gomersal.

13 November 1866, Hartley Hall: Handel, Samson, given by the Southampton Sacred Harmonic Society with Madame Emma Heymood, Madame Lemmens Sherrington, Mr Wilbye Cooper and Mr Lewis Thomas (vocal), Mr W. Pettit (cello) and Mr T. Harper (trumpet), led by Mr R. Clementi and conducted by Mr Alex Rowland. The band and chorus for this performance numbered 120 performers and drew on players from the London Philharmonic and Sacred Harmonic Society, conducted by Mr Alex Rowland.

14 and 28 February 1867, New Town Hall, Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Mr William Rea's Grand Classical and Popular Concerts, being Handel, The Messiah with Miss Helena Walker, Miss Emmeline Moore, Mr Price and Mr R. Ferry (vocal) (14 February) and Mendelssohn, Elijah with Miss Annie Banks, Miss Jenny Thomson, Miss Annie Penman, Miss Emmeline Moore, Mr J. H. Price, Mr R. Ferry and Mr R. Vinycomb (vocal), led by Thaddeus Well and conducted by William Rae. The front of both programmes provides detailed information regarding the musicians engaged. This includes a detailed list of the instrumental soloists and cites an orchestra selected from Her Majesty’s Theatre, Royal Italian Opera, Covent Garden, the Philharmonic Societies, and the London Popular Concerts.

7 February 1878, Free Trade Hall, Manchester; Mr Charles Hallé’s Grand Concert (20th season), with Mr Santley (vocal) and Mr Charles Hallé (piano), conducted by Mr Charles Hallé (with list of the orchestral ensemble).

8 October 1896, [no venue]: Birmingham Festival Choral Society Jubilee Performance of Mendelssohn, Elijah, with Madame Marie Duma, Madame Belle Cole, Mr Iver McKay, and Mr Ffrangcon-Davies (vocal), with Mr C. W. Perkins (organ), conducted by Dr Swinnerton Heap (wordbook with a list of the orchestral ensemble). The wordbook includes an indication of any alterations made to the work/text since its first performance, and includes the names of the singers at the premiere.

19 May 1856, Town Hall, Birmingham: Selection from Michael Costa, Eli, given by the Concerts for the People (wordbook). This document provides no information regarding the performers but it does include a 'Testimonial to Mr Costa'.

2. Additional material
12 May 1937, Parish of West Horndon: Souvenir Programme for the Coronation Festivities in the Parish of West Horndon, to be held in Cole's Meadow, Station Road. This document includes a list of the Coronation Festivities Committee and an order of events – citing a Concert by Children at 6pm.

21 October 1950, Canterbury College Hall, Christchurch, New Zealand: 'Samuel Butler and the Authoress of the Odyssey' a literary given under the auspices of the Christchurch Classical Association and the Art and Cultural Committee of the Canterbury Centennial Association and including 'A Selection of Samuel Butler's Music: Items from "Ulysses"', performed by Valerie Peppler, Ernest Jenner and Walter Robinson. The programme includes a photograph of Butler and is accompanied by a review of the evening, taken from The Press (26 October 1950).

23 August–13 September 1953, Edinburgh: Seventh International Edinburgh Film Festival (prospectus).

There is also assorted material relating to theatrical performances, including one item relating to the Grand Theatre, Derby (1923) and one from Croatia (1950).
Date range of collection
1829 - 1896
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Not Specific

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