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Collection Title
Collection of programmes: Alexandra Palace (1873-78)
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7901.aa.44.
Description
A collection of prospectuses, programmes and wordbooks relating to performances given at the Alexandra Palace, London, between 1873 and 1877 – including material relating to the Saturday Popular Concerts – arranged chronologically in a bound volume with prospectuses for the New York Musical Congress (1854, Crystal Palace) and Monsieur Rivière’s Grand Vocal and Instrumental Promenade Concerts (1878, Theatre Royal, Covent Garden) and programmes and wordbooks for four miscellaneous concerts given at various London venues (3 undated and one in 1877).

1. Alexandra Palace
Unless otherwise stated below, these documents outline a day-long programme of entertainments, given between 12 noon and 8pm. In addition to the concerts listed below (for which the programmes either include the words or come with a separate wordbook), each of these events included organ recitals by Frederic Archer (generally two or three performances spread over the day) and concerts given by various military bands. From July 1875, the military band concerts were given solely by the Company's Military Band. The ensembles appearing prior to that point are listed below, with the conductors, where known, given in parenthesis. There were also numerous theatrical/dramatic presentations which are not detailed here.

Unless otherwise stated below, the concerts were accompanied by Frederic Archer (piano/organ) and conducted by Henry Weist Hill. The programmes for performances referred to as the Saturday Popular Concerts all carry historical and analytical notes, with musical examples, by ‘J.B.’ [Joseph Bennett].

The venue for the concerts, where known, is listed below. It can be assumed that the organ recitals took place in the Centre Transept. Certain of the military band performances took place in the Central Hall but the majority was held in various open-air parts of the Palace, notably The Grove.

[no date]: Saturday Popular Concert and celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.
3pm: Mademoiselle Annetta Zuliani, the sisters Badia and Mr Edward Lloyd (vocal).
7pm, Central Hall: Madame Osborne Williams and Mr Wilford Morgan (vocal).
Both of these events were described as Grand Vocal and Instrumental Concerts and featured Mr Howard Reynolds (cornet) and Mr R.H. Stratford (harp). The second also included the military bands of the Alexandra Palace, the 1st Middlesex Engineers and the 9th Kent Artillery (conducted by Mr Robert Wheatley) and the Alexandra Palace Festival Choir. A second copy of this document is bound later in the volume.

[no date]
4pm, Concert Room: Grand Ballad and Instrumental Concert, with Madame Lemmens-Sherrington, Madame Patey, Mr Vernon Rigby and Signor Foli (vocal) and Signor Genaro Bisaccia (piano).
7.30pm, Central Hall: Grand Concert by the bands of the Grenadier Guards (Dan Godfrey), Coldstream Guards (Fred Godfrey) and Royal Artillery (Mr J. Smythe), with the Company’s Military Band (Robert Wheatley) and the Alexandra Palace Choir.
Military band performances: London Irish Rifles and 1st Middlesex Engineers, with the Drums and Fifes of the 1st Battalion Scots Fusilier Guards.
There was also a performance entitled The Alleghanians, Vocalists and Bell Players, given at 2.30pm in the Central Hall by Miss Carrie Hiffert (alto), Miss Rosa Lindsay (soprano), Mr Walter Field (buffo) and Mr J.M. Boulard (basso). A second copy of this document is bound later in the volume.

1873–74: Programme of Arrangements for the Opening Season
This document begins with a list of Directors and Staff of the Company and carries a detailed description of the Palace grounds, the organ (located in the Centre Transept), the orchestra (including a list of players) and of the various musical arrangements. There is also a Special Announcement for the Opening Festival, to be given on 24 May 1873, and to include (at 3pm) a Grand Vocal and Instrumental Concert in the Centre Transept with Mademoiselle Titiens, Mademoiselle Natalie Carola, Madame Trebelli-Bettini, Signor Campnini, Signor Borella and Signor Agnesi, directed by Sir Michael Costa. There is further information (including a list of the singers engaged) regarding a series of 6 Italian Opera Concerts (29 May, 12, 19 and 26 June and 10 and 17 July) and two Ballad Concerts (3 and 26 June, directed by J. Boosey).

11 December 1875:
Handel, Ester, with Madamoiselle Enriquez, Madame Blanche Cole, Mr Howells, Mr Vernon Rigby and Mr Wadmore (vocal) (handbill).

1876-77: Prospectus/Programme of Arrangements
As above, this document begins with a list of Directors and Staff and continues with an extended statement on Music: this includes reviews of the entertainments given in previous seasons, with lists of the works performed at the Saturday Popular Concerts, lists of the performers at the Summer Evening Promenade Concerts, and the claim that ‘some of the more important Musical Performances have been conducted by Sir Julius Benedict, Signor Vianesi and Bevignani’. There is also an advertisement (no programme) for a Grand Concert, to be given on the opening day of the season, by Madame Lemmens-Sherrington, Madame Patey, Signor Foli, Mr Edward Lloyd and Mademoiselle Marie Krebs, with the entire band of the Grenadier Guards.

29 July 1876: Balfe Memorial Festival
3pm, Central Hall: Grand Concert, by Madame Christine Nilsson, Madame Rose Hersee, Madame Marie Roze, Mademoiselle Enriquez, Mr Maybrick and Mr Edward Lloyd (vocal), with the Alexandra Palace Choir, conducted by Sir Michael Costa, including the first performance of M.W. Balfe, Overture (MS.) (Il Talismano).
Military band performances: Grenadier Guards and Coldstream Guards.
This document begins with an introductory statement by G.A. Macfarren.

[no date]: Mr Henry Distin’s Festival
3pm, Central Hall: Grand Concert, with Madame Edith Wynne, Madame Liebhart, Miss Josephine Pulham, Miss Bessie Stroud, Miss Emily Dones, Miss Kate Wild, Mr Vernon Rigby, Mr G.T. Carter, Mr A. Lester, Mr Selwyn Graham, Mr Henry Guy, Mr Theodore Distin and Mr Chaplin Henry (vocal) and the Orpheus Glee Union. Also, Miss Alice Sydney Burvett (piano), Monsieur Bonnisseau (flageolet), Mr J. Harington Young (piccolo), Mr S. Hughes (ophicleide), Mr Thomas Harper (trumpet), Mr J. Harvey (trombone), Mr H. Distin, Mr F. Macgrath and Mr S. Hughes, accompanied by Mr W. Ganz, Mr Michael Watson and Mr Frederic Archer.
Military band performances: 8th Hussars, 6th (Mr Manfelsdorp),10th (T. Rubel), 16th, 48th and 106th Regiment (Mr H. Newstead), 5th Royal Irish Lancers (Mr Fraying), London Scottish R.B. (Louis Beck), 9th Middlesex Rifles (W.B. Froggitt) and Coldstream Guards (Fred Godfrey).

[no date] Saturday Popular Concert
3.15pm, Concert Room: Mademoiselle Enriquez, Madame Schor-Robiati and Mr Edward Lloyd (vocal) with Mademoiselle Marie Krebs (piano), including the first performances of J. Halberstadt, Gavotte for Strings; J. Waterson, Overture, ‘Lucie Manette’ and Madame Sainton-Dolby, New Song, ‘Duty Done’. Also, the first English performance of Louis Maurer, Symphony in F minor.
Military band performances: Company’s Military Band (Mr Robert Wheatley).

25 October 1875: Fete in Commemoration of the Balaklava Charge
Dinner/Banquet: with music from Miss Ellen Horne, Miss Emily Mott, Mr Wilford Morgan and Mr William Dalton (vocal) and a select choir.
7pm, Great Central Hall: Grand Military Concert, with the entire bands of the Grenadier Guards, Coldstream Guards, 8th Hussars, the Pipers of the 2nd Battalion of Scots Fusilier Guards and the pipers of the 93rd Highlanders, with the Company’s Military Band and Festival Choir.
This document, a second copy of which is bound later in the volume, begins with an essay entitled ‘Commemoration of Balaklava Charge’, written by Dr. Russell (War Correspondent, The Times).

[no date]
1.45pm, Concert Room: Vocal and Instrumental Concert, with the Company’s Orchestral Band and Madame Edith Wynne and Mr Pearson (vocal), Mr S. Hughes (ophicleide), Mr H. Snelling (clarinet) and Mr Macgrath (cornet).
4pm, Concert Room: Comic Concert and miscellaneous entertainment, by Mr Henri Clarke, Miss Milly Howard, Jolly John Nash and Mr F. Jonghmann (vocal).
6.30pm: Jullien’s British Army Quadrilles, with the Band of the Grenadier Guards (Dan Godfrey), Coldstream Guards (Fred Godfrey), the Company’s Military Band, Pipers of the Scots Fusilier Guards and the Drums and Fifes of the Scots Fusilier Guards, conducted by Mr Dan Godfrey.
8pm, Central Hall: Concert by the Combined Military Bands and the Alexandra Palace Choir, with Miss Alice Sugden (vocal).
Military band performances: 1st Middlesex Engineers (Mr Wheatley) and the 3rd Middlesex Rifles.

17 May 1875: Great National Holiday Festival
2.30pm, Great Central Hall: Grand Concert, with Miss Edith Wynne, Madame Antoinette Sterling, Mr Sims Reeves, Mr Edward Lloyd and Mr Santley (vocal), Mr Sidney Naylor (piano), the orchestra of the Alexandra Palace and the Bands of the Coldstream, Grenadier (Dan Godfrey) and Scots Fusilier Guards (H.P. Clarke), with Julius Benedict (additional conductor).
Military band performances: Company’s Military Band and 1st Middlesex Engineers (Robert Wheatley).
The entertainments also included the performance of a new opera by Louis Diehl entitled 'The Elfin Tree' (given by Miss Julia Gaylord, Miss Annie Goodall, Mr Aynsley Cook and Mr Henry Nordblom at 12.30pm in the Great Theatre) and Messrs George Grossmith's Humorous and Musical Entertainment (1.30pm, Small Concert Room).

[no date]: Eighth Saturday Popular Concerts
3.15pm, Concert Room: Miss Emily Mott, Miss Blanche Lucas, Mr Valentine Fabrini and Mr Lewis Thomas (vocal), with Monsieur Libotton (cello).

[no date]: Bank Holiday Fete
3pm, Concert Room: Grand Popular Concert, with Madame Blanche Cole, Mademoiselle Enriquez, Signor Brignoli and Signor Foli (vocal) and the Alexandra Palace Choir.
6.30pm, Grand Central Hall: Concert by the combined military bands and a chorus of 500 performers.
Military band performances: 1st Middlesex Engineers, Company’s Military Band, the band of the Garde Republicaine of Paris, Royal Horse Guards Blue, Royal Artillery, and Scots Fusilier Guards.

13 November 1875: Third Saturday Popular Concert
Madame Sinico-Campobello and Mr Maybrick (vocal) and Monsieur P. Sainton (violin), including the first performances of Hamilton Clarke, Gavotte for Strings and Suppé, Overture, ‘Leichte Cavallerie’. Also, the first English performance of C. Saint-Saens, Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso.

18 December 1875: Eighth Saturday Popular Concert
Miss Annie Williams and Mr Nelson Varley (vocal) with Miss Agnes Zimmermann (piano).
Military band performances: Company’s Military Band.

[no date]: Sixth Saturday Popular Concert
3.15pm, Concert Room: Madame Edith Wynne, Miss Amy Gill, Mr Courtney and Signor Monari-Rocca (vocal) with Mademoiselle Krebs (piano) and the Alexandra Palace Choir. A second copy of this document is bound later in the volume.

A Short Commentary for the use of audiences on Handel’s Oratorio, ‘The Messiah’ (with the full text of the words) by John Crowdy. This document, a second copy of which is bound later in the volume, includes historical and analytical notes, with musical examples.

[1 April 1876]: Seventh Saturday Popular Concert
3pm, Concert Room: Handel, Susanna, with Miss Anna Williams, Miss Marie Arthur, Miss Julia Elton, Mr W. Shakespeare, Mr C. Tinney and Signor Foli (vocal) and the Alexandra Palace Choir. This document includes a note on Susanna, which it is claimed is being performed for the ‘first time this century’, by Henry Weist Hill.
The entertainments also included Mr Howard Paul's Concert and Entertainment. This took place at 6pm in the New Lecture Room and consisted of eighteen songs and impersonations in costume.

14 April 1876: Sacred Musical Festival
3.30pm, Central Hall: Mr Sims Reeves, Mr Maybrick, Signor Garcia and Mr Vernon Rigby, Madame Edith Wynne, Madame Osgood and Madame Antoinette Sterling (vocal), with Mr Howard Reynolds (cornet), the bands of the Coldstream, Grenadier, and 2nd Life Guards, the Company’s Military Band, a Band of Harps, and the Festival Chorus. This included the first performance of Alberto Randegger, 150th Psalm, ‘Praise ye the Lord’, conducted by the composer.
6.30, Concert Room: Concert of Sacred Music, with the Welsh Choral Union, Band of Harps, Organ, etc. Also, Madame Edith Wynne, Madame Marie Arthur, Miss M. Jane Williams, Mr W.A. Howells, Mr Egbert Roberts and Mr A.P. Herbert (vocal), with Mr T.S. Puddicombe (piano) and Mr F.G. Edwards (organ), conducted by Mr John Thomas.
Military band performances: 1st Middlesex Engineers (Mr Wheatley).

[no date]:Third Saturday Popular Concert
3pm, Concert Room: Miss Ellen Horne, Miss Helene Armin, Mr J.L. Wadmore and Mr Vernon Rigby (vocal), with Madame Viard Louis (piano) and Mr Howard Reynolds (cornet), including the first performances of Niels Gade, Concert-Piece, ‘Spring Fantasia’ for four voices, pianoforte and orchestra and H.C. Banister, Overture, ‘From Sorrow to Joy’. The latter was composed expressly for these concerts and conducted by the composer.

8 July 1875: Fourth Italian Opera Concert
3pm, Great Central Hall: Madame Adelina Patti, Mademoiselle Scalchi, Madame Vilda, Mademoiselle Proch, Mademoiselle Smeroschi, Signor Nicolini, Monsieur Maurel, Signor Bagagiolo and Signor Ciampi (vocal), with the chorus of the Royal Italian Opera, conducted by Sir Julius Benedict, Signor Bevignani and Mr H. Weist Hill.

18 December 1875: Eighth Saturday Popular Concert
3.15pm, Concert Room: Miss Annie Williams and Mr Nelson Varley (vocal), with Miss Agnes Zimmermann (piano).

30 October 1875: First Saturday Popular Concert
3.15pm, Concert Room: Madame Lemmens-Sherrington, Miss Marion Severn, Mr Henry Guy and Signor Rocca (vocal), including Rossini, Stabat Mater.

[no date]: Second Saturday Popular Concert
3.15pm Concert Room: Handel, Esther, with Madame Nouver, Mademoiselle Enriquez, Mr Wadmore, Mr Howells and Mr Vernon Rigby (vocal).

[no date]: National Welsh Concert
1pm, Central Hall: Sacred Music, Choruses, and Part Songs, selected from the works of Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Bishop, Cook and Arthur Sullivan, given by the Company’s Military Band.
4pm: Concert of Sacred Music, with Miss C. Brama, Miss Blanche Lucas, Mr G. Griffith and Mr C.E. Tinney (vocal).
6.30pm, Central Hall: National Welsh Concert, by the Welsh Choral Union, Band of Harps etc. with Miss Mary Davies, Miss Marian Williams, Miss Lizzie Evans, Miss Martha Harries, Miss M. Jane Williams, Mr W.A. Howells and Mr A. P. Herbert, and Mr T.S. Puddicombe (at the piano), conducted by Mr John Thomas.

[no date]: Italian Opera Concert
[3pm]: Signor Catalani, Mademoiselle Louise Singelli, Mademoiselle Pernini, Madame Trebelli-Bettini, Signor Fancelli and Signor Rota (vocal). This document is badly torn and much of the title page is missing.

15 May 1875: Second Saturday Popular Concert
3pm, Concert Room: G.A. Macfarren, May Day (cantata) and miscellaneous act, given by Miss Rose Hersee and Signor Campobello (vocal) with Herr Wilhelmj (violin). The programme for this date also included Messrs George Grossmith’s Musical and Humorous Entertainment.


2. Prospectuses
15-17 June 1854, Crystal Palace: New York Musical Congress.
In addition to programmes and wordbooks for the three performances, this document provides detailed information regarding the orchestral and choral ensembles engaged, a large number of which are American. There is also a list of the principal solo artists and an indication that the performances were led by Mr Henry Weist Hill, Herr Kreutzer, Herr Edward Mollenhauer and Mr G.F. Bristow, conducted by Herr Bergman, Monsieur Meignen, Mr H.B. Dowdworth, Mr W.L. Bloomfield and Mr William Vincent Wallace, under the general direction of Monsieur Jullien.

5 October 1878, Theatre Royal, Covent Garden
Monsieur Rivière’s Grand Vocal and Instrumental Promenade Concerts, to be given for 5 weeks from 5 October. This document provides detailed information regarding the solo and ensemble performers engaged, the types of concerts to be given on each day, and the specific repertory to be included.


3. Miscellaneous Concerts
[no date]: Madame Sainton-Dolby’s Morning Ballad Concert, being a two-part concert of predominantly English vocal music, including the first performance of V. Gabriel, ‘Only at home’, with Misses Wells, Miss Louise Pyne, Miss Elizabeth Philp, Miss Edith Wynne, Mademoiselle Liebhart, Madame Emmeline Cole, Madame Sainton-Dolby, Madame Sherrington, Madame Maria Vilda, Monsieur de Fontanier, Mr W.H. Cummings, Mr Chaplin Henry, Mr Montem Smith and Mr Winn (vocal), Monsieur Sainton (violin), Signor Bottesini (double bass) and Arabella Goddard (piano) (programme and wordbook).

[no date]: two-part vocal concert, with orchestral overtures at the start of each part, given by Madame Clara Suter, Miss Enriquez, Mr Vernon Rigby, Mademoiselle Natalie Carola and Mr Santley (vocal) (programme with words).

[undated]: two-part concert given by Miss Ada Jackson and Mr Lawford Huhtable (vocal), including works by W. Sterndale Bennett, W.V. Wallace, Boccherini, Gounod and Nicolai described as being ‘performed for the first time in Bristol’ (annotated programme including some extended historical and descriptive notes).

29 May 1877, Langham Hall, Great Portland Street: Mademoiselle Alice Roselli’s Annual Grand Evening Concert, being a two-part concert of solo and ensemble music by English and Italian composers, given by Mademoiselle Jose Sherrington, Miss Adela Vernon, Mademoiselle Alice Roselli, Miss van Senden and Madame Enriquez, Mr Cummings, Mr Leigh Faulkner, Mr Thurley Beale and Signor Monari Rocca (vocal), with Herr Theodore Liebe (cello), conducted by Mr Alberto Visetti and Mr Alfred Noyer (programme with words).
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1873 - 1878
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