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Collection of programmes (1893-1969)
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A miscellaneous collection of 18 programmes, wordbooks, and handbills relating to musical performances given at various venues in London between 3 December 1893 and 20 March 1969 (with one undated), the majority in honour of Sir Henry Wood, held loosely with 7 items of printed material relating to musical activity of the same period.

The listing below separates concert documentation from printed material, presenting items in chronological order within each section. The one undated item relates to a memorial service for Henry Wood and has thus been included with the items for 1944.

1. Programmes/concert documentation
3 December 1893: The People’s Palace, Mile End Road: Sacred Concert with Smallwood Metcalfe (vocal) (afternoon)/Organ Recital by Mr B. Jackson (evening) (programme and wordbook, containing a large number of advertisements, including some for forthcoming concerts). In addition to vocal solos, the Sacred Concert included some congregational hymns and an anthem performed by the People’s Palace Sunday Afternoon Choir, with Mr J.W. Patmore (tenor).

8 October 1903: Cecilian Hall, 44 Great Marlborough Street, Regent Street: Cecilian, The Perfect Piano Player 36th recital, with Miss Jessie Goldsack (vocal) and Mr Reginald (programme with a brief article on The Cecilian and a handwritten annotation which confirms that the performance was accompanied on that instrument).

30 October 1921: Grafton Galleries, W.1: Royal Philharmonic Society on the occasion of the presentation of the Society’s Gold Medal to Sir Henry J, Wood. This was done by H.R.H. Princess Beatrice with the ceremony presided over by Sir Alexander C. Mackenzie. The concert included Beethoven, Septet (omitting the slow movement) and Mozart, Non più di fiori (La Clemenza di Tito), given by C. Woodhouse, A. Hobday, Purcell Jones, C. Winterbotton, C. Draper, W. James and A. E. Brain (Beethoven), and Anne Thursfield (vocal), accompanied by Daisy Bucktrout (Mozart). It is noted that these works were performed on 19 April 1813 and 24 April 1820 and the original programmes for these concerts are reproduced. This document also includes a list of the patrons and committee of Philharmonic Society, and a list of the instrumentals performing Wagner, Siegfried Idyll, conducted by Henry Wood.

5 October 1938: Langham Hotel: Sir Henry Wood Jubilee Luncheon (Menu Card with a list of the guests).

23 October 1938: May Fair Hotel: Reception given by the Music Club in honour of Sir Henry Wood, 'to congratulate him on his Jubilee and great services to music during the record period of 50 years', including performances from Eva Turner, B. Moiseiwitsch and Szigeti, with Mr Gerald Moore and Mr Endre Petri (piano) (handbill and programme with a list of the committee of the Music Club, chaired by Hamilton Harty).

25 October 1938: Stationer’s Hall: music performed during a dinner of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, given by Olive Zorian (violin), Denis Matthews (piano), Vera Healy (contralto), Margaret Hewitt (soprano), Alfred Hepworth (tenor) and Roderick Jones (baritone), all of the Royal Academy of Music (programme and wordbook including a list of officers of the Company, ‘A Short Account of the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ and a list of the Company’s previous medal winners). Held within the programme is a Plan of the Tables, with an alphabetical list of the attendees.

20 June 1942: Empress Hall: Demonstration and Pageant given to mark the first anniversary of the British-Soviet Alliance, organized by the Joint Committee for Soviet Aid, The National Council for British-Soviet Unity, and the Russia To-day Society, including music by the Band of His Majesty’s Coldstream Guards and a Pageant entitled ‘An Agreement of the Peoples’, accompanied by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by John Barbirolli and Alan Bush.

24 March 1944: Savoy Hotel: Tribute to Sir Henry J. Wood in Honour of his 75th Anniversary and the 50th Year of the Promenade Concerts/dinner given by the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund (chaired by Frank Howes) including fanfares by Walford Davies, Ethel Smyth, A. Bliss (composed for the occasion) and Arnold Bax, performed by the Trumpeters from the Royal Military School of Music, directed by M. Roberts (Menu Card including a list of the Societies with representatives at the dinner).

25 March 1944: Royal Albert Hall: Grand Concert given as a tribute to Sir Henry J. Wood, in celebration of his seventy-fifth birthday, promoted and sponsored by the Daily Telegraphy and featuring the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, with Solomon (piano), conducted by Sir Henry J. Wood, Sir Adrian Boult, Basil Cameron and Malcolm Sargent (programme with photographs of the conductors and soloists and ‘An Appreciation’ written by F. Bonavia (musical critic of the Daily Telegraph)).

1 June 1944 [no venue]: Clifford Curzon (piano) and the Griller Quartet (Sidney Griller, Jack O’Brien, Philip Burton and Colin Hampton). This document is titled, ‘With Greetings from the students of the Royal Academy of Music to Sir Henry J. Wood, in the year of his 75th birthday and the jubilee of the promenade concerts’ (handbill).

[no date/1944?]: Memorial service in honour of Henry Wood, during which a stained glass window was dedicated to him, including a performance of ‘Where Does the Uttered Music Go?’, written by John Masefield (Poet Laureate) and set to music by William Walton, given by BBC Chorus, directed by Leslie Woodgate (Order of Service including a list of all the performing ensembles). The service also involved a symphony orchestra drawn from the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Basil Cameron, with Dr. G.D. Cunningham (organ) and the choirs of St. Paul’s Cathedral (directed by Dr John Dykes Bower) and Westminster Abbey (directed by Dr William McKie).

4 March [1945]: Royal Albert Hall: Henry Wood Memorial Concert, sponsored by the Daily Telegraph and featuring the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Basil Cameron, John Barbirolli and Sir Adrian Boult, including the first performance of William Walton, Memorial Fanfare (with 'An Appeal', on behalf of the Henry Wood National Memorial Fund).

22 November 1947: Royal Albert Hall: St Cecilia’s Day Festival Concert, being a two-part concert of music by English composers sponsored by the Daily Herald and given in aid of the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund, including the first performance of Finzi, An Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day (programme and wordbook with photographs of certain of the composers and soloists and a list of the organizing committee). The concert was given by BBC Symphony Orchestra (led by Paul Beard and conducted by Sir Adrian Boult), the Trumpeters of the Royal Military School (conducted by Captain M. Roberts) and the Luton Choral Society (conducted by Arthur E. Davies), with Ada Alsop, René Soames and Harold Williams (vocal) and Dr G.D. Cunningham (organ)

22 November 1947 and 22 November 1950: Church of St. Sepulchre, Holborn Viaduct: St. Cecilia’s Day Festivals, given by Dr William McKie and Dr G. Thalben-Ball (organ) and conducted by Dr J. Dykes Bower, with choristers from the Chapel Royal, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and, in 1950, St. George’s Chapel, Windsor (Orders of Service including an article by Dermot Morrah entitled ‘In Praise of St. Cecilia’). The service in 1947 included Vaughan Williams, Anthem ‘The voice out of the whirlwind’ (specially composed for this Festival Service) whilst the programme for 1950 carries a menu card for the St. Cecilia’s Day Festival Lunch organized by the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund.

24 July 1967: Royal Albert Hall: Henry Wood Promenade Concerts (73rd season), including Schubert, Octet and Britten, The Burning Fiery Furnace, with Kenneth MacDonald and Robert Tear (tenor), Bryan Drake and Benjamin Luxon (baritone), Peter Leeming (bass-baritone), Stafford Dean (bass), the English Opera Group Chorus, Emanuel Hurwitz (violin), Ivor McMahon (violin), Cecil Aronowitz (viola), William Pleeth (cello), Adrian Beers and Keith Marjoram (double-bass), Richard Adeney (flute), Jack Brymer (clarinet), William Waterhouse (bassoon), Neill Sanders (horn), Roger Brenner (trombone), James Blades (percussion), Brian Wilson (harp) and Philip Ledger (organ) (programme and wordbook with historical and descriptive programme notes (by Alan Blyth), some biographical notes on the performers (by Frank Granville Barker), and advertisements and lists for forthcoming Proms performances).

3 March 1969: Royal Albert Hall: Henry Wood Centenary Concert/Verdi, Requiem given by the Henry Wood Concert Society in association with the Henry Wood National Memorial Trust, with Anne Evans, Oriel Sutherland, Stuart Kale and Brian Rayner Cook (vocal) and a choir and orchestra from the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Trinity College of Music, conducted by John Barbirolli (programme and wordbook, with historical and descriptive notes by Martin Cooper, lists of the choral and orchestral ensembles, a list of the trustees of the Henry Wood Concert Society (est.1946) and Henry Wood National Memorial Trust, photographs of Her Majesty the Queen, Henry Wood and John Barbirolli and a ‘Tribute’ to Wood, written by Arthur Bliss).

20 March 1969: Church of the Holy Sepulchre, London: Thanksgiving Service to mark the Henry Wood Centenary, including an address given by Sir Adrian Boult, with music by the Friends of the Musicians’ Chapel, the Henry Wood Proms Circle, and members of the Alexandra Choir, conducted by Charles Proctor, with Dr Harold Darke (organ) (Order of Service).

2. Literary material
- Biographical leaflet regarding Sir Henry Wood, including an Extract from Who’s Who for 1926 and an article by Edwin Evans entitled ‘The Promenade Concerts’, held with a further copy of the Who’s Who extract from 1926.
- Brochures for three lectures, two relating to the Schubert Centenary of 1928 and one to the Liszt Commemoration of 1936, produced by the Columbia Graphophone Company Limited, London. These were intended for educational purposes and include information regarding the acquisition and insertion of relevant recordings. Both documents contain a list of the Schubert Centenary Advisory Bodies and a Foreward outlining the complete series of lectures. The lectures on Schubert are entitled ‘Events which influenced Schubert’s work’ (by J.T. Bavin) and ‘The Romance of Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony (including Schubert’s Sketches for the Third Movement)’.
- Bulletin of the Corps of Honorary Stewards of the Royal Albert Hall (September 1944). This was published at the time of the re-opening of the Hall but includes a tribute to Henry Wood by Adrian Boult, as well as a number of other articles.
- Voks Bulletin No.6, 1944, published by the USSR Society for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries.
Date range of collection
1893 - 1969
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