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Collection of programmes (1933-75)
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A miscellaneous collection of 34 programmes/wordbooks, relating to concerts given at various venues in the United Kingdom – the majority in London – between 1933 and 1975 (with three undated items), held loosely and listed here be venue.

The collection also includes a programme (with historical notes) for a Symphony Concert for Allied Military Forces, given by the North West German Radio Symphony Orchestra (with Ferdinand Danyi (cello), conducted by Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt) on 24 February 1946 in the Concert Hall of Broadcasting House in Hamburg.

1. London venues
- Aeolian Hall
10 and 16 December 1937 and 27 January 1938: Concerts of Chamber Music by Ernest Bloch, presented by the Ernest Bloch Society to mark its foundation in December 1937 (prospectus with programmes, including historical and analytical notes with musical examples by Alex Cohen, information regarding the committee and members of the Ernest Bloch Society and a photograph of Bloch). Held with the prospectus is a separate handbill for concert no.3, which contains reproductions of 'Press Opinions' of the works included therein. All performances featured Max Rostal (violin) and the Griller String Quartet (Sydney Griller, Jack O'Brien, Philip Burton and Colin Hampton). Additional performers included the pianists Franz Osborn, Louis Kentner and Solomon and the cellists Nikolai Graudan and Sela Trau. The second of these concerts was given at the Grotrian Hall

- Alexandra Palace: Great Hall
23 June 1974: Greater London Council Parks Department concert given by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Daryl Greene, the Chelsea Opera Group, Putney Bach Choir, Richmond Choral Society and the Royal Choral Society, led by Erich Gruenberg and conducted by Norman del Mar (with historical and analytical notes by Tim McDonald, biographical notes and a photograph of the conductor).

- Australia House: Main Hall
25 June 1974: Strand Ensemble Inaugural Concert, presented by the Australian Musical Association, featuring Margaret Field, Charles Little, Jack McKenzie and Eva Karczag (vocal) and including the world premiere of Haydn Reeder, Time Limits, conducted by Geoffrey Simon (with historical and descriptive notes and a list of the Strand Ensemble). Held with the programme is some printed correspondence, including a signed letter from Geoffrey Simon to the music critic of the Sunday Telegraph inviting him to concert. This letter states that 'our aim is to combine Australian with standard musical literature in a balanced, varied and professional programme framework'.

- Brompton Oratory
6 November 1972: Schütz Tercentenary Concert, given by Jill Gomez, Felicity Palmer, Sarah Walker, James Bowman, Peter Pears, Robert Tear, Benjamin Luxon, Richard Angas, Doreen Price, Jessica Cash, Linda Hirst, Peter Hall, Gloria Jennings and Paul Taylor (vocal) and the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, with continuo players Rowena Ramsell and Jonathan Williams (cello), John Honeyman and Ian Hall (bass), Robert Spencer and Julian Crème (chitarrones) and Charles Spinks and Jonathan Hiden (organ), conducted by Roger Norrington (with wordbook, brief historical notes by Derek McCullogh and notes on Schütz by Roger Norrington).

- Camden Town Hall
26 February 1974: Paul Hindemith, Mathis der Maler give by the Chelsea Opera Group Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Roderick Brydon (brochure with lists of the vocal soloists and of the orchestral ensemble, a plot synopsis and an Introduction by Hindemith). This document was also used for performances on 17 and 24 February at the Guildhall, Cambridge and Town Hall, Oxford.

- Grotrian Hall
29 November 1935: 'last recital before their American tour', given by the London Madrigal Group (Nellie White, Grace Thompson, Joyce Gayford, Gwendoline Washbourne, William Mace, Frank Keyte and Walter Ivimey), conducted by T. B. Lawrence, including 'a group of less familiar madrigals by Thomas Tomkins' (with wordbook, including a large number of handwritten annotations). Held with this document is a separate handbill for the performance (which includes reproductions of a small number of press observations on the choir) and a press cutting dated 13/11/35 (which reviews a concert given by the Fleet Street Choir at the Wigmore Hall).
17 May 1938: Songs and Piano Music of Swedish Composers, presented by Graham Carritt with Rose Morse (vocal) as the eighth programme of twentieth-century music, with introduction and commentary (programme/handbill including reproductions of press criticism).

- Holy Trinity Church, Prince Consort Road
6 April 1973: Heinrich Schütz: his Teachers and Pupils given by Collegium Sagittarii (directed by Derek McCulloch) as part of the Annual Conference of the Royal Musical Association (with wordbook, historical notes and a list of the ensemble). This document was also used for a performance given on 29 March 1973 in the Great Hall of the University of Surrey.

- Hyde Park Chapel, Exhibition Road
4–28 May 1961: material relating to the twice-daily organ recitals given by Alexander Schreiner (organist of The Tabernacle Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah), to mark the opening of the new organ. Included in this dossier is extensive publicity material on Schreiner (with biographical notes, photographs and press reviews), information regarding the organ (including photographs and a leaflet detailing the complete specifications), and a copy of an article by Schreiner entitled 'The Organist as Composer', reproduced from Music Journal New York (April 1961). Also, a signed letter from Anthony Middleton (on behalf of Earl Minderman) regarding these performances, on the back of which (and continued on the reverse of a further document) is a hand-written report of the first recital, with comments on both the playing and the instrument.

- Institute of Contemporary Arts
3, 4, 5, 8, 9 and 11 January 1974: Open Rehearsal Series of 20th-Century Music, presented by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (led by Erich Gruenberg) in association with the Legal and General Assurance Society Ltd, Johnson Wax Arts Foundation and the Society for the Promotion of New Music, introduced by David Simmons. The conductors for these rehearsals were Antony Hopkins, Elgar Howarth (nos.2 and 6), Guy Woolfenden, David Measham and Owain Arwel Hughes. This document includes a note on the Royal Philharmonic Society.

- John Lewis: Auditorium
Both concerts are presented by the John Lewis Partnership Music Society, conducted by James Robertson and both documents include a list of the cast and crew and information about previous productions).
18–21 April 1961: Offenbach, La Perichole, with the Chelsea Opera Group Orchestra (led by Carl Pini) (with plot synopsis).
30 April and 1, 2 and 4 May 1973: Lortzing, Undine, with the London Senior Orchestra (led by Howard Marshall), produced by Dennis Maunder (with a brief historical note signed 'R.M.B.').

- Morley College: New Studio Theatre
21, 22 and 25 March [1974]: concert given to mark the opening of the Studio Theatre at Morley College, presented by the Morley Music-Theatre Group and Morley Musica Viva Ensemble, consisting of 'music-theatre works by composers associated with Morley', including the first performance of Roger North, Agony of Kings (with wordbook, historical and descriptive notes and a list of performers).

- Old Vic, Waterloo Road
22–27 May 1939: Ballets Jooss, directed by Kurt Jooss (prospectus and programmes).

- Regent's Park, Open Air Theatre
6 June 1961: Massed Bands of the Brigade of Guards, presented by the Martini International Club and conducted by Colin Davis, Lt Col. D. A. Pope and Major C. H. Jaegger (with historical and descriptive notes by John Warrack).

- Round House, Chalk Farm
2 March 1973: first performance of Eddie Prévost, Spirals (for large ensemble), directed by the composer and given by Music Now, with assistance from the Greater London Arts Association (with detailed lists of the performers, brief programme notes and biographical notes).
'Music Now is a concert society and a recognised educational charity, founded in 1968 to meet the need for an organisation committed to introducing new developments in music to British audiences'.
10 December 1972 and 18 February 1973: Music by Sylvano Bussotti/Boulez, Piano Sonatas nos. 1-3 presented by the London Music Digest, given by Roger Woodward, Richard Bernas, Richard Toop, Anne Boyd and Stephen Roberts (1972) and Roger Wood and Jerzy Romaniuk (loose sheets including historical, analytical and biographical notes, musical examples and photographs). The collection also includes press cuttings containing reviews of these performances.

- St. Andrew's Holborn
10 March 1975: Concert of Music by Richard Strauss, including the first London performance of Der Abend (op. 34/1) and Hymne (op.34/2), given by the Schütz Choir of London, conducted by Roger Norrington, with Jessica Cash, Jean Temperley, Wynford Evans and Stephen Varcoe (vocal) and the Amphion String Quartet (Adrian Levine, Catherine Weiss, Stephen Tees and Michael Hurwitz) with Roger Chase (viola) and Roger Smith (cello) (with wordbook, brief historical notes and a list of the choral ensemble). Held with this item is a flyer and press statement for the concert.

- St. James's Church, Piccadilly
19 November 1957: Schubert Society of Great Britain Inaugural Concert, given by Pauline Brockless (soprano), Gordon Honey (baritone) and Bruce Hylton Stewart (organ), with the Goldsmith's Choir (directed by Brian Brockless) and a section of the London Philharmonic Orchestra (led by Henry Datyner), conducted by Basil Cameron (with historical and descriptive notes, biographical notes, lists of the committee members of the Schubert Society and numerous advertisements). Held with the programme is a ticket for the performance.

- St. James's Theatre
[no date]: Ferrucio Busoni, Turandot, Princess of China (with historical and analytical notes, including musical examples, by F. Gilbert Webb).

- St. John the Evangelist, Red Lion Square
16 June 1933: Recital of Unaccompanied Choral Music, given by members of the Institute of Education Musical Society, with Edward Davis (organ), conducted by C. Thornton Lofthouse (programme/handbill).

- [St. Pancras]
12 and 13 May 1961: Rossini, Otello, given by the Philopera Circle, given in association with the St. Pancras Public Libraries Committee and with the support of the Arts Council of Great Britain by Richard Gandy, Leonard McKay, Frederick Westcott, Jack Irons, Noel Noble, Pauline Tinsley, Laura Sarti, Edward Martin and Alfred Harris (vocal), with the Philopera Circle Orchestra (led by James McCleod) and conducted by Franz Manton (with brief historical notes and a plot synopsis, the latter supplemented by extensive handwritten annotations).

- Victoria and Albert Museum
13 May 1975: French Baroque repertory, given by Kenneth Gilbert (harpsichord) and Jordi Savell (viola da gamba) (with a note on the instruments). Held with this document is a programme (undated and without any indication of venue) for a further recital (music by Couperin and J.S. Bach) by Kenneth Gilbert.

- Multiple venues
15 and 16 March, 4 and 5 June, and 6 and 7 July 1973: Opera Viva Workshop, conducted and directed by Leslie Head (handbill), being: Britten, Albert Herring (15/16 March 1973, Curtain Theatre, Commercial Street; Mozart, Marriage of Figaro (4 and 5 June 1973, Lambeth Town Hall); and Cavalli, La Calisto (first London stages performances, 6/7 July 1973, St. John's Smith Square).

- [unknown venue]
12 and 13 December 1975: Francesco Cavalli, Giasone (1649) (first English performance), given by Opera Viva Workshop, conducted by Leslie Head, in association with the Greater London Arts Association, Greater London Council and Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust (with a list of the cast, a list of the orchestral ensemble, a plot synopsis and brief historical notes on Opera Viva, claiming that it aimed 'to provide both a platform and experience, musically and dramatically for young singers preparing themselves for the profession or furthering the experience of those already with some experience behind them').

2. Provincial venues
- Birmingham Cathedral
Prospectus with programmes for three performances given by the Birmingham Bach Society Choir, which was 'formed for the purpose of giving performances of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries in a style and with the forces most suited to a true interpretation of such works'. The document includes a list of the committee members of the Society as well as various notes regarding its organization.
3 December 1960: Bruckner, Mass in E minor, with Thomas Tunnard (organ), Edgar Parkinson (bass) and the Brass Ensemble of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
15 February 1961: Bach, Jesu, Priceless Treasure (motet), plus organ music by Bach and Messiaen, by Simon Preston (organ).
25 March 1961: Bach, St. Matthew Passion, with Kenneth Bowen, Gordon Clinton, Mollie Holdsworth and Barbara Robotham (vocal), accompanied by the Orchestra da Camera (directed by Brian Priestman and led by Kenneth Page).

- Cambridge, Senate House
27–29 July 1972: Handel, Julius Caesar, given by Cambridge Opera, conducted by Jonathan Rennert and directed by Nicholas Reynolds (with lists of the vocal soloists, lists of the orchestral ensemble and of the technical team, a plot synopsis, and a brief historical note).

- Glasgow
17-22 September 1973: Musica Nova Forum, featuring composer workshops given by Luciano Berio, Martin Dalby, Peter Maxwell Davies and G. Ligeti and concerts of music by the same (brochure including an 'Introduction' by Forum Chairman, Frederick Rimmer (Gardiner Professor of Music, University of Glasgow) and biographical notes on the featured composers). The collection also includes analytical programmes and wordbooks for 2 concerts, each including works by all four composers:
17 September 1973, Bute Hall, Glasgow: chamber concert, given by the New Music Group of Scotland, directed by Edward Harper.
22 September 1973, City Hall, Glasgow: including the world premieres of Martin Dalby, The Tower of Victory and Luciano Berio, Still, and the British premiere of Ligeti, Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, with Jan de Gaetani (mezzo soprano), William Bennett (flute), Michael Dobson (oboe) and the Scottish National Orchestra, conducted by Alexander Gibson and Luciano Berio (with biographical notes and a list of the orchestral ensemble).

- Maltings
21 December [1974]: Music at the Maltings/Mstislav Rostropovich, including the first performance of Britten, Third Suite for Cello (with historical and analytical notes by Robert Donnington and Britten).

3. Unknown venues
[no date]: texts for songs by Robin Holloway.
[no date]: Organ Recital (handbill).
24 June 1936: Holst Memorial Concert, including choral numbers given by a section of the Whitsuntide Singers with the BBC Orchestra, conducted by Adrian Boult (wordbook).
Date range of collection
1933 - 1975
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council