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Concert Club programmes (1905-08)
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A collection of programmes with words for four seasons of orchestral and chamber concerts given by the Concert Club at the Bechstein Hall, London between 1905 and 1908. These are bound in three volumes, with volume one covering the first two seasons.

All performances were directed/conducted by Senor [Enrique Fernández] Arbós (who also appeared as a violin soloist) and consisted primarily of nineteenth-century vocal, instrumental and orchestral repertory. In the later series, there are a number of first performances.

All programmes provide the names of the vocal and instrumental soloists (see below) and include a full list of the orchestral ensemble. They also carry historical and analytical notes by Percy Pitt and A. Kalisch. In one instance (23 February 1908) these include musical examples.

Volume 1
First series (1905)
5 November 1905 (chamber): Madame Kirkby Lunn (vocal) and Mademoiselle Tosta de Benici (piano), accompanied by Percy Pitt.
12 November 1905 (orchestral): Victor Maurel (vocal) and Miss May Harrison (violin).
19 November 1905 (chamber): Mr Frederic Austin (vocal) and Signor Baraldi's Vocal Quartet (Miss Lenora Sparkes, Miss Adelaide Rind, Mr Arnold Hall and Mr Philip Ritte), with Miss Evelyne Suart, accompanied by Mr Roger Quilter and Signor Ernesto Baraldi.
26 November 1905 (orchestral): Senor Casals (cello).
3 December 1905 (chamber): Mr Hugo Heinz (vocal) and Miss Gertrude Peppercorn (piano), accompanied by Percy B. Kahn.
10 December 1905 (orchestral): Mr Penderel Price (vocal) and Senor Vianna da Motta (piano), including the first performances of Arthur Hinton, Scena for Tenor Solo and Orchestra, Seraph of Heaven, and Tomás Breton, Spanish Dance.

Second series (1906)
21 January 1906 (orchestral): Mr Frederic Lamond (piano).
28 January 1906 (chamber): Mrs Carl Derenburg (piano), Senor Arbós (violin), Mr W. H. Squire (cello), Mr Pedro de Zulueta (vocal) and Signor Ernesto Baraldi (piano).
4 February 1906 (orchestral): Achille Rivarde (violin). This concert began with Handel, The Dead March from Saul, in memory of his late Majesty King Christian IX of Denmark.
11 February 1906 (chamber): Edith Clegg (vocal), Mrs Carl Derenburg and Mr Frederick D'Erlanger (piano), Senor Arbós and Mr Thomas F. Morris (violin) and Mr Frank Bridge (viola), and Mr Purcell Jones (cello). This was a programme of vocal and instrumental music, including a number of compositions by D'Erlanger.
18 February 1906 (orchestral): Senor Sobrino (piano).
25 February 1906: Mr Gervase Elwes (vocal) and Miss Ethel Leginska (piano), accompanied by Mr Frederick B. Kiddle.

Volume 2
Third series (1907)
27 January 1907 (orchestral): Mr Harold Bauer (piano).
3 February 1907: (chamber): Spanish Music, featuring Senor Alvarez (vocal), Mrs Gordon Woodhouse (piano), Thomas F. Morris (violin), Frank Bridge (viola), Senor Rubio (cello) and Signor Baraldi (piano), including the first performance of J. A. Arriaga, Quartet in D minor for two Violins, Viola and Cello.
10 February 1907 (orchestral): Miss Marion Harrison (cello), including the first performance of Cyril Scott, Aubade.
17 February 1907 (chamber): Mr Gregory Hast (vocal), Miss Norah Drewett (piano), Miss May Harrison (violin), Mr Purcell Jones (cello), Mr C. Hobday (double bass), Mr Manuel Gomez (clarinet), Mr Borsdorf (horn), Mr E. F. James (bassoon) and Mr Henry R. Bird (piano).
24 February 1907 (orchestral): Miss Gertrude Lonsdale and Mr Ffrangcon-Davies, Mr Philip Ritte, Mr Arnold Hall, Mr Percy Watson and Mr A. Zeitch (vocal), Mr G. Ackroyd (flute) and Mr Manuel Gomez (clarinet), with Signor Ernesto Baraldi (piano).
3 March 1907 (chamber): Mademoiselle de St. André (vocal), Senor Arbós and Thomas F. Morris (violin), Mr Alfred Hobday (viola), Mr Purcell Jones (cello) and Mr Frederick D'Erlanger (piano).

Volume 3
Fourth season (1908)
2 February 1908 (orchestral): including the first English performance of Arregui, Prayer and Scene of the Angels, from the Oratorio, St. Francis.
9 February 1908 (orchestral): Lady Speyer (violin) and Mr D. S. Wood (flute). This concert began with a performance of Chopin, Marche Funebre, in memory of his late Majesty King Carlos and of H.R.H. the late Crown Price of Portugal. It also included the first London performance of Debussy, Nuages, and Lalo, Aubade.
16 February 1908 (chamber): Mrs Henry J. Wood (vocal), Mrs Gordon Woodhouse (piano), Senor Arbós (violin), Mr W. H. Squire (cello) and Mr Frederick B. Kiddle (piano).
23 February 1908 (chamber): Mrs George Swinton (vocal), Mr Carl Derenburg (piano), Miss Mason (harp), Senor Arbós (violin), Mr A. Hobday (viola), Mr B. P. Parker (cello), Mr D. S. Wood (flute) and Mr C. Henderson (percussion).
1 March 1908 (orchestral): Miss Susan Metcalfe (vocal), including the first English performance of Glazunov, Suite for Orchestra 'Moyen Age' and Breton, Spanish Dance 'Panaderos'.
8 March 1908 (chamber): Mr Gervase Elwes (vocal), Mr Marmaduke Barton (piano), Senor Arbós and Mr T. F. Morris (violin), Frank Bridge (viola) and Purcell Jones (cello).
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1905 - 1908
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