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Collection Description

Collection Title
Concert Organizers Office: Concert Programmes (1931-59)
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A miscellaneous collection of leaflets, handbills and programmes for performances given under the auspices of the British Broadcasting Corporation between 1931 and 1959, held loosely in a single folder.

The collection includes extended sequences of programmes for the 5th series of the BBC Organ Recitals (1938–39) and for the Grand Concerts for members of H. M. Forces and their Sweethearts and Wives (1943-45). The remaining programmes relate to various performances given at a range of London venues and in Bedford and Bristol between 1931 and 1959, the majority featuring the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to the programmes (see below), this folder also contains prospectuses for the BBC Symphony Concerts of 1931–32 and 1953–54, typed biographical information regarding the BBC Symphony Orchestra Continental Tour of 1947 and various materials, including an extended selection of press cuttings, from the USA Tour undertaken by the same ensemble in April-May 1965.

1. BBC Organ Recitals
Handbills/typed-sheets with notes for 5th series nos. 2-7, given in the Concert Hall of Broadcasting House on the following dates:
10 November 1938: G. D. Cunningham
9 December 1938: C. H. Trevor
9 January 1939: Fernando Germani
11 February 1939: Harold Darke
10 March 1939: Andre Fleury
20 April 1939: G. Thalben-Ball

2. Grand Concerts/H.M. Forces and their Sweethearts and Wives
Typed single-sheet programmes for performances given by various BBC orchestras at venues in Aldershot, Bedford and Bristol.
- Aldershot, Garrison Theatre: 23 May 1943 (afternoon and evening).
- Bedford, Corn Exchange: 31 August, 12 October and 23 November 1941, 18 January, 1 and 29 March, 27 September and 8 November 1942, 3 and 31 January, 28 February and 25 April 1943, 10 and 24 December 1944, and 7 and 21 January, 4, 18 and 25 February and 18 March 1945.
- Bristol, Colston Hall: 2 and 16 February and 9 and 23 March 1941.
- Bristol, Victoria Rooms: 27 April, 11 and 25 May, 8 June and 6 July 1941.

3. Miscellaneous concerts
a) London venues
- Concert Hall, Broadcasting House
Monday 12 June, Tuesday 13 June and Thursday 15 June [no year]: Three Bach Commemoration Concerts under the direction of Georges Enesco (single document).
October 1933-April 1934: BBC Chamber Concerts (leaflet).

- Queen's Hall
Handbills for performances given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, with a leaflet for the 1933 London Music Festival, conducted by Adrian Boult and Serge Koussevitzky.
Wednesdays 15, 17 and 18 March [no years]: first English performances of Hindemith, Mathis the Painters/Busoni, Doktor Faust/Shostakovich, The Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, with the BBC Choral Society, conducted by Clarence Raybould/Adrian Boult/Albert Coates.
Friday 25 March [no year]: Wagner, Parsifal (extracts), conducted by Henry Wood.
Friday 23 November [1928]: Bunyan-Schubert Centenary Concert, conducted by Granville Bantock, including the first performance of Bantock, The Pilgrim's Progress.
Monday 18 May [1931]: Elgar, The Dream of Gerontius with the National Chorus, conducted by Stanford Robinson.

- Royal Albert Hall
Thursday 3 March [no year]: Ninth National Concert with the National Orchestra, conducted by Landon Ronald (handbill).
13 February 1952: Handel, Messiah in Memoriam King George VI, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Malcolm Sargent (handbill).
2 March 1955: Henry Wood Birthday Concert by the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Gré Brouwenstijn (vocal) and Mark Hambourg (piano), conducted by Malcolm Sargent (with words, notes, photographs and a list of the orchestral ensemble).

- Royal Festival Hall
Both programmes include notes, photographs and a list of the orchestral ensemble. The notes for 1959 include musical examples.
14 June 1958: BBC Concert Orchestra as part of the BBC Light Music Festival, conducted by Stanford Robinson.
13 May 1959: Elgar, Delius, Holst Anniversary Concert given by the BBC Women's Chorus and BBC Symphony Orchestra with Moiseiwitsch (piano), conducted by Malcolm Sargent.

- Miscellaneous London venues
Cambridge Arts Theatre: October 1941–March 1942 (Six Special Concerts by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, leaflet).
People's Palace Theatre, Mile End Road: October–November 1946 (BBC Symphony Orchestra Saturday Evening Concerts, handbill prospectus for part of season).
Westminster Central Hall: September-October 1947 (Brahms-Schubert Commemoration, single handbill).
Wigmore Hall: 7 May-11 June 1951 (Six Recitals of English Songs as part of the Festival of Britain, leaflet).

b) Provincial venues
- Bedford, Girls' Modern School:
7 December 1941: BBC Chamber Concert by the Menges String Quartet and the BBC Singers (typed programme sheet with notes).

- Bedford, Corn Exchange
21 December 1941: Stalin's Birthday Programme by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Chorus, conducted by Henry Wood (typed handbill/single-sheet programme).
20 September 1944: Yehudi Menuhin with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Adrian Boult (typed single-sheet with notes).

- Bristol, Colston Hall
January [1941]: Weekly Lunch-Hour Concerts every Friday by the BBC SO (single handbill).
Date range of collection
1931 - 1959
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Not Specific
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Location Details

BBC Written Archives Centre
Caversham Park Reading Berkshire RG4 8TZ
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01189 486281
Collections Overview
The BBC's Written Archives constitute the working papers of the organization from 1922 to the 1970s. They show in great detail how the BBC went about the task of making programmes, first for radio and later also for television. They detail the planning, production and content of these programmes, encompassing internal memoranda and minutes of meetings, financial records, correspondence with contributors, programmes records of various types, extensive press cuttings, audience reaction, concert programmes, publicity and publications. These detailed internal records are available for research from the beginning up to 1974.
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

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