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Collection Title
Concert programmes: Bedfont (1864-1884)
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f.756. (1.)
A collection of programmes, wordbooks and other documents relating to performances given at various venues in Bedfont, Middlesex – principally the National School – between 1864 and 1884, arranged chronologically within a single bound volume.

This volume also includes a newspaper cutting from the Suburban News of 25 November 1871, being an article entitled 'High Class Concerts at Bedfont' which established the connection between the Bedfont Church Benevolent Society and the series of musical performance in the village, stressing the significance of Arthur J.B. Goodwyn in the success of the latter. This concludes with a review of 2 performances given in 1871. There is also an unattributed newspaper cutting offering a review of the Christmas Concert given on 23 December. A handwritten annotation suggests that this might date from 1873.

Unless otherwise stated (below), concerts were given at the National School, Bedfont.

A small amount of detail regarding the performers is provided, suggesting that the concerts combined local musicians with some visiting soloists.

14 December 1864: two-part miscellaneous concert of solo and chamber instrumental music, including Beethoven, Trio in B flat op. 11 and Mozart, Clarinet Quintet in A, with Mr J. W. Straton (piano), Mr H. Blagrove (violin), Mr W. H. Aylward (cello), Mr Lazarus (clarinet) and Mr R. Blagrove (viola). The concert also included vocal music, culminating in an extract from Rossini, Moise in Egitto, given by Mrs Squire, Messrs J. B. Hamilton, D. Nesfield, A. Goodwyn, Pilkington, Le Bas, D. E. Lockhart, W. Tucker, G. Baker and C. Heisch, Miss Thrupp and Miss H. Pollock (vocal), accompanied by Mr Zerbini Jun.

5 December 1866: Amateur Concert in Aid of the Restoration Fund of Bedfont School, being a two-part vocal concert (including much English repertory), with 2 fantasia pieces for oboe (by Alfred Pollock) and a Rondo for piano (by Miss Helena Pollock), accompanied by Mr W. Lauber (programme and wordbook).

3 February 1868: two-part vocal concert (including much English repertory), with part-songs at the beginning of each half, 2 fantasia pieces for oboe (Mr Alfred Pollock) and a Rondo for piano (Miss Helena Pollock), accompanied by Mr W. Lauber (with one handwritten correction to the printed programme). This performance was repeated on 5 February 1868.

1 February 1869: two-part vocal concert, with part-songs/choruses at the beginning of each act, with Miss Helena Pollock (piano) (programme and wordbook). This performance was repeated on 2 February 1869.

13 January 1870, Bedfont House: 'Shakespearean Music', to be performed between the acts of a reading of The Merchant of Venice, including piano music by Mendelssohn and Schumann (performed by Miss Helena Pollock) and vocal solos and duets (largely by English composers), given by Mrs Squire, Miss Squire and Mr Hart Davies.

20 November 1871: Concert in Aid of the Bedford Church Benevolent Fund, being a solo and small ensemble vocal music combined with choruses and concertante instrumental repertory, given by Mr F. Blake (euphonium) and Miss Helena Pollock (piano) (programme and wordbook). This performance was repeated on 21 November 1871.

11 November 1872: List of music to accompany readings from Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice, including songs from German, Italian and English composers and an overture performed on the piano-forte by Miss Squire and Mr W. Squire.

23 December 1872: Christmas Concert, the first part being a selection from Handel, The Messiah and the second being a miscellaneos act, beginning with a Fantasie for Piano given by Miss Pollock and concluding with a chorus by Mendelssohn (with one handwritten annotation). Additional performers as follows: Mrs Goodwyn (harmonium), Mr W. Lauder (piano), Mr W. Blake (flute), Mr E. Cromar (cornet), Mr Hoblyn (tenor horn) and Mr F. Blake (euphonium).

30 December 1872: List of the music to be performed at the Shakespearean Reading in aid of the Church Benevolent Fund, being a programme of vocal and instrumental music, including the first movement of Beethoven, 'Moonlight' Sonata, performed by Miss Helena Pollock, and a euphonium solo by Mr F. Blake.

23 December 1873: Christmas Concert, being a two-part performance, the first including selections from Handel, The Messiah and the second comprising vocal and instrumental music, including solos for piano (Mr W. Lauder) and euphonium (Mr F. Blake) (with handwritten annotations regarding arrangements for the evening). Additional performers: Mrs Goodwyn (harmonium) and Mr E. Cromar (cornet).

[no date] 1875: Shakespearean Recital and Musical Masque, Twelfth Night, 1875 and the following evenings, Bedfont House, performed by the Bedfont Choir. ‘The Music has been newly selected and arranged from the works of Haydn, Rossini, Auber, Kucken, Lock, Kelly, Bishop, etc’.

22 January 1877, Infant School, Feltham: Concert, being a two-part vocal concert wih a solo/duet for piano in each part (Mr A. J. Fuller Maitland and Mr W. Squire), with Mr E. T. Duell (harmonium), accompniaed by Mr W. Lauberg (announcement and programme). The name of Bedfont Cricket Club is also associated with this performance. The list of pieces given in the programme is identical to that provided in the announcement for this concert, except for the replacement of Mr Fuller Maitland by Miss Squire and the consequent alteration to the piano duet piece included in the first half.

20 November, 1884, Bedfont Public Hall: First Concert of the Bedfont Working Men's Association, being a two-part vocal performance, with a chorus piece at the opening and a madrigal at the end.
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1864 - 1884
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