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Collection Title
Concerts at Guildhall, and at the Mansion House, and the Opening of London Bridge (1817-37)
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A collection of programmes, wordbooks and other printed and handwritten materials relating to performances conducted by Sir George Smart given at the Mansion House and The Guildhall in the City of London between 1817 and 1831, arranged chronologically within a single volume and including a index written by Smart.

The collection also includes material relating to the musical provision at the Lord Mayor's Water Parties and documentation regarding the opening of London Bridge on 1 August 1831.

Items are listed here by venue/performance type and divided as follows:
1. Mansion House of the City of London
2. The Guildhall of the City of London
3. Water Parties
4. The Opening of London Bridge

The items in this volume are given individual folio numbers. These are provided in square brackets below.

1. Egyptian Hall, Mansion House of the City of London
The performances at this venue were two-part concerts consisting principally of vocal and instrumental solos, with orchestral overtures/symphonies at the beginning of each act. In addition to the programmes listed below, the collection also includes a ticket for a Grand Concert given at the venue under the management of the Amateur Concerts on 2 February 1820 (signed by John Sterland, Secretary) [5]

18 April 1817: Grand Concert of Vocal and Instrumental Music, for the benefit of the Royal Institution for the Education of the Children of the Poor, led by Charles Weichsel.

Vocal: Madame Mainvielle Fodor, Mrs. Salmon, Madame Camporese, Miss Stephens, Miss Goodall, the Demoiselles De Lihu, Mr Terrail, Mr Hawes, Mr Bellamy and Signor Crivelli.
Instrumental: Mr Lindley, Mr C Ashley, Mr R. Ashley, Mr F. Griesbach, Mr W. Griesbach, Mr C. Lindley, Mr Rawlins, Mr Betts, Mr W. Fletcher, Mr Taylor, Mr Fletcher, Mr Smart, Sen., Mr Betts, with Mr Nicholson (flute).

Material held: advertisement [1], programme [2], a handwritten statement of monies owed to Smart, largely for engaging players [3], and a handwritten list of 'those to be admitted at the private door' [4]. This last document is essentially a record of all those who performed. The reverse of the programme carries a printed announcement regarding the institution for which the concert was given.

1 March 1821: Grand Concert of Vocal and Instrumental Music, for the Royal Institution for the Education of the Children of the Poor, led by Paulo Spagnoletti

Vocal: Madame Camporese, Signora Corri, Miss Goodall, and Miss Stephens; Signor Ambrogetti, Mr Bellamy, Signor Angrisani, Mr Broadhurst, Mr Hawes, Mr Terrail, and Mr Braham.
Instrumental: Charles Bochsa (harp), Domenico Dragonetti (double bass), Mr Ireland (flute), Mr Lindley and Mr Lindley jun (cello), Mr Neate (piano), Signor Puzzi (horn) and Mr Willman (clarinet).

Material held: advert [6] and handwritten letter from the committee of the Royal Institution to Smart expressing their thanks and enclosing various payments [7]. The material includes annotations in Smart's hand documenting changes to the printed programme, recording the timings of the performance and indicating the encores performed. There is also a handwritten confirmation that Queen Charlotte was present.

12 June 1822: Grand Concert of Instrumental Music, for the Society for Bettering the Conditions of the Poor in Ireland, led by [Henry] Smart.

Vocal: Mrs Salmon, Miss Stephens, Madame Ronzi de Begnis, Signora Caradori, Miss Goodall, and Madame Camporese; Mr Braham, Signor DeBegnis, Mr Sapio and Signor Zuchelli.
Instrumental: Monsieur Lafont (violin), Signor Puzzi (horn), Mr Nicholson (flute) and Mr Bochsa and Mr Dizi (harps).

Additional material held: advertisement with printed list of the Patrons and a handwritten list of the Sub Committee of Management [9]; a printed pamphlet describing the intentions of the Society and including the names of honorary directors, acting committee members and the treasurer and secretary [10]; a handwritten list of fees paid to performers (including an indication of those who reduced their standard fee in favour of the charity) and of other expenses incurred by Smart [11]; and a handwritten note of the number of tickets sold on the door for the performance [12]. The collection also includes a printed document entitled 'List of Remittances made by the London Committee for Managing the Subscription for the Relief in Ireland, to this day inclusive'.

21 May 1830: including the first performance of a Fantasia for Harp, played by Monsieur Dutfrtre (programme card).

Additional material held: a handwritten letter to the Lady Mayoress concerning the accounts for this concert [52] and a handwritten statement of payments for the concert [53].

9 April 1835: including an extemporary performance on the piano by Mr Moscheles (handwritten programme). Also held is a handwritten letter from the Lady Mayoress, received by Smart on 8 April 1835 concerning the list of 'musical friends' she expected at this event [54].

28 April 1836: (wordbook).

1 November 1837: for the benefit of The House Girls of the Ward School of Farringdon Within.

The programme carries annotations in Smart's hand concerning the timings of the performance (complete and of individual sections) and the division of the vocal forces. There are also comments on the standard of the singing/playing, on the rehearsal provision, and on the source of certain of the performing parts.

Additional material held: a printed letter of engagement used by Smart [63]; a printed letter from F. W. Rosier thanking those who have agreed to perform [64], a handwritten diagram/description of the orchestra layout for the concert [65]; a handwritten letter of 13 October including a list of players engaged for the concert [66], handwritten correspondence between Smart and the concert committee after the completion of the concert, including a printed 'Vote of Thanks' sent to Smart [67-70].

2. Guildhall of the City of London
The majority of these programmes carry handwritten annotations by Smart. These provide information on the timings of the performances, record any alterations to the printed programmes and indicate the performance of encores.

13 February 1828 and 29 March 1828: for the benefit of 'Spanish and Italian Refugees'/'The City of London National, World and Parochial Schools', led by Mr Franz Cramer/Mr Spagnoletti (with wordbooks).

Both concerts were in two acts and contained a considerable amount of oratorio music by Handel; the first act of both concerts contained selections from the Messiah whilst the second act of the second performance also included a large section from Israel in Egypt.

Vocal performers: Madame Pasta, Miss Paton (first performance only), Madame Feron, Mademoiselle Brambilla, Miss Wilkinson, Miss Bacon; Mr Braham, Signor Curioni, Signor Pellegrini, Mr Terrail, Mr E. Taylor and Mr Phillips.

These programmes include lists of the Patrons. The annotations provide further information regarding the division of the vocal forces.

Additional material held: a printed announcement regarding the illness of Miss Wilkinson and consequent alterations to the programme [30]; a printed letter from Smart regarding an alteration to the date of the second concert [31]; handwritten accounts pertaining to the two performances, including a complete list of the instrumental and vocal performers and the amounts paid to them, as well as other expenses incurred by Smart [32 and 33]; various handwritten letters exchanged between Smart and the committee for the Guildhall concerts, written after the two performances [34-39]; and a sample of the letter used by Smart in engaging players for the first concert [40].

2 April 1829 and 2 May 1829: 'For the Benefit of Spanish and Italian Refugees'/'For the Benefit of the Distressed Weavers of Spitalfields', led by Mr Franz Cramer (with wordbooks).

The first event was a two-part vocal concert with an orchestral overture to the second act. The second was a performance of Handel, The Messiah.

Vocal performers: Miss Paton, Madame Caradori Allan, Miss Wilkinson, Madame DeVigo, Mrs W. Knyvett, Mademoiselle Blasis, Madame Camporese; Mr Braham, Mr W. Knyvett, Mr Horncastle, Mr E. Taylor, Mr Terrail and Mr Phillips, Master Smith. Also, Madame Pisaroni and Signor Donzelli.

Additional material held: handwritten letters from Edward Taylor, thanking Smart on behalf of the committee [43-44], handwritten correspondence regarding the second performance [45], a handwritten list of all the performers and the arrangements for paying them [46], Smart's handwritten accounts for both concerts [47-48], and a handwritten list of payment for the second performance [49]. Also, a letter from Rosetta Baxter to Smart (dated 1830) regarding the nature of the performance at the concerts [50].

12 June 1835: Handel, The Messiah, for the benefit of the City of London National, Ward and Parochial Schools, led by Mr F. Cramer.

The programme [57] provides detailed information regarding the vocal soloists and the principal instrumentalists and includes a list of the Patrons. The annotations offer further indications of the division of the vocal forces.

Vocal: Madame Caradori Allan, Miss Clara Novello, Miss Woodyatt, Miss Birch, Miss Postans and Madame Stockhausen; Mr Braham, Mr Hawkins, Mr E. Taylor, Mr Horncastle and Mr Phillips.

Additional material held: a printed letter from Smart used in engaging players [56], and some handwritten correspondence between Smart and the concert's organizing committee (dating from after the performance).

3. Lord Mayor' Water Party
Letters, cards and other handwritten documentation relating to the Water Parties to Southend & from 23-26 July 1823 [16-21] and to Richmond 27 July 1824 [22-27], the latter including a list of payments made to Miss Goodall, Mr Terrail, Mr Hawes, Mr Tolley and Sir George Smart. The collection also includes handwritten letters to Sir George Smart (undated) regarding the arrangements for the Lord Mayoress' Dinner and Evening Party on 12 May 1823 [14-15].

4. The Opening of London Bridge
Miscellaneous material relating to the opening of London Bridge on 1 August 1831, including handwritten correspondence regarding Smart's involvement in this event, with a card of admission [76], a printed announcement of the intended proceedings [77] and a letter detailed the singers engaged [78].
Date range of collection
1817 - 1837
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Not Specific

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British Library, Music Collections
96 Euston Road London NW1 2DB
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