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Collection Description

Collection Title
Cyril Eland collection: Bach material (1967-94)
Unique Identifier
Mus. 316 c.12
A miscellaneous collection material relating to the London Bach Society (1967-68), English Bach Festival (1970-84) and London Bach Festival (1993-94), held loosely as the 12th box of the Cyril Eland collection.

This box also contains an Index of Analytical Notes in the Souvenir Programmes of the English Bach Festival, 1963-67, compiled by Gerda Carrell.

1. London Bach Society
Programmes (with words and notes) for performances given on 16 December 1967 and 14 December 1968 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. Also, a prospectus with programmes and wordbooks for three Celebration Concerts given on 20, 23 and 27 March 1968 with the English Chamber Orchestra to mark the 21st Birthday of the London Bach Society. All performances were conducted by Paul Steinitz.

16 December 1967: Magnificats and Christmas Cantata, with Ilse Wolf, Elisabeth Holden, Kenneth Bowen and Benjamin Luxon (vocal) and the English Chamber Orchestra (with biographical notes and photographs).
14 December 1968: Mass in B minor, with Eileen Poulter, Janet Baker, Ian Partridge and John Carol Case (vocal) and the Steinitz Bach Players.

Prospectus (1968)
This document includes a large amount of historical material relating to the London Bach Society. The vocal soloists are listed below.
20 March, St. Bartholomew-the-Great, with Sheila Armstrong, Jo[h]anna Peters, Peter Bamber and Maurice Bevan.
23 March, Guild Church of St Andrew: Yvonne Minton, Ian Partridge and Christopher Keyte.
27 March, Queen Elizabeth Hall: Heather Harper, Margaret Cable, David Johnston and Benjamin Luxon.

2. English Bach Festival
Prospectuses with programmes (and words) for the English Bach Festivals of 2-7 July 1968, 18-30 April 1970 and 27 April-7 May 1971 (nos. 6, 8 and 9). Also, programme booklets for individual performances given by the English Bach Festival Baroque Orchestra during the Festivals of 1978-84. All documents include historical notes on the works performed, historical essays on related subjects, biographical notes (with photographs) on the principal performers, and lists of the orchestral/instrumental ensembles. There is also a large amount of information regarding the organizers of the Festival.

All Festivals included performances at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Royal Festival Hall. Those in 1970 and 1971 also included performances at St. John's, Smith Square, St. Paul's Cathedral and the Purcell Rooms. Any additional venues are listed below.
2-7 July 1968: Westminster Abbey
18-30 April 1970: St. Margaret's Church, Westminster; Westminster Cathedral; Round House, Chalk Farm; and the Royal Albert Hall.
27 April-7 May 1971:

Where no other venue is cited, the performances were held at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In the case of dramatic performances, these documents include a brief plot synopsis.
2 July 1978: Rameau, Hippolyte et Aricie, conducted by Jean-Claude Malgoire.
21-26 July 1980, The Old Vic: Divertissement (An Evening of 17th and 18th Century Ballet and Songs) and Rameau, Naïs, conducted by Nicolas McGegan (single document).
[no date] 1981: Rameau, Castor et Pollux, conducted by Charles Farncombe.
Sunday 28 July [1984]: Handel, Teseo, with Marilyn Hill Smith, Lynda Russell, Penelope Walker, Robin Martin-Oliver, Sarah Walker, Zehava Gal and Lynton Black (vocal), conducted by Jean-Claude Malgoire (with inserted handbill for a production of the same work, given at Sadler's Wells Theatre between 2 and 5 July [no year], also as part of the English Bach Festival).

3. London Bach Festival
Prospectuses, containing programmes with words and notes, for the London Bach Festivals of 30 October–13 November 1993 and 28 October–11 November 1994, presented by the London Bach Society and given with the Steinitz Bach Players. Both documents include biographical notes (with photographs) and lists of the orchestral/instrumental ensembles. The 1994 event was notable for the 'first ever appearance in Britain' of the Thomanerchor Leipzig [Thomaner-Chores zu Leipzig], directed by Georg Christoph Biller.

Performances were given at the following venues: Guildhall, City of London; King's College Chapel, Cambridge; Westminster Abbey; Town Hall, Birmingham; Wells Cathedral; St. Marylebone Parish Church; Parish Church of St. Margaret Lothbury; Royal Academy of Music; St. James' Church, Piccadilly; and St. George's Church, Hanover Square.
Date range of collection
1967 - 1994
Accumulation Dates
Suggested Audience
Not Specific

Location Details

Bodleian Library, Music Library
Broad Street,Music Library Oxford OX1 3BG
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01865 277063
01865 277182
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Membership fee for users outside the UK academic community; charges for photocopying and inter-library loans
Collections Overview
The collection has very strong holdings of British music and related material acquired in part by legal deposit. Many collected editions and scholarly series. Very strong periodical coverage, including major 19thC European journals. Largest collection of American song material in UK.
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council