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Collection Description

Collection Title
Cyril Eland collection: Henry Wood Promenade Concerts (1950-88)
Unique Identifier
Mus. 316 c.6
A miscellaneous collection of programme books for Henry Wood Promenade Concerts, presented by the British Broadcasting Corporation, and given at the Royal Albert Hall between 1950 (56th season) and 1988 (94th season). Also, a single-sheet programme for a Promenade Concert given at the same venue during the 1941 season and a programme book for a Promenade Concert given at St. Augustine's Kilburn on 26 July 1976 (82nd season).

All programmes are held loosely as the sixth box of the Cyril Eland collection.

Unless otherwise stated below, all documents include historical and analytical/descriptive programme notes, words for the vocal/choral pieces, and lists of the orchestral and, where appropriate, choral ensembles. From the 1966 season, the programmes include biographical notes and, from 1980, these begin to incorporate photographs.

1941 (47th season)
12 August: Haydn-Mozart Concert with Isobel Baillie (vocal) and Michal Hambourg (piano) and the London Symphony Orcehstra, conducted by Sir Henry Wood (no list of the orchestral ensemble).

1950 (56th season)
25 July: BBC Symphony Orchestra with Heddle Nash (vocal) and Harriet Cohen (piano), conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent, including the first London performance of Arnold Bax, Concertante for Orchestra with Pianoforte Solo (Left Hand).
27 July: Bach Commemoration Concert with the London Symphony Orchestra and Alexandra Choir, conducted by Basil Cameron.

1966 (72nd season)
3 August: Handel, Salomon with Elizabeth Harwood, Elizabeth Vaughan, Patricia Clark, Mary Thomas, Yvonne Minton, Robert Tear and John Holmes (vocal) and the Covent Garden Opera Chorus, BBC Chorus and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, conducted by Charles Mackerras.
11 August: Bach, Mass in B minor with Heather Harper, Janet Baker, Robert Tear and Gunter Reich with the BBC Chorus and English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Charles Mackerras.
14 September: Berlioz, The Fall of Troy, with Anne Pashley, Ann Howard, Janet Baker, Gregory Dempsey, Ronald Dowd, Gwyn Griffiths, Raimund Herincx, Donald McIntyre and Don Garrad (vocal) and the New Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Colin Davis.

1967 (73rd season)
1 August: Mozart, Don Giovanni, with Sheila Armstrong, Althea Bridges, Reresa Zylis-Gara, Richard Lewis, Kostas Paskalis, Leonardo Monreale, Paolo Montarsolo and Marius Rintzler (vocal), the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus and London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by John Pritchard.

1971 (77th season)
26 July: BBC Symphony Orchestra, with Felicity Palmer, Elizabeth Tippett, Margaret Cable, Sybil Michelow, Kenneth Bowen, Philip Langridge, Benjamin Luxon and Eric Stannard (vocal), Charles Spinks and Colin Tilney (organ), the Heinrich Schutz Choir and Chorale and the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, conducted by Roger Norrington.
6 August: Cavalli, La Calisto, with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera and London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Raymond Leppard.

1976 (82nd season)
26 July, St. Augustine's Kilburn: Jessica Cash, Jean Temperley, Wynford Evans and Stephen Varcoe (vocal), Malcolm Hicks, Susan Sheppard and Keith Marjoram (continuo), the Schutz Choir of London and Kent Opera Wind Ensemble, conducted by Roger Norrington.
16 August: Heinz Holliger (oboe/cor anglais) and the Northern Sinfonia, conducted by Christopher Seaman.

1978 (84th season)
16 August: Heinz Holliger (oboe) with the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Raymond Leppard.
29 August: Rameau, Les Boréades, with the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, conducted by John Elliot Gardiner.

1980 (86th season)
5 September: London Mozart Players with Janet Baker (vocal) and Jan Latham-Koenig (piano), conducted by Charles Mackerras.
7 September: Handel, Semele with the Steinitz Bach Players, conducted by Paul Steinitz.

1982 (88th season)
19 July: Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini.
22 July: Monteverdi, Vespers of the Blessed Virgin (1610), with the Taverner Choir and Players, conducted by Andrew Parrott.
11 August: Gluck, Orfeo ed Euridice, with Janet Baker, Elisabeth Speiser and Elizabeth Gale (vocal), the Glyndebourne Festival Opera and London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Raymond Leppard.

1983 (89th season)
31 July: Marie Slorach, Stephen Roberts and Michael Rippon (vocal) and Alan Howard (speaker) with the BBC Singers, the BBC Symphony Chorus and the Choristers of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, conducted by Krysztof Penderecki.

1984 (90th season)
29 July: Monteverdi, Vespers of the Blessed Virgin (1610), with the Monteverdi Choir, the English Baroque Soloists and the Finchley Children's Music Group, conducted by John Elliot Gardiner.
18 August: Mozart, Le Nozze di Figaro, with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Chorus and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Bernard Haitink.
23 August: Mozart Concert with Murray Perahia and the English Chamber Orchestra, directed by Perahia.
26 August: Nash Ensemble with Lucia Popp (soprano) and Thomas Allen (bass) and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Klaus Tennstedt.

1986 (92nd season)
19 July: The Florentine Intermedi of 1589 with the Taverner Players and Consort and the BBC Singers, directed by Andrew Parrott.
20 July: Monteverdi, Orfeo, with the Early Opera Project and the London Baroque Players, conducted by Roger Norrington.
5 August: Handel, Solomon, given by the Choir and Orchestra of the English Concert, directed by Trevor Pinnock.
26 August: Barbara Bonney, Anne Sofie von Otter, Hans Peter Blochwitz and Willard White (vocal) with the English Baroque Soloists, conducted by John Eliot Gardiner.

1988 (94th season)
4 August: Handel, L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, given by the London Handel Orchestra and Choir, conducted by Denys Darlow.
Date range of collection
1950 - 1988
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Not Specific
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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.
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