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Collection Description

Collection Title
Cyril Eland collection: Royal Festival Hall 2 (1953-96)
Unique Identifier
Mus. 316 c.8
A miscellaneous collection of programme books for performances given at the Royal Festival Hall, London, between 1953 and 1996, held loosely as the eighth box of the Cyril Eland collection (the second of two boxes to contain material relevant to this venue).

Programmes are listed here by organization

1. Bach Choir (1958–66)
2. Music of the 20th Century (1958–59)
3. London Philharmonic Orchestra (1967–84)
4. London Symphony Orchestra (1959–69)
5. Tchaikovsky Festival (1959)
6. Miscellaneous programmes (1953–96)

All programmes listed under sections 2-5 consist of programme book with words and historical, descriptive/Analytical and biographical notes, including photographs and lists of the orchestral and, where appropriate, choral ensembles.

1. The Bach Choir (1958–66)
All programmes include words and brief notes. All performances were given with the Jacques Orchestra, conducted by Reginald Jacques and David Willcocks (1966 only), with the vocal soloists listed below.
2 December 1958: Bach, Magnificat/Mozart, Mass in C minor, with Elsie Morison, Pauline Brockless, Pamela Bowden, Wilfred Brown and John Carol Case.
15 March 1959: Bach, St. Matthew Passion, with Elsie Morison, Marjorie Thomas, David Galliver, Philip Todd, Richard Standen and John Carol Case.
22 March 1959: Bach, St. John Passion, with Jennifer Vyvyan, Norma Procter, Peter Pears, David Galliver, Donald Bell and Richard Standen.
24 June 1959: Handel, Solomon, given by the Bach Choir with Jennifer Vyvyan, Pauline Brockless, Ann Dowdall, David Galliver and Owen Brannigan.
25 November 1966: Bach, Mass in B minor, with Heather Harper, Helen Watts, Wilfred Brown and John Carol Case.

2. Music of the 20th Century (1958–59)
Concerts 3 and 7 in a series of 7 given by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
9 December 1958: Rosina Raisbeck, Monica Sinclair, Raymond Nilsson and Alfred Orda (vocal) and Frederic Jackson (piano), conducted by Jaroslav Krombholc.
2 June 1959: April Cantelo, Helen Watts, Wilfred Brown, Denis Dowling, David Galliver and Roger Stalman (vocal) with the Johnny Dankworth Orchestra, conducted by William Steinberg. This concert included the world premiere of Seiber/Dankworth, Improvisations for Jazz Band and Symphony Orchestra; the first British performance of Stravinsky, Threni; and the first London performance of Hindemith, 'Pittsburgh' Symphony.

3. London Philharmonic Orchestra (1967–84)
2 May 1967: Berlioz, Beatrice et Benedict, with Malvina Parnas, Sheila Armstrong, Georgetta Psaros, Jean Bonhomme, Raymond Myers and Napoleon Bisson (vocal) and the New Opera Chorus, conducted by John Pritchard.
10 December 1967: Haydn, The Creation with Heather Harper, William Blankenship and Forbes Robinson (vocal) and the London Philharmonic Choir, conducted by Antal Dorati.
19 February 1969: Handel, Alcina, with Joan Sutherland, Margreta Elkins, Mary O'Brien, Monica Sinclair, Ryland Davies, John Gibbs and Kiri Te Kanawa (vocal) and the Ambrosian Singers, conducted by Richard Bonynge.
27 April 1976: Carlo Maria Giulini (conductor).
5 May 1977, Itzhak Perlman (violin), conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini.
12 May 1977: Bach, Mass in B minor with Sheila Armstrong, Janet Baker, Robert Tear and Norman Bailey (vocal) and the London Philharmonic Choir, conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini.
18 and 20 March 1980: Wagner, Das Rheingold (concert performances), conducted by Sir Georg Solti.
19 February 1984: Haydn, The Creation, with Lucia Popp, Anthony Rolfe Johnson and Benjamin Luxon (vocal) and the London Philharmonic Choir, conducted by Klaus Tennstedt.

4. London Symphony Orchestra (1959–69)
These programmes begin to include biographical notes from 1962.
26 April 1959: Clifford Curzon (piano) and Kenneth Heath (cello), conducted by Pierre Monteux.
12 June 1959: Pauline Brockless (vocal), conducted by Antal Dorati.
18 February 1962: Nan Merriman (alto) and Fritz Uhl (tenor), conducted by Paul Kletzki.
13 and 16 December1966: Berlioz, The Trojans, given with the LSO Chorus and Chelsea Opera Group Chorus, conducted by Colin Davis.
14 and 16 May 1967: Verdi, Missa da Requiem, with Gwyneth Jones, Vera Soukupova, Luciano Pavarotti and Martti Talvela (vocal) and the LSO Chorus, conducted by Georg Solti.
26 October 1967: Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique/Lelio, with John Mitchinson, John Shirley-Quirk and Paul Daneman (vocal) and the LSO Chorus, conducted by Pierre Boulez.
3 July 1968: including Janacek, Glagolithic Mass, with Misha Dichter (piano), Evelyn Lear, Helen Watts, William McAlpine and Don Garrard (vocal), Simon Preston (organ), the LSO Chorus, conducted by Christoph von Dohnanyi.
8 December 1968: Dvorak, Requieum, with Pilar Lorengar, Erzsebet Komlossy, Robert Ilosfalvy and Tom Krause (vocal), conducted by Istvan Kertesz.
6 and 9 February 1969: inc. Brahms, German Requieum, with Heather Harper and John Shirley-Quirk (vocal) and the LSO Chorus, conducted by Erich Leinsdorf.
13 June 1976: Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano), conducted by Claudio Abbado.

5. Tchaikovsky Festival (1959)
12, 21 and 26 February and 1 March 1959: Emil Gilels (piano), Leonid Kogan (violin), Rostropovitch (cello) and Galina Vishnevskaya (vocal), with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Constantin Ivanov and Kyril Kondrashin

6. Miscellaneous programmes (1953-96)
11 February [no year]: Antony Hopkins and Fritz Spiegl's Gentlemen's Concert No. 1, being an Entertainment of Ribald and Amorous Song and Verse of the 17th and 18th Centuries, with Alexander Young, Hervey Alan, Stephen Manton, John Carol-Case and Bernard Miles (programme card).
Monday 8 December [no year]: Bach, Christmas Oratorio, with Janet Price, Brian Burrows, Margaret Cable and Brian Rayner Cook (vocal), the London Oriana Choir and the English Baroque Orchestra, conducted by Leon Lovett (with wordbook).
26 January 1953: Collegium Musicum Italicum of Rome, conducted by Renato Fasano (with notes and a list of the instrumental ensemble).
1 and 6 July 1956: Verdi, Requiem Mass, with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Ebe Stignani, Ferruccio Tagliavini and Giuseppe Modesti (vocal), the Croydon Philharmonic Choir and the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Guido Cantelli (single document with wordbook, notes and photographs)
19 November 1958: 'Mr Mozart in London', presented by the Philomusica of London with Celia Arieli, conducted by Granville Jones (with notes).
21 and 22 November 1958: Hoffnung Interplanetary Music Festival 1958, 'an extravagant evening of symphonic caricature devised by Gerard Hoffnung, aided and abetted by John Amis, Malcolm Arnold, Ernest Bean, Colin Graham, Ian Hunter, Lawrence Leonard, David McBain, Humphrey Searle and Eric Thompson, with Dame Edith Evans, the Hoffnung Festival Opera Company and Chorus, the Hoffnung (alias Morley College) Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Norman del Mar, the Band and Trumpeters of the Royal Military School of Music and the Dolmetsch Ensemble' (single document with historical, descriptive and biographical notes, including caricatures of the composers and performers involved). The concert included world premieres of pieces by Francis Baines, Joseph Horovitz, Elizabeth Poston, Francis Chagrin, Malcolm Arnold, Matyas Seiber, P. Racince Fricker and Bruno Heinz Jaja. Also, the first British performance of a piece by Copland.
18 January 1959: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (vocal) with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, presented by the Philharmonia Concert Society Ltd and conducted by Harry Newstone (with words, notes and photographs).
27 January 1959: Jacques Orchestra with Ingrid Haebler (piano) and Jennifer Vyvyan (vocal), conducted by Reginald Jacques (with notes).
8 February 1959: Bach Recital by Rosalyn Tureck (with notes).
11 February 1959: An Entertainment of Ribald and Amorous Music and Verse, presented by Mr Antony Hopkins and Mr Fritz Spiegl (handbill).
5 and 6 March 1959: Italian Opera, given by the Virtuosi di Roma and conducted by Renato Fassano (with notes).
14 March 1959: Vivaldi concert, given by the Virtuosi di Roma, conducted by Renato Fasano (with notes, short biographical notes and a list of the instrumental ensemble).
24 March 1959: Leppard Orchestra with Gioconda de Vito (violin), conducted by Raymond Leppard (with notes).
1 April 1959: Bach Concert, given by the Ambrosian Singers with a section of the London Symphony Orchestra and Heather Harper, Janet Baker, Lloyd Strauss-Smith, John Noble, Hugh Maguire and Neville Marriner, conducted by Walter Goehr (with words and Analytical Notes).
13 April 1959: Hallé Orchestra with Hans Richter-Haaser (piano) and conducted by Sir John Barbirolli, presented by Associated-Rediffusion in association with the Hallé Concerts Society (with Analytical Notes, photographs and a list of the orchestral ensemble).
3 May 1959: Victoria de los Angeles (vocal) with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Walter Susskind (with wordbook, historical, descriptive and biographical notes and photographs).
11 May 1959: Song Recital by Victoria de los Angeles, accompanied by Gerald Moore (with wordbook).
19 May 1959: 10th Anniversary Concert of the Haydn Orchestra, with Artur Balsam (piano) and Bronislav Gimpel (violin), conducted by Harry Newstone (with historical, descriptive and biographical notes and photographs).
26 May 1959: Concertos by Bach and Vivaldi for 3 and 4 harpsichords, given by Valda Aveling, Thurston Dart, George Malcolm and Denis Vaughan (harpsichord) and Julian Bream (lute) with the Philomusica of London, conducted by Raymond Leppard (handbill and programme with notes).
29 May 1966: Piano Recital by Vladimir Ashkenazy (with notes).
18 November [1966]: Hermann Prey (baritone) and Karl Engel (piano) (with historical, descriptive and biographical notes and photographs).
3 March 1967: Hampstead Choral Society, with Rae Woodland, Pamela Bowden, John Mitchinson and John Carol Case (vocal) and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Martindale Sidwell (with words and notes).
19 January 1968: Mozart Programme given by the English Chamber Orchestra with Daniel Barenboim (conductor/soloist) (with notes, biographical notes, photographs and a list of the orchestral ensemble).
25 and 29 March 1968: Bath Festival Orchestra and Yehudi Menuhin (violin), with the vocalists Hermann Prey (25 March) and Irmgard Seegfried (28 March) (with notes, biographical notes, photographs and lists of the orchestral ensemble).
19 April 1968: Amadeus String Quartet (Norbert Brainin, Siegmund Nissel, Peter Schidlof and Martin Lovett) with William Pleeth (cello) (with notes, biographical notes and photographs).
23 September 1968: Liederabend by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, with Norman Shetler (piano) (with wordbook, notes and photographs).
11 December 1970: Hampstead Choral Society with Hazel Holt, Sybil Michelow, Ian Partridge and John Carol Case (vocal) and the London Bach Orchestra, conducted by Martindale Sidwell (with words and notes).
18 February 1978: Beethoven Programme given by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Bernstein (with words, notes, biographical notes, photographs and a list of the orchestral ensemble).
25 May 1980: Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini (with notes, biographical notes and a list of the orchestral ensemble).
3 December 1983: Bach, Christmas Oratorio, presented by the London Bach Society and given by Richard Morton, Patrizia Kwella, Paul Esswood, Wynford Evans and Brian Rayner Cook (vocal), the London Bach Society and the Steinitz Bach Players, conducted by Paul Steinitz (with wordbook, notes, biographical notes, photographs and a list of the orchestral/instrumental ensemble).
27 June 1984: British Council Golden Jubilee Concert, with the Academy of Ancient Music (directed by Christopher Hogwood), the John Alldis Choir, Stan Tracey, Michael Griffiths, Joseph Horovitz, The Fires of London, Peter Maxwell Davies, the Amadeus Quartet, Neil Black and the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble (with notes, biographical notes and photographs)
23 February 1986: Annees de Pelerinage, given by Alfred Brendel to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Franz Liszt (with notes).
27 May 1986: Mozart concert given by the Academy of Ancient Music Orchestra and Choir with Antony Pay (clarinet) and Anne Dawson, Carolyn Watkinson, Laurence Dale and David Thomas (vocal), conducted by Christopher Hogwood (with words, notes, biographical notes, photographs and a list of the orchestral ensemble).
6, 8, 13 and 15 December 1987: Schubert Cycle given by Alfred Brendel (piano) (single document with analytical and biographical notes, musical examples, photographs and press cuttings).
10 December 1996: Felix Mendelssohn: Portrait of a 19th Century Wunderkind: an evening of words and music devised and written by Gabriel Woolf and performed by the Vellinger String Quartet with Rosa Mannion (soprano), Robert Cohen (cello) and Roger Vignoles (piano) (with words, notes, biographical notes and photographs).
Date range of collection
1953 - 1996
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Suggested Audience
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.
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council