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Collection Description

Collection Title
Cyril Eland collection: St. Pancras Arts Festival/Camden Festival (1966-86)
Unique Identifier
Mus. 316 c.1
A collection of prospectuses (with programmes) for the St. Pancras Arts Festival/Camden Festivals of 1966-68 and 1979-86. Also, individual programmes with notes for operatic productions given as part of these events.

All documents are held loosely as the first box of the Cyril Eland collection.

1. Prospectuses
All brochures carry detailed programmes with words and notes and provide biographical notes (with photographs from 1982). A number of the items include inserted programmes for specific concerts given during the Festival. The event in 1966 is referred to as the 12th St. Pancras Festival. Thereafter, it is known as the Camden Festival.

26 February–25 March 1966; 18 February–15 March 1967; 27 February-21 March 1968; 17–31 March 1979 (two copies); 16–30 March 1980; 14–28 March 1981; 13–28 March 1982 (two copies); 12–27 March 1983; 17–31 March 1984; 16–30 March 1985; and 1–22 March 1986.

There are two separate documents for the 1967 event, the first covering 'Symphony Concerts, Chamber Music, Evening Recitals' and the second recording 'Operas, Choral Concerts'.

2. Individual programmes
All documents include programme notes and/or a plot synopsis and those for the Camden Festival provide biographical notes. Unless otherwise stated below, the performances given as part of the Camden Festival took place at the Collegiate Theatre, Gordon Street. No venues are given in respect of the St. Pancras Festival.

St. Pancras Arts Festival
8-10 March 1961: Rossini, The Italian Girl in Algiers, presented by Group Eight Productions and given with the English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Peter Gellhorn.
21-22 March 1961: Verdi, Un Giorno di Regno, presented by the Impressario Society with the Pro Arte Orchestra, conducted by Hans Ucko.
27-28 February 1963: Verdi, Ernani, presented by the Philopera Circle and given with the Pro Arte Orchestra and Festival Chorus, conducted by Franz Manton.
25 and 27 February 1964: first British performance of Verdi, Aroldo, presented by Opera Concerts Ltd and given by the London Opera Chorus and Sinfonietta, conducted by Gerald Gover.
16-17 March 1965: Monteverdi, Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria (first British staged performance), given by Basilica Productions Ltd and given with the English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Frederick Marshall.

Camden Festival
22 April 1966, Town Hall, Euston Road: Wagner, Reinzi, presented by Opera Viva and given by Ronald Dowd, Pauline Tinsley, Noel Noble, Monica Sinclair, Neil Howlett, Noel Mangin and Joseph Beachus (vocal), the Stevenage Male Voice Choir and Rainham Ladies' Choir, members of Kensington Choir and Opera Viva Chorus and Kensington Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leslie Head.
13, 15 and 16 April 1971: Francesco Cilèa, Adriana Lecouvreur, presented by Opera Concerts Ltd and given by the Camden Festival Chorus and the London Opera Sinfonietta, conducted by Gerald Gover.
20, 22 and 23 April 1971: Rossini, Tancredi, presented by Basilica Opera and given with New Opera Chorus and Sinfonia Pro Musica, conducted by Frederick Marshall (two copies).
27, 29 and 30 April 1971: first performance in Great Britain of Haydn, La Fedelta Premiata, presented by the Park Lane Group and given with the Camden Festival Chorus and Park Lane Group Orchestra, conducted by David Lloyd-Jones.
28 February and 2 and 3 March 1973: Henry Purcell, The Indian Queen presented by Opera da Camera with the Serenata of London, conducted by Steuart Bedford.
7, 9 and 10 March 1973: first performance in Great Britain of Offenbach, Robinson Crusoe, presented by Opera Rara with the New Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ian Macpherson.
27 February and 1 and 2 March 1974: Donizetti, Torquato Tasso, presented by Opera Rara with the New Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kenneth Montgomery.
16, 20 and 24 March 1976: Thomas Linley, The Duenna, presented by Opera da Camera, with the Park Lane Music Players, conducted by Lionel Friend.
21, 23 and 28 March 1977: Monteverdi, Orfeo, presented by Kent Opera, conducted by Roger Norrington.
29 and 31 March and 2 April 1977: British premiere of Donizetti, Il Castello di Kenilworth, presented by Opera Rara and given with the Philomusica of London, conducted by Alun Francis (two copies).
22, 25, 29 and 31 March 1978: Offenbach, The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein, given by the Park Lane Opera, conducted by Vilem Tausky.
28 and 30 March and 1 April 1978: British premiere of Francisco Antonio de Almeida, Spinalba, given by Phoenix Opera with the Park Lane Music Players, conducted by Michael Lankester.

This box also contains a programme with notes for productions of Betty Roe, Gaslight and Frank Martin, Le Vin Herbe, given by the Intermezzi Ensemble and the London Music Theatre Group respectively, between 5 and 8 January [no year] at the Jeanetta Cochrane Theatre as part of the Camden Winter Season.
Date range of collection
1966 - 1986
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