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Collection Description

Collection Title
Cyril Eland collection: Royal Philharmonic Society (1935-85)
Unique Identifier
Mus. 316 c.5
A miscellaneous collection of programme books for concerts given by the Royal Philharmonic Society between 1935 and 1985, at the Queen's Hall and Royal Festival Hall, London, held loosely as the fifth box of the Cyril Eland collection.

All programmes include words and historical and analytical notes. They also provide a list of the orchestral ensemble and lists of the various officers of the Philharmonic Society. Up until 6 May 1959, the programme notes include some musical examples. Thereafter, programmes begin to include photographs of the principal performances and, from 15 December 1976, incorporate biographical notes.

1. Queen's Hall
124th season (nos. 4 and 5) and 127th season (no. 5), with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
21 November 1935: Ethel Bartlett and Rae Robertson (piano), conducted by Sir Hamilton Harty, including the first performance of Arnold Bax, Symphony No. 6 in C.
5 December 1935: Heifetz (violin), conducted by Julius Harrison.
1 December 1938: Mozart Concert, with Marie Goossens (harp) and Geoffrey Gilbert (flute), conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham.

2. Royal Festival Hall
147th season (nos. 1, 2 and 8), with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
15 October 1958: conducted by Thomas Beecham.
3 December 1958: Richard Lewis (vocal) and the London Philharmonic Choir, conducted by Thomas Beecham.
6 May 1959: Clifford Curzon (piano), conducted by Jascha Horenstein.

7 November 1967 (Royal Gala Concert): Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with RPO Soloists, conducted by Rudolf Kempe, including the world premiere of Leonard Salzedo, Toccata (specially commissioned for the occasion).
22 January 1969 (157th season, no. 4): New Philharmonia Orchestra and the Royal Academy of Music Students' Choir, with Margaret Price and Yvonne Minton, conducted by Otto Klemperer.
16 December 1970 (159th season, no. 3): Beethoven Bi-Centenary Concert/Missa Solemnis, with Martina Arroyo, Anna Reynolds, Robert Tear and Marius Rintzler (vocal) and the New Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini.
12 October 1972 (161st season, no. 1): Vaughan Williams Centenary Concert, given by the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Richard Lewis (vocal) and Ralph Downes (organ), conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.
15 December 1976 (165th season, no. 3): BBC Symphony Orchestra with Josephine Barstow (vocal), conducted by Raymond Leppard.
11 May 1977 (165th season, no. 8): Bach, Mass in B minor, given by Sheila Armstrong, Janet Baker, Robert Tear and Norman Bailey (vocal), with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Choir, conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini.
2 November 1977 (166th season, no. 2): Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra with Hannes Kastner (organ) and Wolfgang Hellmich (vocal), conducted by Kurt Masur.
8 November 1978 (167th concert, no. 2): BBC Symphony Orchestra with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (vocal), conducted by David Atherton, including the first UK performance of Witold Lutoslawski, Les Espaces du Sommeil (conducted by the composer).
11 April 1979 (167th season, no. 7): London Symphony Orchestra with Murray Perahia (piano), conducted by Claudio Abbado.
5 December 1979 (168th season, no. 3): BBC Symphony Orchestra with Gillian Weir (organ), John Mitchinson (vocal) and the BBC Singers, conducted by Michael Gielen, including the first performance of Fricker, Laudi Concertati, op. 80.
23 January 1980 (168th season, no. 4): Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Antal Dorati.
27 February 1980 (168th season, no. 5): BBC Symphony Orchestra with Clifford Curzon (piano), conducted by James Loughran.
7 May 1980 (168th season, final): Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra with Moura Lympany (piano), conducted by Paavo Berglund.
10 December 1980 (169th season, no. 3): BBC Symphony Orchestra with Ida Haendel (violin), conducted by Gennadi Rozhdestvensky.
21 January 1981 (169th season, no. 4): Scottish National Orchestra, with Paul Tortelier (cello), conducted by Sir Alexander Gibson.
18 February 1981 (169th season, no. 5): BBC Symphony Orchestra with Elisabeth Söderström and Thomas Allen (vocal), conducted by Michael Gielen.
18 March 1981 (169th season, no. 6): English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Pinchas Zukerman.
16 October 1985 (174th season): Handel, Alexander's Feast given by Patrizia Kwella, Rogers Covey-Crump and David Thomas with the Winchester Cathedral Choir and the Academy of Ancient Music, conducted by Christopher Hogwood.
20 November 1985 (174th season): Emma Kirkby, Nigel Rogers and David Thomas (bass) and the Taverner Consort and Players, conducted by Andrew Parrott.
Date range of collection
1935 - 1985
Accumulation Dates
Suggested Audience
Not Specific
Associated People or Organisations

Location Details

Bodleian Library, Music Library
Broad Street,Music Library Oxford OX1 3BG
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01865 277063
01865 277182
Visiting Information
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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Associated Collection(s)
Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council