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David Bispham´s Concerts (1895-1899)
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d.488.c. (3.)
A collection of programmes and wordbooks for five concerts given by David Bispham, held at St. James’s Hall, London on 7 May and 10 December 1895, 7 January and 31 October 1896 and 6 May 1899. Also, programmes and wordbooks for individual concerts given at the same venue by Madame Fanny Copeland and Miss Maud MacCarthy, held on 29 March and 21 May 1898.

- David Bispham Concerts
7 May 1895: Brahms Concert, with David Bispham, Mr Shakespeare, Mrs Henschel and Miss Agnes Janson (vocal), Miss Fanny Davies (piano), Senor Arbos (viola), Herr Paersch and Mr Bushy (horn) and Miss Clara Eissler (harp) (with handwritten annotations offering observations on the performance).

10 December 1895 and 7 January 1896: ‘Music of Old Times’/’English Music of Modern Times’, being the first two performances in Bispham’s Winter Series (with historical and biographical notes by Edgar F. Jacques, including notes on the instruments used for the first concert). The concerts were given by the following performers:
10 December 1895: Mrs Hutchinson (soprano), Mr Bispham (baritone), Mr Fuller-Maitland (harpsichord), Miss Dolmetsch (viola da gamba) and Arnold Dolmetsch (lute).
7 January 1896: Miss Esther Palliser (soprano), Mr David Bispham (baritone) and Mr Leonard Borwick (piano), a string quartet of Richard Gompertz, Mr Jacoby, Mr Hunt and Mr Whitehouse, the male chorus from the Royal College of Music and The Meister Glee Singers (Messrs. Sexton, Hast, Forington, and Norcross), accompanied by Mr Henry Bird..

31 October 1896: Farewell Concert, assisted by Mlle Camilla Landi and Mr Johannes Wolff, accompanied by Mr Henry Bird. This was a concert of solo vocal music, including the first English performance of Brahms, Four Serious Songs, op.121, music for violin and piano by Rubinstein and the first London performance of violin solos by Sinding and Hubay (with historical and biographical notes by Edgar F. Jacques and a list of all the pieces performed at Mr Bispham’s concerts).

6 May 1899: Request Concert, assisted by Mdlle Janotha with Mr Henry Bird at the piano. This was a predominantly vocal concert, including two sets of pieces for solo piano performed by Janotha, the second being of her own composition.

- Madame Fanny Copeland’s Vocal Recital
29 March 1898: with Fanny Copeland (soprano), Fröken Theodora Salicath (alto), Miss Katie Goodson (piano) and M. Marix Loewensohn (cello), accompanied by Mr Henry Bird.

- Miss Maud MacCarthy’s Morning Concert
21 May 1898: with Miss Louise Phillips (vocal), Miss Fanny Davies (piano), and Miss Maud MacCarthy (violin), conducted by Mr F.A. Sewell. This was a two-part concert of vocal and instrumental solos, including music by Bach, Cesti, Legrenzi, Saint-Saens, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Chopin and Sarasate.
Date range of collection
1895 - 1899
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British Library, Music Collections
96 Euston Road London NW1 2DB
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council