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Collection Description

Collection Title
Del Mar Programme Notes 1-150 (1946-50)
Unique Identifier
Del 19C
A collection of programmes for performances given by the Central London Orchestra/Chelsea Symphony Orchestra at the Town Hall, Chelsea (1946–50), the Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatorie at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh (1949), and the Royal Philharmonic Society at various English venues (1947–49), each including programme notes written by Norman del Mar, held within the first of four box-files containing drafts and other material relating to del Mar's activity as a programme note writer.

A large number of these items carry handwritten alterations/corrections to the notes and offer other indications of re-drafting.

1. Central London Orchestra (1946–47)/Chelsea Symphony Orchestra (1948–50)
All performances were given at the Town Hall, Chelsea and were conducted by Norman del Mar. All programmes include words for the vocal/choral pieces.
26 November 1946: George Chitty (tenor) and Dennis Brain (horn), assisted by members of the Blackfriars Singers.
25 March 1947: Margaret Field-Hyde (soprano) and Denis East (violin).
2 December 1947: Joyce Riddle (piano) and Sarah Greville (soprano).
24 February 1948: Denis East (violin).
18 May 1948: Gareth Morris (flute) and Donald Munro (vocal).
20 July 1948: Douglas Cameron (cello) and Ernest Frank (vocal).
23 November 1948: Denis East (violin) (2 copies).
31 May 1949: Dennis Brain (horn) (3 copies).
20 February 1950: Flora Nielsen (vocal) and Robert Keys (piano) (2 copies).

2. Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatorie (1949)
All performances were given at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh International Festival of Music and Drama. There are 2 copies of each programme listed.
5 September 1949: conducted by Bruno Walter.
6 September 1949: Ginette Neveu (violin), conducted by André Cluytens.
8 September 1949: Kathleen Ferrier (vocal), conducted by Bruno Walter.
11 September 1949: Monique de la Burchollerie (piano), conducted by André Cluytens.

3. Royal Philharmonic Society (1947–49)
A number of these concerts were given under the auspices of the Thomas Beecham Concert Society and the majority of the programmes for performances conducted by Beecham include a photograph of him.
[no date], Royal Albert Hall: Myra Hess (piano), conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent, including the first European performance of Artur Schnabel, Symphony No. 1 (with musical examples and a list of the orchestral ensemble).
5 October [1947], Theatre Royal, Drury Lane: A Concert of Works by Richard Strauss (in the presence of the composer), with Paul Tortelier (cello), conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham, including the first English performance of Fantasie, 'Die Frou Ohne Schatten'.
12 January 1948, Town Hall, Watford: conducted by Norman del Mar.
31 March and 1 and 2 April 1948, Assembly Hall, Belfast: conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham.
3 April 1948, Theatre Royal, Dublin: conducted by Thomas Beecham (with a list of the orchestral ensemble, 3 copies).
18 April [1948], Theatre Royal, Drury Lane: conducted by Thomas Beecham (with a list of the orchestral ensemble, 2 copies).
7 June [1948], Royal Albert Hall: Viennese Music, with Joan Hammond (vocal) and Walter Susskind (piano), conducted by Susskind, under the auspices of the Apollo Concert Society.
13 June [1948], Winter Gardens, Eastbourne: conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham (2 copies).
28 June 1948, Albert Hall, Nottingham: conducted by Norman del Mar (with a list of orchestral ensemble, 2 copies).
11 July [1948], Winter Gardens, Eastbourne: conducted by Muir Mathieson.
18 July 1948, Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone: conducted by Thomas Beecham.
1 August [1948], Winter Gardens, Eastbourne: William Glock (piano), conducted by Norman del Mar (with a photograph of del Mar and a list of the orchestral ensemble).
23 and 24 April 1949, Glyndebourne: Mozart Concerts, conducted by Thomas Beecham and given in association with the Arts Council of Great Britain as part of a Series of Week-End Concerts (with a list of the orchestral ensemble, 3 copies for 23 April).
Date range of collection
1946 - 1950
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Not Specific
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Location Details

Royal College of Music, Library
Prince Consort Road London SW7 2BS United Kingdom
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020 7591 4323
020 7589 7740
Visiting Information
Loans of performance sets to individual societies or persons; binding; reprographics; photocopying; microform printing
Collections Overview
Founded in 1883, the RCM Library primarily supports the performance, study and research of RCM members. It is also open to the public for reference and research. It contains some 300,000 items, including significant collections of early printed and manuscript material from the 16th to 19th centuries, given to the College upon its foundation, specifically the Libraries of the Sacred Harmonic Society and of the Concerts of Ancient Music. Donations since have included autographs of composers of international renown, amongst them Beethoven, Chopin, Haydn, Mozart and Schubert, as well as manuscripts and archives of major British composers. Although a British bias is apparent, the collection also has significant German and Italian manuscripts and early printed holdings. Later acquisitions of printed music include large quantities of out-of-print material, and sizeable collections of performance sets. Audio-visual holdings and the RCM's own sound archive's are also extensive.
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council