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Collection Description

Collection Title
Del Mar Programme Notes 151-288 (1950)
Unique Identifier
Del 19C
A collection of programme books for 11 performances given at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh International Festival of 1950, each containing historical and analytical notes (with musical examples) by Norman del Mar, held within the second of four box-files containing material relating to del Mar’s activity as a programme note writer.

This box also includes a programme with words for a performance by the Chelsea Symphony Orchestra at the Town Hall, Chelsea on 6 June 1950, conducted by del Mar.

The individual identifiers given to these items are preserved in square brackets below.

1. Edinburgh International Festival
- Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française [226 and 228-232]
20 August 1950: Marguerite Long (piano), conducted by Roger Désormière (4 copies).
21 August 1950: Marcel Dupré (organ), conducted by Leonard Bernstein (5 copies).
22 August 1950: conducted by Thomas Beecham (6 copies).
23 August 1950: Leonard Bernstein (conductor and piano soloist) (5 copies).
24 August 1950: Pierre Fournier (cello), conducted by Thomas Beecham (4 copies).
25 August 1950: Robert Casadesus (piano), conducted by Roger Désormière (4 copies).

- Statsradiofonien Orchestra, Copenhagen [233 and 235-36]
26 August 1950: conducted by Fritz Busch (4 copies).
28 August 1950: Kathleen Ferrier (vocal) and the Edinburgh Royal Choral Union, conducted by Fritz Busch (4 copies).
29 August 1950: Claudio Arrau (piano), conduced by Erik Tuxen (3 copies).

- Miscellaneous ensembles [234 and 237]
27 August 1950: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Lady Beecham (piano) and Anthony Pini (cello), conducted by Thomas Beecham (4 copies).
30 August 1950: BBC Scottish Orchestra with Nathan Milstein (violin), conducted by Ian Whyte.

This box also includes a programme book for a production of Richard Strauss, Ariadne auf Naxos and Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, given by Glyndebourne Opera at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh between 21 August and 9 September 1950 [227].

2. Chelsea Town Hall [238]
6 June 1950: Chelsea Symphony Orchestra with Peter Pears (vocal) and Denis East (violin), conducted by Norman del Mar, including Hindemith, Violin Concerto (first British performance) and Britten, Our Hunting Fathers – Symphonic Cycle for Voice and Orchestra, op. 8 (first London performance) (with historical and descriptive notes, those for the Britten written by the composer, with a number of handwritten corrections).
Date range of collection
1950 - 1950
Accumulation Dates
Suggested Audience
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