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Collection Description

Collection Title
Del Mar Programme Notes 239-320 (1951-54)
Unique Identifier
Del 19C
A collection of programme books for performances given by various ensembles as part of the Edinburgh International Festival of Music and Drama in 1951 and 1954, each of which contain historical and analytical notes (with musical examples) by Norman del Mar, held within the third of four boxes of material relating to the del Mar’s activity as a programme note writer.

This box also includes 6 copies of a programme book, also with notes by del Mar, for a performance given by the Philharmonia Orchestra on 15 October 1954 at the Royal Festival Hall, London, with Edwin Fischer (piano), conducted by Herbert von Karajan [229].

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

Where no other indication is given, the Edinburgh Festival performances were given at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh. All of these programmes include a list of the orchestral ensemble.

24, 25 and 27 August 1951, Freemasons’ Hall, Edinburgh: Boyd Neel Orchestra, conducted by Boyd Neel with the vocalists Richard Lewis (25 August) and Suzanne Danco (27 August) (2 copies for each date) [274-276].

7 September 1951: Hallé Orchestra with Kathleen Ferrier (vocal) and George Alexander (viola), conducted by Sir John Barbirolli [277].

24 August 1954: Danish State Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Eugene Ormandy [294].

26 August 1954: BBC Scottish Orchestra with Isaac Stern (violin), Alvar Lidell (speaker) and Pipe-Major Robert Reid, conducted by Ian Whyte, including the first performance of Alan Rawsthorne, Practical Cats, An entertainment for Children [295].
Date range of collection
1951 - 1954
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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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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