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Collection Description

Collection Title
Del Mar Programme Notes 321-397 (1954-
Unique Identifier
Del 19C
A collection of programmes for performances given in London and Edinburgh between 1954 and 1963, each of which includes historical and analytical notes (with musical examples) by Norman del Mar, held within the last of four boxes of material relating to del Mar's activity as a programme note writer.

The collection consists principally of performances given at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh International Festival of Music and Drama (1956–63) and by the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, London (1954–58).

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

1. Edinburgh International Festival of Music and Drama [332-33, 347-49, 345-46, 371 and 375-76]
All programmes provide brief biographical notes on the performers and include a list of the orchestral ensemble.
28 August 1956: Boston Symphony Orchestra with Isaac Stern (violin), conducted by Charles Munch, including the first European performance of Copland, Symphonic Ode (1929, revised 1955) (2 copies).
22 August 1956: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Frederick Riddle (viola) and John Kennedy (cello), conducted by Thomas Beecham (2 copies).
20 August 1957: Hallé Orchestra with Lois Marshall (soprano) and Heinz Rehfuss (baritone) and the Hallé Choir, conducted by Sir John Barbirolli.
25 August 1957: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Otto Klemperer (2 copies).
30 August 1957: Philharmonia Orchestra with Rudolf Firkusny (piano), conducted by Rafael Kubelik, including the first European performance of Martinu, Incantation, Piano Concerto No. 4 (2 copies).
4 September 1958: Stravinsky Programme, given by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, conducted by Ernest Ansermet.
5 September 1958: Britten Programme, given by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden with Jennifer Vyvyan, Norman Procter and Peter Pears (vocal), the Covent Garden Opera Chorus and the Boys of the Royal Danish Chapel Choir, conducted by Ernest Ansermet and Benjamin Britten.
24 August 1960: Philharmonia Orchestra with Claudio Arrau (piano), conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini.
21 August 1963: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden with Ella Lee (soprano) and Paul Doktor (viola), conducted by John Pritchard.
30 August 1963: Scottish National Orchestra, with Isaac Stern (violin), Leonard Rose (cello) and Eugene Istomin (piano), conducted by Alexander Gibson.

2. Philharmonia Orchestra [334-336, 341, 358 and 379]
Where no other indication is given below, these concerts were conducted by Herbert von Karajan.
20 June 1954: Tchaikovsky programme with Geza Anda (piano), conducted by Eugene Ormandy (2 copies).
24 June 1954:
29 June [1954]: (2 copies).
15 October 1954: Edwin Fischer (piano).
7 June 1957: Tchaikovsky Concert with Geza Anda (piano), conducted by Paul Kletzki (with photographs of the conductor and soloist, 4 copies).
10 February 1958: conducted by Constanti Silvestri (with a photograph of the conductor, 2 copies).

3. Miscelleous concerts [374 and 362]
7 February 1962, Royal Festival Hall: BBC Symphony Orchestra with Richard Lewis (tenor), Harry Danks (viola) and Paul Tortelier (cello), the BBC Chorus and BBC Choral Society, conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent (with a photograph of the conductor and a list of the orchestral ensemble).
18 April 1956, Wigmore Hall: Dennis Brain Chamber Orchestra (first appearance), with Leonard Brain (cor anglais), conducted by Dennis Brain (2 copies).
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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