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Collection Description

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Diana Gordon Collection: London Concert Halls (1933-73)
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A collection of 32 programmes for performances given at eight London civic and concert halls between 1932 and 1973, held loosely and arranged in a miscellaneous fashion across the ten variously sized parcels comprising the Diana Gordon collection.

All programmes referred to here contain detailed information regarding the performers involved. Many also include words and programme notes.

Items are listed here alphabetically by venue title.

- Caxton Hall, Westminster
25 June 1948: Moravian Teachers Choir, conducted by Prof. Jan Šoupal, in association with the British-Czechoslovak Friendship League, Czechoslovak Institute, Czechoslovak Colony Club, and Sokol Society (with wordbook).

- Central Hall, Westminster
With the exception of that on 21 June 1949, all concerts given at this venue were presented by the Morley College Concerts Society and were conducted, unless otherwise stated below, by Walter Goehr.
5 July 1946: Monteverdi, Vespers of 1610, with Morley College Choir, Morley College Recorder Ensemble and Morley College Orchestra (with wordbook).
21 November 1947: St Cecilia's Eve, a two-part concert of music by Tallis, Handel, Priaulx Rainier and Purcell, given by Morley College Choir, Morley College Recorder Ensemble and the New London Orchestra, with Michael Tippett (additional conductor) (with words and notes).
30 January 1948: Frank Martin, Le Vin Herbé, with the Morley College Chamber Ensemble and Choir (handbill with extended programme notes of the reverse plus separate programme and wordbook).
5 May 1948: Gibbons, Tallis and Tippett, given by Morley College Choir and the New London Orchestra, conducted by Michael Tippett (with wordbook and notes).
21 May 1948: Monteverdi, L'Incoronazione di Poppea (first London performance), with Morley College Chamber Choir and Orchestra (with notes).
21 June 1949: Arnold Foster Choir and Orchestra with Pamela Woolmore (soprano), Barbara Gill (alto), Herbert Bowman (tenor) and Fabian Smith (baritone), conducted by Arnold Foster (with words). .
1 February 1950: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Morley College Choir with Walter Gieseking (piano) and Michael Tippett (additional conductor) (with notes).
10 January 1951: London National Orchestra and Morley College Choir, conducted by Walter Goehr (with notes and handwritten annotations regarding performance timings).

- Chelsea Town Hall
17 June 1948: French a Capella Music, presented by the Morley College Concerts Society, under the auspices of The French Ambassador and in association with the Arts Council of Great Britain, given by the Couraud Vocal Ensemble, conducted by Marcel Couraud (with words).

- Conway Hall
14 December 1948: Philomel Singers, conducted by Michael Howard, for the Exploratory Concert Society (with wordbook and brief notes). .

17 October 1967: Music in Our Time, given by the Tagore Piano Trio, including music by Stephen Dodgson and Boruslav Martinu and first performances of pieces by Gian Francesco Malipiero and Dunca Druce (with biographical notes).
18 October 1968: Music in Our Time, given by Alan Hacker (clarinet), Ian Lake (piano) and Duncan Druce (viola), being a concert of instrumental music by early twentieth-century English composers (with notes).

- Purcell Room
[no date] February 1973: French harpsichord music, given by Kenneth Gilbert (with notes and biographical notes).

- Queen Elizabeth Hall
14 April 1969: Gérard Souzay (vocal), accompanied by Dalton Baldwin, presented by the Kirckman Concert Society Ltd (with wordbook).
22 February 1970: Rafael Orozco (piano), including music by Albénez, Schumann, Brahms and Ravel (with programme notes and biographical notes).
10 March 1973: Josef Sivó (violin) and Tamás Vásáry (piano), including violin sonatas by Mozart, Bartok and Beethoven (with programme notes and biographical notes).

- Queen's Hall
5 February, 5 March and 23 April 1933: London Philharmonic Orchestra with Sir Thomas Beecham, as part of the Sunday Orchestral Concerts (with notes).
16 April [1935]: London Philharmonic Orchestra with Franz Osborn (piano), conducted by Heinz Unger (with notes).
16 January 1939: London Symphony Orchestra, with Alfred Cortot (piano), conducted by Stanley Chapple (conductor) (with analytical notes and musical examples).
27 October to 12 November [no year]: Sibelius Festival (six concerts), given by the London Philharmonic Society under Sir Thomas Beecham (prospectus with programmes, including introductory and programme notes and lists of the Patrons and of the Festival and of the orchestral ensemble). Also held are individual programmes for the concerts on 5 and 11 November.

- St. John's Smith Square
16 May 1971: Richard Hickox Singers and Orchestra, directed by Richard Hickox (with programme notes and biographical notes).

- Royal Albert Hall
2 January 1932: Handel, The Messiah, given by the Royal Choral Society with the New Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Malcolm Sargent (with wordbook).
5 March 1932: Haydn, The Creation (Bi-centenary Festival Concert), presented by the Royal Philharmonic Society and given by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and The Royal Choral Society, conducted by Dr Malcolm Sargent (with wordbook and some handwritten annotations).
24 March 1934: Elgar, The Dream of Gerontius (Elgar Memorial Concert), given by the Royal Choral Society for the benefit of the Musicians' Benevolent Fund, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Adrian Boult and Sir Landon Ronald (with wordbook and occasional annotations regarding performance timings).
8-20 June 1936: S. Coleridge Taylor, The Song of Hiawatha, given by the Royal Choral Society (Souvenir Programme and wordbook).
13 November 1943: William Walton, Belshazzar's Feast, given by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Choral Society, conducted by Dr Malcolm Sargent (with wordbook).
17 February 1948: New Era Concert Society concert no. 2 (first series), given by the Alexandra Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Richard Austen (with wordbook).
6 October 1950: Elisabeth Schumann (vocal) with Gerald Moore, given for the Henry Wood Concert Society, with Joseph Szigeti (violin) and Carlo Bussotti (piano) (with words and brief notes).
Date range of collection
1933 - 1973
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council