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Collection Description

Collection Title
Diana Gordon Collection: Royal Festival Hall (1951-74)
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A collection of programmes for performances given at the Royal Festival Hall London between May 1951 and February 1974, held loosely and arranged in a miscellaneous fashion across the ten variously sized parcels comprising the Diana Gordon collection.

All programmes contain detailed information regarding the performers involved, and the majority include some form of historical programme notes.

Programmes are listed here in chronological order. From the start of 1962, all concerts featured the London Symphony Orchestra, the majority of the concerts forming part of the LSO International Series.

30 May 1951: vocal music by Tallis, Stravinsky and Tippett, presented by the Morley College Concerts Society as part of the Festival of Britain, given by Morley College Choir and the Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Michael Tippett and Walter Goehr (with wordbook).

3-15 September 1951: International Dance Festival, organized by the English Folk Dance and Song Society and involving The Yugoslav National Dancers and Singers, The Dancers from Northern Ireland, The Spanish Dancers from Salamanca and Cordoba, and The Scottish National Dancers (Souvenir Programme).

10 March 1953: Hugo Wolff, Italienisches Liederbuch, given by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau with Hermann Reutter (piano), in association with the Philharmonic Concert Society (with wordbook and a number of handwritten annotations, commenting largely on the style of performance).

27 May 1954: Eight Coronation Concerts no. 3, presented by the Royal Philharmonic Society to celebrate the coronation of Elizabeth II, given by the BBC Choral Society and BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent (with wordbook).

14 and 22 September 1954: Mozart, Don Giovanni/Le Nozze di Figaro, given as part of a Festival of Mozart Operas by the Vienna State Opera and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Karl Böhm (with a plot synopsis plus an inserted handbill advertising the re-opening of the Vienna State Opera, to be celebrated between 5 and 30 November 1955).

5 June 1956: Stravinsky, The Soldier's Tale, conducted by Alexander Gibson (with notes).

11 November 1956: Bach recital given by Rosalyn Tureck (piano) (with notes).

9 November 1959: Stravinsky, Oedipus Rex, given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Men's Chorus, conducted by the composer (with words, Analytical notes and musical examples).

31 May 1960: Music of Flanders and Spain, presented by The Orchestral Concerts Society Ltd, and given by the New York Pro Musica with Noah Greenberg (director) (with words and notes, including notes on the instruments used).

4 May 1961: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Skitch Henderson (conductor) and Tamas Vasary (piano) (with notes).

8 March 1962: Berlioz, La Damnation de Faust, with the London Symphony Chorus, conducted by Pierre Monteux (with words and notes).

17 May 1962: with Yehudi Menuhin (violin).

7 November 1963: Schoenberg, Gurrelieder, with Goldsmiths Choral Union, Harrow Choral Society and the London Symphony Chorus, conducted by Normal del Mar (with wordbook).

24 April 1964: Berlioz, Romeo and Juliet, with the Bach Choir and Josephine Veasey (mezzo), Kenneth Macdonald (tenor) and David Ward (bass), conducted by Pierre Monteux (with wordbook).

13 and 16 December 1966: Berlioz, The Trojans Parts I and II, with the Chelsea Opera Group Chorus, conducted by Colin Davis (with wordbook).

9 December 1971: with Malcolm Frager (piano) and Sheila Armstrong (soprano) and conducted by Andre Previn (with words).

3 May 1973: with Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano), conducted by Andrew Davis, including the world premiere of Robert Simpson, Symphony No. 5 (LSO commission).

5 February 1974: with Martha Agerich (piano), Felicity Palmer (soprano) and Robert Tear (tenor), conducted by Andrew Davis.
Date range of collection
1951 - 1974
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Location Details

British Library
The British Library St Pancras ,96 Euston Road London NW1 2DB
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council