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Collection Description

Collection Title
Edinburgh Festival (1815-19)
A collection of prospectuses, programmes with words, and other material relating to the Edinburgh Musical Festivals of 1815 and 1819, held as a single bound volume.

Both Festivals consisted of morning and evening performances. The former were made up of selections of sacred music and were given in the Parliament Buildings/Parliament House. The latter, described as Grand Miscellaneous Concerts, were two-part vocal performances with orchestral overtures and some instrumental/concertante items. These were given in Corri's Rooms (1815) and the Theatre (1819).

Prospectuses for both events provide detailed lists of the Patrons, Directors and Subscribers to the Festivals. All programmes provide a list of the vocal soloists (see below) and a list of the principal instrumental performers, led by Mr Yaniewicz [Janiewicz] and conducted by Mr Charles Ashley (1815)/Sir George Smart (1819).

Vocal: Madame Marconi, Mrs Salmon, Mr Smith, Mr Rolle and Mr Braham.

Morning concerts
31 October 1815: Grand Miscellaneous Act from the works of Handel; Haydn, The Creation.
2 November 1815: Handel, The Messiah.
3 November 1815: Grand Miscellaneous Act; selection from Handel, The Messiah; Haydn, The Creation (part I).
4 November 1815: Grand Selection of Sacred Music.

Evening concerts
31 October and 1 and 3 November 1815: the last including a New Overture (composed expressly for this occasion) by G. F. Graham.

Vocal: Miss Stephens, Miss Goodall, Miss Paton (morning performances only) and Signora Corri; Mr Braham, Signor Ambrogetti (evening only), Signor Begrez (evening only), Mr Jager, Mr Swift and Mr Bellamy.

Morning concerts
20 October 1819: Grand Selection; Haydn, The Creation (part II and III).
21 October 1819: Handel, The Messiah.
23 October 1819: Grand Selection; Beethoven, The Mount of Olives.

Evening concerts
19, 20 and 22 October 1819:

All programmes for this year repeat the list of Patrons and Directors for the Festival.
Date range of collection
1815 - 1819
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Location Details

Foundling Museum
40 Brunswick Square Bloomsbury London WC1N 1AZ United Kingdom
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Collections Overview
The Gerald Coke Handel Collection is an internationally important collection of material relating to Handel and his contemporaries, including manuscripts, printed books and music, libretti, paintings and engravings, memorabilia, art works and ephemera. The Handel collection is open for research Wednesday-Friday, and the display room (with access to recorded music) is open with the rest of the museum Tuesday-Sunday 10-6.
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council