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Collection Title
Ernst Henschel collection: London: Royal Albert Hall (1939-56)
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Henschel
Description
A collection of individual programmes and handbills for performances given at the Royal Albert Hall, London between 1939 and 1956, held loosely and arranged chronologically over boxes 27 to 34 of the Ernst Henschel Collection (1892-1966).

For an introduction to this collection see Ernst Henschel Collection: General.

1. Royal Philharmonic Society (1943-51)
2. Royal Choral Society (1939-56)
3. Henry Wood Promenade Concerts (1944-55)
4. Miscellaneous concerts (1039-54)

1. Royal Philharmonic Society
132nd season (nos.1 and 5)
9 October 1943 and 12 February 1944: London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by John Barbirolli/Sir Adrian Boult (box 27/i).

133rd season (nos. 1 and 8)
21 October 1944: London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Albert Coates (box 27/i).
26 May 1945: Hallé Orchestra, conducted by John Barbirolli (box 27/ii).

134th season (nos. 1, 5, 7 and 8)
20 October 1945: London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham (box 27/ii).
16 February, 13 April and 11 May 1946: the London Symphony Orchestra (cond. Basil Cameron), BBC Symphony Orchestra (cond. Sir Adrian Boult) and the Hallé Orchestra (cond. John Barbirolli) (box 28).

135th season (nos. 1, 2, 4, 7 and 8)
26 October and 16 November 1946: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Beecham (box 28).
25 January, 26 April and 17 May 1947: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, with Nicolai Malko/ Sir Thomas Beecham (box 29).

136th season (no. 7)
21 April 1948: BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult (box 30/i).

137th season (nos. 1-4)
20 October, 17 November and 15 December 1948: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Beecham (box 30/i).
26 January 1949: BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult (box 30/ii).

138th season (last concert)
17 May 1950: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Beecham (box 31/i).

139th season (nos. 2 and 8)
15 November 1950: BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult (box 31/i).
18 April 1951: BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent (box 31/ii).

NB: the Henschel collection also contains programmes for performances given by the Royal Philharmonic Society at the Queen’s Hall (1938-41) and the Royal Festival Hall (1951-59).


2. Royal Choral Society
Unless otherwise stated, these concerts were given with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (1939 to end of 1946)/London Symphony Orchestra (from 1947), conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent, with the vocal soloists listed below.
22 February 1939: Elgar, The Kingdom, with Miss Elsie Suddaby, Miss Astra Desmond, Mr Eric Greene and Mr Roy Henderson (box 26).
5 May 1939: Elgar, Serenade for Strings and The Dream of Gerontius, with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Bradford Festival Choral Society, Croydon Philharmonic Society, Huddersfield Choral Society and Miss Gladys Ripley, Mr Heddle Nash and Mr Harold Williams (box 26).
13 March 1943: Elgar, The Dream of Gerontius, with Astra Desmond, Heddle Nash and Tom Williams (box 27/i).
2 October 1943: George Dyson, The Canterbury Pilgrims, with Isobel Baillie, Edward Reach and Roy Henderson, conducted by the composer (box 27/i).
5 February 1944: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Hiawatha, with Janet Hamilton-Smith, Henry Wendon and John Hargreaves and the London Symphony Orchestra (box 27/i).
13 May 1944: Delius, A Mass of Life, with Ruth Naylor, Muriel Brunskill, Parry Jones and Roy Henderson (box 27/i).
3 March 1945: Mendelssohn, Elijah, with Joan Taylor, Janet Howe, Bradbridge White and Dennis Noble (box 27/ii).
18 May 1946: Joan Taylor, Astra Desmond, Jan van der Gucht, Dennis Noble and Norman Walker (box 28).
10 May 1947: Isobel Baillie and Mary Jarred (box 29).
15 April 1949: Ena Mitchell, Mary Jarred, James Johnston and Harold Williams (box 30/ii).
3 December 1949: Joan Cross, Heddle Nash and Gordon Clinton (box 30/ii).
6 December 1952: (box 32/ii).
17 March 1956: including the first London performacen of Howells, Missa Sabrinensis, with Elsie Morison, Marjorie Thomas, William Herbert and Gordon Clinton (box 34/i).


3. Henry Wood Promenade Concerts
Unless otherwise stated below, all programme books include both words and notes. With the exception of those for the 1944 season, all programmes cite the involvement of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
17, 19, 20, 23, 24, 28 and 29 June 1944 (Jubilee Season): with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (box 27/i).
21, 23, 25-28 and 30-31 July, 1, 3-4, 6-10, 13-14, 16-18, 24-25, 28 and 30 August and 4, 7, 11 and 13-15 September 1945: London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Basil Cameron, Sir Adrian Boult and Constant Lambert. The programmes for 28 and 30 July, and 9, 17 and 30 August are handwritten (box 27/ii).
27 and 29-31 July, 1-3, 7-9, 12-14, 16-17, 21, 23-24 and 28-31 August and 2-4, 6-7, 10-12, 14 and 16-21 September 1946 (52nd series). The programmes for 29 July, 17 August and 2, 6, 16 and 20 September are handwritten (box 28).
11, 16 and 18 January 1947 (winter series): conducted by Basil Cameron (11 January)/Sir Adrian Boult (16 and 18 January) (box 29).
21, 23 and 25-26 July, 1, 5, 8, 11-13, 15, 20, 22, 25-27 and 30 August and 2, 4 and 10-12 September 1947 (53rd season): London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Adrian Boult, Basil Cameron and Sir Malcolm Sargent. The programmes for 1 August and 12 September are handwritten (box 29).
27 and 29 July, 3, 5-6, 9, 12-14, 16, 20-21, 23, 25, 28 and 31 August and 2, 10-11, 13 and 15-17 September 1948 (54th season): London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Malcolm Sargent and Basil Cameron. The programmes for 9, 23 and 28 August are handwritten (box 30/i).
22 January 1949 (winter season): conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent (box 30/ii).
29 July, 1, 5, 11-12, 15-16 and 25-26 August and 1, 6 and 13 September 1949 (55th season): London Symphony Orchestra and London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult, Trevor Harvey and Leslie Woodgate. The programme for 5 August is handwritten (box 30/ii).
25-26 July, 3-4, 8, 21, 23 and 25 August, and 1, 5, 8 and 15 September 1950 (56th season): London Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Basil Cameron and Sir Malcolm Sargent (box 31/i).
3, 6, 13, 17, 22 and 31 August and 7 and 10 September 1951 (57th season): London Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Basil Cameron, Malcolm Sargent and John Hollingsworth (box 31/ii).
5 August and 6 September 1952 (58th season): conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent (box 32/i).
27, 29 and 31 July, 6, 14, 21 and 26 August and 2-3, 7, 10-11 and 17-18 September 1953 (59th season): BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Halle Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent, Trevor Harvey, John Hollingsworth, Sir Adrian Boult, Basil Cameron and Sir John Barbirolli. The programme for 21 August is handwritten (box 32/ii).
9, 14 and 16 August 1954 (Diamond Jubilee Season): London Symphony Orchestra (Basil Cameron), the BBC Symphony Orchestra (Malcolm Sargent) and the London Philharmonic Orchestra (Basil Cameron) (box 33/i).
27 July 1955: BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Malcolm Sargent (handwritten) (box 33/ii).


4. Miscellaneous concerts
Box 26
28 March 1939: London Symphony Orchestra, with Pablo Casals (cello), conducted by Albert Coates.
1 April 1939: Pageant Music and the People in ten episodes, conducted by Alan Bush. This constituted the first of three concerts given as the Festival of Music for the People, the remainder being on 3 and 5 April at the Conway Hall and Queen’s Hall.

Box 27/i
25 September 1943: London Symphony Orchestra with Noel Mewton-Wood (piano), the Alexandra Choir and Norman Walker (vocal), conducted by Basil Cameron as part of Jay Pomeroy’s Festival of Russian Music.
23 April 1944: National Symphony Orchestra with Joan Hammond, Janet Howe and Parry Jones (vocal), Moiseiwitsch (piano) and the BBC and Luton Choral Societies, conducted by Basil Cameron.
12 May 1944: BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.
19 May 1944: BBC Symphony Orchestra, with Isobel Baillie, Gladys Ripley, Parry Jones, Norman Walker and Roy Henderson (vocal) and the BBC Choral Society, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.
3, 4 and 5 June 1944: Three performances given by the London Symphony Orchestra as part of Jay Pomeroy’s Second Festival of Russian Music. The concerts featured the following soloist/conductor combinations: Max Rostal (violin)/Dr Heathcote Statham; Moura Lympany (piano)/Albert Coates; and Nicolas Medtner (piano)/Adrian Boult.
6 June 1944: A Delius Memorial Concert given by the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Swales Atkinson (baritone), Katharine Goodson (piano) and the BBC Choral Society, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.
7 June 1944: London Symphony Orchestra with Moiseiwitsch (piano), conducted by Fistoulari as part of Jay Pomeroy’s Second Festival of Russian Music.
1 October 1944: London Philharmonic Orchestra with Yehudi Menuhin (violin), conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.
12 November and 24 December 1944: Harold Holt Sunday Concerts given by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, with Nicole Henriot (piano), conducted by Charles Munch (November) and the Royal Choral Society, conducted by Malcolm Sargent (December).
25 November 1944: London Symphony Orchestra with Moiseiwitsch (piano), conducted by Fistoulari.
2 December 1944: London Philharmonic Orchestra with Betty Humby Beecham (piano), conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham, including the first London performance of Handel-Beecham, Piano Concerto.
13 December 1944, NGC: Louis Kentner (piano).

Box 27/ii
6 January 1945: Saturday Book Concert with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Benjamin Britten, Francis Poulenc and Basil Cameron.
13 January 1945: The Bach Choir, with Isobel Baillie, Audrey Strange, Eric Greene, Grace Bodey and Henry Cummings and the Jacques Orchestra, conducted by Jacques.
11 February 1945: Harold Holt Sunday Concert, BBC Symphony Orchestra with Clifford Curzon (piano), conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.
28 February 1945: London Philharmonic Orchestra, Leicester Philharmonic Society and Morley College Choir with Joan Cross, Margaret McArthur, Peter Pears and Owen Brannigan (vocal), conducted by Basil Cameron and Michael Tippett, including the first concert performance of Bax, Fantasies on Polish Christmas Carols.
22 February and 7 and 24 March 1945: Musical Culture Limited presents the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
12 April 1945: Goldsmiths’ Choral Union with Isobel Baillie, Astra Desmond, Edward Reach, Roy Henderson and Samuel Worthington (vocal) and the Goldsmiths’ Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Frederick Haggis, including the first performance of George Dyson, Quo Vadis.
23 May 1945: London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Luton Choral Society with Joan Cross and Gerard Souzay (vocal) and Kathleen Long (piano), conducted by Charles Munch.
27 June 1945: BBC Symphony Orchestra with P. Casals, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.
1 November 1945: London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Beecham.
25 November 1945: Harold Holt Sunday Concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra and Yehudi Menuhin (violin), conducted by Malcolm Sargent.
28 November 1945: BBC Symphony Concerts/BBC Symphony Orchestra with Menuhin (violin), conducted by Boult.

Box 28
11 and 30 January and 8 March 1946: London Symphony Orchestra with Edna Iles (piano), conducted by George Weldon.
23 January and 6 March 1946: BBC Symphony Concerts with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Rafael Kubelik and Adrian Boult.
1 February 1946: Goldsmiths’ Symphony Orchestra with Ida Haendel (violin), conducted by Frederick Haggis.
2 February 1946: Ernest Read Orchestral Concerts for Children (3rd concert of Morning Series).
30 March 1946: Harold Holt Sunday Concert/London Symphony Orchestra with Cyril Smith (piano), conducted by Charles Hambourg.
17 April 1946: Goldsmiths’ Choral Union and Symphony Orchestra with Kathleen Ferrier, Peter Pears and Norman Walker (vocal), conducted by Frederick Haggis.
1 May 1946: London Philharmonic Orchestra with Blanchette Tarjus, conducted by Malcolm Sargent.
17 May 1946: Piano Recital, Artur Schnabel.
2 June 1946: Harold Holt Sunday Concert/London Symphony Orchestra with Pouishnoff (piano), conducted by Albert Coates.
13 June 1946: Handel Festival (second day), Goldsmiths’ Choral Union and Symphony Orchestra with Elsie Suddaby, Sybil Danby, Edward Reach and Norman Lumsden (vocal), conducted by Frederick Haggis.
24 June 1946: Yehudi Menuhin (violin) and Gerald Moore (piano).
20 October 1946: Harold Holt Sunday Concert/London Symphony Orchestra with Leon Goossens (oboe), conducted by Eugene Goosons.
26 October, 4, 8 and 15 November and 11 December 1946: Delius Festival, organized by the Royal Philharmonic Society in conjunction with the Delius Trust and the BBC, given by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham and Richard Austin (prospectus with programmes, including those for performances given on 18 and 21 November at Westminster Central Hall). There are individual programme booklets for all performances except that on 26 October, which detail the involvement of the BBC Choral Society (4 and 15 November), Croydon Philharmonic Society (8 and 15 November), the Stock Exchange Male Voice Choir (8 November) and Luton Choral Society (21 November).
22 November 1946: St. Cecilia’s Day Festival Concert, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, trumpeters from the Royal Military Schol of Music and the Alexandra Choir. Also, Phyllis Sellick and Cyril Smith (piano) and Arnold Grier (organ), conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.
27 November 1946: BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.
11 December 1946: Delius, A Mass of Life, part of Delius Festival 1946 under the direction of Sir Thomas Beecham.

Box 29
January-March 1947: BBC Concerts (prospectus with programmes, including those for performances at the People’s Palace and in the Concert Hall at Broadcasting House).
16 April 1947: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Ida Haendel (violin), conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham, presented by the Central Maccabi Fund.
29 May 1947: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Adolf Busch (violin), conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham.
7 May 1947: London Symphony Orchestra with Solomon (piano), conducted by Malcolm Sargent.
29 October 1947: BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Women’s Chorus, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult, including R. Strauss, Till Eulenspiegel (conducted by the composer).
22 November 1947: St. Cecilia’s Day Festival with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, trumpeters of the Royal Military School of Music and Luton Choral Society, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.
10 December 1947: Berlioz, Grande Messe des Morts, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Choral Society and Luton Choral Society, conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham

Box 30/i
4 February 1948: BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Basil Cameron.
10 February 1948: Mahler, Symphony no.8, presented by the Henry Wood Concert Society, given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.
5 March 1948: New Era Concert Society (1st season, no.3), with the Philhamornia Orchestra, conducted by Otto Klemperer. Also, flyer with programmes for performances on 31 January, 17 February, 20 March and 19 April.
19 April 1948: New Era Concert Society, Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Richard Austin.
7 October 1949: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with Elisabeth Schwarzkoff (vocal), conducted by Josef Krips.

Box 30/ii
27 January 1949: Beethoven Cycle, concert no.1 given by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Eduard van Beinum.
16 February 1949: BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ernest Ansermet.
3 and 14 June 1949: Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Eugene Ormandy.
13 October 1949: Concert of Works by Ernest Bloch conducted by the composer, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
6 November 1949: Remembrance Day Concert by the London Symphony Orchestra with the BBC Choral Society, conducted by R. Vaughan Williams and Arthur Bliss.
3 November and 1 December 1949: Tchaikovsky Festival, concert nos. 1 and 5, given by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Nicolai Malko.

Box 31/i
9 March, 4 May and 2 November 1950: London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Eduard van Beinum and Sir Adrian Boult (2 November).
17 April 1950: Festival of Israeli Music (Souvenir Programme).
7 May, 8 and 29 October 1950: London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Malcolm Sargent and Muir Mathieson (8 October).
22 May 1950: Philharmonia Concert Society, Philhamronia Orchestra with Kirsten Flagstad (vocal), conducted by Wilhelm Furtwangler, including the ‘World’s First Performance’ of R. Strauss, Four Last Songs.
18 November 1950: Rural Music Schools Association 21st Birthday Festival (Souvenir Programme).
5 December 1950: First Concert of the New Era Concert Society given by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Richard Austin.
6 December 1950: BBC Symphony Concerts given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Albert Wolff.

Box 31/ii
21 February 1951: BBC Symphony Concerts/BBC Symphony Orchestra and Choral Society, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.
17 April 1951: Sixth Concert of the New Era Concert Society, given by Kirsten Flagstad (soprano) and Edwin McArthur (piano).
12 May 1951: National Brass Band Club, Festival of Britain Concert, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.
20 May 1951: BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Women’s Chorus, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult, part of the Festival of Britain.
27 May, 7 and 17 June 1951: Royal Philharmonic Society/Orchestra, conducted by Leopold Stokowski (27 May) and Sir Thomas Beecham.
29 July 1951: Latvian Song Festival. Also, a prospectus with programmes for all three performances given in at this event, the remainder being on 27 July (Wigmore Hall) and 28 July (Kingsway), with separate programmes for the same.

Box 32/i
30 January 1952: BBC Symphony Concerts/Hindemith, Mathis der Maler, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Clarence Raybould.
4 May 1952: London Symphony Orchestra with Yehudi Menuhin (violin), conducted by Josef Krips, including the first English performance of Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto in D minor.
25 September 1952: London Philharmonic Orchestra with Yehudi Menuhin (violin), conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.

Box 33/i
5 December 1954: Philharmonia Orchestra with Moura Lympany (piano), conducted by Khachaturyan.
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1939 - 1956
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