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Collection Title
Ernst Henschel collection: London: Royal Festival Hall (1951-65)
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Henschel
Description
A collection of programmes and handbills for performances given at the Royal Festival Hall, London between 1951 and 1965, held loosely and arranged chronologically across boxes 31 to 37 of the Ernst Henschel collection (1892-1966).

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

1. Royal Philharmonic Society (1951–59)
2. Experimental Rehearsal of New Orchestral Music/Society for the Promotion of New Music (1954-60)
3. Miscellaneous concerts

1. Royal Philharmonic Society
Unless otherwise stated below, these concerts were given by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, with the conductors cited below.

140th season (nos.2, 3 and 7)
14 November and 12 December 1951: Basil Cameron and Charles Kennedy Scott/Thomas Beecham (box 31/ii).
23 April 1952: Clarence Raybould (box 32/i).

141st season (nos.1-4 and 7-8)
22 October, 19 November and 17 December 1952: Thomas Beecham (box 32/i).
21 January, 15 April and 13 May 1953: Hallé Orchestra (Sir John Barbirolli), BBC Symphony Orchestra (Malcolm Sargent) and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Thomas Beecham) (box 32/ii).

142nd season (no.4 and Special Concert)
13 January and 27 May 1954: Hallé Orchestra (Sir John Barbirolli)/Special Concert conducted by Igor Stravinsky (box 33/i).

143rd season (nos.1-3 and 6)
20 October, 17 November and 15 December 1954: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Thomas Beecham), BBC Symphony Orchestra (Malcolm Sargent) and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Beecham) (box 33/i).
16 March 1955: Paul Hindemith (box 33/ii).

144th season (no.5)
15 February 1956: Efrem Kurtz (box 34/i).

145th season (nos.5-6)
13 February and 13 March 1957: BBC Symphony Orchestra (Malcolm Sargent) and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Rudolf Kempe) (box 34/ii).

147th season (no.3)
14 January 1959: London Symphony Orchestra (Sir Eugene Goossens) (box 35/i).

NB: the Henschel collection also contains programmes for performances given by the Royal Philharmonic Society at the Queen’s Hall (1938-41) and at the Royal Albert Hall (1943-51).


2. Experimental Rehearsal of New Orchestral Works/Society for the Promotion of New Music (nos.25-32 and 34)
20 November 1954: London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maurice Miles (box 33/i).
30 April and 17 December 1955: Goldsbrough Orchestra and Morley College Choir/London Philharmonic Orchestra (Eugene Goossens) (box 33/ii).
19 May 1956: Kalmar Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Colin Davis (box 34/i).
9 February, 25 May and 26 October 1957: Boyd Neel Orchestra (John Hopkins)/Goldsbrough Orchestra (Alexander Gibson)/London Symphony Orchestra (Norman del Mar) (box 34/ii).
10 May 1958: London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, conducted by Meredith Davies and Lawrence Leonard (box 34/iii).
20 February 1960: London Symphony Orchestra and Morley College Choir, conducted by Norman del Mar (box 35/ii).


3. Miscellaneous concerts
Box 31/ii
11 June 1951: Festival of Britain concert, presented by Morley College Concerts Society and including the first London performance of Orff, Carmina Burana.
16 November 1951: London Philharmonic Orchestra with Myra Hess (piano), conducted by Sir Adrian Boult and Malcolm Arnold.

Box 32/i (1952)
18 January 1952: London Classical Orchestra with Campoli (violin), conducted by Trevor Harvey.
6 April 1952: London Symphony Orchestra, with Kathleen Ferrier (alto), conducted by Hugo Rignold.
30 April 1952: London Symphony Orchestra with Edmund Kurtz (cello), conducted by Harry Blech.
5 May 1952: Morley College Choir and the Kalmar Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Walter Goehr.
8 May 1952: Handel, Alexander Balus with the London Choral Society and the Kalmar Chamber Orchestra, conducted by John Tobin.
19 May, 13 June and 3 and 14 July 1952: BBC Third Programme Mozart Concerts given by the London Mozart Players, conducted by Harry Blech.
26 May 1952: Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Charles Munch.
8 July 1952: Dr. Edith Sitwell with the Chamber Ensemble of the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by George Weldon, including the first public performance of Peter Racine Fricker, Three Sonnets of Cecco Angiolieri (conducted by the composer).
12 October 1952: Celebration Concert on the occasion of the 80th birthday of Dr. Ralph Vaughan Williams, given by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir and the Luton Girls’ Choir, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.
20 October 1952: Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, with Livia Rev (piano), conducted by Fritz Rieger.
14 December 1952: London Mozart Players and London Mozart Choir, conducted by Harry Blech, for the Haydn-Mozart Society.
21 December 1952: Farewell Concert by Soviet Artists, with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Norman del Mar.

Box 32/ii
23 January 1953: London Baroque Ensemble, conducted by Karl Haas.
26 January 1953: Collegium Musicum Italicum of Rome, conducted by Renato Fasano.
14 March 1953: Handel, Messiah with the London Choral Society and the Kalmar Chamber Orchestra, conducted by John Tobin.
26 March 1953: Sixth concert of the New Era Concert Society with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham.
19 May 1953: Concert of Finnish Music given by the London Symphony Orchestra with Tauno Hannikainen.
22 May 1953: Vocal and Pianoforte Recital by Peter Pears and Mewton-Wood, including first performances of song-cycles recently commissioned by … Pears.
7 June 1953: Eighth Coronation Concerts no.8, presented by the Royal Philharmonic Society in association with the Arts Council of Great Britain, the British Broadcasting Corporation and the London County Council to celebrate the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, given by the London Symphony Orchestra with Harriet Cohen (piano), conducted by John Barbirolli.
14 June 1953: London Baroque Ensemble, with Marta Eitler (violin), conducted by Karl Haas.
17 June 1953: Kirsten Flagstad (vocal), accompanied by Ivor Newton.
30 June 1953: The New English Consort.
12 July 1953: Medieval and Renaissance Music given by the Pro Musica Antquia.
2 and 14 July 1953: Three Coronation Concerts of English Music nos. 2 and 3, presented by the Institute of Contemporary Arts.
6 September 1953: Virtuosi di Roma, conducted by Renato Fasano.
21 October 1953: Violin and Piano Sonata Recital by Suzanne Rozsa and Paul Hamburger.
12 November 1953: London Mozart Players, conducted by Harry Blech, given for the Haydn-Mozart Society.
9 December 1953: BBC Symphony Concerts, given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra with William Primrose (viola), conducted by Malcolm Sargent.

Box 33/i
9 January 1954: Orpheus Saturday Recitals present the Taylor Recorder Consort.
25 January 1954: 7th concert of French music by the Loewenguth Quartet of Paris.
27 January and 3 March 1954: Beecham Symphony Concert given by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Richard Arnell.
29 January 1954: London Symphony Orchestra with Edna Iles (piano), conducted by Clarence Raybould.
3 February 1954: BBC Symphony Concert, given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir John Barbirolli.
22 February and 1 March 1954: Two Concerts by the Dutch String Quartet with Alice Heksch (piano) (single document).
13 and 27 March, 10 and 24 April, 8 and 22 May and 5 June 1954: London Harpsichord Ensemble for the Orpheus Society (single document, 3 copies).
21 March and 4 April 1954: London Symphony Orchestra Ltd (40th season), given by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Boult/Sargent.
29 March 1954: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Denis Matthews (piano), conducted by Anthony Bernard.
10 April 1954: Beecham Popular Concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Beecham.
12 April 1954: BBC Third Programme Concert with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Walter Goehr.
15 May 1954: London Choral Society with the Kalmar Chamber Orchestra, conducted by John Tobin.
19 May 1954: Four Dvorak Commemoration Concerts no.2 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Rafael Kubelik.
20 May 1954: Concert of Twentieth-Century American Music given by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Gail Kubik.
30 May 1954: Virtuoso Chamber Ensemble with Denis Matthews (piano).
12 June 1954: Third Concert promoted by the London Music Group and given by the New English Consort.
13 June 1954: Four Jubilee Concerts no.4, given by the London Symphony Orchestra with Campoli (violin) and Philip Catelinet (tuba), conducted by Sir John Barbirolli and Sir Arthur Bliss.
1 July 1954: Recital of Music for Two Harpsichords by Lina Lalandi and Christopher Wood.
8 July 1954: A Programme of Music by Gerald Finzi given by the London Symphony Orchestra and BBC Choral Society, conducted by John Russell.
11 October 1954: Song Recital by Mattiwilda Dobbs, with Hubert Greenslade (piano).
30 October, 20 November and 11 December 1954: Three Concerts of 18th-Century Music, given by the London Harpsichord Ensemble (single document).
5 November 1954: St. Cecilia Trio.
7 November 1954: Chopin Programme.
13 November 1954: Orpheus Saturday Concerts present the Camden Trio.
19 November 1954: London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir conducted by Jean Martinon.
25 November 1954: The English Consort.
7 December 1954: J.S. Bach Cantatas, by the Choristers and Singing Boys of Canterbury Cathedral, with Gerald Knight (organ) (handwritten programme).
10 December 1954: Mediaeval Music presented by the London Music Group.

Box 33/ii
2 February and 13 March 1955: London Baroque Ensemble, directed by Karl Haas.
6 February and 3 April 1955: London Symphony Orchestra Ltd (41st season), with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Hermann Scherchen/Charles Groves.
18 February 1955: Tessa Robbins (violin) and Ruth Dyson (harpsichord) with the In Nomine String Players.
10 April 1955: London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.
17 April 1955: Maggie Teyte 49th Anniversary Concert assisted by David Bell (piano) and Norman Feasey (vocal).
29 April 1955: Myra Verney (soprano), Marie Korchinska (harp), Geoffrey Gilbert (flute) and Desmond Dupre (guitar), with the Allegri String Quartet.
6 May 1955: Founder’s Concert of the New Era Concert Society, given by the London Symphony Orchestra with the Goldsmiths’ Choral Union, conducted by Richard Austin.
11 May 1955: BBC Symphony Orchestra with Campoli (violin), conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent.
15 May 1955: Philharmonia Concert Society presents Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Irmgard Seefried, accompanied by Gerald Moore.
19 May 1955: Valentina Aksarova (soprano) and Malcolm Troup (piano), accompanied by Gerald Gover.
15 June 1955: In Nomine Players.
3 July 1955: Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Guido Cantelli.
5 October 1955: International Celebrity Concert given by the Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York with Nathan Milstein (violin), conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos.
13 October and 6 November 1955: Beecham Concert given by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Beecham.
9 November 1955: Frank Martin, Golgotha (first English performance) with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Choral Society, conducted by Malcolm Sargent.
11 November 1955: Sibelius, a Lecture-Recital by Gordon Bryan.
20 November 1955: London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.
30 November 1955: New Era Concert Society (9th season no.3), given by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Victoria de los Angeles (vocal), conducted by Richard Austin.

Box 34/i
23 February 1956: International Celebrity Concert given by the Philharmonia Orchestra with David Oistrakh (violin), conducted by Nicolai Malko.
6 March 1956: Boyd Neel Orchestra, directed by Thurston Dart.
16 March 1956: London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, conducted by Hermann Scherchen.
21 March 1956: BBC Symphony Concerts given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and Choral Society, conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent.
28 March 1956: New Era Concert Society/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Tauno Hannikainen,
17 April 1956: The Bachs, given by the Boyd Neel Orchestra, directed by Thurston Dart.
21 April 1956: Organ Recital by Ralph Downes and Malcolm Williamson.
29 April 1956: Mozart Recital by Irmgard Seefried (vocal), Wolfgang Schneiderhan (violin) and Carl Seeman (piano).
10 May 1956: Beecham Concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Beecham.
14 May 1956: Hallé Orchestra, with Evelyn Rothwell (oboe), conducted by Sir John Barbirolli.
16 May 1956: Philharmonia Orchestra with Madeleine Lipatti (piano), conducted by Remus Tzincoca.
11 November 1956: Rosalyn Tureck Bach Recital.
10 December 1956: A Concert of the less known compositions of Gustav Holst, given by the London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.
13 December 1956: In Nomine Players, with George Malcolm (harpsichord) present Thomas Tomkins Tercentenary: A Lecture Recital by Denis Stevens.

Box 34/ii
25 February 1957: Music of a Century No.3/Strange Orchestras, given by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, conducted by Hermann Scherchen.
16 March 1957: Orpheus Saturday Concerts presents the London Harpsichord Ensemble.
26 April 1957: Geraint Jones Singers and Orchestra, conducted by Geraint Jones.
17 June 1957: 75th Birthday Programme for Stravinsky given by the Elizabethan Singers and the London Bach Society, conducted by Manuel Rosenthal.
2 July 1957: Virtuosi di Roma, conducted by Renato Fasano.
29 September 1957: International Chamber Concert given by Julian Bream (lute), George Malcolm (harpsichord) and Ralph Downes (organ).
2 December 1957: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society/Orchestra with Julius Katchen (piano) conducted by John Pritchard.
11 December 1957: Philomusica of London (formerly Boyd Neel Orchestra), directed by Thurstan Dart.
25 November and 16 December 1957: Grand Tour de la Musique/A Series of Eighth Concerts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, nos.1 (Hungary) and 2 (Spain).

Box 34/iii
9 March 1958: Twentieth Century Ensemble with Gervase de Peyer (clarinet), conducted by Hans-Hubert Schönzeler.
13 March 1958: London Mozart Players conducted by Harry Blech, given for the Haydn-Mozart Society.
9 April 1958: Cambridge University Chamber Ensemble with the Cambridge Bach Singers.
22 April 1958: Rosalyn Tureck (piano) with the Jacques Orchestra, conducted by Reginald Jacques.
30 April 1958: Dolmetsch Concert.
18 September 1958: Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico, conducted by Luis Herrera de la Fuente.
10 October 1958: Segovia (guitar).
8 October, 19 November and 17 December 1958: Philomusica of London, directed by Thurston Dart

Box 35/i
18 January 1959: Philharmonia Concert Society Ltd presents Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (vocal) with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
3 February and 2 June 1959: Music of the 20th Century (nos.4 and 7), given by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by William Steinberg.
4 February 1959: Organ Recital by Peter Hurford.
6 February 1959: Hoffnung Interplanetary Music Festival with the Hoffnung Festival Opera Company and Chorus, the Hoffnung (alias Morley College) Symphony Orchestra and the Dolmetsch Ensemble, conducted by Norman del Mar.
25 February 1959: Tchaikovsky Festival presented by the Orchestral Concerts Society and given by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Constantin Ivanov and Kyril Kondrashin.
1 March 1959: A Concert of Music by David Gow, given by the Melos Ensemble and the Landford Singers with Ada Goldschmid (piano) and Jan Sedivka (violin).
11 March 1959: Philomusica of London, directed by Thurston Dart.
15 April 1959: Handel Commemoration Concert, given by the Goldsbrough Orchestra, conducted by Charles Mackerras.
10 October, 7 November and 12 December 1959: Three Recitals given by the Virtuoso Ensemble of London to celebrate their tenth anniversary (single document).
26 October and 9 and 23 November 1959: Three Lecture Recitals on German, Italian and Spanish Music of the Renaissance by Denis Stevens (single document).
22 November 1959: Thomas Beecham Concerts Society presents the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Beecham.
9 December 1959: Organ Recital by Ralph Downes.

Box 35/ii
21 January 1960: Thursday Subscription Series, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Yehudi Menuhin (violin), conducted by Jaroslav Krombholc.
5 April 1960: Music Today recital, given by the New Music Ensemble.
19 April 1960: London Symphony Orchestra with Aaron Copland (composer/conductor) and Julius Katchen (piano).
5 May 1960: 93rd Concert of French Music given by the London Harpsichord Ensemble.
1 June 1960: London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by William Steinberg.
19 October 1960: John Ireland Society, with the Quartet Pro Musica.
23 October 1960: Recital of Sacred Music.
30 November 1960: Organ Recital by Allan Wicks.

Box 35/iii
15 February 1961: New Opera Chorus and New Opera Ensemble, directed by Alan Boustead.
5 March 1961: A Concert of Music by Gesualdo and his Contemporaries, given by the In Nomine Players and Singers, conducted by Bernard Palmer.
10 March 1961: London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by George Malcolm.
26 April 1961: Recent Music by Geoffrey Bush.
30 May 1961: London Philharmonic Orchestra, with Segovia (guitar), conducted by John Pritchard.
22 November 1961: London Mozart Players, conducted by Harry Blech, given for the Haydn-Mozart Society.
13 December 1961: BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Rudolf Schwarz.

Box 36/i
13 February 1962: London Symphony Orchestra with Josephine Veasey (mezzo), conducted by Aaron Copland.
24 June 1962: Philharmonia Concert Society presents the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Willi Boskovsky.
3 July 1962: Moscow Chamber Orchestra with Yehudi Menuhin (violin), conducted by Rudolf Barshai.

Box 36/ii
29 September 1963: Pablo Casals, El Pessebre (first British performance), given by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, conducted by the composer.
21 December 1963: London Symphony Orchestra with Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), conducted by George Hurst.

Box 36/iii
16 March 1964: Organ Recital by George Thalben-Ball.
5 March 1965: New Philharmonia Orchestra with Sergei Barsukov (piano), conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.
28 June 1965: First Concert of Rostropovich Festival with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Box 37/i
1, 7, 11, 18 and 25 July and 1 August 1965: Festival of Rostropovich with the London Symphony Orchestra, no.2 and nos.5-9.
13 October 1965: Organ Recital by Jiri Ropek.
Format
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1951 - 1965
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