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Collection Description

Collection Title
F. Gilbert Webb collection (1875-1935)
Unique Identifier
Mus 318
A miscellaneous collection of programmes and brochures belonging to the music critic and programme note writer F. Gilbert Webb (1852–1941), held as 28 boxes and 37 bound volumes.

The collection is made up principally of programmes from London concert performances, given between 1875 and 1935, including extended sequences of programmes for widely recognized series such as the Sunday Concert Society and the Royal Philharmonic Society and for less familiar organizations such as the Stock Exchange Orchestral Society (1892–1913).

The most widely represented venues are the Crystal Palace (Saturday Concerts), the Queen's Hall and the Royal Albert Hall.

The majority of the programmes contain words and historical and/or analytical notes (often with musical examples). Some of the notes were written by Webb and many other carry handwritten annotations/observations from him. Many programmes also include lists of the choral and/or orchestral ensembles and provide photographs of the principal performers.

Detailed entries are given under the following headings:

Crystal Palace Saturday Concerts
4 entries, for the periods 1877-1884; 1890-92; 1887-93; and 1881-1885.

2. Queen's Hall
Queen's Hall Lamoureux Concerts (1896–98)
Sunday Orchestral Concerts (1897–98)
Queen's Hall Symphony Concerts (1897–1904)
Q. H. Symphony, Wagner and Ysaye/Symphony, Ysaye and Busoni Concerts (1898–1901)
Sunday Evening Concerts (1898–99)
Queen's Hall Sunday Afternoon Concerts (1898–1904)
Sunday Concerts, Queen's Hall (1905–07)

3. Royal Philharmonic Society
5 entries, for the period 1870-1913; 1894-1900; 1902-08; 1909-16; 1928-34; and 1917-25.

4. Stock Exchange Orchestral Society
2 entries, for the period 1892-1902 and 1904-13.

5. Other concerts
Bach-Beethoven-Brahms Festival (1915)
BBC Symphony Concerts (1928–35)
Beethoven-Festival (1914)
Glasgow Choral Union (1887–88)
London Musical Festival (1900)
London Musical Festival (1901)
London Symphony Orchestra (1904–31)
London Symphony Orchestra (1886 –1887 and 1911)
Miscellaneous material (1910–36)
Royal Albert Hall Sunday Concerts (1905–13)
Date range of collection
1875 - 1935
Accumulation Dates
Suggested Audience
Not Specific

Location Details

Bodleian Library, Music Library
Broad Street,Music Library Oxford OX1 3BG
Open Map
01865 277063
01865 277182
Visiting Information
Membership fee for users outside the UK academic community; charges for photocopying and inter-library loans
Collections Overview
The collection has very strong holdings of British music and related material acquired in part by legal deposit. Many collected editions and scholarly series. Very strong periodical coverage, including major 19thC European journals. Largest collection of American song material in UK.
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

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Associated Collection(s)
Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council