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Collection Description

Collection Title
F. Gilbert Webb collection: Royal Philharmonic Society (1902-08)
Unique Identifier
Mus. 318 d.29/8
One of five boxes of material within the F. Gilbert Webb collection relating to the Royal Philharmonic Society, containing a miscellaneous collection of loose programme books for concerts given at the Queen's Hall, London between 1902 and 1908 (season nos. 90, 92-93 and 96-97).

All programmes include Historical and Analytical notes (with musical examples) and provide lists of the orchestral ensemble. Where appropriate, they also include the texts for any vocal pieces included. All programmes also provide detailed information regarding the organization of the Society, including lists of the various Officers, Members and Guarantors.

Certain programmes carry handwritten annotations, many of which offer analytical observations on the performance or on the works performed.

Unless otherwise stated below, all concerts were conducted by Frederic Cowen.

1901-02 (nos. 1, 2 and 4)
27 February: Amy Sherwin (vocal) and Emil Sauer (piano).
13 March: Blanche Marchesi (vocal) and Franz Ondricek (violin).
15 May: Giulia Ravogli (vocal) and Wilhelm Backhaus (piano).

1903-04 (nos. 1-7)
2 March: Elizabeth Parkina (vocal), Dorothy Maggs (piano) and Marie Hall (violin), including the first performance of A. von Ahn Carse, Symphonic Prelude to Byron's Manfred and the first English performance of Charpentier, Air, Depuis le Jour.
24 March: Maria Gay (vocal), Leonard Borwick (piano) and Claude Hobday (double bass), including the first English performance of Vincent d'Indy, Lied Maritime.
28 April: Minnie Tracey (vocal), Ernesto Consolo (piano) and Jean Gerardy (violin).
19 May: Gregory Hast (vocal) and Fritz Kreisler (violin).
2 June: Muriel Foster (vocal), Charles Draper (clarinet) and Annie de Jong (piano).
16 June: Raoul Pugno (piano).
30 June: Jan Kubelik (violin), including the first London performance of Edward German, Rhapsody on March Themes (conducted by the composer).

1904-05 (nos. 1-7)
15 March: Ada Crossley (vocal) and Ferruccio Busoni (piano), including the first performance of Mackenzie, Canadian Rhapsody (conducted by the composer).
29 March: Lillie Wormald (vocal) and Pablo Casals (cello).
13 April: Antonia Dolores (vocal) and Bronislaw Huberman (violin).
11 May: Lydia Nervil (vocal) and Raoul Pugno (piano).
25 May: Madame Albani (vocal) and Achille Rivarde (violin).
8 June: John Coates (vocal) and Fanny Davies (piano).
22 June: Perceval Allen (vocal) and Franz von Vecsey (violin).

1907-1908 (nos. 1-7)
29 January: Franz von Vecsey and Jeno Hubay (violin), including the first English performance of Hubay, Violin Concerto.
13 February: Charles Tree (vocal) and Emil Sauer (piano), including the first performance Franco Leoni, New Vocal Scena, The Bells.
27 February: Esta d'Argo (vocal) and Herbert Fryer (piano).
26 March: Blanche Marchesi (vocal) and Lionel Tertis (viola), conducted by Landon Ronald, including the first public performance of York Bowen, New Viola Concerto and the first London performance of Berlioz, Lyric Scene, Cleopatra.
9 April: Edith Clegg (vocal) and Evlyn Howard-Jones (piano), conducted by Henry Wood.
14 May: Elena Gerhardt (vocal) and Efrem Zimbalist (violin), conducted by Arthur Nikisch.
28 May: Ernst Lengyel (piano).

1908-09 (nos. 1-3)
12 November: Kubelik (violin), conducted by Henry Wood.
26 November: Charles Santley (vocal) and Zimbalist (violin), conducted by Henry Wood.
11 December: Busoni (piano), conducted by Landon Ronald, including the first performance of Delius, In a Summer Garden, conducted by the composer.
Date range of collection
1902 - 1908
Accumulation Dates
Suggested Audience
Not Specific
Associated Places

Location Details

Bodleian Library, Music Library
Broad Street,Music Library Oxford OX1 3BG
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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.
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council