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Collection Description

Collection Title
F. Gilbert Webb collection: Royal Philharmonic Society (1909-16)
Unique Identifier
Mus. 318 d.29/9
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 1909 and 1916 (seasons 97-100 and 103-105).

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 from the 103rd season onwards were conducted by Thomas Beecham.

1908-09 (nos. 4-7)
2 February: Mendelssohn programme, with Raoul Pugno (piano), conducted by Camille Chevillard (with additional historical material regarding Mendelssohn and his relationship with the Philharmonic Society).
18 February: Godowsky (piano), conducted by Luigi Mancinelli, including the first performance of Arthur Hervey, Tone-Poem, Summer (conducted by the composer) and the first London performance of Goldmark, Prelude to Act 2 of Königin von Saba.
3 March: Emil Sauer (piano), conducted by Bruno Walter, including the first performance of Ethel M. Smyth, Overture, The Wreckers.
13 May: John Coates (vocal), conducted by Arthur Nikisch.

1909-10 season (nos. 1-7)
11 November: Kirkby Lunn (vocal) and Basil Sapellnikoff (piano), conducted by Edward Elgar.
25 November: Alice Verlet (vocal) and Harold Bauer (piano), conduced by Bruno Walter.
8 December: Kathleen Parlow (violin) and Frederic Austin (vocal), conducted by Bruno Walter.
10 February: Emil Sauer (piano) and Edmund Burke (vocal), conducted by Landon Ronald.
24 February: Godowsky (piano) and Robert Radford (vocal), conducted by Luigi Mancinelli.
9 March: Perceval Allen (vocal) and Emile Sauret (violin), conducted by Luigi Mancinelli.
19 May: Elena Gerhardt (vocal) and Ernest Schelling (piano), conducted by Arthur Nikisch, including the first English performance of Rachmaninov, Symphony in E minor.

1910-11 season (nos. 1-7)
10 November: Fritz Kreisler (violin), conducted by Edward Elgar, including the first performance of Elgar, Violin Concerto.
30 November: Edmund Burke (vocal) and Fritz Kreisler (violin), conducted by Mlynarski.
7 December: Katherine Ruth Heyman (piano), conducted by Thomas Beecham.
9 February: Moriz Rosenthal (piano) and Maggie Teyte (vocal), conducted by Dr Chessin.
23 February: Mignon Nevada (vocal) and Alfred Cortot (piano), conducted by Albert Coates.
9 March: Ruth Vincent (vocal) and Raoul Pugno (piano), conducted by Safonoff.
18 May: Katharine Goodson (piano) and Lionel Tertis (viola), conducted by Nikisch.

1911-12 season (nos. 1-3)
7 November: Rachmaninoff (piano), conducted by Mengelberg, including the first London performance of Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 3.
23 November: Robert Radford (vocal) and Sigmund Feuermann (violin), conducted by Charles V. Stanford.
5 December: Lillian Blauvelt (vocal) and Fanny Davies (piano), conducted by Safonoff.

1914-15 season (no. 7)
13 April: Marie Anne Weber-Delacre and Miss Dilys Jones (vocal).

1915-16 season (no. 5-8)
31 January: Vladimir de Pachmann (piano).
14 February: Elsa Stralia (vocal) and Renee Chemet (violin), including the first London performance of Debussy, Iberia.
28 February: Eugene Ysaye (violin) and Lionel Tertis (viola).
13 March: Myra Hess (piano) and Ben Davies (vocal).

1916-17 season (nos. 1-3)
13 November: Eugene Ysaye (violin).
27 November: Kirkby Lunn (vocal), conducted by Landon Ronald.
11 December: Mignon Nevada, Frederick Blamey and Frederic Ranalow (vocal), including the first performance of Frederic Austin, Palsgaard, Danish Sketches for Orchestra and the first English concert performance of Glinka, Selections from A Life for the Tsar.
Date range of collection
1909 - 1916
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.
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