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Collection Description

Collection Title
Francis Chagrin collection: Society for the Promotion of New Music (1960-73)
Unique Identifier
MS Mus 82
Description
A miscellaneous collection of concert programmes relating to performances given under the auspices of the Society for the Promotion of New Music at various venues in London – principally the Great Drawing Room of the Arts Council of Great Britain – between 1960 and 1973, arranged chronologically with various other printed ephemera relating to the Society as the last of the 82 volumes of the collection of the Society's founder, Francis Chagrin (1905–72).

Also included is a programme for a concert given on 25 November 1965 at Bluecoat Hall, Liverpool by John Tunnell (violin), Elizabeth Watson (viola), Susan Tunnell (piano), Richard Lee (flute) and Rosemary St. John (harp), including the first performance of Trevor Hold, Violin Sonata and the first English performance of Ottavio Negro, Dialogo for flute and harp.

In addition to the concert programmes, listed below by venue, this collection includes a prospectus with programmes for 22 concerts given between October and December 1961, issued by Contemporary Concerts Co-ordination, on behalf of its Member Organisations: Elizabethan Singers, Institute of Contemporary Arts, John Ireland Society, London Bach Group, Macnaghten Concerts, Modern Symphony Orchestra, Morley College, Music Today, Musica Antica e Nuova, Nemo Concerts, Park Lane Group, Polyphonia Workshops, Redcliffe Festival of British Music and the Society for the Promotion of New Music.

There is also a single item containing the programmes for the first four of Nine New Music Events, given on 21 November and 19 December 1966 and 16 January and 27 February 1967 and a prospectus for the 1967–68 season of the Society for the Promotion of New Music.

Unless otherwise stated below, programmes consist of handbills/single-sheet documents. The majority of the concerts included the first performance of at least one work.

- Arts Council of Great Britain, Great Drawing Room, 4 St. James's Square
5 November 1962: Royal College of Music Chamber Ensemble with Trevor Williams (violin) and Beryl Wood and Margaret Kitchin (piano), conducted by Justin Connolly.
3 December 1962: John Mayer (violin) and Sheila Mayer and James Gibb (piano).
4 February 1963: Rodney Friend (violin) and Fred Turner and Harold Lester (piano).
7 October 1963: Georgina Dobree (clarinet), Kenneth Sillito (violin), Keith Harvey (cello) and Alexander Kelly (piano).
2 December 1963: Margaret Kitchin and Susan Bradshaw (piano), Paul Collins (violin) and the Macgibbon String Quartet, including the first performances of Neville Gambier, Theme and Variations for Piano and David Blake, String Quartet. Also, the first London performance of Leopold Spinner, Variations for Violin and Piano.
5 October 1964: Mary Thomas (soprano), Peter Maxwell Davies and Robert Sherlaw Johnson (piano) and the Virtuoso Ensemble of London, conducted by John Carewe, including the first performance of Neville Gambier, Suite for String Trio and the first London performances of: Robert Sherlaw-Johnson, Sonata for piano; Peter Maxwell Davies, 5 Little Piano Pieces; and Harrison Birtwistle, Entr'acts and Sappho Fragments.
7 December 1964: Susan Bradshaw (piano), William Bennett (flute) and the Dennis Brain Wind Ensemble, including the first performances of Jonathan Harvey, Triptych and Colin Ross, Theme and Variations. Also, the first London performances of Hugh Davies, Contact (for piano) and Gordon Crosse, Carol for flute and piano (with additional document containing historical, analytical and biographical notes).
4 October 1965: Thomas Rajna (piano) with the Arriaga String Quartet, including the first performances of: Ian Spooner, Quartet; Colin Brumby, 4 Little Pieces; and J. P. Burn, 6 Studies for Piano (with a separate document containing biographical and analytical notes).
3 November 1965: Helen Lawrence (soprano) and the New Music Ensemble, including the first performances of: Elved Humphries, Rondo, Aria and Scherzo for violin and piano; Harry James Wild, Chaconne for solo violin; and David Lumsdaine, Annotations of Auschwitz.
16 January 1967: Cornelius Cardew, Solo with accompaniment (first public performance), given by David Bedford and John Tilbury with Francine Elliott (with brief historical and descriptive notes).
7 March 1966: Noelle Barker (soprano) and the Park Lane Ensemble, including the first performances of: Brian Ferneyhough, Sonata III for String Quartet; Richard Orton, Eloquy for solo flute; and David Lyon, Horn Sonata.
19 December 1966: including the first performance of David Lumsdaine, Kelly Ground for solo piano and the first London performance of John Manduell, Gradi for chamber ensemble, conducted by Brian Ferneyhough (with words, historical and analytical notes and a list of the chamber ensemble).
27 February [1967]:John McCabe (piano), including the first performances of: Jeffrey Lewis, Two Cadenzas; John Metcalfe, Textures I; and Brian Ferneyhough, Epigrams. Also, the first London performances of John McCabe, Bagatelles and Alun Hoddinott, Piano Sonata No. 4

- British Institute of Recorded Sound, Lecture Room, 29 Exhibition Road
15 January 1969: Workshop Performance, given by Gavin Briars, Christopher Hobbs and Tom Phillips (piano), directed by John Tilbury.

- Broadcasting House, Concert Hall
30 May 1960: A concert of 'recent music', presented by the BBC and given by Wilfred Brown (tenor), Clifton Helliwell, Joan and Valerie Trimble and Margaret Kitchin (piano), Cecil Aronowitz (viola) and Musica da Camera.

- Cockpit, Gateforth Street
30 March [1972]: Workshop Programme, directed by John Lambert and given by Judith Jones (mezzo soprano) with the Cambridge University Contemporary Dance Group and Players.

- Commonwealth Institute
30 March 1965: Noelle Barker and John Noble (vocal), Philip Jones (trumpet) and the English Chamber Orchestra (conducted by Emanuel Hurwitz), including the first performances of Robert Sherlaw Johnson, Cantata, 'Liturgia Redemptionis nostae' and Anthony Gilbert, Sinfonia.
4 April 1966: Barbra Elsy and Geoffrey Shaw (vocal) with the English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Norman del Mar, including the first performance of Robin Holloway, Benlowes Cantata, the first English performance of David Bedford, Piece for Mo, and the first London performance of Neville Gambier, Music for Small Orchestra (handbill plus programme with analytical and biographical notes).

- [Goldsmiths' College], Drama Theatre
[no date]: Informal Concert given by the Sonor Ensemble with Jo Nendick and Jane Manning, conducted by Elgar Howarth and Anthony Gilbert (handwritten programme). This may have formed part of the Fifth Composers' Week, held between 10 and 13 July at Goldsmiths' College, London, about which additional material is held.

- Guildhall School of Music
4 October [1971]: Workshop Programme directed by Thea Musgrave and given by the London Contemporary Chamber, conducted by John Carewe (with a list of the chamber ensemble).

- London Planetarium
22 March 1968: Concert of Electronic Music, with the Park Lane Group, including the first performances of Ernest Berk, 5 6 7; Peter Zinovieff, January Tensions; Brian Dennis, Dream Music; and Hugh Davies, Galactic Interfaces (with separate document containing historical and descriptive notes).

- Purcell Room
With the exception of that on 21 April 1971, all concerts at this venue featured the London Contemporary Chamber Players and all programmes include a list of the members of this ensemble.
21 April [1971]: Mary Thomas and Brian Etheridge (vocal) and the London Sinfonietta, conducted by Elgar Howarth, including the first performances of: Andrew Massey, Marina for soprano and ensemble; Graham Williams, Interplay for ensemble; and S. Peter Lawson, String Quartet. Also, the first English performance of Anna Lockwood, Aspekte Einer Parabel.
15 December 1971: Composers' Weekend, conducted by Elgar Howarth. All of the works given in this concert were receiving their first public performance.
21 April [1972]: Jane Manning, Philip Langridge and Michael Rippon (vocal), Susan Bradshaw (piano), Peter Thomas (violin) and Sharon McKinley (cello), conducted by Vernon Handley, including the first performances of: Francis Chagrin, Duo Concertante for violin and cello; John Buller, The Melian Debate; and Francis Shaw, The Metamorphosis of Narcissus for soprano and ensemble (with a separate document containing words and descriptive and biographical notes).
6 October 1972: Composers' Weekend, given by Jane Manning (soprano), conducted by Henry Ward.

- Queen Elizabeth Hall
25 March 1967: with the London Bach Society. This document also includes programmes for performances given at non-London venues on 15 and 18 April and 30 August 1967, as part of the English Bach Festival (Holywell Music Room, Oxford), the Bromsgrove Festival (Bromsgrove High School) and the Three Choirs Festival (Swan Theatre, Worcester).
6 and 7 November 1971: Public Orchestral Rehearsals, given by the London Sinfonietta (conducted by Roger Norrington) and the London Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Myer Fredman) respectively, the second at the Royal Festival Hall (single document, plus a separate item containing historical and descriptive notes).
6 December 1971: Public Orchestral Rehearsal with the English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Justin Connolly.
5 February 1973: 30th Anniversary Concert, given by Anthony Halstead (horn) and the English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Davis, including the first performance of Naresh Sohal, Aalaykhyam II (with historical and descriptive notes, including a tribute to Chagrin).

- Royal Academy of Music
28 March 1962: Public Orchestral Rehearsal given by Associated-Rediffusion in association with the Hallé Concerts Society/Orchestra, conducted by Maurice Handford.
28 January [1972]: Workshop Programme, directed by Richard Rodney Bennett and given by the London Contemporary Chamber Players with Brian Hawkins (viola) and John Constable (piano), conducted by Graham Treacher.

- Royal College of Music
7 December 1961: Promotion of New Music Recital no. 232, given by members of Cirencester Grammar School Choir and Orchestra and featuring original music composed at the school (with descriptive notes and a list of the performers).
1 March [1972]: Workshop Programme, directed by Alan Hacker and given by David Johnston (tenor) and Georgian String Quartet with Christopher Taylor (flute), Barry Guy (double bass) and Edward Flower (guitar), conducted by Roger Norrington.

- Wigmore Hall
24 October 1963: 20th Anniversary Concert, given by the John Alldis Choir (conducted by John Alldis and Benjamin Britten) and the Virtuoso Ensemble of London (conducted by John Carewe), including the first performance of Anthony Gilbert, Serenade for 6 Instruments (SPNM commission) and the first London performance of Francis Chagrin, Elegy for String Quartet (flyer plus programme with historical and analytical notes and a list of the instrumental ensemble).
8 October 1967: Opening Concert, given by Michael de Coverly (baritone), Philip Pilkington and Roger Smalley (piano), including the first performances of: Brian Ferneyhough, Sonata for two pianos; Elis Pehkonen, Four Fragments from Ezra Pound; and David Sydney Morgan, Piano Sonata No. 3. Also, the fist London performances of Brian Dennis, Piano Study No. 2 and Martin Dalby, Eight Songs from the Chinese.

- [unknown venue]
[no date]: Russian Exchange Concert, introduced by Miss Elizabeth Maconchy and given by the Arriaga String Quartet with Susan McGaw, Leonard Cassini and Clifton Helliwell (piano), Morag Noble, Johanna Peters and Gerald English (vocal), including the first English performances: Andre Volkonsky, Piano Quintet op. 5; Shostakovitch, Eleven Jewish Songs, op. 79; and Soulan Tsintsadze, Suite No. 3 for String Quartet (with historical and descriptive/analytical notes).
9 December 1968: Robert Sherlaw Johnson (piano) and the Heinrich Schutz Chorale, conducted by Roger Norrington, including the first performance of: Ottavio Negro, Sonata Breve; David Rowland, Immensitie; Hugh Shrapnel, Memories of Childhood; and Justin Connolly, Music for Voices II, Prose. Also, the first London performance of Anthony Gilbert, Missa Brevis, op. 4 (with separate document containing analytical and biographical notes).
Format
Date range of collection
1960 - 1973
Accumulation Dates
-
Suggested Audience
Not Specific
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