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Gregynog Festival of Music and Poetry (1924-33)
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A collection of prospectuses (with programmes and wordbooks) for the Gregynog Festival of Music and Poetry, 1933-1938, held with a complete set of individual programmes for the 1933 and 1934 events. Also, individual programmes (without words) for 14 July 1924, 27 April 1931 and 11 April and 16 July 1932.

All prospectuses begin with a list of the performers engaged. Messrs Walford Davies and Adrian C. Boult appeared at all Festivals documented here, as did Miss Elsie Suddaby (vocal), Lascelles Abercrombie (narrator) and the Gregynog Choir.

The concerts given during the Festivals of 1933-35 all bear descriptive titles (see below). Thereafter, performances were referred to simply as Festival Concerts. A Divine Service was given each season from 1836, but no programme/service sheets are given for these.

1. Prospectuses
23-26 June 1933: Jelly D’Aranyi, Sybil Eaton and B. Langley; Raymond Jeremy and Margaret Reid; Arthur Williams, Alexander Fachiri and Haydn Lewis; Charles Clements; Hope Miller, Tom Pickering, W.R. Allen; Ernest Hughes and Ellen Bowick.
Choral and Instrumental Music and Songs (23 June); Chamber Music (24 June); Poetry, Choral and Instrumental Music (25 June); and Choral and Instrumental Music and Songs (26 June).

15-18 June 1934: Muriel Brunskill and Helen Waddell; Keith Falkner, Tom Pickering, W. R. Allen, Michael Mullinar, Charles Clements and John McMullen; Sybil Eaton, B. Langley, Esme Silver, Claudia James, Q. Rogers, Marion Jones, Evelyn Cooke, M. Reid, Doreen Heal, Raymond Jeremy, Arthur Williams and Haydn Lewis.
Elgar Memorial Concert (15 June) and An Evening of Poetry and Chamber Music (16 June).
There is an extensive handwritten annotation to the inside cover of the prospectus, which would appear to be the outline of an introductory speech to the first concert.

28 June-1 July 1935: Mary Jarred, Leila Megane, Tom Pickering, Keith Falkner, W. R. Allen and Cecil Cochrane; Michael Mullinar, Charles Clements, the Rothschild Quartet, Sybil Eaton and the Aberystwyth String Players; Z. Havercroft Jones.
Tudor and Stuart Music, Choral, Chamber Music and Songs (28 June); Music of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, Poetry, Songs and Chamber Music (29 June); Bach, St. Matthew Passion (30 June); Music of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century, Choral, Chamber Music and Songs (1 July).

3-5 July 1936: Mary Jarred and Keith Falkner; Michael Mullinar, Charles Clements, W. H. Reed, Sybil Eaton, Hubert Davies, David Llywelyn, Raymond Jeremy, Hannah Davies, Ronald Harding, Haydn Lewis, Enid Lewis, Pauline Taylor, E. Clark, Robert Speaight

3-4 July 1937: Margaret Rees, Mary Jarred, Victor Harding, G. Thalben-Ball and Michael Mullinar.

1-3 July 1938: Marry Jarred, Keith Falkner, Victoria Harding, G. Thalben-Ball, W.H. Reed, Sybil Eaton, M. Gunyon, E. Dugdale, Lady Schifner, Charles Clements, Arwel Hughes and Robert Speaight

2. Individual programmes
With the exception of that on 14 July 1924, all of these programmes also cite the involvement of Sir Walford Davies and Adrian Boult and of the Gregynog Choir.

14 July 1924: Programme of Concert at Gregynog, given by ‘a contingent of the Welsh Symphony Orchestra’ with Madame Laura Evans-Williams, Miss Rose Myrtil, Mr T. Pickering and Mr W. R. Allen (vocal) and Miss Sybil Eaton (violin).
27 April 1931, A Concert of Chamber and Vocal Music, including Vaughan Williams, Mass in G minor, given by Mr Michael Mullinar, Miss K. Griffiths, Mr Tom Pickering, Miss M. Ellis and Mr W. R. Allen.
11 April 1932, A Concert of Vocal and Instrumental Music, given by Dr Vaughan Williams, Miss Elsie Suddaby, Mr W. R. Allen, Miss Evelyn Cooke and Mr C. Clement.
16 July 1932, A Concert, given by Miss Elsie Suddaby and Mr C. Clements.
Date range of collection
1924 - 1933
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British Library, Music Collections
96 Euston Road London NW1 2DB
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