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H. Watkins Shaw: City of Worcester Training College (1925-68)
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A miscellaneous collection of handbills and programmes for 28 performances given by the City of Worcester Training College Musical Society between 1949 and 1968, contained within the papers of English musicologist H. Watkins Shaw (1911-96).

This collection also includes handbills for four performances given in Bradford between 1925 and 1929 and handbills for two performances attended by Shaw during his visit to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Lebanese Republic in 1955.

1. City of Worcester Training College Musical Society
Programmes and programmes with words for concerts and recitals given, unless otherwise stated below, at College Hall, Worcester. This material is held as a wrapped parcel, the cover of which bears the handwritten annotation: 'All concerts (apart from recitals) conducted by me, except the last – on 4 February 1968 … H.W.S.'

The Concerts were given by the College Choral Society and, unless otherwise stated below, were referred to as Choral and Orchestral Concerts. The majority of the programmes provide a list of the members of the Choral Society and some include additional programme notes.

- Concerts
18 December 1949: Christmas Concert, with Sheila Mayers, R. E. Laversuch, R. G. Scott and W. P. Jones (vocal), Hilda Hunter (oboe) and the Music Students' Choir and Special String Orchestra, accompanied by Diana Phillips and Jack Matley.

29 June 1951: Hazel Garner and Elaine Jones (piano).

29 February 1952: Stella Kemp-Welch and Hazel Bond (soprano), Laura Rees Jones (alto), Kenneth Howell (tenor) and W. P. Jones (baritone).

30 June 1952: Summer Concert, featuring Eirlys Thomas and Kenneth Howell (vocal) with Hazel Miller and Wendy Roberts (piano).

29 March 1953: J. S. Bach, St. Matthew Passion, given by Robert Ellis, Maurice Bevan, Eirlys Thomas, Mary Cannell, Llechid Williams and W. P. Jones (vocal) (with a brief Introductory Note, a list of the principal instrumental performers and handwritten annotations instructing the audience on matters of behaviour).

19 June 1953: Maurice Bevan (vocal), Roy Edwards (horn) and Shirley Noble and Hazel Webb (piano).

24 January 1954: Handel, The Messiah, with Marguerite Frame, Marie Gaskell, Robert Ellis and Henry Sandon (vocal).

4 July 1954: Hedley Atkin (baritone) and Raymond Jones (violin).

13 February 1955: Spring Concert, with Cecil Cope (bass), Geoffrey Allen (clarinet) and Jean Gardner (piano).

11 December 1955: Christmas Concert, with Margaret Banks (violin) and Olive Smith (alto).

25 January 1959: Handel, Samson with Robert Ellis, Mary Lake, Valerie Jones, Joyce Moses, Barrie Edwards, Alan Jones and Keith Iles (vocal). This programme carries a handwritten annotation noting that 'Alan Jones subsequently sang professionally as Richard Van Allan'.

28 June 1959: Marjorie Hazlehurst (piano).

24 January 1960, St. John's Church, Worcester: Handel, The Messiah, with Dorothy Bailey, Mary Lake, Laura Rees Jones, Llechid Williams, Alan Jones and Barrie Edwards (vocal).

26 June 1960: Wendy Flowers (flute) and Alan Jones (vocal).

4 December 1960: Haydn, 'Nelson' Mass, with Joyce Gow, Diana Squires, R. Keith Iles and James Walkley (vocal) (with a brief programme note).

25 June 1961: Summer Concert with Malcolm Daggett (piano).

10 December 1961:

17 June 1962: Summer Concert, with Christine Betts and Michael Powell (recorder), Philip Hytch (clarinet) and Peter Cotton (piano).

20 January 1963 [corrected in hand to 17 February 1963]: Mozart, Requiem with Ruth McLennan, Shirley Taylor, Brian Roberts and Peter Cotton (with brief note).

23 June 1963: Summer Concert of English Music plus Haydn, Toy Symphony (handbill only).

29 November 1963: Concert in Anticipation of Christmas.

23 February 1964: J. S. Bach, St. Matthew Passion, with Robert Ellis [corrected to David Oakley], Cecil Cope, Ruth McLennan, Richard Day Lewis and Peter Cotton (with Introductory Note).

13 December 1964: 25th Choral and Orchestral Concert with Ruth McLennan, Richard Day Lewis and David Watson (vocal) (2 copies).

4 February 1968: Haydn, The Creation, with Ann Dowdall, Neil Jenkins and Richard van Allan (vocal) (2 copies).

- Recitals
3 February 1952: Mary Lake (soprano) and Hilda Hunter (oboe), accompanied by Watkins Shaw.
10 March 1963: Phyllis Sellick (piano) (with notes).
6 November 1963: John Carol Case (vocal), accompanied by Daphne Ibbott.
12 February 1965: Denis Matthews (piano).

2. Bradford
The programme for 1925 is held as an individual item. Those for 1928 and 1929 are included in a folder labelled Reminiscences.
31 January 1925, St. George's Hall, Bradford: Orchestral Concert for Young People, when Mr Julius Harrison, conducting the Bradford Permanent Orchestra, will speak on Studies in Musical Form (single-sheet programme, the reverse of which carries pictures and notes on various instruments in the orchestra).
18 December 1928 and 5 February and 14 July 1929, All Saints' Church, Horton Green, Bradford: First and Second Bach Concerts and for a Choir Sunday, given by the All Saints' Bach Choir, conducted by Charles Stott. The concerts featured Tom Fischer (vocal, 1928) and Maurice Ward (violin) and Charles Collier (harp) (1929) (handbills).

3. Jordan and the Lebanon
Both of these handbills are held as part of a scrap book relating to Shaw's trip to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Lebanese Republic, which also includes a written account of the trip, photographs and other documentary evidence. Although no venue is given for the first performance, the 'diary entry' recounts that, after attending 'the ceremonial Beating of Retreat on the parade ground of the Arab Legion in Amman', Shaw was invited 'to hear and comment on the band, playing a programme specially arranged'.

18 March 1955, [no venue], Amman: Music Programme.
21 March 1955, Salle Sabra, Conservatoire National de Musique: Quatour du Conservatoire with Michel Cheskinoff (piano).
Date range of collection
1925 - 1968
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Not Specific

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Royal College of Music, Library
Prince Consort Road London SW7 2BS United Kingdom
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Loans of performance sets to individual societies or persons; binding; reprographics; photocopying; microform printing
Collections Overview
Founded in 1883, the RCM Library primarily supports the performance, study and research of RCM members. It is also open to the public for reference and research. It contains some 300,000 items, including significant collections of early printed and manuscript material from the 16th to 19th centuries, given to the College upon its foundation, specifically the Libraries of the Sacred Harmonic Society and of the Concerts of Ancient Music. Donations since have included autographs of composers of international renown, amongst them Beethoven, Chopin, Haydn, Mozart and Schubert, as well as manuscripts and archives of major British composers. Although a British bias is apparent, the collection also has significant German and Italian manuscripts and early printed holdings. Later acquisitions of printed music include large quantities of out-of-print material, and sizeable collections of performance sets. Audio-visual holdings and the RCM's own sound archive's are also extensive.
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