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Collection Description

Collection Title
Handel Festival Book of Words (1865-1903)
Description
A collection of handbills and wordbooks for Handel Triennial Festivals given at the Crystal Palace, London in 1865, 1868, 1871, 1874, 1877 and 1903, conducted by Michael Costa (1865-77) and Frederic Cowen (1903).

Documentation for all years includes a handbill for the General Rehearsal. Also, a historical Introduction to the Festival (tracing its history back to the Commemoration Festivals of 1784), lists of the orchestral and choral ensembles, lists of the Stewards, Directors and Committee members of the Sacred Harmonic Society, and historical programme notes (generally referred to as Prefaces). The volume for 1903 includes photographs of the principal performers.

All Festivals consisted of the following three programmes of music by Handel: The Messiah; Selection; and Israel in Egypt. Dates given in square brackets below are for the General Rehearsal.

[23], 26, 28 and 30 June 1865
Mademoiselle Adelina Patti, Madame Ruddersdorff, Madame Lemmens-Sherrington, Madame Parepa and Madame Sainton-Dolby; Mr Sims Reeves, Mr Cummings, Mr Weiss, Herr Schmid and Mr Santley (vocal), with Mr Brownsmith (organ).

15, 17 and 19 June 1868
Mademoiselle Titiens, Mademoiselle Christine Nilsson, Mademoiselle Kellogg, Madame Rudersdorff, Madame Lemmens-Sherrington, Mademoiselle Carola and Madame Sainton Dolby; Mr Sims Reeves, Mr Cummings, Signor Foli and Mr Santley (vocal), with James Coward (organ).

[16], 19, 21 and 23 June 1871
Mademoiselle Titiens, Madame Sinico, Madame Rudersdorff, Madame Lemmens-Sherrington, Madame Trebelli-Bettini and Madame Patey; Mr Sims Reeves, Mr Cummings, Mr Kerr Gedge, Mr Vernon Rigby, Signor Foli, Signor Agnesi and Mr Santley (vocal), with James Coward (organ).

[19], 22, 24 and 26 June 1874
Mademoiselle Titiens, Madame Sinico, Madame Otto-Alvsleben, Madame Lemmens-Sherrington, Madame Trebelli-Bettini and Madame Patey; Mr Sims Reeves, Mr Cummings, Mr Edward Lloyd, Mr Kerr Gedge, Mr Vernon Rigby, Signor Foli, Signor Agnesi and Mr Santley (vocal), with Mr Willing (organ).

[22], 25, 27 and 29 June 1877
Madame Adelina Patti, Mademoiselle Albani, Madame Edith Wynne, Madame Clara Cuter, Madame Lemmens-Sherrington and Madame Patey; Mr Vernon Rigby, Mr Cummings, Mr Edward Lloyd, Herr Henschel, Signor Foli and Mr Santley (vocal), with Mr Willing (organ).

[20], 23, 25 and 27 June 1903
Madame Albani, Miss Marguerite Macintyre, Madame Clara Samuell, Madame Ella Russell and Madame Clara Butt; Mr Ben Davies, Mr John Coates, Mr Charles Saunders, Mr Santley, Mr Kennerley Rumford, Mr Andrew Black and Mr Watkin Mills (vocal), with Mr Walter W. Hedgcock (organ).
Format
Date range of collection
1865 - 1903
Accumulation Dates
-
Suggested Audience
Not Specific
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Location Details

Foundling Museum
40 Brunswick Square Bloomsbury London WC1N 1AZ United Kingdom
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Collections Overview
The Gerald Coke Handel Collection is an internationally important collection of material relating to Handel and his contemporaries, including manuscripts, printed books and music, libretti, paintings and engravings, memorabilia, art works and ephemera. The Handel collection is open for research Wednesday-Friday, and the display room (with access to recorded music) is open with the rest of the museum Tuesday-Sunday 10-6.
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Accrual Status
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council