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Collection Description

Collection Title
Handel Festival Books of Words (1857-88)
Description
A collection of handbills, programmes and wordbooks for the Handel Festivals given at Crystal Palace, London between 1857 and 1888, conducted by Michael Costa (1857-80) and August Manns (1883-88), held as four bound volumes.

Also, a further volume containing the programmes and wordbooks for the first performance of 1857 Festival and for the first and third performances of 1859.

The Festival of 1859 is presented as a Commemorative Festival, with that in 1862 marking the start of the Triennial Festivals. With the exception of that in 1857, all Festivals consisted of three performances of music by Handel: The Messiah; a 'Selection'; and Israel in Egypt.

Documentation for each season includes a historical introduction (concerning the development of the Festival), historical and descriptive programme notes (generally referred to as a Preface) and lists of the principal vocal performers (see below). From 1859, there are also lists of the choral and orchestral ensembles and of the various officers for the event (Stewards, Directors etc).

Up until the dissolution of the Society in 1882, the musical arrangements for these events were under the supervision of the Sacred Harmonic Society.


Volume 1: 1857, 1859 and 1862
All Festivals were given with the organist Mr Brownsmith.

15, 17 and 19 June 1857: Messiah/Judas Maccabaeus/Israel in Egypt, with Madame Clara Novello, Madame Rudersdorff, Miss Dolby, Mr Sims Reeves, Mr Montem Smith, Mr Weiss and Herr Formes.

20, 22 and 24 June 1859: Madame Clara Novello, Madame Rudersdorff, Madame Lemmens Sherrington, Miss Dolby, Mr Sims Reeves, Mr Weiss and Signor Belletti.

23, 25 and 27 June 1862: Mademoiselle Titiens, Madame Rudersdorff, Madame Lemmens Sherrington and Miss Parepa, Madame Sainton Dolby, Mr Sims Reeves, Mr Weiss, Mr Santley and Signor Belletti.


Volume 2: 1865, 1868, 1871 and 1874
Programme and wordbooks for the Triennial Handel Festivals nos. 2-5. Also, separate handbills for the 1865, 1871 and 1874 events, including bills for the Full Rehearsals held on 23 June 1865, 16 June 1871 and 19 June 1874.

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 Mr James Coward (organ).

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

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


Volume 3: 1877, 1883, 1885 and 1888
Handbills and wordbooks for the 6th, 8th, Bi-Centenary and 9th Handel Festivals, including handbills for the General Rehearsals held on 22 June 1877, 15 June 1883 and 22 June 1888.

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 and Mr Edward Lloyd, Herr Henschel, Signor Foli and Mr Santley (vocal) with Mr Willing (organ). Bound with the programmes for this season are two tickets (signed by Capt Verney).

18, 20 and 22 June 1883: Madame Albani, Miss Anna Williams, Miss Annie Marriott, Madame Clara Suter and Madame Valleria, Madame Patey and Madame Trebelli, Mr Edward Lloyd, Mr Barton McGuckin and Mr Joseph Maas, Signor Foli, Mr Bridson, Mr F. King and Mr Santley (vocal) with Mr Willing (organ).

22, 24 and 26 June 1885: Madame Albani, Miss Annie Marriott, Madame Clara Suter and Madame Valleria, Madame Patey and Madame Trebelli, Mr Edward Lloyd and Mr Joseph Maas, Mr Santley, Mr Barrington Foote and Mr F. King, Mr Bridson and Signor Foli (vocal) with Mr A. J. Eyre (organ). Bound with these programmes are tickets (signed by Verney) and handwritten correspondence regarding Verney's participation in the Festival as a violinist.

25, 27 and 29 June 1888: Madame Albani, Madame Nordica, Miss Annie Marriott, Miss Emily Squire and Madame Valleria, Madame Patey and Madame Trebelli, Mr Edward Lloyd and Mr Barton McGuckin, Mr Santley, Brereton and Mr Bridson (vocal) and Mr Alfred J. Eyre (organ).


Volume 4: 1877, 1880, 1883 and 1885
Programmes and wordbooks for the 6th, 7th, 8th and Bicentenary Festivals. Information for 1877, 1883 and 1885 is as listed above.

21, 23 and 25 June 1880: Madame Adelina Patti, Madame Albani, Mrs Osgood, Miss Anna Williams, Madame Clara Suter and Madame Lemmens-Sherrington, Madame Trebelli and Madame Patey, Mr Vernon Rigby, Mr Joseph Maas, Mr Barton McGuckin and Mr Edward Lloyd, Signor Foli and Mr Santley (vocal) with Mr Willing (organ).


Additional Volume
Programme and wordbook, with historical and analytical notes by G.A. Macfarren for Handel, The Messiah, given as the first performance of 1857. Also, programmes and wordbooks for the first and third performances of 1859, given on 20 and 24 June.
Format
Date range of collection
1857 - 1888
Accumulation Dates
-
Suggested Audience
Not Specific
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council