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Collection Title
Handeliana VIII (1957-80)
A collection of handbills and programmes for performances of music by Handel, given at various venues in England and American between 1957 and 1980, arranged chronologically and pasted into the eighth of twelve volumes of Handeliana.

Also included are the prospectuses for the New York Handel Festival (1-20 May 1959), the Handel-Purcell Festival (London, 8-27 June 1959) and for the Ledlanet Nights (Milnathort, 30 September-3 October 1964).

1. London venues
- Eltham
31 March 1961, Eltham Park Methodist Church: Handel, Messiah, with Joan Smalley, Joan Clarkson, John Chorley and Kenneth Fawcett (vocal), conducted by Eric E. Fordred.
15 and 16 September 1966, Great Hall, Eltham Palace, Court Road: Handel, Agrippina, presented by Opera 1961 and given by Patricia Brigenshaw, Angela Hickey, John Kitchiner, Dorothy Wilson, Alice Robiczek, Richard Passmore, Elizabeth Langford and Paul Statham, with the Handel Chamber Ensemble, conducted by Audrey Langford (single document with plot synopsis and biographical notes).

- Picture Gallery, 40 Brunswick Square
11 and 17 July 1957, 8 July 1959, 13 July 1960, 19 July 1961, 12 July 1962, 11 July 1963, 9 July 1964, 15 July 1965, 6 July 1966 and 6 July 1967: handbills and programmes (some with notes) for performances of Handel oratorios presented by the Thomas Coram Foundation for Children, led by Lionel Bentley, conducted by Hubert Langley.

- Queen Elizabeth Hall
25 April 1979: Handel, Water Music, given by the Richard Hickox Orchestra and conducted by Richard Hickox (handbill).

- Lamda Theatre, Logan Place
16-19 September 1965: Handel, Agrippina, presented by Opera 1961 and given by Patricia Brigenshaw, Angela Hickey, Paul Statham, Bettina Jonic, Alice Robiczek, Richard Passmore, Elizabeth Langford and Philip May with the Handel Chamber Ensemble, conducted by Peter Gellhorn (single document with plot synopsis and biographical notes).

- Royal Festival Hall
5 October 1959: Handel, Belshazzar, given by Rolf Apreck, Jutta Vulpius, Günther Leib, Hellmuth Kaphahn, Kurt Hübenthal, Leo Wistuba and Horst Jakob (vocal), with the Deutschland Radio Singers, the Berlin Radio Choir and the East Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Helmut Koch (with notes, biographical notes and photographs).
5 February 1966: Handel, Messiah, given by Pauline Tinsley, Margaret Duckworth, Grayston Burgess, David Hughes and Benjamin Luxon (vocal) with the London Choral Society and Pro Arte Orchestra, conducted by John Tobin (handbill and programme book, the latter with Notes on the Performance by Tobin (who was also editor of the edition used)).

- Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
24 November and 2 December 1958: Handel, Samson with the Covent Garden Opera Ballet, Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Raymond Leppard (with historical and descriptive notes and a list of the orchestral ensemble).
5 September 1960: Handel, Alcina, given by the Royal Opera, Stockholm, conducted by Lars af Malmborg (with plot synopsis and a list of the orchestral ensemble).

- Sadler's Wells Theatre
23-27 June 1959: Festival Week of Opera by George Frideric Handel, given by the Handel Opera Society as part of the above Handel-Purcell Festival. This consisted of productions of Rodelina (24 and 26 June) and Semele (23, 25 and 27 June) with the Philomusica of London, Thurston Dart (harpsichord) and conducted by Charles Farncombe (handbill).

- St. Clement's, King William Street, near Eastcheap
28 March 1961: Handel, St. John's Passion, given by Valerie Cardnell, Robert Tear, Alfred Deller and Geoffrey Shaw (vocal), conducted by Andrew Pearmain (two handbills).

- St. James's Church, Piccadilly
21 October 1959: Handel, Messiah, given by Iris Bourne, Helen Watts, Ronald Gale, David Galliver and Norman Lumsden (vocal), with the Board of Trade Choir and a section of the Riddick Orchestra, conducted by Charles Farncombe (with notes, principally concerned with the supposed 'authenticity' of this performance).

- St. John's Smith Square
19 July 1979: Handel, Julius Ceasar, given by Eiddwen Harrhy, Sally Burgess, Ameral Gunson, Susan Smyth-Tyrrell, Caroline Tatlow and Graham Titus (vocal) with the Little Venice Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Richard Stamp (handbill).

- St. Martin-in-the-Fields
8 December 1959: Handel, Messiah, given by Stuart Reeves, April Cantelo, Helen Watts, Gerald English and John Carol Case (vocal), with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Choir, conducted by John Churchill (with introductory note and handwritten annotations relating to performance timings).

- Wigmore Hall
15 October 1976: Handel Chamber Music Programme, given by the Barlow Baroque Players (handbill).

2. Provincial venues
- Birmingham, Barber Institute of Fine Arts
All concerts were accompanied by the Baroque Opera Orchestra conducted by Anthony Lewis, with the vocal soloists listed below. All programmes include notes, a plot synopsis and a list of the orchestral ensemble.
21/22 March 1962: Handel, Tamerlane, given by Alexander Young, Catherine Wilson, Raymond Hayter, Patricia Clark, Janet Baker and Geoffrey Walls.
7/9 May 1964: Handel, Ariodante, given by Patricia Clark, Jacqueline Delman, Johanna Peters, Janet Baker, Donald McIntyre, Keith Urwin and Kenneth Bowen.
16/17 May 1968: Handel, Admeto, with Maureen Lehane, Jean Temperley, John Kitchiner, Janet Baker, Sheila Armstrong, Norman Welsby and Margaret Lensky.

- Bournemouth, Richmond Hill Congregational Church
8 April 1966: Handel, St. John Passion, with Reginald Fry, David Mills, George Simpson, Nancy Church and Lorna Oates, Hilda Batchelor and Jason Shute (vocal) (handbill).

- Bradford
13 October 1966 and 21 October 1967, Princes Ballroom, Midland Hotel: West Riding Handel Society, conducted by Charles Bainbridge (with historical and descriptive notes and lists of the choral and orchestral ensembles).

- Canterbury Cathedral
19 March 1960: Handel, Messiah, given by Margaret Polkinghorne, Marjorie Thomas, Ronald Dowd and Gordon Clinton (bass) with the Canterbury Choral Society, conducted by John Brough (with historical notes).

- Farnham Castle
2 November 1974: Handel, Acis and Galatea, presented by the Farnham Maltings Association and the Farnham Town Flower Arrangement Society, and given by the soloists and chamber choir and orchestra of Eton College, conducted by Inniss Allen (with notes and a list of the orchestral ensemble).

- Orpington
15 April 1961, Methodist Church, Sevenoaks Road: Handel, Solomon, given by the Free Church Choir Union with Ben Luxon, Isabel Stevenson, Evelyn Jenkins, John Brookman and Harold Sturdy (vocal), conducted by Alan Crisp.
15 December 1962, Baptist Church, High Street: Handel, Messiah, with Barbara Trend, Susan Wade, Alfred Safhill and Allan Jackson (vocal), the Free Church Choir Union, conducted by Alan Crisp.

- Oxford
Friday 28 February [1969], Magdalen College Chapel: Handel, Brockes Passion, given by Magdalen College Music Society, conducted by Gregory Rose (with words and brief notes).
25 March 1975, Holywell Music Room: Homage to Opera, presented by Unicorn Opera and given by Manoug Parikian, Felicity Lott, Sydna Withington and John Angelo Messana with Members of the Raglan Players, directed by Nicholas Kraemer (handbill).
26-28 June 1980, University Church/Holywell Music Room/St. John's College, Canterbury Quad: Handel in Oxford (handbill).

- Reading, Great Hall, Reading University
25-27 February 1965: Handel, Jephtha ('an experimental staged production'), given by the Reading University Operatic Society with David Joyner, Roy Hewlett, Annette Thompson, Perceval Bridger, Maureen Dingle and Rosemary Wilson (vocal), conducted by H. Diack Johnstone (with historical and descriptive notes, photographs and lists of the choral and orchestral ensembles).

- Salisbury
12-21 July 1973: Salisbury Festival of the Arts (prospectus).

- Winchester College, New Hall
6 September 1975: Concert of Music from Jane Austen's Music Books, given by Marilyn Minns and Peter Hall (vocal) and Ruth Dyson and Simon Marlow (piano) (with notes).

- Worcester Cathedral
6 September 1957: Handel, Messiah, given as part of the Worcester Music Meeting/Three Choirs Festival by Pauline Brockless, Norma Procter, William Herbert and Hervey Alan (vocal), with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Willcocks (annotated wordbook).

3. American venues
- Connecticut, Talcott Auditorium, Elmwood
25, 27 and 28 February 1959: Handel, Deidamia (American premiere, sung in English), produced by the Opera Department of the Hartt College of Music/University of Hartford (with notes, plot synopsis and a list of the orchestral ensemble).

- New York, Walt Whitman Auditorium, Brooklyn College
Saturday 20 May [1961]: Handel, Saul given by the Brooklyn College Chorus and Chorale as part of the Fifth Annual Festival of Baroque Choral Music at Brooklyn College, conducted by Robert Hickox (handbill).
Date range of collection
1957 - 1980
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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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