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Collection Description

Collection Title
Harold Rosenthal collection: Concert Programmes Box 1 (1941-47)
Unique Identifier
Mus. 315 c.2
Description
A miscellaneous selection of handbills and programmes (many with words and notes) for performances given at various London venues – predominantly the Royal Albert Hall – between 1941 and 1947, held as the first of five boxes within the Harold Rosenthal collection to contain material relevant to concert performances.

All programmes are held loosely but are mounted on A4 sheets. The majority are accompanied by press cuttings/reviews of the performance and/or tickets from the event. Where the concert formed part of a larger sequence, the prospectus for that series is often included.

Many of the documents do not carry an indication of the year of the performance: seemingly plausible suggestions have been given in [ ] below, based on the day of the performance and placement of the programmes within the collection.

Programmes are listed here by venue. In the case of the Royal Albert Hall, the programmes are further ordered by organization/series title.

1. Royal Albert Hall
- BBC Symphony Orchestra
- Harold Holt Sunday Concerts
- London Philharmonic Orchestra
- London Symphony Orchestra
- National Symphony Orchestra
- Royal Choral Society
- Royal Philharmonic Society
- Miscellaous Royal Albert Hall concerts
2. Cambridge Theatre
3. Stoll Theatre, Kingsway
4. Miscellaneous venues


1. Royal Albert Hall
- BBC Symphony Orchestra
All programmes include words and notes. Also held is a prospectus for the 1946–47 season of the BBC Symphony Concerts.
Sunday 20 September [1942]: Concert given for Lady Cripps' United Aid to China Fund with Myra Hess (piano), conducted by Adrian Boult (handbill only).
15 May 1943: Concert in aid of our prisoners of war, with Eva Turner (vocal) and Solomon (piano), conducted by Sir Henry J. Wood (plus handbill).
26 May 1943: Sir Adrian Boult (conductor).
31 October 1945: Sir Thomas Beecham (conductor).
14 November 1945: Marjorie Lawrence (vocal), conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.
20 February 1946: Verdi, Requiem with Edna Hobson, Gladys Ripley, Parry Jones and Tom Williams (vocal) and the BBC Choral Society, conducted by John Barbirolli (with lists of the choral and orchestral ensembles).
5 June 1946: Marjorie Lawrence (vocal), conducted by Thomas Beecham.
26 June 1946: Elisabeth Schumann (vocal) and Ethel Bartlett and Rae Robertson (pianos), conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.
10 December 1947: Berlioz, Grande Messe des Morts, with René Soames, the BBC Choral Society and Luton Choral Society, conducted by Thomas Beecham.

- Harold Holt Sunday Concerts (with Analytical Notes).
Unless otherwise stated below, the concerts were given by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
19 April 1942: Solomon (piano), conducted by Malcolm Sargent.
25 April 1943: Katharine Goodson (piano), conducted by Henry Wood.
23 January 1944: Eva Turner (vocal) and Lieut. Edward Kilenyi (piano) with the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Hollingsworth.
19 November 1944: Sir Thomas Beecham (conductor).
11 March 1945: Iso Elinson (piano) with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.
22 April 1945: Eva Turner (vocal) and Cecilia Hansen (violin), conducted by Basil Cameron.
17 June 1945: Thomas Beecham (conductor).
24 June 1945: Betty Humby (piano), conducted by Thomas Beecham.
18 November 1945: Marjorie Lawrence (vocal) with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham.
9 December 1945: Marjorie Lawrence (vocal) and the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Basil Cameron.

- London Philharmonic Orchestra
The majority of these programmes include descriptive and/or Analytical Notes and there are additional handbills for a number of performances. Also held is a prospectus for Part I of the 1946–47 season (17 October–19 December 1946).
18 October-25 April [no year]: conducted by Sidney Beer (single document).
28 September 1941: Beecham Sunday Concert with Joan Hammond (vocal), conducted by Richard Tauber.
1 October 1944: Orchestral Concert with Yehudi Menuhin (violin), conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.
8 October 1944: Eva Turner (vocal) and Shulamith Shafir (piano), conducted by Basil Cameron, including the first English performance of Respighi, Brazilian Impressions.
2 and 30 November and 1 and 2 December 1944: Musical Culture Limited concerts, conducted by Thomas Beecham (with lists of the orchestral ensemble). The concert on 2 December included the first London performance of Handel-Beecham, Piano Concerto.
10 February 1945: Yvonne Lefebure (piano), conducted by Paul Paray (with list of the orchestral ensemble).
22 February 1945: conducted by Albert Coates.
24 March 1945: Ginette Neveu (violin), conducted by Roger Desormiere.
23 May 1945: Fauré, Requiem with Joan Cross and Gerard Souzay (vocal) and the Luton Choral Society, conducted by Charles Munch (handbill only).
3 July 1945: Concert in aid of the Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen's Families Association with Ginette Neveu (violin), conducted by Charles Munch.
1 November [1945]: Sir Thomas Beecham (conductor) (handbill only).
10 May 1946: Beethoven Concert with Eileen Joyce (piano), conducted by Victor de Sabata.
Thursdays 24 and 31 October and 7 November [1946]: 'first appearance in England since 1939 of Bruno Walter' (handbill only). Also, programmes for the first and last of these concerts (with biographical notes, photographs and lists of the orchestral ensemble).

- London Symphony Orchestra
Saturdays 13 September and 22 November [1941] and 24 January and 7 February [1942]: Four Concerts of Slavonic Music (single document).
Saturday 18 April [1942]: Beethoven Festival 1st concert, conducted by Albert Heinig (with Analytical Notes).
[Sunday] 5 July [1942]: Parry Jones (vocal), conducted by John Barbirolli (with Analytical Notes).
5 September 1942: Beethoven, Mass in D, with Isobel Baillie, Astra Desmond, Eric Greene and William Parsons (vocal) and the Goldsmiths' Choral Union, conducted by Frederick Haggis (with words).
Saturday 21 November [1942]: Pouishnoff (piano), conducted by Victor Olof (with Analytical Notes, plus handbill).
21 and 22 September 1943: Jay Pomeroy's Festival of Russian Music, conducted by John Barbirolli (with notes).
14 April 1944: Beethoven Programme with Myra Hess (piano), conducted by Sir Adrian Boult (with Analytical Notes).
30 September 1944: Beethoven, Mass in D, with Isobel Baillie, Astra Desmond, Edward Reach and Norman Walker (vocal) and the Goldsmiths' Choral Union, conducted by Frederick Haggis (with words and notes). Also held are handbills for performances given by the same ensemble and conductor on Saturday 24 February [no year] (Coleridge-Taylor, Hiawatha) and Thursday 12 April [no year] (including the first performance of George Dyson, Quo Vadis).

- National Symphony Orchestra (with Analytical Notes)
Unless otherwise stated, concerts were conducted by Sidney Beer. Also held is a prospectus for 9 October 1945–26 March 1946.
6 March [no year]: Yfrah Neaman (violin) and Irene Eisinger (vocal).
28 May 1944: Beethoven Festival Concert with Joan Hammond (vocal) and Ida Haendel (violin), conducted by Basil Cameron (handbill only).
20 February 1945: Joan Taylor, Mary Jarred, Parry Jones and Dennis Noble (vocal) and the Alexandra Choir.
10 April 1945: Concert of Austrian Music with Mary Jarred and Parry Jones (vocal).
23 October 1945: Elisabeth Schumann (vocal) (with words).

- Royal Choral Society
Performances were given with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (to 1944) and the London Symphony Orchestra (from 3 February 1945), conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent, with the vocal soloists listed below. Also held is a prospectus for the 75th season (1945–46).
28 February 1942: Elgar, Violoncello Concerto/Dream of Gerontius with Anthony Pini (cello) and Gladys Ripley, Henry Wendon and William Parsons (with wordbook).
4 November 1944: Verdi, Aida, with Eva Turner, Muriel Brunskill, Parry Jones, Roderick Lloyd and Dennis Noble (handbill).
24 December 1944: Joan Hammond, Swales Atkinson, Parry Jones and Owen Brannigan (with Analytical Notes).
3 February 1945: Elgar, The Dream of Gerontius with Astra Desmond, Heddle Nash and Roy Henderson (handbill).
24 November 1945: Berlioz, Faust with Joan Cross, Parry Jones, Kenneth Ellis and John Hargreaves.

- Royal Philharmonic Society (with Analytical Notes)
Where no other orchestra is cited below, the concerts were given by the London Philharmonic Orchestra (130th-134th season) and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (135th season). Also held are prospectuses for the 134th and 135th seasons.
130th season (no. 4)
17 January 1942: Myra Hess (piano), conducted by Adrian Boult.
132nd season (nos. 1-2, 4, 6 and Additional Concert)
9 October 1943: John Barbirolli (conductor).
6 November 1943: Jean Pougnet (violin) and Maurice Ward (viola), conducted by Adrian Boult.
22 January 1944: Albert Sammons (violin), conducted by John Barbirolli.
18 March 1944: Solomon (piano), conducted by Edric Cundell.
26 May 1944: Hallé Orchestra with Kendall Taylor (piano), conducted by John Barbirolli.
133rd season (nos. 5 and 8)
17 February 1945: London Symphony Orchestra with Myra Hess (piano), conducted by George Weldon.
26 May 1945: Hallé Orchestra with Denis Matthews (piano), conducted by John Barbirolli.
134th season (nos. 1-2, Sibelius Birthday Concert and nos. 7-8)
20 October 1945: Sir Thomas Beecham (conductor).
17 November 1945: Denis Matthews (piano), conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham.
15 December 1945: Sibelius Birthday Concert, conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham.
13 April 1946: Myra Hess (piano) and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.
11 May 1946: Hallé Orchestra with Laurance Turner (violin) and Haydn Rogerson (cello), conducted by John Barbirolli.
135th season (nos. 1-3)
26 October, 16 November and 7 December 1946: conducted by Thomas Beecham. The concerts featured the Luton Choral Society (October) and Phyllis Sellick (piano, December).

- Miscellaneous Royal Albert Hall concerts
Friday 16 May [1941/47]: Artur Schnabel (piano) with the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Dobrowen (with notes).
22 March 1942: Bach, St. Matthew Passion, given by The Bach Choir and Jacques Orchestra with Elsie Suddaby, Mary Jarred, Eric Greene, Keith Falkner, David Lloyd and Victor Harding (vocal), conducted by Reginald Jacques.
25 March 1944: Grand Gala Concert as a Tribute to Sir Henry J. Wood and in celebration of his 75th Birthday, given by the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Solomon (piano), conducted by Wood, Adrian Boult, Basil Cameron and Malcolm Sargent.
26 March 1944: Bach, St. Matthew Passion given by The Bach Choir with Elsie Suddaby, Mary Jarred, Eric Greene, Roy Henderson, Peter Pears and William Parsons (vocal) and the Jacques Orchestra, conducted by Reginald Jacques (with handbill).
Sunday 4 March [1945]: Sir Henry Wood Memorial Concert given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Basil Cameron, John Barbirolli and Sir Adrian Boult, including the first performance of William Walton, Memorial Fanfare.
Friday 4 May and Tuesday 19 June [1945]: Henry Wood Memorial Fund/Funds of Help Holland Council by the New London Orchestra, with Myra Hess (piano), conducted by Alec Sherman (handbills).
8 November [1945]: Concert in aid of the British United Aid to China Fund, given by the Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire de Paris, conducted by Charles Münch (handbill).
29 December 1945: Beethoven-Brahms Concert, given by the New London Orchestra with Isobel Baillie, Mary Jarred, Walter Widdop [corrected to Eduard Reach] and Tom Williams (vocal), the BBC Choral Society and Croydon Philharmonic Society, conducted by Alec Sherman (with Analytical Notes).
12 January 1946: Verdi, Requiem given by the Bach Choir with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Laelia Finneberg, Gladys Ripley, David Lloyd and Keith Falkner (vocal), conducted by Reginald Jacques (handbill).
25 January 1946: Fifth Beethoven-Brahms Concert given by the New London Orchestra, with Moiseiwitsch (piano), conducted by Fistoulari (handbill).
13 and 27 May 1946: Pianoforte Recital/Beethoven Programme given by Artur Schnabel, the latter with the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Dobrowen (with notes). Also held is a prospectus for this series, which included three recitals and three orchestral concerts, given on 13, 17 and 29 May and 20, 27 and 31 May.


2. Cambridge Theatre
Handbills and programmes with Analytical Notes for performances given, unless otherwise stated below, with the London Symphony Orchestra.
Saturday 15 November [1941/47]: Moura Lympany (piano), conducted by George Weldon.
5 May 1942: International Festival of Music (1st concert), with Solomon (piano), conducted by Anatole Fistoulari.
Sunday 6 September [1942]: 10th Sunday Celebrity Concert (4th series) with Moura Lympany (piano), conducted by Albert Heinig.
Sunday 20 September [1942]: 12th Sunday Celebrity Concert (4th series), with Louis Kentner (piano), conducted by Charles Hambourg.
3 January 1943: Sunday Concert with Eileen Joyce (piano), conducted by Anatole Fistoulari.
9 May 1943: Myra Hess (piano) with the New London Orchestra, conducted by Alec Sherman.
Sunday 15 August [1943/48]: Clifford Curzon (piano), conducted by Anatole Fistoulari.
16 September 1945: Sunday Concert/Recital by Elisabeth Schumann (vocal) with Gerald Moore (piano).


3. Stoll Theatre, Kingsway
14 October and 28 October 1845 and 28 April, 26 May and 2 June 1946: London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Beecham (1945) and Victor de Sabata (1946) (with Analytical Notes and some with list of the orchestral ensemble).


4. Miscellaneous London venues
27 May-11 June [no year]: London Summer Concerts organized by the Royal Philharmonic Society in collaboration with the British Broadcasting Corporation, the London Symphony Orchestra Concert Society, and Boosey & Hawkes (single document).
Friday 2 August [1940], Queen's Hall: Grand Benefit Concert in aid of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, with Joan Hammond (vocal), conducted by Richard Tauber, including the first performance of Tauber, Symphony Suite, Sunshine Suite (with words and notes, including biographical notes, photographs and a list of the orchestral ensemble).
Saturdays 26 September, 10 and 24 October, 7 and 21 November and 5 and 19 December [1942], Aeolian Hall: Gerald Cooper Chamber Concerts (single document).
Saturday 10 October [1942], Wigmore Hall: First Song Recital by Vera Spring with the Jacques String Orchestra, conducted by Reginald Jacques (handbill with photograph).
25 October and 15 November 1942, Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross: National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sidney Beer, with the violinists Max Rostal and Eda Kersey (with Analytical Notes and a list of the orchestral ensemble).
Thursday 16 September and Wednesday 17 November [1943], Wigmore Hall: Two Orchestral Concerts given by Walter Goehr and a concert ensemble led by Maria Lidka (single document). The September concert included the first performance of [Humphrey] Searle, Suite for Strings (1942) and that in November included the first performance of a new concert version (by Geohr and Matyas Seiber) of Bach, Die Kunst der Fuge.
Sunday 30 January [1944/49], Royal Opera House, Covent Garden: Moura Lympany (piano) (handbill with photograph).
16 and 21 April 1945, Coliseum, Charing Cross: London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Albert Coates/Karl Rankl (with analytical notes).
3 November 1946, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden: London Philharmonic Orchestra with Jo Vincent [corrected to Irene Eisinger], conducted by Bruno Walter (with Analytical Notes, biographical notes with photographs and a list of the orchestral ensemble).
17 November 1946, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden: London Philharmonic Orchestra with Eugenia Zareska (mezzo-soprano), conducted by Eduard van Beinum (with notes, photographs and a list of the orchestral ensemble).
7 June-6 July [1947], Harringay Arena: First London Music Festival given by the Royal Philharmonic, Liverpool Philharmonic, London Symphony and French National Orchestra, conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham, Otto Klemperer, Stanford Robinson, Malcolm Sargent, Jose Iturbi, Andre Kostelanetz, Manuel Rosenthal and George Weldon (leaflet/prospectus)
Format
Date range of collection
1941 - 1947
Accumulation Dates
-
Suggested Audience
Not Specific
Associated People or Organisations
Associated Times

Location Details

Bodleian Library, Music Library
Broad Street,Music Library Oxford OX1 3BG
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Collections Overview
The collection has very strong holdings of British music and related material acquired in part by legal deposit. Many collected editions and scholarly series. Very strong periodical coverage, including major 19thC European journals. Largest collection of American song material in UK.
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council