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Collection Description

Collection Title
Harold Rosenthal collection: Concert Programmes Box 2 (1940-50)
Unique Identifier
Mus. 315 c.2
A miscellaneous selection of handbills and programmes for performances given at various London venues – predominantly the Royal Albert Hall – between 1940 and 1950, held as the second of five boxes within the Harold Rosenthal collection to contain material relevant to concert performances.

Unless otherwise stated below, documentation for each concert consists of a handbill/single-sheet programme: some of these include photographs. The box also contains a number of press cuttings and some concert tickets.

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.

All items are held loosely and are listed here by venue. In the case of the Royal Albert Hall, the programmes are further ordered by organization/performing body.

1. Royal Albert Hall
- London Symphony Orchestra
- Philharmonia Orchestra
- Miscellaneous Royal Albert Hall concerts
2. Queen's Hall
3. Royal Festival Hall
4. Wigmore Hall
5. Westminster, Central Hall

1. Royal Albert Hall
- London Symphony Orchestra
Sunday 16 February [1941/47]: Beethoven-Dvorak Concert with Monique de la Bruchollerie (piano) and Andre Navarra (cello), conducted by Constant Lambert.
Sunday 20 April [1941/47]: Grand Tchaikovsky Concert with Szymon Goldberg (violin) and Reizenstein (piano), conducted by Louis Cohen.
Tuesday 14 October [1941/47]: Alexis Klingerman (piano), conducted by Walter Goehr.
Monday 26 June-Saturday 1 July [1944/50]: Six Gala Performances of Ballet and Music from the Ballet by Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin (vocal) (single document).
27 October 1946: Farewell Concert Appearance of Lily Payling, conducted by Basil Cameron.
Friday 6 December [1946]: Alexis Klingerman (piano), conducted by Malcolm Sargent, including the first performance of Inglis Gundry, Greek Zalonghou Dance.
Sunday 16 March [1947]: 'the reappearance of Ida Haendel (violin) following her … American success', conducted by Louis Cohen.
11 December and 18 December [1947]: 'positively the last two appearances of the ten-year-old conductor' Robert Benzi, presented by the Classical Concert Society (single document). The second of these performances was held at the Empress Hall, Earls Court.
25 October 1948: Concert in aid of the Victory (Ex-Services) Club, with Myra Hess (piano), conducted by Malcolm Sargent.
9 October-18 December 1949, 15 January-26 March, and 12-23 April 1950: 36th season (3 documents, one each for the time spans stated).
16 October-11 December 1949 and 8 January-19 March 1950: Sunday Afternoon Orchestral Concerts (2 documents, one each for the time spans stated).

- Philharmonia Orchestra
Sunday 18 January [1942/48]: Grand Viennese Operatic Evening with a cast from the Vienna State Opera, including Elizabeth Schwartzkopf and Hans Hotter [corrected by hand to Maria Reining and Ludwig Suthaus], conducted by Basil Cameron.
Tuesday 20 May [1947]: Artur Schnabel (piano), conducted by Dobrowen (with Analytical Notes).
Thursday 15 November [1947]: Roberto Benzi (conductor/'the world's greatest musical prodigy').
11 January 1948: Eileen Joyce (piano), conducted by Walter Susskind.
7 March 1948: Farewell Performance, Eileen Joyce (piano).
Monday 20 December [1948]: Grand Tchaikovsky Concert with Arminski (piano), Gabriella Lengyel (violin) and Andrea Bielecki (vocal), conducted by Clifton Helliwell.
Sunday 16 January [1949]: Evening of Viennese Music with Elizabeth Schwarzkopf and Hans Braun (vocal), conducted by Walter Goehr.
Friday 28 January and Monday 31 January [1949]: Pierino Gamba ('the eleven-year-old Italian Conductor') (single document).
Sunday 8 and 15 May [1949]: Strauss Festival with Florence George (soprano), conducted by Oscar Straus.
6 April 1950: Mischa Elman (violin), conducted by Rafael Kubelik (single document, with biographical notes).

- Miscellaneous Royal Albert Hall concerts
25 June 1946: Mischa Elman ('the return of the world famous violinist') with the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Albert Coates (two copies).
Tuesday 25 March [1947]: Eidus (violin) with the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Nicolai Malko (with 'Press Comments').
Sunday 4 May [1947]: Eileen Joyce (piano), conducted by Dobrowen.
Tuesday 3 June and Thursday 5 June [1947]: Jose Iturbi (piano), the first concert with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult (single document).
11 June 1947: Myra Hess (piano).
Sunday 22 February [1948]: Louis Kentner (piano) and Jean Pougnet (violin) with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Walter Susskind.
12 May 1948: Royal Philharmonic Society no. 1 [136th season], by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Choral Society with Joan Hammond, Kathleen Ferrier, Heddle Nash and Harold Williams (vocal), conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham.
16 May 1948: Whit Sunday Popular Concert, being a Tchaikovsky programme given by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Basil Cameron.
Thursday 27 May [1948]: London Philharmonic Orchestra with Solomon (piano), conducted by Eduard van Beinum.
Monday 7 June [1948]: Viennese Music, given by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Joan Hammond (vocal), conducted by Walter Susskind.
Monday 15 November [1948]: Francis Cassel (piano).
Wednesday 23 February 1949: Royal Philharmonic Society concert no. 5 [137th season] given by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Moura Lympany (piano), conducted by Basil Cameron.
Saturday 17 April [1949]: Adela Verne and her son John Vallier, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Basil Cameron (with biographical notes and press comments).
Thursday 13 October [1949]: Ernest Bloch conducting a programme of his own music with Zara Nelsova (cello) and Marko Rothmüller (vocal) and the London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra. The concert included the first London performance of Sacred Service.

2. Queen’s Hall
All concerts were given by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Hambourg.
2 December 1939: Solomon (piano).
10 December 1939 and 21 January and 18 February 1940: The Sunday Pops (single document) .
Sunday 17 March [1940]: Tchaikovsky Centenary Concert with Pouishnoff (piano) (with Analytical Notes).

3. Royal Festival Hall
Friday 25 September [1942]: London Philharmonic Orchestra with Daniel Wayenberg (piano), conducted by Richard Austin.

4. Wigmore Hall
Friday 2 October [1942]: London Philharmonic Orchestra with Jennie Tourel (vocal), conducted by Royalton Kisch.
Sunday 18 October and Thursday 12 November [1942]: Two Song Recitals by Francis Long, accompanied by Ernest Lush (single document).
2 November-7 December 1949 and 8 March-5 April 1950: Wigmore One O' Clock Concerts (2 documents).

5. Westminster, Central Hall
Saturday 30 October [1943/48]: Moiseiwitsch (piano).
Monday 13 December [1943/48]: Mozart Programme with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (vocal), Edwin Fischer (piano) and the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Mosco Carner.
Tuesday 25 January [1944/49]: Tito Schipa (tenor) accompanied by Ivor Newton, with the assistance of Nancy Weir (piano).
Date range of collection
1940 - 1950
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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01865 277063
01865 277182
Visiting Information
Membership fee for users outside the UK academic community; charges for photocopying and inter-library loans
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.
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

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Associated Collection(s)
Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council