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Collection Description

Collection Title
Harold Rosenthal collection: Concert Programmes Box 3 (1940-50)
Unique Identifier
Mus. 315 c.2
Description
A miscellaneous collection of handbills, prospectuses and programmes for concerts given at various London venues – principally the Royal Albert Hall – between 1941 and 1950, held as the third of five boxes within the Harold Rosenthal collection to contain material relevant to concert performances.

This box also includes a prospectus with programmes for the Brighton Symphony Festival, 28-30 June 1940, given at the Dome, Brighton by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Basil Cameron, Dr Malcolm Sargent and Herbert Menges.

All programmes are held loosely but are mounted on A4 sheets. The majority are accompanied by press cuttings offering reviews of the performance and/or tickets. 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.

Where no other indication is given below, documentation for each concert consists of a handbill/single-sheet programme. They are listed here by venue. In the case of the Royal Albert Hall, they are further ordered by organization/performance series.

1. Royal Albert Hall
- Goldsmiths' Choral Union
- Harold Holt Sunday Concerts
- London Philharmonic Orchestra
- London Symphony Orchestra
- Royal Choral Society
- Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
- Royal Philharmonic Society
- Miscellaneous Royal Albert Hall concerts
2. Cambridge Theatre
3. Miscellaneous London venues


1. Royal Albert Hall
- Goldsmiths' Choral Union
These performances were conducted by Frederick Haggis and given with the vocalists listed below. Where no other ensemble is listed, the performances were given with the Goldsmiths' Symphony Orchestra.
5 September 1942: Beethoven, Mass in D with Isobel Baillie, Astra Desmond, Eric Greene and William Parsons and the London Symphony Orchestra.
19 September 1942: Symphony Concert by the London Symphony Orchestra with Eileen Joyce (piano).
4 September, 16 October and 26 December 1943: Autumn Concerts (single document).
27 May 1944: Handel, Messiah with Elsie Suddaby, Kathleen Ferrier, Heddle Nash and Roderick Lloyd and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
12 May 1945: Elgar, The Dream of Gerontius with Kathleen Ferrier, Heddle Nash and Norman Walker.
23 June 1945: Coleridge-Taylor, Hiawatha with Elsie Suddaby, Trefor Jones and Roy Henderson.
1945-46 season: Goldsmiths' Choral Union and Symphony Orchestra (prospectus).
8, 13, 17 and 22 June 1946: Handel Festival (prospectus).
Wednesday 14 April [1949]: Wagner, Parsifal, presented by the Henry Wood Concert Society with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Adrian Boult.

- Harold Holt Sunday Concerts
Unless otherwise stated below, these performances were given by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to the programmes, prospectuses/leaflets are held for the seasons 1942–43 (two copies) and 1945–46.
2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 November 1941; 7, 14 and 21 December 1941; 1, 8, 15 and 29 March 1941 (3 handbills).
Sunday 2 May [1943/48]: Solomon (piano), conducted by Basil Cameron.
26 September 1943: Pouishnoff (piano) with the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Basil Cameron (plus a single document containing programmes for September-December 1943).
Sunday 19 March 1944: Pouishnoff (piano) with the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.
Sunday 23 April 1944: Joan Hammond, Janet Howe and Parry Jones (vocal) and Moiseiwitsch (piano) with the National Symphony Orchestra, BBC Choral Society and Luton Choral Society, conducted by Basil Cameron.
15 October 1944: Joan Hammond and Adela Verne, conducted by Karl Rankl.
29 October 1944: Eileen Joyce (piano), conducted by Charles Hambourg.
Sunday 23 June [1946]: Yehudi Menuhin (violin) with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Antal Dorati.

- London Philharmonic Orchestra
In addition to the programmes (see below), the box includes a prospectus for the 1947-48 season and a copy of the monthly bulletin for April 1950, which includes some programmes.
5, 12, 19 and 26 October 1941: Beecham Sunday Concerts (single document).
Thursday 30 October and 6 and 13 November [1941/47]: conducted by Bruno Walter (single document).
Thursdays 5, 12, 19 and 26 February [1942/48]: Thursday Symphony Concerts (single document).
Saturday 23 October [1943]: Final Concert of Commemorative Tour with Jean Pougnet (violin) conducted by Fistoulari.
Saturday 27 November [1943]: Sylvia Patriss (soprano) and Eric Harrison (piano), conducted by Fistoulari.
5 May 1943: Orchestral Concert with Moiseiwitsch (piano), conducted by Malcolm Sargent.
2 November 1944: Thomas Beecham (conductor).
Sunday 12 and 19 November [1944]: conducted by Charles Munch/Thomas Beecham, the first concert including the first London performance of Jacques Ibert, Overture for a Festival (single document).
Thursday 22 February [1945]: conducted by Albert Coates.
Wednesday 28 February [1945]: Concert in Aid of the Children of Warsaw with Leicester Philharmonic Society, Morley College Choir and Joan Cross, Margaret MacArthur, Peter Pears and Owen Brannigan (vocal), conducted by Basil Cameron and Michael Tippett.
Wednesday 7 March [1945]: Jacques Thibaud (violin), conducted by Basil Cameron.
22 June 1945: Nicole Henriot (piano) and John McHugh (vocal), conducted by Karl Rankl.
6 March 1947: Kirsten Flagstad (soprano), conducted by Basil Cameron (with Analytical Notes).
22 and 29 January and Thursday 4, 11, 18 and 25 March [1948]: conducted by Fürtwangler (single document).
29 January 1948: Kirsten Flagstad (soprano), conducted by Karl Rankl (with Analytical Notes, biographical notes with photograph and a list of the orchestral ensemble).
29 April 1948: London Philharmonic Choir, conducted by Victor de Sabata (with Analytical Notes and a list of the orchestral ensemble).
Thursday 24 June [1948]: London Philharmonic Choir, conducted by Celibidache.
Thursdays 14 and 21 October and 4 and 11 November [1948]: Beethoven piano concertos given by Solomon, conducted by Jean Martinon (single document).
27 January, 3, 10, 17 and 24 February 1949: Beethoven Cycle, conducted by Eduard van Beinum (single document).

- London Symphony Orchestra
28 October [no year]: Yehudi Menuhin (violin), conducted by George Weldon.
Sunday 22 December [1942]: Oscar Natzka (vocal) and Alfredo Campoli (violin), conducted by Louis Cohen.
Wednesday May 6 [1942]: Moiseiwitsch (piano), conducted by Sir Adrian Boult, Basil Cameron and Keith Douglas.
Saturday 20 November [1943/48]: Irene Scharrer and Janet Howe, conducted by Sir Henry Wood and Basil Cameron.
Saturday 15 January [1944/49]: Beethoven Concert with Moiseiwitsch (piano), conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.
22 April 1944: Concert in aid of the British National Cadet Association with Janet Howe and Mark Hambourg, conducted by Charles Hambourg.
Friday 2-Thursday 8 June [1944]: Jay Pomeroy's Second Festival of Russian Music, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult, Albert Coates, Fistoulari and Dr Heathcote Statham (prospectus).
Saturday 27 January, 10 March and 7 April [1945]: Beethoven Concerts (single document).
Wednesday 20 June [1945]: Beethoven Concert with Ida Haendel (violin), conducted by Fistoulari.
26 June 1945: Yehudi Menuhin (violin), conducted by Paul Paray.
Friday 28 September [1945]: Bronislaw Huberman (violin), conducted by Malcolm Sargent.
11 October 1945: Beethoven Concert with Pouishnoff and Marie Wilson, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult and Alec Sherman.
Friday 7 December [1945]: Concert of Austrian Music with Joan Hammond and Alfred Blumen (vocal), conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.
Friday 11 January, Wednesday 30 January and Friday 8 March [1946]: Edna Iles (piano), conducted by George Weldon (single document).
Sunday 13 October [1946]: Grand Opening Sunday Evening Concert with Szigeti (violin) and Moiseiwitsch (piano), conducted by Basil Cameron.
18 November and 20 December 1946: Six Decca Concerts, Nos. 1 and 2, conducted by Pedro Freitas Branco/Karl Rankl. The concerts featured Suggia (cello, November) and Paul Schoeffler (December).
Sunday 24 November [1946]: Beethoven Concert with Ida Haendel (violin), conducted by Enrique Jorda.
5 January-23 February 1947, 2 March-6 April 1947 and 13 April-25 May 1947: Sunday Orchestral Concerts (3 handbills).
Friday 19 September-Sunday 26 October [1947]: (single document for six performances).
Sunday 16 November [1947]: William Kapell (piano), conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent (with photographs, biographical notes and press comments).
4, 11, 18 and 25 January 1948; 25 January, 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 February 1948; 29 February, 7, 14, 21, 28 March and 4 April 1948; 4, 11, 18, 25 April and 2 and 9 May 1948; 25 April and 2 and 9 May 1948; 10, 17, 24 and 31 October: Sunday Orchestral Concerts (six handbills).
Sunday 9 May [1948]: Jennie Tourel (mezzo-soprano), conducted by Basil Cameron (with biographical notes).
1948-49 season: 35th series of Symphony Concerts (2 handbills).

- Royal Choral Society
Unless otherwise stated below, performances were given by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent, with the vocalists listed. In addition to programmes, prospectuses/leaflets are held for the seasons 1942–43 1946–47 and 1948–49 (nos. 76 and 78).
27 September 1941: Coleridge-Taylor, Hiawatha with Elsie Suddaby, Henry Wendon and Roy Henderson.
20 December 1941 and 3 January, 28 February and 3 April 1942: (single document).
2 October 1943: George Dyson, The Canterbury Pilgrims with Isobel Baillie, Edward Reach and Roy Henderson (conducted by the composer).
13 November 1943: Walton, Belshazzar's Feast.
7 April 1944: Handel, The Messiah with Isobel Baillie, Kathleen Ferrier, Heddle Nash and Robert Easton and the London Symphony Orchestra.
11 March 1944: Elgar, The Dream of Gerontius with Gladys Ripley, Heddle Nash and Tom Williams.
30 March 1945: Handel, Messiah with Elsie Suddaby, Gladys Ripley, Eric Greene and Henry Cummings and the London Symphony Orchestra.
28 April 1945: Beethoven, Mass in D with Joan Hammond, Kathleen Ferrier, Trefor Jones and Norman Walker.
27 January 1947: Haydn, The Creation with Ada Alsop, Henry Wendon and Henry Cummings and the London Symphony Orchestra.

- Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
All concerts were conducted by Thomas Beecham.
26 October-11 December 1946: Delius Festival (leaflet/prospectus). This event included performances at Westminster Central Hall, some of which were conducted by Richard Austin.
2 and 23 November and 14 December 1946: Saturday Evening Concerts presented by the Muse Arts Concert Society (single document, plus handbill for 23 November).
Tuesday 3 December [1946]: Grand Tchaikovsky Evening.
9 April 1947: Grand Sibelius Programme presented by the Muse Arts Concert Society (with Analytical and Descriptive Notes, plus handbill).
21 April 1947:Great Beethoven Evening presented by the Muse Arts Concert Society with Audrey Bowman, Heddle Nash, Marjorie Thomas and Harold Williams (vocal) and the Alexandra Choir (with Analytical and Descriptive Notes, plus handbill).
29 April 1947: Adolf Busch (violin) (with notes, plus handbill).
Thursday 18 September and Sundays 9 and 30 November [1947]: (single document).
Monday 24 November [1947]: Celebrity Concert for the British Empire Nurses War Memorial Fund with Kirsten Flagstad and Set Svanholm (with biographical notes, photographs and a list of the orchestral ensemble).

- Royal Philharmonic Society
Programmes with Analytical Notes for performances given by the London Philharmonic Orchestra (1942, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult) and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (1947, conducted by Thomas Beecham). In addition to programmes, leaflets are held for the seasons 1941–42, 1943–44, 1944–45 and 1947–48 (nos. 132, 133 and 136) and prospectus with programmes for the season 1948–49 (no. 137), given by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Saturday 14 November [1942]: Louis Kentner and Ilona Kabos (pianos).
22 October 1947: Margaret Field-Hyde (vocal)
26 April 1947:
17 May 1947: Sheffield Philharmonic Choir.

- Miscellaneous Royal Albert Hall concerts
12 November [no year]: Philharmonia Orchestra with Emil Telmanyi (violin), conducted by Paul Kletzki.
Tuesday 11 February [1941/47]: first London appearance of Ivar Johnsen (piano) with the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dobrowen.
20 and 21 June 1942: Special Two-Day Visit to London by the Hallé Orchestra, conduced by Malcolm Sargent and Pouishnoff (single document).
Wednesday 25 August [1943/48]: Grand Concert in aid of the Newspaper Press Fund, given by the National Symphony Orchestra with Eva Turner, Moiseiwitsch and Swales Atkinson, conducted by Malcolm Sargent and Rudolph Dunbar.
Tuesday 28 September-Wednesday 6 October [1943/48]: Beethoven Cycle, given by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with Yehudi Menuhin (violin), conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler (prospectus, with photographs).
Saturday 20 November [1943/48]: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sergiu Celibidache.
Thursday 4 May [1944]: Bach, Mass in B minor given by The Bach Choir with the Jacques Orchestra and Noel Eadie, Eric Greene, Gladys Ripley and William Parsons (vocal), conducted by Reginald Jacques.
Tuesday 5 October and Thursday 7 October [1944]: Two Extra Concerts by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Josef Krips (single document).
Sunday 26 November and 3 December [1944]: BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Adrian Boult/Basil Cameron (single document).
9 January-24 April 1945: National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sidney Beer (prospectus and 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 Sir Adrian Boult, John Barbirolli and Basil Cameron.
Saturday 29 December [1945]: Beethoven-Brahms concert no.4, given by the New London Orchestra, conducted by Alec Sherman (with a handbill/prospectus for the complete series of eight performances).
Tuesday 12 February [1946]: National Symphony Orchestra with Moiseiwitsch (piano), conducted by Albert Coates.
23, 28 and 30 May [1946]: New London Orchestra, conducted by Alec Sherman and Malcolm Sargent (single document).
24 June 1946: Yehudi Menuhin (violin), accompanied by Gerald Moore ('only recital this season').
Tuesdays 22 October and 5 and 19 November [1946]: National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sidney Beer.
Tuesday 19 November [1946]: Tchaikovsky Concert given by the National Symphony Orchestra, with Nikita Magaloff (piano), conducted by Sidney Beer.
Tuesday 17 December [1946]: Philharmonia Orchestra with Eileen Joyce (piano), conducted by Alceo Galliera.
Friday 14 February [1947]: London International Orchestra with Pouishnoff (piano), conducted by Fistoulari.
Sunday 16 March [1947]: Great National Orchestra of Czechoslovakia/Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Rafael Kubelik.
31 March 1947: Sonata Recital by Yehudi and Hephzibah Menuhin.
9 and 13 May 1947: [Giacomo] Lauri Volpi (tenor) (single document).
Monday 26 May [1947]: Grand Orchestral Concert given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Elizabeth Schumann [corrected to Jo Vincent] (vocal) and Phyllis Sellick (piano), conducted by Adrian Boult.
Wednesday 28 May [1947]: Hallé Orchestra, conducted by John Barbirolli.
Sunday 17 August [1947]: Tchaikovsky-Mendelssohn Concert given by Eileen Joyce (piano) with the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Walter Susskind.
Sunday 24 August [1947]: Philharmonia Orchestra with Szigeti (violin) and Louis Kentner (piano), conducted by Royalton Kisch.
7 September 1947: Philharmonia Orchestra with Silveri (vocal), Ida Haendel (violin) and Louis Kentner (piano), conducted by Mosco Carner.
1947–48 and 1948–49: BBC Symphony Orchestra (prospectus).
Sunday 26 October [1947]: Great Tchaikovsky Concert given by the New London Orchestra with Eileen Joyce (piano), conducted by Walter Susskind.
31 January, 17 February, 5 and 20 March and 19 April 1948: New Era Concert Society given by the Philharmonia Orchestra (single document).
Tuesday 10 February [1948]: Mahler, Symphony No. 8, presented by the Henry Wood Concert Society and given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.
8-14 March 1948: Bach Festival presented by The Bach Choir and given with the Jacques Orchestra, conducted by Reginald Jacques.
Monday 11 October [1948]-Friday 8 April [1949]: New Era Concert Society and featuring the Philharmonia Orchestra (single document).
Saturday 12 February [1949]: Janacek, Sinfonietta and Dvorak, Stabat Mater presented by the Henry Wood Concert Society and given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Choral Society, conducted by Rafael Kubelik.
Friday 4 March [1949]: Hallé Orchestra, conducted by John Barbirolli.
Fridays 27 May and 3 and 10 June [1949]: Friday series by the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Eugene Ormandy.


2. Cambridge Theatre
Sunday 26 April [1942]: Pawel Prokopieni (vocal) and Marian Blaszczynski (piano).
Saturday 25 April [1942]: Chopin Recital by Pouishnoff (piano).
Sundays 26 April and 3 and 17 May [1942]: Sunday Celebrity Concerts nos. 4, 5 and 7, given by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Albert Heinig (nos. 4 and 5) and Basil Cameron (no.7), with the pianists Cyril Smith, Moiseiwitsch and Clifford Curzon. The final performance also featured Anthony Pini (cello).


3. Miscellaneous London venues
18 June-9 July [no year], Queen's Hall/National Gallery: A Festival of English and French Music, given by the Association of British Musicians Ltd with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (single document).
Wednesday 8, 15 and 22 May [1940/46], Queen's Hall: Three Bach Subscription Concerts given by the London Philharmonic Orchestra with various conductors (single document).
8 August 1940, Queen's Hall: London Philharmonic Orchestra with Eileen Joyce (piano), conducted by Constant Lambert, Malcolm Sargent and William Walton.
3 October-12 December 1943 and 9 January-16 April 1944, Royal Adelphi Theatre: London Philharmonic Orchestra (prospectus).
Monday 6 December-Saturday 11 December [1943]: Programme of French Music given at various English venues by the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Maggie Teyte (vocal) and Marcel Gazelle (piano), conducted by Fistoulari (single document).
9 April 1945 (commencing), Coliseum, Charing Cross: three weeks of performances given by the London Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestra (prospectus).
6, 13, 20 and 27 May 1945, [no venue]: London Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra (20 May only), conducted by George Weldon, Charles Hambourg, Adrian Boult and Basil Cameron (single document).
3 and 10 June 1945, [no venue]: London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Albert Coates/George Weldon, the former including Moura Lympany (piano) (single document).
27 February 1946, People's Palace, London: Music of Our Time Concert no. 4, given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus with Lionel Tertis (viola), conducted by Ernest Ansermet (typed programme with notes).
Sundays 24 and 31 March, 7, 14, 21 and 28 April and 5 May [1946], Stoll Theatre, Kingsway: London Philharmonic Orchestra (single document).
Sunday 13, 20 and 27 October [1946], [no venue]: London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Basil Cameron/Eugene Goossens/George Weldon (single document). The second concert included the first English performance of John Antill, Suite from the Ballet, 'Corrobboree'. Also, handbill for performances given on 3, 10, 17 and 24 November and 1, 8 and 15 December [1946] (Sundays) at the Albert Hall.
Sunday 7 December [1947], Theatre Royal, Drury Lane: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Dohnanyi (piano), conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham, including the first London performance of Dohnanyi, Concerto in B minor for Piano and Orchestra.
3 November 1948, Empress Hall, Earl's Court: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra with Myra Hess (piano), conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler.
May-June 1949, London: Elgar Festival (prospectus).
Format
Date range of collection
1940 - 1950
Accumulation Dates
-
Suggested Audience
Not Specific
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council