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Collection Description

Collection Title
Harriet Cohen Deposit (1938-56)
Unique Identifier
MS Mus 1642
A miscellaneous collection of programmes for chamber and orchestral concerts featuring Harriet Cohen (piano), given at various European venues between 1938 and 1956, held loosely within a single envelope. Also included are two different versions of the Order of Service for the Coronation of Her Majesty Elizabeth II, held at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953.

Items are listed here alphabetically by venue, divided as follows:
1. London venues
2. Other UK venues
3. European venues

1. London venues
- Austrian Embassy
26 January 1956: Commemoration of the 200th Anniversary of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's birth, including Mozart, Piano Quintet in E flat, K.452 performed by the Melos Ensemble (with a brief introduction by Egon Wellesz).

- Royal Albert Hall
2 September 1954: Bach-Haydn Concert, given during the Diamond Jubilee Season of the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts, with William Pleeth (cello) and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent and John Hollingsworth (with historical and descriptive notes by Joan Chissell and a list of the orchestral ensemble).

- Royal Festival Hall
22 July 1951: London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Basil Cameron (with historical and analytical notes, including musical examples, by Desmond Shawe-Taylor, biographical notes, with photographs, on Cohen and Cameron and a list of the orchestral ensemble).
7 June 1853: Eight Coronation Concerts no.8, presented by the Royal Philharmonic Society in association with the Arts Council of Great Britain, the BBC and London County Council, given by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir John Barbirolli, including the first concert performance of William Walton, Coronation March, 'Orb and Sceptre' (with programme notes by Martin Cooper and a list of the orchestral ensemble). This document includes a number of historical essays which are featured in all programmes for this series. These are as follows, with authors in parenthesis: Foreword (Arnold Bax); Royal Music (Frank Howes); and The Coronation of James II (William McKie).
21 March 1954: London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult, including the first performance of Peter Racine Fricker, Piano Concert (with Analytical Notes by Scott Goddard, biographical notes on the conductor and solos and a list of the orchestral ensemble).
30 January 1956: Boyd Neel Orchestra, in aid of the Dr. Schweitzer Hospital Fund, conducted by Walter Goehr (with historical and descriptive notes by Percy Young and biographical notes, with photograph, on Cohen).

2. Other UK venues
- Brighton, Dome
22 and 29 July and 5, 12 and 19 August 1951: Five Festival Concerts, given by the Southern Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the Brighton Festival Concerts, organized by the Brighton Philharmonic Society (prospectus with programmes). The following performers are cited as appearing during the season: Herbert Menges (conductor); Fritz Busch, Sir Malcolm Sargent and Sir William Walton (guest conductors); Kathleen Ferrier (vocal), Johanna Martzy (violin), Solomon, Myra Hess and Harriet Cohen (piano); Walburga Wegner, Genevieve Warner, David Poleri, Marko Rothmuller and Bruce Dargavel (vocal), the BBC Choral Society and the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus.

- Kirkcaldy, Adam Smith Hall
28 February 1952: Kirkcaldy Corporation Concert given with Elsie Suddaby (soprano), accompanied by Ailie Cullen (with brief notes).

- Miscellaneous venues
13-16 July 1953: Pianoforte Recitals given at the Cathedral Chester, the Parish Church, Leeds, the Parish Church, Liverpool and the Cathedral, Manchester (single document, with biographical note on Cohen).

3. European venues
- Amsterdam, [no venue]
28 April 1938: Kaermuziekavond, given with the Concertgebouw Strijkkwartet, forming part of the 1937-38 season of the Nederlandsch Concert Bureau (with photographs).

- Kassel, Festsaal der Stadthalle
8 December 1954: Das Symphonie-Orchester der 7. Amerikanischen Armee, conducted by Sgt. Kenneth de Witt Schermerhorn (with an introductory note and a list of the orchestral ensemble).

- Paris, Salle Gaveau
2 March 1953: J.S. Bach Concert, given with the Boyd Neel Orchestra, conducted by Boyd Neel.
Date range of collection
1938 - 1956
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Not Specific
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Location Details

British Library, Music Collections
96 Euston Road London NW1 2DB
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council