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Collection Description

Collection Title
Haslemere Festival (1961-81)
Unique Identifier
X.435/912.
Description
A collection of prospectuses, with programmes, for Haslemere Festival nos. 45, 48, 51 and 57, given under the direction of Carl Dolmetsch in 1970, 1972, 1975 and 1981.

The collection also includes an individual programme, with historical notes, for the first concert of Festival no. 37, given on 15 July 1961 and including music by Telemann, Samuel Scheidt, Jean Marie Leclair, J. S. Bach, Henri Dumont and J. J. Mouret, performed by numerous members of the Dolmetsch family, assisted by David Martin and Simon Weinmann (violin), Michael Mitchell (viola), Joseph Saxby (harpsichord), Paul Reichlin (viola da gamba) and Marie-Therese Carley (tambourin). This document carries a number of handwritten annotations which comment both on the works and on the performance of them and include some interesting (and largely negative) comments on matters of interpretation.


The Haslemere Festival, founded in 1925, was 'devoted exclusively to the performance of early instrumental and vocal chamber music, played on the instruments of the period and interpreted in accordance with contemporary documentary evidence taken from 16th, 17th and 18th century editions and manuscripts in the extensive library built up by Arnold Dolmetsch'. The event was sponsored by the Arnold Dolmetsch Foundation and a number were given in association with the Arts Council of Great Britain.

The preliminary programmes contained in all the prospectuses provide an indication of both the repertory to be given and the performers featured. These documents also carry a large amount of information regarding local facilities and more general arrangements for the Festival, including ticket prices.

With the exception of the third concert of each Festival (held in St. Bartholomew's Church), all concerts were given in Haslemere Hall. Each Festival included performances from the Dolmetsch Ensemble of Viols, the Dolmetsch Ensemble of Viols and the Hazlemere Festival String Ensemble. Additional performers are listed below.


17–25 July 1970 (no. 45)
2 and 3 July 1970: Concerts for Schools and Young People, including 'music familiar to Henry VIII and Shakespeare, Pepys and Oliver Goldsmith'.
17 July 1970: Reception-Concert, including music by Pepusch, Couperin, Zipoli, Prowo, Dumont and Campra, given by Angela Beale (soprano), Carl Dolmetsch (recorder), Joseph Saxby (harpsichord).
18 July 1970: Bach and Telemann, with Jean Harvey (violin), Elizabeth Watson (viola), David Strange (cello), Carl, Jeanne and Marguerite Dolmetsch (recorders) .
19 July 1970: Vocal, Organ and Instrumental Music, with Angela Beale (soprano), Carl Dolmetsch (recorder), David Wilkins (organ), Joseph Saxby (harpsichord).
20 July 1970: Italian Music, with Robert Spencer (lute), Ian White (viola d'amore), Sheila Marshall (viola da gamba), Carl Dolmetsch (recorder) and Cécile Dolmetsch (pardessus de viole).
21 July 1970: Dancing at the Court of the Medicis.
22 July 1970: Johann Sebastian Bach, with Patricia Payne (alto), Martyn Hill (tenor), Gordon Honey (bass), Carl, Jeanne and Marguerite Dolmetsch (recorder), David Strange (violoncello piccolo), Layton Ring (clavichord), and the Saltarello Choir, conducted by Dr Chalmers Burns.
23 July 1970: Varied Programme, including music by Schobert, Pfeiffer, Bach, Naudot, Handel and Telemann, given by Angela Beale (soprano), Virginia Black (harpsichord), Benjamin Kennard (cello), Jane Ryan (viola da gamba) and Carl and Jeane Dolmetsch (recorders).
24 July 1970: English Music, with Jillian Crowe (soprano), Carl Dolmetsch (recorder), David Stone (violin), Margaret Donington (viola da gamba), Joan Davies (fortepiano) and Robin Langley (organ).
25 July 1970: Varied Programme, including music by Beethoven, Prowo, De Nebra, Ortiz, Woodcock and Telemann, given by Carl Dolmetsch (recorder), Anthony Camden (oboe), Cecil James (bassoon), Iona Brown (violin), Joy Hall (cello) and Lionel Salter (fortepiano).


14–22 July 1972 (no. 48)
29 and 30 June 1972: Concerts for Schools and Young People, including 'music familiar to Henry VIII and Shakespeare, Charles II and Pepys'.
14 July 1972: Reception-Concert, including music by Handel, Toschi, Prowo, Carissimi, Sweelinck and Heinichen, given by Angela Beale (soprano), Gordon Honey (bass-baritone), Anthony Camden (oboe), Carl, Jeanne and Marguerite Dolmetsch (recorder), Ian White (viola d’amore), David Strange (cello) and Joseph Saxby (harpsichord).
15 July: Scarlatti, Father and Son, given by Jean Harvey (violin), Brigid Ranger (violin), Carl, Jeanne and Marguerite Dolmetsch (recorder), Brian Blood (bass recorder) and Hilary Griffiths (harpsichord).
16 July 1972: Vocal, Organ and Instrumental Music, given by Angela Beale (soprano), Carl Dolmetsch (recorder), David Wilkins (organ) and Joseph Saxby (harpsichord).
17 July 1972: French and Italian Music, given by Jillian Crowe (soprano), Carl Dolmetsch (recorder), Cécile Dolmetsch (pardessus de viole) and Joseph Saxby (harpsichord).
18 July 1972: Albinoni, Beethoven, Mozart etc, given by the Alberni String Quartet, Joan Davies (fortepiano), Anthony Camden and Andrew Cauthery (oboe), Carl, Jeanne and Marguerite Dolmetsch (recorder) and Joseph Saxby (harpsichord).
19 July 1972: Abel, Bach, Vivaldi, given by Paul Esswood (alto), Jean Harvey (violin), Elizabeth Watson (viola), Carl, Jeanne and Marguerite Dolmetsch (recorder) and Layton Ring (clavichord), conducted by Dr Chalmers Burns.
20 July 1972: Spanish Vocal and Instrumental Music, given by Jill Nott-Bower (mezzo-soprano), Robert Spencer (lute), Jane Ryan and Sheila Marshall (viola da gamba) and Carl, Jeanne and Marguerite (recorder).
21 July 1972: Purcell, Jenkins, Locke, given by Owen Brannigan (bass), David Stone (violin), Carl Dolmetsch (tenor violin), Jane Ryan (viola da gamba) and Margaret Donington (violone).
22 July 1972: Haydn, Mozart, Telemann etc., with Carl Dolmetsch (recorder), Lionel Salter (fortepiano), Robin Langley (organ), Jean Harvey (violin), Elizabeth Watson (viola), David Strange (cello), Jane Ryan (viola da gamba) and Joseph Saxby (harpsichord).

Inserted into this document is a handbill for a Recorder Recital given by Carl Dolmetsch at the Wigmore Hall, London on 3 March 1972, with Elizabeth Harwood (soprano), Jeanne Dolmetsch (recorder), David Strange (cello) and Joseph Saxby (harpsichord). Although there is no complete programme provided, this document does promise 'the first performance of [a] new work for recorder and harpsichord by Nicholas Maw and words by Bach, Blow, Couperin, Handel, Marais, Milan, Prucello and Roman'.


18–26 July 1975 (no. 51)
3 and 4 July 1975: Concerts for Schools and Young People, including 'music familiar to Henry VIII and Shakespeare, Rembrant and Milton, Dryden and Christopher Wren'.
18 July 1975: Reception Concert, including music by Bassani, Haydn, Locatelli, Daquin, Bertali and Couperin, given by Jill Nott-Bower (mezzo), Robert Spencer (chitarrones, lute), Carmel Kaine (violin), Carl, Jeanne and Marguerite (recorder) and Joseph Saxby (harpsichord).
19 July 1975: Handel, Bach and Mozart, with Angela Beale (soprano), Jean Harvey (violin), Carl Dolmetsch (recorder) and Ludmila Tschakalova (harpsichord/fortepiano).
20 July 1975: A Programme of Music and Verse: Music from Shakespeare, given by Martin Muncaster (reader), Angela Beale (soprano), Carl Dolmetsch (recorder), and Joseph Saxby (harpsichord).
21 July 1975: Bach, Quantz, Rameau, Chedeville and Telemann, given by John Solum (flute), Carl Dolmetsch (recorder), Carmel Kaine (violin) and Andrew Pledge (harpsichord).
22 July 1975: Marcello, Simpson, Allegri, Woodcok, Weekles, Byrd and Vivaldi, given by Anthony Camden (oboe), Jeanne Dolmetsch (recorder), Jean Harvey (violin), Marguerite Dolmetsch (tenor viol) and Jane Ryan and Sheila Marshall (viola da gamba).
23 July 1975: Vivaldi, Pepusch and Bach, given by Carl and Jeanne Dolmetsch (recorder), Anthony Camden and Andrew Cauthery (oboe), John Orford (bassoon), Layton Ring (clavichord) and Stephen Thompson (organ), with The New English Singers (trained by Briain Brockless and directed by Andrew Morris), conducted by Dr Chalmers Burns.
24 July 1975: Concert to mark the bi-centenary of the birth of William Crotch, including music by Haydn, Mozart, Crotch and Telemann, given by Joan Davies (fortepiano), Jonathan Rennert (piano), Frances Mason (violin) and Carl and Jeanne Dolmetsch (recorder).
25 July 1975: Purcell, Morley, Straloch Lute Book, H. Lawes and W. Lawes, given by Ian Partridge (tenor), Nigel North (lute), Christopher Monk (cornet) and Joseph Saxby (harpsichord).
26 July 1975: Mozart, Telemann, Festing, Soler and Boccherini, given Carl, Jeanne and Marguerite (recorder), Jean Harvey (violin), Bernard Richards (cello), Peter Vel (viola da gamba) and Lionel Salter and Joseph Saxby (harpsichord).


17–25 July 1981 (no.57)
6 and 7 July 1981: Festival Concerts for Schools and for Young People.
17 July 1981: Opening Concert – Tercentenary Tribute to Telemann and Mattheson, given by Carl and Jeanne Dolmetsch (recorder), Robert Spencer (lute), Marguerite Dolmetsch (viola da gamba), Ruth Dyson (clavichord) and Joseph Saxby (harpsichord).
18 July 1981: Couperin, Paisiello, Gesualdo, Frescobali, Cabezon, Sacrlatti-Legrenzi and Clerambault, given by Jill Gomez (soprano), Carl and Jeanne Dolmetsch (recorder) and Joseph Saxby (harpsichord).
19 July 1981: An evening of Music and Verse – 'A Felde ful of Folke' – a celebration of the country church in its community, given by Martin Muncaster (reader), the Dolmetsch Consort of Recorders and Viols and the Equinox Vocal Ensemble.
20 July 1981: An Evening with the Scarlattis, given by Carl, Jeanne and Marguerite Dolmetsch (recorders), Jean Harvey (solo violin), Lionel Salter (fortepiano/harpsichord) and Joseph Saxby (harpsichord).
21 July 1981: Music from the Court of Versailles, given by Richard Deakin (violin), Ruth Dyson (harpsichord), Carl Dolmetsch (recorder), Jeanne Dolmetsch (pardessus de viole), Rachel Browne (violin) and Marguerite Dolmetsch (viola da gamba).
22 July 1981: A Vivaldi, Bach and Beethoven Programme, given by Kathleen Livingstone (soprano), Andrew Cauthery (oboe), Lionel Bentley (violin), Heather Harrison and Anna Carewe (cello) and Joseph Saxby (fortepiano, harpsichord), conducted by Dr Charles Burns.
23 July 1981: An Evening with Bach, Telemann and Haydn, given by Jeanne Dolmetsch (recorder), Robin Canter (oboe), Carmel Kaine (violin), Joseph Saxby (harpsichord) and John Stillwell (cello).
24 July 1981: Music for 'vyolles, voyces and rechorders', with Carl, Jeanne and Marguerite Dolmetsch (recorders), Wynford Evans (tenor), Judith Harris (mezzo-contralto), Peter Vel (lyra viol) and Joseph Saxby (harpsichord).
25 July 1981: Handel, Frescobaldi, Marenzio, Geminiani, Brixi and Telemann, with Carl Dolmetsch (recorder), Jennifer Bate (organ), Joseph Saxby (harpsichord) and the Amici String Quartet (Lionel Bentley, Robert Hope Simpson, Nicholas Dowding and Bernard Richards).
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Date range of collection
1961 - 1981
Accumulation Dates
-
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Not Specific
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council