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Collection Description

Collection Title
Henry George and Henry Cotter Nixon (1862-95)
Unique Identifier
A collection of handbills and programmes for concerts given by the pianist/conductor Henry Cotter Nixon at venues in south-east London and in Sussex – principally St. Leonards – between 1862 and 1895, held loosely within a box of biographical material relating to Nixon (1842–1907).

The collection also contains a handbill for a programme of vocal music given at an unspecified venue on 5 July 1871, including the Mass in E flat (no. 1) and the Benedictus from Mass in G (no. 2) by Nixon's father, Henry George Nixon (1796–1849).

Items are listed here, alphabetically by venue, with the London venues followed by those in Sussex.

1. London venues
- Bermondsey, Town Hall
13 February 1895: St. Cecilia Choral and Orchestral Society First Grand Concert, with Miss Edith Vernon, Miss Marion Spindler, Miss Blanche Blake, Mr Walter Blake, Mr Penyston Miles and Mr T. J. Collings (vocal), Miss Gertrude Watts (violin) and Miss Sophie Watts (piano), led by Mr G. F. Handel McDonald and conducted by Nixon, including W. Sterndale Bennett, The May Queen.

- Blackheath, Congregational Church
17 December 1869 and 21 January 1870: 2 Musical Evenings with the Best Composers, given by Miss P. Howell, Miss R. Houghton and Mr A. Hubbard (vocal), and Nixon (organ) (single document with historical, descriptive and biographical notes).

- London Bridge, Bridge House Hotel
3 October 1864: Apollo Glee Society, with Miss Emily Withers, Mr G. Ford, Mr W. H. Hunt, Mr G. Raleigh, Mr J. J. Burgess, Mr G. F. Marler and Mr A[braham] Thomas (vocal) and Nixon (piano).

- Woolwich, St. Peter's School, New Road
22 November 1864: Apollo Glee Society 2nd Concert, with Mrs Salenger, Mr J. Reilly and Mr A. Hubbard (vocal) and the St. Peter's Choir, conducted by Nixon (piano).

- Woolwich, Town Hall
24 January 1862 and 23 April 1863: Evening Concerts for the benefit of St. Peter's School with Miss Banks, Madame Smyth and Mr Burgess/Miss Banks, Madame Elwood Andrea, Signor Nappi and Mr J. Reilly (vocal), Mr DeGrey (cornet, 1862), Mr Clementi (cello, 1863) and the choir of St. Peter's Church, conductor by Nixon (with words, plus poster for 1863). The concert in 1862 featured Mademoiselle S. Lovey (piano) and Mr DeGrey (cornet). That in 1863 included Mr Clementi (cello).

2. Sussex venues
- Battle, High School for Girls: Large School Room
22 December 1890: Battle High School for Girls 6th Invitation Concert given by Mrs Lamborn's Pupils and the School Singing Class, conducted Nixon, assisted by Mr E. Crush, accompanied by Miss Collins.

- Brighton, Dome
24 October 1889: Sacred Harmonic Society (and Musical Union) 3rd Subscription Concert (44th season), with Miss Kate Norman, Miss Alice Gomez, Mr Braxton Smith and Mr Andrew Black, conducted by Robert Taylor, including Rossini, Stabat Mater and Nixon, New Madrigal, Now Every Tree (handbill with programme).

- Hastings, Brassey Institute, Claremont
29 April 1890: Battle High School for Girls 5th Invitation Concert, entitled an Evening with Beethoven, including Beethoven, Ruins of Athens, performed by the School Vocal Class, conducted by Nixon, and assisted by Members of the Hastings and St. Leonards Orchestral Society.

- Hastings, Public Hall
Friday 20 May [no year]: Grand Evening Concert given by the Swanson Pyne family, with Mr J. B. Guy and Mr R. C. Payne (vocal), a string quartet of Herr Walger, Mr A. Bevis, Mr R. C. Kibbler and Mr S. J. Fielder and Nixon (piano), accompanied by Mr Swanson.

- St. Leonards, Assembly Rooms
January 1873: Lecture on Henry Purcell, to be given by Nixon and accompanied by a number of musical examples (handwritten handbill).
28 May 1881: Recital of Classical Chamber Compositions, given by Miss de Fonblanque (vocal), Mons. Victor Buziau (violin), Mr Edmund Woolhouse (cello) and Nixon (piano), including the 'works of this and last year's Chamber Music Competition … to which the First Prizes were adjudicated by Sir Michael Costa' (2 copies).

- St. Leonards, Royal Concert Hall, Warrior Square
13 February 1888: Hastings and St. Leonard's Orchestral Society Thirteenth Invitation concert (7th season), with Miss Agnes Larkcom (vocal) and Herr C. Walger (violin), conducted by Nixon (with words, a list of the orchestral ensemble and lists of the officers of the Society, 2 copies).
22 May 1889: St. Leonards Ladies' Orchestra Grand Evening Concert with Miss Ada Patterson (vocal), Miss Josephine Hutton (violin) and Miss Ethel Burr (piano), conducted by Herman Muscat (with a list of the orchestral ensemble).
10 February 1891: Hastings and St. Leonards Orchestral Society 22nd Invitation Concert (10th season) with Miss Ada Rey and Mr H. G. Baily (vocal), conducted by Nixon (with notes and a list of the orchestral ensemble, plus a handbill with words offering programme corrections made due to the enforced replacement of Mr H. G. Baily by Mr F. H. Hallett).

- St. Leonards-on-Sea, St. Paul's Church
17 July and 2 and 14 August 1883: Organ Recitals by Dr. Martin/Dr. Bridge/Nixon (handbills).

- St. Leonards, [no venue]
15 May 1888: Beethoven, Symphony No. 5 given by the Hastings and St. Leonards Orchestral Society (with historical and analytical programme notes).
Date range of collection
1862 - 1895
Accumulation Dates
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Not Specific

Location Details

Royal College of Music, Library
Prince Consort Road London SW7 2BS United Kingdom
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020 7591 4323
020 7589 7740
Visiting Information
Loans of performance sets to individual societies or persons; binding; reprographics; photocopying; microform printing
Collections Overview
Founded in 1883, the RCM Library primarily supports the performance, study and research of RCM members. It is also open to the public for reference and research. It contains some 300,000 items, including significant collections of early printed and manuscript material from the 16th to 19th centuries, given to the College upon its foundation, specifically the Libraries of the Sacred Harmonic Society and of the Concerts of Ancient Music. Donations since have included autographs of composers of international renown, amongst them Beethoven, Chopin, Haydn, Mozart and Schubert, as well as manuscripts and archives of major British composers. Although a British bias is apparent, the collection also has significant German and Italian manuscripts and early printed holdings. Later acquisitions of printed music include large quantities of out-of-print material, and sizeable collections of performance sets. Audio-visual holdings and the RCM's own sound archive's are also extensive.
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

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