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Collection Description

Collection Title
Hurlstone (1904-50)
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A box file of handwritten and printed material relating to the English composer and pianist William Yeates Hurlstone (1876–1906), including prospectuses, programmes and wordbooks for performances given by, or featuring music by, Hurlstone, held at venues in Croydon, central London, Sheffield and Torquay between 1904 and 1950.

The collection also includes a programme with notes for the 2nd concert of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Fritz Hart, given on 24 February 1937 at the Princess Theatre, Honolulu. All of the pieces given at this concert were receiving their first performance in Honolulu, including Hurlstone, Fantasia and Variations on a Swedish Air.

The material is divided into 2 folders: the first contains documents relating to Hurlstone while alive and the second contains Concert Programmes and Newspaper Advertisements for Hurlstone's Music (after his death).

Folder 1
3 June 1904, Stanley Hall, South Norwood: Concert under the direction of Mr W. Y. Hurlstone, with Messrs W. Y. Hurlstone and Tom Sutton (piano), Miss Adele Lenssen, Madame Julie Lennox and Mr Richard Temple (vocal) and Lieut.-Col. T. Lloyd-Harris (violin), including a Musical Duologue by Miss Beatrice Nelson and Mr Neville Jolly.

Folder 2
- Croydon, Town Hall, Central Library
26 October 1936: Evening of Hurlstone's Music, given by Elsa West with Elizabeth Dott (piano), Dora Gilson (cello) and Kenneth A. Ryde (vocal) for the Croydon Public Libraries (handbill).

- Croydon, Public Hall
9 July 1906: Hurlstone Memorial Concert, consisting entirely of the late Mr Hurlstone's Works, given by Mr Willie Read (violin), Mr William Forington (vocal) and Mr Tom Sutton (piano), with Tom Morris (viola) and Purcell Jones (cello), accompanied by Harold Samuel (with a list of the orchestral ensemble).

- London, Queen's Hall
1 October 1923: Promenade Concert given by the Queen's Hall Orchestra, with Miss Carrie Tubb and Mr Malcolm McEachern (vocal), conducted by Henry J. Wood, including Hurlstone, Variations on a Swedish Air and Eric Coates, Song, Mendin' Roadways (first performance) (with words and Descriptive Notes by Rosa Newmarch and Eric Blom).

- London, Wigmore Hall
Tuesday 30 May [no year]: Programme of Compositions by William Hurlstone, given by the Portland String Quartet (Alan Bartlett, Margot Stebbing, Ralph Nicholson and Barbara Amor-Wright) with Veronica Mansfield and Fabian Smith (vocal), May Mukle (cello) and Anne Mukle and William Gurney (piano) (2 copies of a handbill, a programme with brief biographical notes and a poster).
Monday 16 and 30 November [no year]: 2 Violoncello Recitals by Antonia Butler, assisted by George Reeves (16 November) and Kathleen Markwell (30 November), including Hurlstone, Sonata in D, for Violoncello and Pianoforte (30 November) (single document).

- Sheffield, Victoria Hall
11 February 1950: 6 Monthly Chamber Concerts, no. 5 (12th season), including Hurlstone, Trio: Clarinet, Bassoon and Piano, 'Andante' (handbill with an extensive list of instrumental performers).

- Torquay, Pavilion
26 March and 8 October 1945 and 28 June 1948 (weeks beginning): Theatrical and Orchestral Programmes, including listings for an Orchestral Concert and One Hour of Light Music, given by the Municipal Orchestra, conducted by Ernest Goss, including the following pieces by Hurlstone: Suite in C major (26 March 1945); A Fairy Suite for Orchestra (8 October 1945); and Scherzo, for Flute, Oboe, Horn and Piano (28 June 1948).
Date range of collection
1904 - 1950
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.
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council