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Collection Description

Collection Title
John Ella collection: Scrapbook (1824-54)
Unique Identifier
Ella MS 81
A bound volume containing press cuttings, printed publications, correspondence and concert programmes/handbills relating to performances given in London under the direction of John Ella between 1824 and 1854, including material for the the Musical Union, the Private Amateur Union and various Matinée and Soirée Musicale.

Where no other indication is given below, documentation consists of a handbills/single-sheet programmes.

The material is largely arranged by series, in the sequence used below. Miscellaneous programmes appear throughout the volume, however, and have been grouped together and listed chronologically in the final section of this entry. The document has previously been paginated: for reference, these numbers are provided in square brackets below.

1. Mr Ella's Soirée Musicale
11, 18 and 25 February and 18 March 1830, 28 Edwards Street, Portman Square: nos. 1-4 (the dates on these programmes are given in hand and are apparently derived from entries in Ella's pocket diary). [8 and 9]
[no dates, 1830]: only the last of these five documents is dated (7 May 1830) [10, 11 and 12]
25 February, 11 and 25 March 1831, Argyll Rooms: [13]
19 July 1831 and 10 July 1837, 46 Great Marlborough Street/7 Park Crescent: [inserted sheet between pp.14 and 15]

2. Musical Union
Where no other indication is given below, these concerts took place at Willis's Rooms.
8 July 1845, Princess's Concert Room: Director's Matinée Musicale [19].
23 June [1845], [no venue]: Director's Matinée [21]
26 June 1849: Director's Matinee [26]
18 May 1854: The Director's Private Reception for the Debuts of Artists and Performance of New Music [26].
11 June 1850: Sainton and H. Deloffre (violins), Hill (viola) and Piatti (cello) with Charles Halle (piano) [43].
11 February 1854: Private Reception for the debuts of artists and the performance of new music [44].

3. Soirée Dramatique
17 May and 7 June 1848: [29]
23 May 1849: [30]
28 June and 16 July 1849: [31]
Note: only one of these documents in actually labelled as a Soirée Dramatique (given at 8 Park Street, Westminster) but all performances would appear to be of a similar type and were given by an amateur ensemble, directed by Ella. The programme for the first performance is preceded by a handwritten list of the 'Amateur Performers'.

4. [La Societa Lyrica]
23 May and 14 June 1850 and 10 and 18 May 1853 [48]
12 and 26 February and 11 June 1851 [49]
Handbills, some handwritten, for amateur performances of operatic repertory at private residences. An accompanying press cutting suggests that these gatherings were the forerunners of, or synonymous with, La Societa Lyrica.

5. Mr Ella's Private Amateur Union
20 February and 20 1851, No. 8, Upper Belgrave Street: 1st and 2nd Programmes (programme with introductory note on the series) [52 and 53].

6. Miscellaneous programmes
[no date] [Chez W. Ames?], near Clifton: First Meeting [67].
Saturday 5 June [1824], King's Theatre: W. H. Cutler's Grand Concert, led by Spagnoletti and conducted by W. H. Cutler. [58].
13 April 1826, New Argyll Rooms: Mr Lindley's Concert, led by Signor Spagnoletti and conducted by Sir George Smart [6].
16 May 1826, New Argyll Rooms: Mr J. B. Cramer's Morning Concert, led by F. Cramer [6].
1 April 1846, Buckingham Palace: [57].
14 July 1849, Grosvenor House: Matinée with The Hungarians (vocal) [36].
Date range of collection
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Not Specific

Location Details

Bodleian Library, Music Library
Broad Street,Music Library Oxford OX1 3BG
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01865 277063
01865 277182
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Collections Overview
The collection has very strong holdings of British music and related material acquired in part by legal deposit. Many collected editions and scholarly series. Very strong periodical coverage, including major 19thC European journals. Largest collection of American song material in UK.
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council