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Collection Description

Collection Title
Liverpool Philharmonic Society (1864-1932)
Unique Identifier
P.431/75.
Description
A largely complete collection of programmes and wordbooks for the series of subscription concerts given by the Liverpool Philharmonic Society from 1864–66, 1871–79; 1892–99; 1910–14, and 1931–32, held as 11 bound volumes.

In addition to programmes for the Subscription Concerts, certain volumes contain programmes for Morning and Evening Concerts and documents relating to the 4th to the 7th series of the London Monday Popular Concerts, given under the direction of Mr S. Arthur Chappell between December 1871 and March 1875.

Unless otherwise stated below, the Subscription Concerts were orchestral performance with vocal and instrumental solos/concertos. The Morning and Evening Concerts were performances of vocal and instrumental solos whilst the Monday Popular Concerts were chamber music performances.

Each season of Subscription Concerts typically consisted of 12 performances. During the course of 1876, the pattern of the seasons switched from running January to December to spanning October to March. In order to carry out this switch, the 37th season contained only 6 performances (January-March 1876), allowing the 38th season to begin in October 1876.

Documentation for the Subscription Concerts consists of programmes and wordbooks which include a list of the orchestral ensemble and, in the majority of cases, information regarding the Committee of the Liverpool Philharmonic Society. From October 1892, programmes also include a list of the choral ensemble.

From 18 September 1866, programmes for the Subscription Concerts include historical and descriptive notes and, from 24 September 1867, these incorporate musical examples. All programmes for the Monday Popular concerts carry extensive historical and analytical notes, with musical examples.

Volumes 3-6 begin with lists of the 'Principal works performed and artists engaged' for the relevant series and conclude with a miscellaneous selection of handbills for the performances for which programmes are contained therein.

Longstanding conductors of the Subscription Concerts include Julius Benedict (April 1867–March 1878) and Charles Hallé (October 1892–February 1895). Additional conductors are listed below.


Volume 1: 1864–65
25th Season (1864)
9 February 1864; 23 February 1864 (Mendelssohn, St. Paul); 15 March 1864 (Handel, Samson); 29 March 1864; 5 April 1864; 10 May 1864; 20 September 1864; 11 October 1864 (including Rossini, Stabat Mater); 25 October 1864 (including Haydn, Imperial Mass); 8 November 1864 (including, Beethoven, A selection from Fidelio); 29 November 1864 (Henry Smart, The Bride of Dunkerron, conducted by the composer); and 20 December 1864 (Handel, The Messiah): nos. 1-12, conducted by Mr J. Zeugheer.

26th Season (1865)
17 January 1865; 21 February 1865; 7 March 1865 (Spohr, The Last Judgement/Mendelssohn, Hymn of Praise); 28 March 1865 (including Gounod, Grande Messe Solonnelle); 18 April 1865; 2 May 1865; 12 September 1865 (including Henry Smart, The Bride of Dunkerron); 3 October 1865; 17 October 1865; 14 November 1865; 28 November 1865; and 12 December 1865 (Handel, The Messiah): nos. 1-12, conducted by J. Zeugheer Herrmann (nos. 1 and 4), Mr E.W. Thomas (nos. 2-3 and 5-6) and Alfred Mellon (nos. 7–12).

This volume also includes programmes for Morning Concerts given on: 21 January 1865 (conducted by Signor Bevignani); 1 April and 21 October 1865 (conducted by Signor Arditi); and 4 November 1865 (with the Band of the Grenadier Guards, conducted by Signor Bevignani and Mr D. Godfrey).


Volume 2: 1866
27th season (1866)
16 January 1866; 6 February 1866; 27 February 1866 (Mendelssohn, Elijah); 20 March 1866 (Michael Costa, Naaman, conducted by the composer); 17 April 1866; 1 May 1866; 18 September 1866; 16 October 1866; 23 October 1866 (Haydn, Seasons); 13 November 1866 (including Beethoven, Symphony No.9); 27 November 1866; and 18 December 1866 (Handel, The Messiah): nos. 1-12, conducted by Alfred Mellon.

28th season (1867)
15 January 1867; 5 February 1867; 5 March 1867; 12 March 1867 (Handel, Jephta); 9 April 1867 (J. Benedict, The Legend of St. Cecilia/Rossini, Stabat Mater); 7 May 1867; 24 September 1867 (including John Francis Barnett, The Ancient Mariner, conducted by the composer); 22 October 1867; 5 November 1867; 19 November 1867; 3 December 1867; 17 December 1867 (Handel, The Messiah): nos. 1-12, conducted by Alfred Mellon (nos. 1-4) and Julius Benedict (nos. 5-12).

This volume also includes programmes for Morning Concerts given on 13 January, 15 September, 17 November and 8 December 1866 and 12 January, 23 February, 1 June and 14 September 1867 (conducted by Signor Bevignani) and for a Morning Ballad Concert given on 12 October 1867.


Volume 3: 1871–73
32nd season (1871)
3 October 1871, 17 October 1871, 7 November 1871, 21 November 1871, 5 December 1871 and 19 December 1871 (Handel, The Messiah): nos. 7-12.

33rd season (1872)
23 January 1872; 6 February 1872; 5 March 1872 (Mozart, Requiem/Mendelssohn, Hymn of Praise); 19 March 1872 (Mendelssohn, Elijah); 9 April 1872; 30 April 1872;
8 October 1872; 22 October 1872; 5 November 1872; 19 November 1872; 3 December 1872; 17 December 1872 (Benedict, St. Peter): nos. 1-12. Also, an additional concert (Handel, The Messiah), given on 24 December 1872.

34th season (1873)
14 January 1873; 28 January 1873; 4 February 1873; 25 February 1873; 11 March 1873; and 25 March 1873 (Mendelssohn, St. Paul): nos. 1-6.

In addition to programmes for the Subscription Concerts, this volume includes programmes for the Monday Popular Concerts given on 13 December 1871 (3rd series no.1), 17 January, 7 February and 6 March 1872 (4th series no. 2-4) and 12 and 19 February and 5 and 19 March 1873 (5th series nos. 1-4). Also, programmes for Morning Concerts given on 9 September 1871 (conducted by Signor Li-Calsi), 6 January and 12 October 1872 and 4 January 1873 (conducted by Frederic H. Cowen), Grand Evening Concerts on 10 January and 13 February 1872 and for a Performance of [Haydn] The Creation … in aid of the funds of the Orphan Boy's Asylum on 6 May 1873 (conducted by Benedict).


Volume 4: 1873–75
Bound at the start of the volume is 'An Account of the Opening of the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, in August 1849, extracted from The Times newspaper'.

34th season (1873)
14 October 1873; 28 October 1873 (including Beethoven, Symphony No. 9); 11 November 1873; 25 November 1873; 9 December 1873; and 23 December 1873 (Handel, Messiah): Subscription Concerts nos. 7-12.

35th season (1874)
13 January 1874; 27 January 1874; 10 February 1874; 3 March 1874 (Spohr, Calvary/Haydn, Mass No. 16); 24 March 1874 (Mendelssohn, Elijah); 14 April 1874; 6 October 1874; 20 October 1874; 3 November 1874; 17 November 1874; 1 December 1874; and 22 December 1874 (G. A. Macfarren, St. John the Baptist): Subscription Concerts nos. 1-12. Also, an additional concert (Handel, The Messiah) given on 29 December 1874.

36th season (1875)
12 January 1875; 26 January 1875; 9 February 1875; 2 March 1875; 23 March 1875 (Rossini, Stabat Mater/Mendelssohn, Hymn of Praise); and 6 April 1875: nos. 1-6.

In addition to the Subscription Concerts, this volume includes programmes for the Monday Popular Concerts given on 3 and 17 December 1873 and 17 February and 11 March 1874 (6th series nos. 1-4) and 6 January, 3 and 24 February and 17 March 1875 (7th series nos. 1-4). Also, programmes for Sir Julius Benedict's Grand Benefit Concert on 23 September 1873 (conducted by Mr Lindsay Sloper and Benedict), a Grand Morning concert on 10 January 1874 (conducted by Frederic Cowen) and a Complimentary Concert to Mr Henry Sudlow on 25 February 1874 (Handel, The Messiah, conducted by Benedict).


Volume 5: 1875–77
36th season (1875)
5 and 19 October, 2, 16 and 30 November and 21 December (The Messiah): Subscription Concert nos. 7-12.

37th season (1876)
4 January 1876; 18 January 1876; 1 February 1876; 22 February 1876; 14 March 1876 (Sir Michael Costa, Naaman); 28 March 1876 (Handel, Judas Maccabaeus): Subscription Concerts nos. 1-6.

38th season (1876–77)
10 October 1876 (including Handel, Acis and Galatea); 24 October 1876 (including Niels W. Gade, The Crusaders); 7 November 1876; 21 November 1876; 5 December 1876 (including Benedict, The Legend of Saint Cecilia); 19 December 1876 (Haydn, The Creation); 2 January 1877 (Wagner Concert); 16 January 1877; 6 February 1877;
20 February 1877; 13 March 1877 (Handel, Solomon); and 3 April 1877: nos. 1-12.

This volume also includes a programme for a Grand Morning Concert given on 1 January 1876 (conducted by F. H. Cowen)


Volume 6 (1877–79)
39th season (1877–78)
9 October 1877; 23 October 1877 (Max Bruch, Odysseus, Scenes from the Odyssee, conducted by the composer); 6 November 1877; 20 November 1877; 4 December 1877; 18 December 1877 (Handel, The Messiah); 8 January 1878; 22 January 1878; 5 February 1878; 19 February 1878; 12 March 1878 (Verdi, Requiem); and 26 March 1878 (Mendelssohn, St. Paul): nos. 1-12.

40th season (1878–79)
8 October 1878; 22 October 1878 (including Benedict, Undine (A Lyrical Legend)); 5 November 1878; 19 November 1878; 3 December 1878; 17 December 1878 (Arthur S. Sullivan, The Light of the World, conducted by the composer); 7 January 1879; 21 January 1879; 4 February 1879; 25 February 1879; 11 March 1879 (including W. Sterndale Bennett, The Woman of Samaria/Rossini, Stabat Mater); and 25 March 1879 (Mendelssohn, Elijah): Subscription Concerts nos. 1-12, conducted by Julius Benedict (nos. 1-6 and 9-12) and Alberto Randegger (nos. 7-8).

This volume also includes programmes for a String Quartet Concert given on 26 December 1877 (with Mr Bridson, vocal) and for a Grand Morning Concert given on 26 January 1878 (conducted by F. H. Cowen).


Volume 7: 1892–96
54th season (1892–93)
11 October 1892; 25 October 1892; 22 November 1892; 6 December 1892; 31 January 1893; 17 January 1893; and 28 February 1893: nos. 1-2, 4-5, 8-9 and 11.

55th season (1893–94)
3 October 1893; 17 October 1893; 21 November 1893; 9 January 1894; 23 January 1894; 6 February 1894; and 13 March 1894: nos. 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 9 and 11.

56th season (1894–95)
9 October 1894; 23 October 1894; 6 November 1894; 8 January 1895; and 19 February 1895: nos. 1-3, 7 and 10.

57th season (1895–96)
19 November 1895; 4 February 1896 (including Beethoven, Symphony No. 9); and 7 March 1896: Subscription Concerts nos. 4, 9 and 11, conducted by Frederic Cowen.


Volume 8: 1910–11
11 October 1910; 25 October 1910; 8 November 1910 (including Dvorak, The Spectre's Bride); 22 November 1910; 6 December 1910; 20 December 1910 (Handel, The Messiah); 10 January 1911; 24 January 1911; 7 February 1911 (Wagner Night); 21 February 1911; 7 March 1911; and 21 March 1911 (including Brahms, Requiem): Subscription Concerts nos. 1-12, conducted by Frederic Cowen (nos. 1-4 and 6-8); Henry Wood (nos.5 and 10); Landon Ronald (no.9); Senor Arbos (no.11) and George Henschel (no.12).


Volume 9 (1912-13)
8 October 1912; 22 October 1912; 5 November 1912 (including Berlioz, Selections from Romeo and Juliet); 19 November 1912; 3 December 1912; 17 December 1912; 7 January 1913; 21 January 1913; 4 February 1913; 18 February 1913 (including Mozart, Requiem); 4 March 1913 and 18 March 1913 (Mendelssohn, Elijah): Subscription Concert nos. 1-12 conducted by Frederic Cowen (nos. 1, 3, 5, 6, 10 and 11); Willem Mengelberg (no.2), Landon Ronald (no.4), Henry Wood (no.7), Mons. W. Safonoff (no.8), Fritz Steinbach (no.9) and Harry Evans (no.12).


Volume 10: 1913–14
14 October 1913; 28 October 1913; 11 November 1913; 25 November 1913; 9 December 1913; 13 January 1914; 27 January 1914; 10 February 1914 (including Hamilton Harty, The Mystic Trumpeter and Elgar, Caractacus); 24 February 1914; 10 March 1914 and 24 March 1914: Subscription Concerts nos. 1-5 and 7-12 conducted by M. Safonoff (nos. 1-2); Signor Busoni (no. 3); Frederic Cowen (nos. 4, 9 and 10); Gabriel Pierné (no. 5, French Night); Max Fiedler (no.7); Hamilton Harty (no.8) and Landon Ronald (nos. 11 and 12)

An advertisement in the programme for the 5th concert indicates that the sixth concert was a performance of The Messiah.

Volume 11: 1931–32
6 October 1931; 20 October 1931; 3 November 1931; 17 November 1931; 1 December 1931; 15 December 1931; 12 January 1932; 26 January 1932; 9 February 1932; 23 February 1932; 8 March 1932; and 22 March 1932: Subscription Concert nos. 1-12 conducted by Adrian Boult (no. 1), Henry J. Wood (nos. 2-5); Hamilton Harty (nos. 6, 8, 11 and 12); Robert Heger (no. 7), John Barbirolli (no. 9) and Dimitri Mitropoulos (no. 10).
Format
Date range of collection
1864 - 1932
Accumulation Dates
-
Suggested Audience
Not Specific
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council