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Collection Title
Liverpool Philharmonic Society (1900-08)
Unique Identifier
RB.23.a.1586
Description
Complete sets of analytical programmes and wordbooks for the twelve concerts given by the Liverpool Philharmonic Society each season from 1900–1908, held as three bound volumes.

The majority of these concerts were two-part choral-orchestral performances, some including extended choral works (noted below) and some containing vocal and instrumental solos/concertante pieces. At least one performance per season comprised an extended choral work, typically an oratorio or other sacred composition.

There are a number of works receiving their first performance in Liverpool – including a large number by Frederic Cowen – and many more being given for the first time at this particular concert series.

All programmes carry a list of the Philharmonic Society committee members and of the choral and orchestral ensembles, led by Mr Arthur W. Payne (to the end of the season 1904–05) and Mr C. Rawdon Briggs, and conducted by Dr Frederick Cowen.

The majority of the programmes also carry extensive historical and analytical notes, with musical examples.

Volume 1: 1900–02
1900–1901
9 October 1900: Miss Clara Butt (vocal) and Madame Carreño (piano).
23 October 1900: Miss Evangeline Florence (vocal) and Lady Hallé (violin).
6 November 1900: including Dvorak, The Spectre's Bridge, given by Miss Ethel Wood, Mr Ben Davies and Mr Andrew Black (vocal). The concert also included the first Liverpool performance of Percy Pitt, Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, given by Mr Manuel Gomez (clarinet).
20 November 1900: Mr van Rooy (vocal) and Mr Rosenthal (piano), including the first Liverpool performance of Tchaikovsky, Symphony No.3.
4 December 1900: Miss Macintyre (vocal) and Miss Maud Powell (violin), including the first Liverpool performance of Cowen, Symphony No. 6 in E.
[undated]: Mendelssohn, Elijah, with Madame Ella Russell, Miss Ada Crossley, Miss Mary Langdon, Miss Ada Phillips, Mr William Green, Mr Santley, Mr Thomas Barlow, Mr R.W. Lee and Master Frank Keating (vocal).
8 January 1901: Mademoiselle [Camilla] Landi (vocal) and Mr F. Lamond (piano), including the first Liverpool performances of: Mozart, Theme and Variations from Divertimento in B flat (No.15); Elgar, Two Choruses (From the Bavarian Highlands); and Cowen, Concertstück, for Pianoforte and Orchestra.
25 March 1901 (postponed from 22 January 1901): Miss Ada Crossley and Mr Anderson Nicol (vocal) and Miss Kathleen Bruckshaw (piano).
5 February 1901: including S. Coleridge-Taylor, Scenes from 'Hiawatha' with Miss Lucile Hill, Mr Thomas Thomas and Mr Douglas Powell (vocal).
19 February 1901: Madame Albani (vocal) and Mr Ysaye (violin), including the first Liverpool performance of Dvorak, Overture, Husitská.
5 March 1901: Madame Lillian Blauvert (vocal) and Mr Hausmann (cello).
19 March 1901: including the second and third acts of Wagner, Flying Dutchman, with Miss Alice Esty, Miss Edith Leslie, Mr Ben Davies, Mr Arthur Barlow and Mr Andrew Black (vocal).

1901–02
8 October 1901: Miss Macintyre (vocal) and Lady Hallé (violin).
22 October 1901: Madame Melba (vocal), including the first Liverpool performance of Tchaikovsky, Suite No. 2 in C.
5 November 1901: including the whole of the music of Gluck, Grand Opera, Orpheus, performed by Miss Marie Brema, Miss Helen Jaxon and Miss Teresa Blamy. The concert also included the first Liverpool performances of Cowen, Overture, The Butterfly's Ball and Galzounov, Scenes de Ballet.
19 November 1901: Mr Hamilton Earle (vocal) and Mr Ysaye (violin).
3 December 1901: Madame Blauvelt (vocal) and Mr Harold Bauer (piano).
[undated]: Mendelssohn, St. Paul, with Miss Lucile Hill, Miss Florence Oliver, Mr William Green and Mr Andrew Black (vocal).
7 January 1902: Madame Clara Butt (vocal) and Miss Maud Powell (violin).
21 January 1902: Madame Sobrino (vocal) and Miss Kathleen Bruckshaw (piano).
[undated]: The Third Acts of Wagner, Lohengrin and Tannhauser, with Madame Ella Russell, Miss Winifred Wynne, Mr Philip Brozel and Mr Andrew Black (vocal) (programme and wordbook only).
18 February 1902: Grand Orchestral Night, with Madame Albani (vocal).
4 March 1902: Miss Ada Crossley (vocal), Mr Arthur W. Payne (violin) and Mr Charles Reynolds (oboe).
18 March 1902: including A. Sullivan, Golden Legend, given by Madame Emily Squire, Miss Florence Oliver, Mr Lloyd Chandos, Mr R.W. Lee and Mr Watkin Mills (vocal). The concert also included the first Liverpool performance of Cowen, A Phantasy of Life and Love.


Volume 2: 1902–05
1902–03
14 October 1902: Mr van Rooy (vocal) and Mr Kocian (violin).
28 October 1902: Madame Nordica (vocal) and Miss Gertrude Peppercorn (piano).
11 November 1902: including Mendelssohn, Hymn of Praise, given by Miss Helen Jaxon, Miss Lillie Wormald and Mr William Green (vocal). Also, the first Liverpool performances of: Glazounov, Suite de Ballet, The Seasons; W.H. Bell, Tone Picture, 'In the Foc'sle'; and Mozkowski, Spanish Dance.
25 November 1902: Madame Blauvelt (vocal) and M. Kreisler (violin).
9 December 1902: Mr Ben Davies (vocal) and Madame Carreño (piano), including the first Liverpool performance of Mozart, Overture, Les Petits Riens, and Percy Pitt, Oriental Rhapsody.
[undated] Handel, The Messiah, with Miss Agnes Nicholls, Miss Ada Crossley, Mr John Coates and Mr Andrew Black (vocal).
13 January 1903: Mr Lloyd Chandos (vocal) and Lady Hallé (violin), including the first performance of A.C. Mackenzie, Overture, Cricket on the Hearth.
27 January 1903: Mr Ffrangcon-Davies (vocal) and Mr Wilhelm Backhaus (piano).
10 February 1903: M. Plançon and Miss Perceval Allen (vocal), including R. Strauss, Tone-Poem, Don Juan and A. Hervey, Overture, Youth (both for the 'first time').
24 February 1903: Grand Orchestral Night, with Mr Santley (vocal).
10 March 1903: Miss Münchoff (vocal) and Mr Hausmann (cello).
24 March 1903: including the first Liverpool performance of Elgar, The Dream of Gerontius, given by Miss Marie Brema, Dr Ludwig Wüllner and Mr Andrew Black (vocal).

1903–04
6 October 1903: Madame Clara Butt and Mr Kennerley Rumford (vocal) with Miss Marie Hall (violin).
27 October 1903: Dr Theo. Lierhammer (vocal) and Mr Jean Gerardy (cello), including the first performance of Joseph Jongen, Violoncello Concerto.
10 November 1903: Saint-Saens, Samson and Delilah, given by Miss Muriel Foster, Mr Ben Davies, Mr Tom Barlow, Mr J.T. Jones, Mr David Hughes, Mr Fred Owen and Mr Andrew Black (vocal).
24 November 1903: Madame Blauvelt (vocal) and Signor Busoni (piano), including the first Liverpool performance of Elgar, Lux Christi.
8 December 1903: Miss Louise Dale and Mr Hamilton Earle (vocal) with Mr Kreisler (violin).
[undated]: Mendelssohn, Elijah, given by Miss Agnes Nicholls, Madame Kirkby Lunn, Miss Annie Goodwin, Miss Ada Phillips, Mr William Green, Mr Ffrangcon-Davies, Mr Tom Barlow, Mr R.W. Lee and Master Peter Curwell (vocal).
12 January 1904: Grand Orchestral Night, with Madame Clara Butt (vocal).
26 January 1904: Mr John Harrison and Miss Louie Löwe (vocal) and Lady Hallé (violin).
9 February 1904: including Handel, Acis and Galatea, with Madame Conly, Mr William Green and Mr Robert Radford (vocal). The concert also included the first Liverpool performance of Cowen, Irish Rhapsody.
23 February 1904: Grand Orchestra Night with Miss Muriel Foster (vocal).
8 March 1904: Mr John Coates (vocal) and Mr Raoul Pugno (piano).
22 March 1904: including Rossini, Stabat Mater, with Madame Alice Esty, Madame Kirkby Lunn, Mr Lloyd Chandos and Mr Andrew Black.

1904–05
11 October 1904: Mademoiselle Antonia Dolores (vocal) and Mr Raoul Pugno (piano).
25 October 1904: Miss Muriel Foster (vocal) and Senor Sarasate (violin).
[undated]: Berlioz, Faust, with Miss Helen Jaxon, Mr Lloyd Chandos, Mr Reginald Davidson and Mr Ffrangcon-Davies.
22 November 1904: Grand Orchestral Night, with Miss Agnes Nicholls and Ben Davies (vocal).
6 December 1904: Madame Blauvelt (vocal) and Mr Busoni (piano), including the first performance of Edward German, Rhapsody on March Themes.
20 December 1904: Handel, Judas Maccabaeus, with Madame Sobrino, Miss Ada Crossley, Miss Annie Goodwin, Mr John Coates and Mr Robert Radford (vocal).
10 January 1905: Madame Louise Dale (vocal) and Miss Adela Verne (piano).
24 January 1905: Mr Andrew Black (vocal) and Lady Hallé (violin).
7 February 1905: including Goring Thomas, Swan and Skylark, with Miss Lydia Nervil, Miss Mabel Braine, Mr Anderson Nicol and Mr Ivor Foster (vocal). The concert also included the 'first time' of Cowen, John Gilpin.
21 February 1905: Grand Orchestral Night, with Madame Suzanne Adams (vocal).
7 March 1905: Madame Clara Butt (vocal) and M. Zacharewitsch (violin), including the first Liverpool performances of Borodin[e], Symphony No. 2 in B minor and Svendsen, Overture, Carnaval de Paris.
21 March 1905: including the first Liverpool performance of Franck, The Beatitudes, given by Miss Perceval Allen, Miss Edna Thornton, Miss Annie Goodwin, Mr Ben Davies, Mr Peter Davies, Mr Ffrangcon-Davies, Mr David Hughes, Mr W.H. Cross and Mr Arthur Weber.


Volume 3: 1905–08
1905–06
10 October 1905: Miss Alice Nielsen (vocal) and Mr Fritz Kreisler (violin), including the first Liverpool performance of Mackenzie, Canadian Rhapsody.
24 October 1905: Mr Clarence Whitehill and Madame Mary Conly (vocal) with Senor Pablo Casals (cello), including the first Liverpool performance of Goldmark, Overture, In Italy and Cowen, A L'Espagnole (for orchestra).
7 November 1905: including H. Walford Davies, Everyman, with Miss Gleeson-White, Miss Muriel Foster, Mr John Coates and Mr Ffrangcon-Davies (vocal).
21 November 1905: Signor Mario Ancona (vocal), including the first Liverpool performance of J.S. Bach, Bourée in B minor (for strings).
5 December 1905: Madame Kirkby Lunn (vocal) and Miss Adela Verne (piano).
[undated]: Handel, Messiah, with Madame Suzanne Adams, Miss Edna Thornton, Mr Evan Williams and Mr Santley.
9 January 1906: M. Victor Maurel (vocal) and Miss Fanny Davies (piano).
23 January 1906: Madame Knüpfer-Egli (vocal) and M. Zacharewitsch (violin).
6 February 1906: including Elgar, King Olaf, with Miss Agnes Nicholls, Mr Ben Davies and Mr Charles Knowles (vocal).
20 February 1906: Grand Orchestral Night, with Miss Amy Castles (vocal).
6 March 1906: Senor Luis Alvarez (vocal) and M. Thibaud (violin).
20 March 1906: including, Wagner, Act I, Lohengrin, with Miss Agnes Nicholls, Miss Gwladys Roberts, Mr John Harrison, Mr Hamilton Earle, Mr Edward Iles and Mr Lempriere Pringle.

1906–07
9 October 1906: Mr Ben Davies (vocal) and Fritz Kreisler (violin).
23 October 1906: Signor Mario Ancona (vocal) and Signor Busoni (piano).
6 November 1906: including Beethoven, Symphony No.9, with Miss Perceval Allen, Miss Edna Thornton, Mr Webster Millar and Mr Fowler Burton (vocal). The concert also included C. Parry, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, with Mr Webster Millar and Mr Fowler Burton (vocal).
20 November 1906: Grand Orchestral Night, with Madame Clara Butt (vocal).
4 December 1906: Mr Charles W. Clark (vocal) and Senor Sarasate (violin), including the first Liverpool performance of Hamilton Harty, Irish Symphony in D minor.
18 December 1906: including Haydn, The Creation (parts I and II), with Miss Teresa Blamy, Mr Lloyd Chandos and Mr Robert Radford (vocal).
8 January 1907: Senor Luis Alvarez (vocal) and Miss Evelyn Suart (piano), including the first Liverpool performance of Rachmaninoff, Pianoforte Concerto No.1.
22 January 1907: Dr Theo Lierhammer (vocal) and Senor Pablo Casals (cello), including the first Liverpool performance of Tchaikovsky, Recit and Aria from Pique Dame.
5 February 1907: including J.S. Bach, Phoebus and Pan, with Miss Gleeson-White, Miss Fredrica Richardson, Mr Ben Davies, Mr Webster Millar, Mr Frederic Austen and Mr Hamilton Earle. Also, fifth scene of Act III from Wagner, Die Meistersinger, with Miss Gleeson-White, Mr Ben Davies, Mr Webster Millar, Mr Francis Braun, Mr Frederic Austin, Mr Hamilton Earle, Mr T. Barlow, Mr Emlyn Davies, Mr R. W. Lee, Mr T. Morgan and Mr Arthur Weber.
19 February 1907: Grand Orchestral Night, with Madame Ella Russell (vocal).
5 March 1907: Madame Louise Dale (vocal) and Madame Carreño (piano).
19 March 1907: including Verdi, Requiem, with Miss Agnes Nicholls, Miss Ada Crossley, Mr John Harrison and Mr D. Ffrangcon-Davies.

1907–08
8 October 1907: M. Felix Senius (vocal) and M. Raoul Pugno (piano), including first Liverpool performance of C. Franck, Variations (for piano and orchestra) and Sibelius, March 'Alla Marcia' from Karelia Suite ('first time').
22 October 1907: Madame Kirkby Lunn (vocal) and M. Ysaye (violin), including Granville Bantock, Prelude, Sappho and Tchaikovsky, Polonaise, Eugen Onegin (both for the 'first time').
5 November 1907: Mr Herbert Witherspoon (vocal) and Miss Fanny Davies (piano), including the first Liverpool performance of Mozart, Serenade Nocturne, No. 6 in D.
19 November 1907: first Liverpool performance of Elgar, The Apostles, with Madame Agnes Nicholls, Miss Mabel Braine, Mr John Coates, Mr Herbert Brown, Mr Robert Burnett and Mr D. Ffrangcon-Davies (vocal).
3 December 1907: Grand Orchestral Night, with Madame Maria Gay (vocal), including the first Liverpool performance of Liszt, Symphony, Dante.
17 December 1907: including Schubert, Mass in E flat, with Miss Edith Evans, Madame Ada Crossley, Mr John Harrison, Mr Ashbridge Miller and Mr Dalton Baker (vocal). Also, the first Liverpool performance of Cowen, Poem, 'He giveth His beloved sleep'.
14 January 1908: Sir Charles Santley (vocal) and Lady Hallé (violin), including the first Liverpool performance of Rameau, Tambourin from Suite, arr. Mottl.
28 January 1908: Mr John McCormack (vocal) and M. Leopold Godowsky (piano), including the first Liverpool performance of Handel, Bourée and Hornpipe (from the Water Music).
11 February 1908: including Schumann, Cantata, Paradise and the Peri, with Miss Gleeson-White, Miss Lillie Wormald, Madame Alice Lakin, Mr Samuel Masters, Mr Harry Evans and Mr Frederic Austen (vocal). Also, Wagner, Tannhauser (act II) with Miss Gleeson-White, Mr Walter Wheatley, Mr Samuel Masters, Mr Harry Evans, Mr Hamilton Earle, Mr Frederic Austin, Mr Francis Braun and Mr Arthur Weber (vocal).
25 February 1908: Grand Orchestral Night, with Mr Edouard de Reszke (vocal)
10 March 1908: Miss Elena Gerhardt (vocal) and Senor Pablo Casals (cello), including the first Liverpool performance of Landon Ronald, Overture, A Birthday.
24 March 1908: Parry, Judith, with Madame Agnes Nicholls, Miss Ada Crossley, Mr Gervase Elwes and Mr Ivor Foster (vocal).
Format
Date range of collection
1900 - 1908
Accumulation Dates
-
Suggested Audience
Not Specific
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Location Details

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The British Library St Pancras ,96 Euston Road London NW1 2DB
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council