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Collection Description

Collection Title
Liverpool Philharmonic Society (1956-78)
Unique Identifier
Cup.918/18
Description
A collection of 96 programmes and wordbooks for performances given by the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra between 1956 and 1978, arranged chronologically and held as three bound volumes: 1956–63; 1964–66; and 1967–78.

Also, a further volume containing a complete run of prospectuses for the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra seasons 112 to 125 and a souvenir brochure for performances of Mozart, Le Nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni and Rossini, La Cenerentola, given by Glyndebourne Festival Opera (by arrangement with the Liverpool City Council) between 10 and 12 September 1956.

In addition to preliminary programmes and other information regarding the various concert series given each season, each of the prospectuses includes the following material: a brief introduction/Foreword; historical/descriptive discussion of the repertory for the season; much information concerning the Liverpool Philharmonic Society (including lists of the Committee and, later, Members); information regarding ticket sales (including a seating plan); photographs of key performers; and an Index of Works. Many of the brochures for later seasons also provide brief biographical notes and a list of the orchestral ensemble.

The programmes are grouped here by series:
1. Liverpool Philharmonic Society Limited (1956–64, 44 programmes).
2. City of Leeds Music and Civic Theatre Committee (1960-71, 21 programmes).
3. Bradford Festival Choral Society (1960-77, 31 programmes).


1. Liverpool Philharmonic Society Limited (44 programmes)
Programme booklets for various series of concerts organized by the Liverpool Philharmonic Society and given, unless otherwise stated below, by the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. All programmes include historical and descriptive notes and the majority provide a list of the orchestral ensemble. Although no venue is given for those concerts held in Liverpool, this might be assumed to have been the Philharmonic Hall. Where no other indication is given in parenthesis below, these performances were conducted by Charles Groves.

- Tuesday Subscription Concerts (16 programmes)
Volume 1: 17 January 1956 (Efrem Kurtz); 6 March 1962 (John Pritchard); 1 October 1963; 15 October 1963 (Pierre Monteux); 29 October 1963; 12 November 1963 (Laszlo Somogyi); 26 November 1963; and 10 December 1963 (Constantin Silvestri).
Volume 2: 7 January 1964; 21 January 1964; 18 February 1964 (Sir Adrian Boult), 3 March 1964, 17 March 1964 (George Hurst) 31 March 1964, 14 April 1964 (John Pritchard) and 28 April 1964.

- Saturday Concerts (15 programmes)
Volume 1: 18 February 1956 (Efrem Kurtz); 8 September 1962 (Paul Tortelier); 26 October 1963; 9 November 1963; 23 November 1963 (Guitar Recital/Segovia); and 7 December 1963 (Räto Tschupp).
Volume 2: 11 January 1964; 25 January 1964 (Dietfried Bernet); 8 February 1964; 22 February 1964; 7 March 1964; 14 March 1964 (Piano Recital/Eugene Istomin); 4 April 1964; 18 April 1964 (Paul Tortelier); 2 May 1964 (Song Recital/Victoria de los Angeles and Gerald Moore)

- Industrial Concerts (2 programmes)
Volume 1: 5/6/7 November and 3/4/5 December 1963. The November performances were given by the Scottish National Orchestra, conducted by Alexander Gibson.

- Concerts outside Liverpool (8 programmes)
Volume 1: 5 September 1963 (King George's Hall, Blackburn); 6 September and 25 October 1963 (Victoria Hall, Hanley); and 30 October 1963 (Public Hall, Preston). The concert on 6 September was conducted by Stanford Robinson
Volume 2: 29 January and 26 February 1964 (Public Hall, Preston); 27 February 1964 (Victoria Hall, Bolton); 10 April 1964 (Victoria Hall, Hanley). The concert on 29 January was conducted by Dietfried Bernet and that on 10 April by Hugo Rignold.

- Additional Concerts (3 programmes)
Volume 1: 21 December 1963/2 January 1964 and 28 December 1963.
Volume 2: 4 January 1964.


2) City of Leeds Music and Civic Theatre Committee (21 programmes)
Programmes booklets for performances given by the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at the Town Hall Leeds, presented by the City of Leeds Music and Civic Theatre Committee. Each booklet contains biographical, historical and descriptive notes.
Volume 1: 23 January, 30 April and 12 November 1960; 1 April and 9 December 1961; and 31 March 1962. With the exception of the concerts given on 12 November 1960 (Sir Malcolm Sargent) and 31 March 1962 (Norman Del Mar) all performances were conducted by John Pritchard.
Volume 2: 18 January and 29 February 1964; 16 January and 25 September 1965; 26 March 1966. All performances were conducted by Charles Groves.
Volume 3: 28 January, 27 May and 14 October 1967; 20 April 1968; 1 February 1969; 2 January and 23 October 1971; 22 November 1975; 2 April 1977; and 7 January 1978. With the exception of the concerts on 27 May (Donald Hunt) and 14 October 1967 (Peter Erös), 23 October 1971 (Janos Fürst), 2 April 1977 (Zdenek Macal) and 7 January 1978 (Elgar Howarth), all performances were conducted by Charles Groves.


3. Bradford Festival Choral Society (31 programmes)
Wordbooks for choral performances accompanied by the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra given at St. George's Hall, Bradford. The concerts on 26 November 1965, 8 December 1967 and 4 December 1970, were conducted by Charles Groves, as were the performances from 1975 onwards. The remainder were conducted by David Willcocks.
Volume 1: 4 November and 7 December 1960; 24 March and 8 December 1961; and 2 March 1962.
Volume 2: 13 March, 27 November and 9 December 1964; 19 March, 26 November and 10 December 1965; and 15 December 1966.
Volume 3: 8 December 1967; 19 March, 28 November and 12 December 1969; 4 December 1970; 26 March, 12 November and 10 December 1971; 17 March and 8 December 1972; 14 and 30 November 1973; 29 March and 8 November 1974; 4 April and 21 November 1975; 10 April and 19 November 1976; and 23 April 1977.
Format
Date range of collection
1951 - 1978
Accumulation Dates
-
Suggested Audience
Not Specific

Location Details

British Library
The British Library St Pancras ,96 Euston Road London NW1 2DB
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Additional Collection Information

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