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Collection Description

Collection Title
Lucas Collection (1923-51)
Unique Identifier
Add. 69812. vol. XIV.
A collection of handbills, concert programmes and press cuttings relating to performances of works by Mary Anderson Lucas (1882–1952) given at various venues in London and the UK between 1923 and 1948, held within a scrapbook apparently compiled by the composer.

The collection also includes a handbill for the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra 49th Concert given on 21 March 1938 at The Forum, Harrisburg (including the first performance of Mary Lucas, Concert Overture, conducted by George King Raudenbush) and a single document for the Saratoga Spa Music Festival given at the Spa Theatre, Saratoga Springs, New York between 3 and 15 September 1946 (with the New York Philharmonic Symphony Society, conducted by F. Charles Adler).

The items are listed here alphabetically by venue, with the London venues followed by the English provincial ones.

1. London venues
- 22 Holland Park
29 November 1934 and 13 December 1935: First and Third Concerts of the First Performance Society presented by the London Musical Club, including Mary Lucas, String Quartets Nos. 2 and 3, given by the Stratton and Macnaghten String Quartets (programme fragments).

- 74 Grosvenor Street/Society of Women Musicians
2 July 1938: Programme of Members' Works, accompanied by Ella Ivimey and Freda Swain, including Lucas, String Quartet, given by the Society of Women Musicians Quartet.
7 March 1939: Junior Committee with Mollie Sands (vocal) and Mary Chandler and Eiluned Davies (piano), accompanied by Ella Ivimey.
19 October 1940: including Lucas, Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, given by Pauline Juler, Lena Wood and Kathleen Cooper (handbill).
15 July 1946: Concert of Members' Works, with Gladys Marloe (vocal), May Mukle (cello), Violet Graham-Williams (piano) and the Rawlins String Quartet, featuring songs by Lucas.

- Aeolian Hall
6 June 1939: Oriana Madrigal Society Summer Concert, conducted by Charles Kennedy Scott, including Two Part Songs by Mary Lucas (with words, lists of the Patrons, Honorary Members and Committee and of the choral ensemble).

- Arts Theatre Club
22 November 1940: 3 ballet performances (given at 1pm, 2.15pm and 3.30pm), the second opening with the first performance of Lucas, Occasional Overture.

- Blackheath Press Hall
14 April 1923: Elizabethan and Contemporary Music, given by the Rondel Singers and including the first performances of five songs by Lucas.

- Blackheath Chambers
4 November 1930: British Music Society (Woolwich Branch), including Lucas, Sonata for Violin and Pianoforte performed by Julius Ungerson (violin) and accompanied by the composer. The performance also featured Phyllis Leaney (vocal) (handbill).
25 January 1935: Blackheath Music Society, including Mary Lucas, Quartet No. 2, given by the Stratton String Quartet (handbill).

- Blackheath Concert Hall (Upper Hall)
15 March 1937: Blackheath Music Society concert, including piano solos written and performed by Mary Lucas (handbill).

- Cowdray Hall
7 May 1946: Fifth Recital of Ensemble Music 1845-1945, presented by the London Music Group and given by Gladys Marloe (soprano), Olga Hegedus (cello) and Thurston Dart (piano), including the first performance of Lucas, Never seek to tell thy love (with words).

- Faculty of Arts
8 February [no year]: London Concert Orchestra 4th concert, conducted by Angel Grande, including the first performance of Lucas, Five Tunes for Small Orchestra (fragment covering Part I of the concert including lists of the Patrons and of the orchestral ensemble).

- Fulham Central Library
14 and 28 February and 14 and 28 March 1938: Four Evening Concerts (single document). The concert on 28 February included Lucas, String Quartet No. 3 and that on 28 March the first performance of John Palmer, Trio.

- Grotrian Hall
15 June 1938: Concert of Music for Strings by Mary and Leighton Lucas, given by the Boyd Neel Orchestra, conducted by Leighton Lucas, includinga number of first performances. The concert was accompanied by Madame Clara Asher Lucas.

- Guildhall School of Music
29 May 1945: 5th Experiment Rehearsal of New Orchestral Works, presented by the Society for the Promotion of New Music and gven by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Benjamin Frankel, Leighton Lucas and Walter Susskind, including Mary Anderson-Lucas, Ballet Preludes (Invitation, with programme).

- J. Curwen & Sons Ltd, 24 Berners Street, London
15 February 1933: First Recital given by Rudolph Dunbar, including two songs by Mary Lucas, accompanied by the composer (Invitation, with programme). Bound with this document are fragments from programmes relating to two further performances of these songs by the same performers, given on 23 January 1933 at the Wesley Chapel, City Road, London and on 22 April 1933 at the Royal Albert Institute, Windsor.

- Queen Mary Hall, Great Russell Street
3 April 1943: Anglo-Austrian Song Recital by Marianne Mislap-Kapper (accompanied by Norman Franklin), including the first London performances of Lucas, The Hour of Magic and Josephine Rhodes, Two Sacred Songs.

- Royal Albert Hall
4 July 1942: BBC Promenade Concert with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Henry Wood, including the first performance of Mary Lucas, Circus Suite (fragment, including historical and descriptive notes on Part I).

- St. Martin's School of Art
23 October 1946: Music and Poetry, being the International Arts Guild 20th concert, given by Gladys Marloe (soprano) and Thurston Dart (piano).

- Salle Erard
2 November 1948: Committee for the Promotion of New Music 101st Studio Recital, including Lucas, String Quartet given by the Maguire String Quartet (single-sided programme).

- [no venue]
[no date]: Pauline Juler (clarinet), Anthony Collins (viola) and Kathleen Cooper (piano), including Lucas, Lament and Rhapsody for Clarinet and Piano, accompanied by the composer (single-sided programme). A handwritten annotation describes this performances as 'Kathleen Cooper "At Home"'.
[no date]: Committee for the Promotion of New Music, including Lucas, String Quartet no.3 given by the Maguire String Quartet.
7 June 1940: London Contemporary Music Centre Studio Meeting, including Lucas, String Quartet no. 3 (handbill).

2. Provincial venues
- Barrow-in-Furness, Public Hall
29 April 1937: Barrow-in-Furness Education Committee Ninth Annual Schools' Musical Festival, with Mr H. H. Thomas (musical director) and Mr H. W. Morrall (accompanist), including Mary Lucas, Duck's Ditty (with words).

- [Bournemouth], Winter Gardens
3 May 1928: 31st Symphony Concert of the 33rd Winter Season, specially arranged for the British Music Society Congress and conducted by Dame Ethel Smyth and Sir Dan Godfrey, including the first performances of S. H. Braithwaite, Elegy and Mary Lucas, Rhapsody for Chamber Orchestra.

- Henly-on-Thames, Greenlands
15 June 1940: Informal Afternoon Concert, given by the British Music Movement, with Veronica Mansfield (mezzo soprano), Freda Swain and Stella Swain (piano), Bernard Richards (cello) and Edward Thomas (baritone) (single-sided programme).

- Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall
21 May 1941: Ballet Guild, including world premiere of Sawdust, with music by Mary Lucas, the orchestra under the direction of Leighton Lucas. A programme is also held for a repeat performances of this performance, given on 16 August [1941] by the Ballet Guild Orchestra.

[no location], Barn Theatre
25 June 1933: Barn Theatre Society concert no. 3 (2nd season), given by Ursula Greville (vocal) and accompanied by Mary Lucas, including songs by Lucas (single-sided programme).
Date range of collection
1923 - 1951
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Not Specific

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