This site is designed so that its contents are accessible to every type of browser. You browser, however, may not support basic Web standards, preventing the display of our site's design details. You are encouraged to upgrade to a more standards compliant browser.

Search: Advanced Search
HomeSearchGetRecordMaisie Aldridge archives (1940-91)

Collection Description

Collection Title
Maisie Aldridge archives (1940-91)
A miscellaneous collection of handbills, programmes and programme books, forming the collection of Maisie Aldridge and covering performances given at various venues in London and the south of England between 1940 and 1991.

Also, photocopies of two documents relating to performances given at the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool (1945) and a leaflet/prospectus for the Festival de Musique, 21-26 October 1954, given in Paris under the auspices of the Centre de Documentation de Musique Internationale, with Radiodiffusion-Télévision Francaise.

All programmes are all held loosely and are listed here by town/venue.

1. St. Peter's Hall, Bournemouth
2. Winter Gardens, Bournemouth
3. South of England (miscellaneous)
4. London
5. Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

1. St. Peter's Hall, Hinton Road, Bournemouth
[From] 20 May 1940: leaflet with programmes for the Summer Symphony Concerts given by the Wessex Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Reginald Goodall.
22 October, 5 and 19 November and 3 and 17 December 1941: single handbill for the Autumn Season of the Wessex Music Club.
18 April-2 May 1942: two documents, including programmes with brief notes for the seven concerts given as the First Bournemouth Festival of Chamber Music of the Allied Nations, given by the Griller String Quartet with Myra Hess and Gordon Bryan (piano), Betty Bannerman (vocal), Harold Fairhurst (violin), Pauline Juler (clarinet), Gwendolen Mason (harp) and Joseph Slater (flute).
24 and 31 August and 7, 14, 21 and 28 September 1942: posters, flyers and other material relating to Holidays at Home, Six Monday Concerts given by Maurice Cole, Harry Isaacs, Norina Semino, Phyllis Sellick and Cyril Smith with the New Fairhurst String Quartet and Jacques String Orchestra, conducted by Jacques.
28 November 1942: programme and programme with notes (including biographical notes) for a Recital by Maurice Cole (piano), Harold Fairhurst (violin) and Margaret Bissett (alto). Two copies of the programme with notes are held.
1 January1949: programme with notes for a Two-Pianoforte Recital, given for the Bournemouth Chamber Music Society (fifth season, no. 4) by Joan and Valerie Trimble.

2. Winter Gardens, Bournemouth
December 1947, March, October and November 1948, February, September and November 1949, and March 1951: monthly leaflets for the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra, conducted by Rudolf Schwarz.
7 and 8 April 1948: single document containing programmes with notes for two Symphony Concerts given by the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra, conducted by Rudolf Schwarz, with the pianists Molly Garwood and Iso Elinson.
1948-49: two copies of the Syllabus for the Winter Concerts given by the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra, led by Edward Armstrong and conducted by Rudolf Schwarz. This document includes programme for various series, biographical notes (with photographs) on the leader and conductor, and a list of the orchestral ensemble. Also held are two copies of a separate leaflet for December 1948 and January 1949.
Winter Season 1956-57: Concert Syllabus for the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/The Orchestra of the West (third season) under the auspices of the Western Orchestral Society Limited and conducted by Charles Groves. This booklet begin with a Foreword by Arthur Bliss and includes programmes for various series of performances, photographs of the conductor and leader (Derek Collier), information regarding tickets.

3. South England (miscellaneous).
12 February 1940, no venue: programme for a Recital presented by the Wessex Philharmonic Orchestra and given by Elsie Hankins (piano) with Harold Fairhurst (violin), Maisie Aldridge (piano) and the Bossert String Quartet. The document includes programmes for a lunchtime and an evening performance.
27 April 1949, Blandford Church: programme with words for Britten, Saint Nicolas, presented by Dorset Music Council and given with Harry Barnes (tenor) and Paul Rogers (organ), conducted by Imogen Holst.
7-20 May 1950 and 20 May-2 June 1951: leaflets with programmes for the Bath Assembly 1950 and 1951.
19-23 June 1950, Civic Hall, Exeter: leaflet with programmes for the Exeter Promenade Concerts, given by the Western Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Haigh Marshall.
1950-51, Exeter and Torquay: leaflet with programmes for the Autumn and Winter Programme of the Western Philharmonic Society.
31 March and 7 April 1951, Blandford Corn Exchange/ Gillingham County Secondary School: programmes with words for two choral concerts presented by the Dorset Music Council and given with the vocalists John Runge (March), Rosamund Strode (April) and Alan Bailey (both), conducted by Cecil Cope. Held with these programmes is a printed explanatory note, a handwritten annotation to which implies that it was used as a press release.
11 August-1 September 1951, Bryanston: leaflet regarding the Summer School of Music.
May-September 1951, Plymouth Arts Centre: leaflet regarding the events given as part of the Festival of Britain.
5 May 1951, Civic Hall, Exeter: handbill for a Festival Concert of English Choral Music given by the Devon Fellowship of Music with the support of the Arts Council of Britain as part of the Festival of Britain, with Cecil Cope (baritone) and conducted by Leslie Woodgate.

4. London
15 and 16 December [no year], St. James' Norlands Church, St. James's Garden, W11: programme for John Gardner, Bel and the Dragon, conducted by Nicholas Kraemer.
Sunday 24 October [1948], Royal Albert Hall: two copies of the programme, with Analytical Notes, for the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra, with Denis Matthews (piano), conducted by Rudolf Schwarz. This document includes historical notes (with photographs and illustrations) on the ensemble and on the Winter Gardens, biographical notes with photographs, and a list of the orchestral ensemble. The concert included the first performance of Malcolm Arnold, Overture, 'The Smoke'.
Sunday 12 October [1952], Royal Festival Hall: handbill (with photograph) for a Celebration Concert on the occasion of the 80th Birthday of Ralph Vaughan Williams, given by the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Margaret Ritchie (vocal), Frederick Riddle (violin) and the London Philharmonic Choir and Luton Girls' Choir, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.
20 November 1955, Royal Festival Hall: programme booklet with words and notes (including musical examples) for the London Philharmonic Orchestra with the London Philharmonic Choir, conducted by Adrian Boult. The concert included the first performance of Stanley Bate, Symphony No. 4. The programme includes a list of the orchestral ensemble and photographs of the conductor and composer.
19 September 1958, Westminster Abbey: Commemoration and Funeral Service of Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958).
7 August 1967, Royal Albert Hall: programme book with notes (including biographical notes and a list of the orchestral ensemble) for a Henry Wood Promenade Concert (73rd season) presented by the BBC and given by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with Jean-Rodolphe Kars (piano), conducted by James Loughran. The concert included the first performance of Thomas Wilson, Touchstone: Portrait for Orchestra (BBC commission).
21 November 1968, Queen Elizabeth Hall: programme with notes (including biographical notes with photograph) for Jean-Rodolphe Kars (piano).
9 and 30 October and 23 November 1969, Purcell Room: single document with programmes and brief biographical note (with photograph) for a Series of Three Lecture-Recitals entitled Instruments of the Middle Ages and Early Renaissance, given by Mary Remnant.
27 April 1985, Royal Festival Hall: programme with notes (including biographical notes with photograph and a list of the orchestral ensemble) for the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Herbert von Karajan
3 May 1991, Parish Church of St. Alban the Martyr, Holborn: Thanksgiving Service in Memory of Sir Reginald Goodall (1901-90).

5. Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
25 March 1945: programme with notes (including a list of the orchestral ensemble) for the 20th Sunday Afternoon Orchestral Concert given by the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with Margaret Maddison (piano), conducted by Karl Rankl.
Spring 1945: leaflet/prospectus for the Sunday Afternoon Concerts at Popular Prices given by the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with Dennis Brain, Herbert Downes, Peter Pears, Max Rostal and Stephen Wearing, conducted by Dr Malcolm Sargent, Albert Coates and Louis Cohen.
Date range of collection
1940 - 1991
Accumulation Dates
Suggested Audience
Not Specific
Associated People or Organisations

Location Details

Royal College Of Music, Library
London SW7 2BS
Open Map
020 7591 4723
Visiting Information
Mon-Fri by appointment
Building Information
The CPH collections now form part of the RCM Library. The majority of the concert programme collections are stored off-site so you need to request items before arriving. Requests for programmes are processed on Thursday for delivery to the library the following week. The Library itself is open Monday to Friday during term times and Tuesday to Friday during vacations. We can advise you about our hours when you contact us.
Display Overview
NEW CONTACT DETAILS: 020 7591 4723; [email protected]
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

Additional Collection Information

Accrual Status
Related Publications
Management Information (Type)
Collection Owner(s)
Collection Creator(s)
Collection Collector(s)
Collection Custodians(s)
Associated Collection(s)
Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council