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Mozart: private performances in London (1894-1913)
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A collection of programmes of Mozart Operas and other Classical Music performed in chronological order, given at 45 Seymour Street and 20 Hans Road, London between 1894 and 1913.

This volume begins with a List of Members, which is effectively a list of performers. Both here, and in the programmes that follow, a distinction is made between professional and amateur participants.

The concerts were conducted by A. Hughes-Hughes, Sir Francis Champneys, L. Hintze and Orton Bradley and accompanied by Mrs W. Lynch, Miss Gladys Meates, Mrs Leeds and Mr Philip Webb.

- 45 Seymour Street/Operatic performances
Programmes for operatic productions given, unless otherwise stated below, at 45 Seymour Street, London between February 1894 and March 1897, accompanied on the piano (with the overtures arranged as piano duets), conducted by Dr Champneys.

Also the programme for a further operatic production, of Mozart, La Clemenza di Tito, given at 20 Great Cumberland Place, London on 13 March 1895 and programmes for two concerts of Music in Europe (c.1240–1600 and 1601–1656) given at 45 Seymour Street on 2 April 1900 and 21 March 1901. The Music in Europe concerts were two-part performances of solo and ensemble vocal music, with occasional instrumental solos, arranged chronologically. The first featured a piece for solo keyboard by William Byrd (Miss Lily Hardy, piano) and finished with an extract from Monteverdi, Orfeo. Both programmes include very brief historical observations and a list of the principal contemporaries for each of the featured composers.

Each of the operatic productions at Seymour Street was spread over two performances. Each programme provides a brief plot synopsis, a list of the individual numbers, and detailed information regarding the solo and ensemble singers: those professional performers involved in each production are listed below.
20 February and 6 March 1894: Le Nozze di Figaro, with Mr Paul England (Figaro), Mrs Jackson/Madame Elsa May (Susanna), Mr Frederick Williams (Don Basilio and Don Curzio) and Dr Champneys (Dr Bartolo).
14 November and 12 December 1894: Don Giovanni, with Paul England (Leporello) and Miss Gertrude Sichel (Donna Anna).
9 January and [undated] 1895: Cosi fan Tutte, with Mr Frederick Williams (Ferrando).
8 May and 12 June 1895: Die Zauberflöte, with Miss Constance Egerton (Queen of the Night), Mr Frederick Williams (Tamino), Mr Paul England (Papageno) and Mr Whitney Tew (Sarastro).
16 February and 15 March 1897: Idomeneo, Re di Creta, with Mr Frederick Williams (Idomeneus) and Miss Hilda Foster (Ilia).

- 20 Hans Road, Hans Place, S.W
Programmes for nine concerts given at 20 Hans Road, London, each unified either historically or geographically, conducted, unless otherwise stated below, by Louis Hintze. These were two-part performances of solo and ensemble vocal music, with some instrumental items. All programmes provide detailed information regarding the performers (including a list of the choral ensemble), some brief historical observations and a list of contemporaries for each of the featured composers.

3 April 1903: Mrs Wiltshire Lynch (piano) and Herr Louis Hintze (violin), conducted by Mr Frederick Williams and Mr Hughes-Hughes.
25 March 1904: Bach, Handel and their Contemporaries.
27 October 1905: Gluck, Haydn, Mozart and Contemporaries. The front cover of this programme carries miniature photographs of Gluck, Haydn and Mozart.
6 April 1906: Period 1800-1850, with Miss Marie Letèbe (piano).
22 March 1907: concert of vocal and instrumental music from the second half of the nineteenth century, featuring Miss Marie Letèbe (piano).
18 March 1910: English Music (13th-20th Centuries), conducted by Orton Bradley.
2 March 1911: Music of France and the Netherlands, with Mrs Cozens-Hardy (violin) and Mr Benno Pitt (cello).
7 March 1912: Concert of Italian, Spanish and Portuguese Music (14th-20th centuries), with Madame Laszlò (violin), conducted by Orton Bradley.
21 February 1913: Concert of Austro-Hungarian, German, Scandinavian, Slavonic Music (16th-20th centuries), with Mr A. Mayger Hind (violin), conducted by Mr Orton Bradley. The front cover of this document carries miniature photographs of Gluck and Haydn.
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1894 - 1913
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council