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Collection Description

Collection Title
Music and Dance Ephemera (1903-83)
Unique Identifier
OXFO 780
A miscellaneous collection of handbills, programmes and other printed material relating to musical performances given at various venues in Oxford and Oxfordshire between 1903 and 1983, including a large amount of material from the late 1970s and early 1980s.

All material is held loosely within a single box but is divided into 4 folders (-1979, 1980-82, 1983 and Abin-Yarn 1971-81), with a small amount, largely undated, loose material.

The material in folders 1-3 relates to performances given at a range of Oxford venues, principally the Town Hall but also including the New and Apollo Theatres, various college venues, churches and schools. The majority of the programmes relate to Oxford-based performance groups (most notably Oxford Pro Musica) and to local series (including the Oxford Subscription Concerts).

Folder 4 includes material for performances given at venues in surrounding towns.

The majority of the material in Folder 1 is from the 1970s, but there are individual programmes dating back to 1903, including an Oxford University Musical Club Public Classical Concert (12th season), given by the Berlin Quartet at the Town Hall on 6 May 1903, a Jesus College Summer Concert of 26 May 1904, a Banbury and District Musical Society concert given by the Tudor Singers on 2 December 1930 and programmes for the 1943 season of the City of Oxford Holidays at Home Concerts.

Documentation ranges from handbills through to programme books, some with notes and detailed information about the performers.

In addition to individual concert programmes, the box includes prospectuses for the following organizations: National Federation of Music Societies, Berks, Bucks and Oxon Branch (1975-76); Dorchester Abbey Festival (1979); English Bach Festival (London/Oxford, 1975 and 1977 and Oxford only 1978 and 1979 (x3)); Oxford Pro Musica (January-June 1971, 1976-77 season (x2), 1977-78 season, 1978-79 season (x2), 1979-80 season (x2), 1981-82 and 1982-83); Oxford Subscription Concerts (1976-77, 1977-78, 1978-79 (x2), 1979-80, 1981-82 and 1982-83 seasons); Oxford Music Festival: 1974, 1975, 1978 (x2), 1979, 1981 (x2), 1982); and Oxford University Musical Club and Union (Hilary Term 1977).

The venues covered by this material include:

Folders 1-3 (Oxford venues)
Colleges (principally Chapels): All Souls, Christ Church, Exeter, Jesus, Keble, Magdalen, Merton, New, Queen's, Westminster.

City venues: Apollo Theatre; Holywell Music Room; Maison Franciase, Norham Road; New Theatre; Old Fire Station, George Street; Sheldonian Theatre, Town Hall;

Church venues: Church House, Banbury; Cowley Road Methodist Church; St. Andrew's Church, Old Headington; St. James' Church, Cowley; Temple Cowley United Reform Church; Trinity Church, Conduit Road (Abingdon); University Church of St. Mary-the-Virgin, Wesley Memorial Church

Educational establishments
Matthew Arnold School; Middle School, Bicester; Oxford Polytechnic, Headington; St. Edward's School; West Oxfordshire Technical College, Holloway Road, Witney.

Folder 4 (Oxfordshire venues)
Abingdon School; M.G. Cars Sports Ground, Abingdon; Unicorn Theatre, Abingdon; Banbury Winter Gardnes; Bicester School; Burford Church; Burford, Penhurst School; Chipping Norton; Cumnor, St. Michael's Church; Dorchester; Hanwell, St. Peter's Church; Henley on Thames, St. Mary's Church, Thame, Lord William's School; Wantage Methodist Church; Wantage, St. Mary's School; Witney.
Date range of collection
1903 - 1983
Accumulation Dates
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Not Specific
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Location Details

Oxfordshire Studies
Westgate,Central Library Oxford OX1 1DJ United Kingdom
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01865 815749
01865 810187 
Collections Overview
Wide range of local studies and family history resources on the county of Oxfordshire; includes collections of maps, photographs, electronic resources and oral history tapes.
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

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