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Collection Description

Collection Title
Oratorio Concerts (1868-72)
Unique Identifier
X.431/436
Description
A collection of prospectuses, programmes and wordbooks for concerts given by Mr Joseph Barnby's Choir between 1868 and 1872 at St. James's Hall (1868–April 1871) and Exeter Hall (1872), London, arranged chronologically in a single bound volume.

This volume begins with a handwritten index listing all of these performances as Oratorio Concerts. Only those programmes from tract 5 onwards actually bear this title, however; those in tracts 1-4 refer only to Mr Joseph Barnby's Choir. The division adopted in the description below reflects this.

Unless otherwise stated, all concerts were directed by Joseph Barnby and the soloists listed below were vocalists. Many of these documents include advertisements for other performances given at this or other venues in London.

1. Mr Joseph Barnby's Choir (1867–68)
The prospectus and a set of programmes with words for the first three of four concerts given between January and June 1868 during the second season of performances by Mr Joseph Barnby's Choir, with a programme for a single performance given on 23 May 1867 (assumed to be part of the first season) and a handbill for a further concert given on 12 December 1867. All programmes include an advertisement (with programme listing) for the next performance in the series: the information provided below regarding the 4th performance of this series is taken from the programme for 22 April.
23 May 1867: Madame Maria Vilda and Mr Sims Reeves, accompanied by Mr Benedict, including the first performance of songs by J. Baptiste Calkin, Agnes Zimmermann, Henry Smart and Henry Lahee.
12 December 1867: Grand Vocal and Instrumental Concert/Mendelssohn concert, including Symphony in D ('Reformation') and the first London performances of the Trumpet Overture, an Ave Maria, and 'several Lied ohne Worte'.
29 January 1868: Mendelssohn concert with Madame Lemmens-Sherrington, Miss Spiller, Miss Julie Elton and Mr Henry Marston, including Athalie, Symphony in D 'Reformation', and the finale to Loreley, with the first English performance of a March composed to celebrate the visit of Cornelius to Dresden in 1841 (handbill plus, programme with historical and analytical notes, musical examples and a list of the orchestral performers, drawn from the Royal Italian Opera, Covent Garden, Her Majesty's Theatre, the Philharmonic Society, and the Sacred Harmonic Society).
11 March 1868: Gounod, Messe Solennelle, with a miscellaneous act including the first performance of Barnby, Motet, 'King all glorious', given by Miss Banks, Mr W. H. Cummings and Mr Lewis Thomas (with a list of the orchestral ensemble).
22 April 1868: Madame Patey-Whytock and Mr Sims Reeve, including first performances of music by Barnby, J. Benedict, Walter Macfarren, and G. M. Garrett. Also, piano solos by Mr Willem Coenen.
[3 June 1868: Mademoiselle Lucca and Mr Sims Reeve, accompanied by Mr Benedict, including the first performances of part songs by Henry Smart and Walter Macfarren. Also, piano solos by Mr Agnes Zimmermann, including the first performance of Mendelssohn, Two Etudes.]


2. Oratorio Concerts (1869–72)
Programmes for the first three seasons of these concerts promise the appearance of a 'band and chorus of 350 performers' (incorporating Joseph Barnby’s choir), with Mr F.A.W. Docker (organ). The number of performers rose to 500 for the 4th season. The prospectuses for the second and third season include a complete list of dates for the performances, an indication of the works to be given and a list of the performers engaged.

First season (1869)
An incomplete set of programmes with words for 7 of the performances given between February and June 1869.
5 February 1869: Handel, Jephtha, with Miss Banks, Madame Emmeline Cole, Mademoiselle Drasdil, Miss Mayfield, Mr Sims Reeves and Signor Foli.
23 March 1869: Handel, Messiah, with Madame Lemmens-Sherrington, Miss Annie Sinclair, Miss Julia Elton, Mr Sims Reeves and Herr Carl Stepan. Also, Mr Thomas Harper (trumpet).
21 April 1869: Haydn, The Creation, with Madame Lemmens-Sherrington, Miss Annie Sinclair, Mr Sims Reeves, Mr Montem Smith and Mr Lewis Thomas.
12 May 1869: Mendelssohn, Lobgesang and Rossini, Stabat Mater, with Madame Rudersdorff, Mrs Sidney Smith, Mademoiselle Drasdil, Mr Sims Reeves, Mr W. H. Cummings and Herr Carl Stepan (with a list of the orchestral ensemble).
9 June 1869: Mendelssohn, St Paul, with Madame Lemmens-Sherrington, Mademoiselle Drasdil, Mr Sims Reeves, Mr Montem Smith, Mr Lewis Thomas, Mr Chaplin Henry and Mr J. T. Beale. This programme carries an announcement regarding the arrangements for the second season.
15 June: Handel, Jephtha/Extra Concert for the benefit of Joseph Barnby, with Miss Banks, Miss Annie Sinclair, Miss Julia Elton, Mr Vernon Rigby and Herr Carl Stepan. Held with this document is an insert regarding the enforced replacement of Mr Sims Reeves with Mr Vernon Rigby.

Second series (1869–70)
The prospectus and a complete set of programmes with words for the nine performances given between December 1869 and May 1870, with a programme (with words), for the first London performance of Mr Benedict's New Oratorio, St Peter, given at St James's Hall on 13 December 1870. The prospectus includes a historical introduction to certain strands of the repertory. There are a number of handwritten corrections to the projected performance dates.
8 December 1869: Handel, Dettingen Te Deum, and Acis and Galatea, both performed for the first time in England with additional accompaniments by Mendelssohn, with Madame Lemmens-Sherrington, Miss Marion Severn, Mr Vernon Rigby, Mr Montem Smith and Herr Carl Stepan.
21 December 1869: Handel, The Messiah, with Madame Rudersdorff, Miss Dalmaine, Mademoiselle Drasdil, Mr Vernon Rigby and Mr Lewis Thomas (with a list of the orchestral ensemble).
20 January 1870: Haydn, The Seasons, with Madame Lemmens-Sherrington, Mr Vernon Rigby and Mr Lewis Thomas.
23 February 1870: Handel, Jephtha, with Miss Banks, Miss Emmeline Cole, Madame Sainton-Dolby, Miss Marion Severn, Mr Sims Reeve and Mr Lander.
9 March 1870: Beethoven, Choral Fantasia, and Mass in D, with Madame Rudersdorff, Mademoiselle de Salewska, Madame Patey, Mr W. H. Cummings, Mr E. Lloyd and Herr Carl Stepan. Also, Miss Arabella Goddard (piano).
6 April 1870: J. S. Bach, St Matthew Passion, with Mademoiselle Drasdil, Madame Rudersdorff, Mr Cummings and Mr Lewis Thomas. This performance was held at Exeter Hall and the programme includes a historical Preface written by George A. Macfarren.
27 April 1870: Mendelssohn, Elijah, with Madame Rudersdorff, Madame Emmeline Cole, Miss Marion Severn, Madame Patey, Mr Vernon Rigby, Mr J. T. Beale, Mr Smith and Carl Stepan.
11 May 1870: J Barnby, Rebekah (new sacred cantata) and Handel, Alexander's Feast, with Madame Lemmens-Sherrington, Mr Vernon Rigby and Mr Lewis Thomas.
25 May 1870: Mendelssohn, Lobgesang and Beethoven, Choral Symphony, with Madame Lemmens-Sherrington, Miss Sinclair, Mr Cummings and Herr Carl Stepan.
13 December 1870: Benedict, Saint Peter (first London performance), with Mademoiselle Titiens, Madame Patey, Mr Sims Reeves, Mr Raynham, and Herr Stockhausen (vocal), conducted by the composer (with brief introductory notes).


Third season (1871)
The prospectus and a complete set of programmes with words for six performances given between February and May 1871.
15 February 1871: J. S. Bach, St. Matthew Passion, with Madame Rudersdorff, Madame Patey, Mr Cummings, Mr J. T. Beale and Herr Stockhausen (with a historical Preface by G. A. Macfarren). Also, M A. Randegger (piano).
1 March 1871: Mendelssohn, Elijah, with Madame Rudersdorff, Miss Fanny Chatfield, Madame Patey, Miss Marion Severn, Mr Sims Reeves, Mr Raynham, Mr Stedman, Mr J. T. Beale, Mr Smith and Mr Santley.
15 March 1871: Dr F. Hiller, Nala and Damayanti, with a miscellaneous act including music by Handel and the first performance of a vocal quartet by Gounod, given by Edith Wynne, Miss Fanny Chatfield, Miss Julia Elton, Mr W. H. Cummings and Mr Santley (with introductory notes regarding the poem for the Hiller work). Bound with this document is an insert regarding the enforced replacement of Miss Fanny Chatfield by Miss Emily Spiller.
29 March 1871: J. Benedict, Saint Peter, with Madame Lemmens-Sherrington, Madame Patey, Mr Sims Reeves, Mr Raynham and Mr Santley.
19 April 1871: Handel, Israel in Egypt, with Madame Lemmens-Sherrington, Miss Annie Sinclair, Madame Patey, Mr Sims Reeves, Mr Raynham, Herr Carl Stepan and Mr Beale.
5 May 1871: Beethoven, Mass in D and Choral Symphony, with Madame Cora de Wilhorst, Madame Patey, Mr Lloyd and Carl Stepan.


Fourth season (1871–72)
A collection of handbills for concert nos. 4 and 5, given on 23 January and 6 February 1872.
23 January 1872: Barnby, Rebekah/Haydn, The Creation, with Miss Poyntz, Madame Cora de Wilhorst, Herr Stockhausen, Mr Thurley Beale, Mr Maas and Mr Sims Reeves.
6 February 1872: Mendelssohn, Lobgesang/Rossini, Stabat Mater, with Miss Annie Sinclair, Madame Fernandez, Madame Rudersdorff, Mr Raynham, Mr Sims Reeves and Mr Whitney.
Format
Date range of collection
1867 - 1872
Accumulation Dates
-
Suggested Audience
Not Specific
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