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Collection Description

Collection Title
Oxford Bach Choir: Box 1 (1908-92)
Unique Identifier
Mus.311 c.3
The first of three boxes of material concerning the Oxford Bach Choir, containing various documentation – including Annual Reports, Minutes, tickets and printed announcements – for the period 1908 to 1992.

Also included is an extended sequence of programmes with words for performances given at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford between 1923 and 1992 and programmes with words for performances given at various other English venues – including a number in Oxford – between 1908 and 1963.

Where no other indication is given below, these documents consist of programmes with words, including records of the vocal soloists engaged. Many are held with accompanying A4 posters/handbills, press cuttings and/or photographs and there are multiple copies in many instances.

Unless otherwise stated below, the performances were given with the Oxford Orchestral Society and conducted by Thomas Armstrong (1934-55) and Sydney Watson (1956-1969), Simon Preston (1972-74), Edward Olleson (1975-76) and Christopher Robinson (1985-92).

1. Sheldonian Theatre
11 March 1923: Beethoven, Mass in D, conducted by Hugh Allen (with Analytical Notes by Tovey).
Sunday 13 March [1927]: Stanford, Stabat Mater, conducted by Dr. W. H. Harris (handbill only).
17 February 1929: Bach, Mass in B minor, conducted by W. H. Harris.
4 March 1934: Bach, Mass in B minor (two copies).
2 February 1936: In Memoriam His Majesty King George V, with Hugh Allen (additional conductor).
1 March 1936: Haydn, The Seasons (with handbill).
27 February/6 March 1938: Bach, St. Matthew Passion (two copies of single document, plus handbill).
12 May 1938: Vaughan Williams Concert with the Oxford Harmonic Society and Sydney Watson and Bernard Naylor (additional conductors).
27 November 1938:
Sunday 7 May [1939]: (two copies plus handbill).
12 May 1940: (with notes).
2 February 1941: Bach-Berlioz Concert.
11 May 1941: Vaughan Williams/Haydn.
21 February 1946: Fiftieth Anniversary Commemoration Concert.
30 May 1946: London Symphony Orchestra (two copies).
22 May 1947: (two copies).
7 March 1948: Concert of Works of Hubert Parry.
5 and 8 May 1949: Bach, Mass in B minor (single document, with notes).
22 January 1950: Haydn, The Creation (two copies).
4 May 1950: Motets and Concerti/Oxford Bach Commemoration Concerts (three copies).
21 May 1950: Bach, Mass in B minor, conducted by Adrian Boult (two copies).
15 and 18 February 1951: Beethoven, Missa Solennis (two copies).
22 May 1951: Festival of Britain concert with the London Symphony Orchestra, including the first performance of Bruce Montgomery, An Oxford Requiem (with two copies of a handbill).
10 February 1952: Brahms, Requiem (two copies).
22 May 1952: (two copies plus handbill).
1 February 1953: (handbill only).
31 May 1953: Coronation Concert (with two copies of handbill).
17/21 February: Bach, Mass in B minor (single document with handbill, two copies of each).
23 May 1954 (with two copies of handbill).
13 February 1955: Handel, Judas Maccabaeus (four copies with two copies of handbill).
29 May 1955: (two copies, with two copies of handbill).
13 June 1955: Mendelssohn, Elijah (no words, two copies).
19 February 1956: Beethoven, Missa Solennis (three copies and two copies of handbill).
13 May 1956: (three copies of programme with words and handbill).
18 November 1956: Verdi, Requiem (with two copies of handbill).
10 March 1957: Elgar Centenary Concert, The Kingdom (two copies, plus three copies of the handbill).
6/9 March 1958: Mass in B minor (plus handbill).
8 March 1959: Handel, Solomon (with two copies of handbill).
6 March 1960: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (with two copies of the handbill).
27 November 1960: (two copies).
5 March 1961: Monteverdi, Vespers of 1610 (two copies plus handbill).
17 November 1963: Haydn, The Creation.
10 May: including the first performance of Bryan Kelly, Canticum Festivum (with handbill).
19/22 November 1964: Bach, Mass in B minor (single document, with handbill).
2 May 1965: Elgar, The Dream of Gerontius (handbill only).
28 November 1965: Verdi, Requiem (handbill only).
10 March 1966: Walton, The Twelve and Handel, Israel in Egypt (with handbill).
20 November 1966: Bach, Christmas Oratorio, conducted by Bernard Rose (no words).
Sunday 30 April [1967]: Holst and Brahms (handbill only).
Sunday 26 November/Thursday 30 November [1967]: Beethoven, Mass in D (handbill only).
5 May 1968: Monteverdi, Vespers of 1610 (with handbill).
24 Novmeber 1968: Handel, Judas Maccabaeus (plus two copies of handbill).
15 June 1969: Commemoration of Hugh Percy Allen.
Sunday 30 November [1969]: Bach, Mass in B minor (handbill only).
9 March 1972: Bach, Mass in B minor with Oxford Pro Musica.
3 December 1972: Verdi and Walton with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
2 February 1974: Brahms, Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Oxford University Orchestra (two copies plus handbill).
23 May 1974: Summer Concert with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Robinson (two copies).
9 February 1975: Berlioz and Stravinsky with the Oxford University Orchestra (two copies plus handbill).
18 May 1975: Beethoven, Missa Solennis with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (two copies).
1 February 1976: Verdi, Requiem with the Oxford University Orchestra.
28 November 1976: Walton and Beethoven with the Oxford University Orchestra.
27 January 1985: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (handbill only).
1 June 1985: Bach, Mass in B minor with the Thames Chamber Orchestra (handbill only).
7 December 1985: Handel, Solomon with the English Chamber Orchestra (handbill and programme with words and notes, including biographical notes with photographs).
6 June 1992: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Other venues
11 March 1908 and 22 May 1910, Town Hall, Oxford: Bach, Mass in B minor/Brahms, Requiem, with the Oxford Choral and Philharmonic Society, conducted by Hugh Allen (with notes for 1910).
16 December 1923, New College Chapel: (handbill only)
Sunday 20 March [1930], Town Hall: Haydn, The Creation, given by the West Oxford Choral Society and Orchestra, conducted by Frederick Burton (handbill).
7 May 1933, Royal Albert Hall: Johannes Brahms Centenary Concert, with the Cambridge University Musical Society, conducted by Cyril Rootham and Hugh Allen.
29 April 1937, Town Hall: (with notes).
30 May 1950, Abbey Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Dorchester-on-Thames: with Adrienne Fachiri.
Summer 1950, various Oxford venues: programme booklet/prospectus for A Commemoration of Bach (four copies).
11 June 1951, Merton College Chapel: (two copies).
12 June 1951 and 18 June 1952, Abbey Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Dorchester-on-Thames: (two copies for 1951).
16 June 1953, Merton College Chapel: (three copies).
18 June 1953, Malmesbury Abbey: (two copies).
1 March 1962, Guildhall, London: London Symphony Orchestra (poster and handbill).
2 March 1963, Cathedral Church of St. Michael, Coventry: Beethoven, Missa Solennis (two copies of handbill).
Date range of collection
1908 - 1992
Accumulation Dates
Suggested Audience
Not Specific

Location Details

Bodleian Library, Music Library
Broad Street,Music Library Oxford OX1 3BG
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01865 277063
01865 277182
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Membership fee for users outside the UK academic community; charges for photocopying and inter-library loans
Collections Overview
The collection has very strong holdings of British music and related material acquired in part by legal deposit. Many collected editions and scholarly series. Very strong periodical coverage, including major 19thC European journals. Largest collection of American song material in UK.
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council