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Collection Description

Collection Title
Oxford Concert Bills 1 (1766-1808)
Unique Identifier
Mus.1.d.64. (1.)
Description
A bound volume containing handbills, programmes with words, and other material relating to performances given at the Music Room (Holywell Music Room) and other Oxford venues between 1766 and 1808. The volume concludes with photocopies of a small number of programmes for performances at the Music Room held by other institutions.

Unless otherwise stated below, these documents consist of a single sheet and contain both the programme listing and the texts for the vocal/choral pieces. Up to 1800, the programme list is provided separately from the words.

Unless otherwise stated below, these were two-part concerts of vocal and instrumental music, typically with choral/orchestral works to open and close. Where the concert was given a title, or was given for the benefit of a particular individual, this is recorded in parenthesis.

Programmes are bound chronologically but are listed here by venue

1. Holywell Music Room
2. Theatre, Oxford
3. Town Hall, Oxford
4. Miscellaneous venues, Oxford
5. Photocopied programmes
6. Additional material


1. Holywell Music Room
There are two copies of the programme for 25 June 1789, each containing a slightly different programme list.

4 August 1766; 5 January, 9 March and 19 October 1767; and 29 April 1771 (handbill with words for a Comic Song by Miss Linley).

1788: 20 and 27 October; 10 November; 11 November (Grand Miscellaneous Concert); 17 November; 27 November (Mr Munro); 1 and 8 December.

1789: 26 January; 2, 9 and 16 February; 23 and 26 February (Benefit Concerts); 2, 9 and 16 March; 24 and 25 June (Grand Miscellaneous Concerts); 18 November; (Mr Malchair); and 24 November.

1790: 29 April (Mr Hardy); 12 May (Mr Hayward); 16 June; and 9 December (Mr Malchair).

1791: 3 February (Mr P. Jackson); 17 February (Mr Orthman); 10 March (Mr Mathews); 1 April (Mr Starkey); 7 April; 10 May (Mr Hatton); 18 May (Mr Hayward); and 9 December (Mr Woodcock).

9 February 1792 and 9 December 1799.

1800: 27 January; 3, 10 and 17 February; 3 March (Choral Music/Handel, The Messiah); 10 March; 14 March (Mr Attwood); 24 and 31 March; 25 June; 27 October; 24 November (Choral Music); 25 November (Grand Miscellaneous Concert); 3 December (Mr Mahon); and 8 December.

1801: 16 February (Choral Music/The Messiah); 9 and 23 March; 11 May (Choral Music); 16 June (programme and wordbook for Haydn, The Creation, with Madame Mara, Messrs. Gore, Nield and Welsh, conducted by Dr. Crotch); 17 June (Grand Miscellaneous Concert); 26 October; 2 and 16 November; 23 November (Choral Night); and 3 December (Mr Marshall).

1802: 25 January; 1, 8 and 22 February; 8 March (programme and wordbook for Handel, Judas Maccabaeus, with Madame Mara, Mr Hill, Mr Vicary, Mr Welsh and Master Slatter, conducted by Dr Crotch); 9 March (Grand Miscellaneous Concert); 22 and 29 March; 10 May; 3 June (Mr Reinagle); 14 June; 18 and 25 October; 1 and 8 November; 12 November (Mr Jung); 15 November; 22 November (Choral Night); 23 November (Grand Miscellaneous Concert); 29 November; 6 and 13 December.

1803: 24 January; 7 February (handbill only); 14 February (handbill only); 21 February; 28 February (programme and wordbook for Handel, Samson, given by Miss Parke, Miss Mortimer, Mr Denman, Mr Wyndham, Mr Vicary and Masters Walker and Slatter (vocal), conducted by Dr Crotch); 1 March (Grand Miscellaneous Concert); 7 March (handbill only); 14, 21 and 28 March; 16 May (handbill only); 20 May; 30 May (handbill only); 2 June (Mr Reinagle); 6 and 15 June; 16 June (Grand Miscellaneous Concert); 20 and 27 June; 17, 24 and 31 October; 7 and 16 November; 21 November (Choral Music, handbill only); 22 November (handbill only); 28 November; 1, 5 and 12 December.

1804: 21 February (handbill only); 27 February (handbill only); 5 March (handbill only); 8 March (Miss Clarke); 12 and 19 March; 16, 23 and 30 April; 10 May (Choral Night); 11 May (Grand Miscellaneous Concert); 14 May; 24 May (Mr Reinagle); 28 May; 4 and 12 June; 13 June (Grand Miscellaneous Concert); 18 and 25 June; 5, 6, 26 and 27 November.

1805: 18 February (Acis and Galatea, including handwritten annotations regarding the performers); 19 February; 18 and 19 March; 6, 7, 30 and 31 May; 25 and 26 November.

1806: 5, 6, 27 and 28 February; 19 and 20 March; 8 and 9 May; 17 and 18 June; 3, 10 and 17 November; 24 November (Choral Night); 25 November (Choral Night); 1, 8 and 15 December.

1807: 26 January; 2, 12, 13 and 23 February; 2, 9 and 16 March; 13, 20 and 27 April; 4 May; 14 May (Mess. Marshall and Reinagle's First Night); 15 May (Messrs Marshall and Reinagle's Second Night); 9 and 10 June; 19 and 26 October; 2, 9, 23, 27 and 28 November; 3 and 7 December.

1808: 25 January; 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 February; 7, 8 and 14 March; 23 and 24 March (Messrs. Marshall and Reinagle's First and Second Nights); 23 and 30 May; 13, 27 and 28 June; 24 October; 14, 21, 28 November and 29 November; and 5 December.


2. Theatre
6-8 July 1791: programmes and wordbooks for the First, Second and Third Grand Musical Festivals.
2-4 July [1793]: handbills for three Grand Selections.
25-27 June 1805: programmes and wordbooks for Handel, The Messiah and two Grand Miscellaneous Concerts. Each programme carries a handwritten record of the number of people in attendance.


3. Town Hall
4 and 11 December 1789.
2 March 1790 (Mr Starkey).
8 and 9 March 1790 (Mess. Cross, Hatton and Jung).
22 December 1802: A Grand Concert with Songs and Airs … by the famous band of Silver Miners, just arrived in England, from the High Mountains of Bohemia (handbill only).


4. Miscellaneous venues
27 September 1792, St. John's House: programme and wordbook for a Grand Selection of Music.
17 June 1801, St. Mary's Church, Oxford: Sacred Music Selected from the Works of Handel.
21 and 22 November 1803, [no venue]: single document with words of Oxford Choral Music.
Lent 1804, Theatre Royal, Covent Garden: programme and wordbook (including a list of the instrumental ensemble) for Handel, Messiah, under the direction of Mr Ashley.


5. Photocopies
With the exception of that for 9 February 1769 (held as part of the Gerald Coke collection), the originals for these programmes are held by the Faculty of Music, University of Oxford. All concerts were given at the Music Room.
1 and 22 November and 13 and 20 December 1762.
29 March 1764.
9 February 1967.
24 December 1787.


6. Additional material
[April 1789?]: Anthem for the Thanksgiving upon his Majesty's Happy Recovery, composed by Phil. Hayes.
[1791]: Ode to Harmony, written by Henry James Pye, set to music by Phil. Hayes.
Miscellaneous material relating to the organization and management of the Holywell concerts, including subscription lists for the years 1799-1800, 1801-02, 1802-03 and 1804-5.
Format
Date range of collection
1766 - 1808
Accumulation Dates
-
Suggested Audience
Not Specific
Associated People or Organisations

Location Details

Bodleian Library, Music Library
Broad Street,Music Library Oxford OX1 3BG
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Telephone
01865 277063
Fax
01865 277182
Visiting Information
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.
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

Additional Collection Information

Accrual Status
closed
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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