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Collection Description

Collection Title
Oxford Concert Programmes: Box 4 (1904-55)
Unique Identifier
OXFO 780.7
Description
A miscellaneous collection of loose material relating to musical and dramatic performances given at a range of Oxford venues – principally the Sheldonian Theatre and the Town Hall – between 1904 and 1955, including the handbills, programmes and brochures listed below.

Many of the programmes, particularly those for the Oxford Bach Choir concerts and for the Oxford Subscription Concerts, are held with additional material relating to the performances, including handbills, rehearsal notices, tickets and press cuttings. There are also annual reports for the Oxford Bach Choir and biographical leaflets on certain performers.

All items are held loosely but are listed here by venue, with the programmes followed by the prospectuses/brochures.

1. Sheldonian Theatre
- Christmas Carols
- Hymn Singing for Choir and Audience
- Oxford Bach Choir and Choral Society
- Oxford Bach Choir and Oxford Orchestral Society
2. Town Hall
- The Mayor of Oxford's Christmas Carols
- Oxford Bach Choir
- Oxford Harmonic Society
- Other Town Hall concerts
3. Other venues.
4. Prospectuses/brochures

1. Sheldonian Theatre
- Christmas Carols
3 December 1922 and 20 December 1925: programmes with words and music for performances of Christmas Music/Carols.

- Hymn Singing for Choir and Audience
Sunday 25 February [no year], 12 March 1922, 11 November 1923, 16 November 1924, 5 August 1928, 4 August 1929 and 28 October 1951: programmes with words and music for events conducted by W. H. Harris (1929 only) and Hugh Allen.

- Oxford Bach Choir and Choral Society
Programmes with words for performances conducted by Hugh Allen with the vocal soloists listed below.
12 March 1916: Handel, Messiah, with Miss Ada Forrest, Miss Sara Silvers, Mr John Adams and Mr Frederick Ranalow (handbill only).
7 December 1919: Bach, Mass in B minor, with Ethel McLelland, Sibyl Cropper, John Adams and Topliss Green.
28 November 1920: Bach, Christmas Oratorio, with Annie Williams, Dorothy Clarke, Tudor Davies and Topliss Green.

- Oxford Bach Choir and Oxford Orchestral Society
Programmes with words for concerts conducted (unless otherwise stated) by Hugh Allen (1919), W. H. Harris (1929-33) and Thomas Armstrong (1934-55), with the vocal soloists listed below.
19 June 1919: Concert in Commemoration of the 250th Anniversary of the Opening of the Theatre, with Ethel McLelland and Toplis Green.
17 February 1929: Bach, Mass in B minor, with Elsie Suddaby, Margaret Balfour, Joan Elwes, Steuart Wilson and Keith Falkner.
8 March 1931: Bach, St. Matthew Passion, with Dorothy Silk, Muriel Brunskill, Arthur Cranmer, Steuart Wilson and Stuart Robertson.
5 March 1933: Concert to commemoration the Centenary of the birth of Johannes Brahms, with Dorothy Silk and Keith Falkner (with biographical notes on Brahms).
4 March 1934: Bach, Mass in B minor, with Isobel Baillie, Astra Desmond, Eric Greene and Keith Falkner (two copies).
Sunday 7 May [1935]: Isobel Baillie, Mary Jarred and Steuart Wilson.
2 February 1936: In Memoriam King George V with Nesta Trueman and John McKinndell (vocal), conducted by Hugh Allen with Thomas Armstrong.
1 March 1936: Haydn, The Seasons, with Joan Coxon, Edward Manning and Arthur Cranmer.
22/24 May 1942: Bach, Mass in B minor with Sophie Wyss, Anne Wood, Eric Greene and Arthur Cranmer (single document with words and list of orchestral ensemble, two copies).
5 and 8 May 1949: Bach, Mass in B minor, with Elsie Suddaby, Janys Holm, Anne Wood, Richard Lewis and Trevor Anthony (single document with notes).
21 May 1950: Bach, Mass in B minor, given as one of the Oxford Bach Commemoration Concerts by Margaret Field-Hyde, Astra Desmond, Peter Pears and Thomas Hemsley, conducted by Adrian Boult (with words). This is held with a prospectus for the complete set of Bach Commemoration Concerts.
13 June 1955: Mendelssohn, Elijah, with Jennifer Vyvyan, Irene Byatt, Eric Greene and Thomas Hemsley.

- Other Sheldonian Concerts
All programmes listed here provide words.
12 June 1924: Oxford Subscription Concert (4th season, no. 7) given by Flora Mann, Lilian Berger, Archibald Winter and Clive Carey (vocal) with the Oxford Bach Choir, Oxford Orchestral Society and the English Singers, conducted by Hugh Allen (with notes).
9 May 1930: Choral and Orchestral Concert given as part of the Oxford Musical Festival by the Oxford Bach Choir, Oxford Harmonic Society and Oxford Orchestral Society with Dorothy Silk,, Muriel Brunskill, Steuart Wilson and Keith Falkner (vocal), conducted by Hugh Allen.
8-10 May 1932: Three Festival Concert in Commemoration of the Bicentenary of the birth of Joseph Haydn (single document with notes and photographs).
10 May 1936: Oxford Subscription Concert (16th season, no. 6) given by the Oxford Bach Choir and London Symphony Orchestra with Isobel Baillie and Leyland White (vocal), conducted by Thomas Armstrong (with notes and a list of the orchestral ensemble).
14 June 1952: Oxford Orchestral Society Jubilee Concert (with historical notes on the society and photographs).


2. Town Hall
The Mayor of Oxford's Christmas Carols
23 December 1923, 19 December 1926, 23 December 1928, 22 December 1929, 21 December 1930, 20 December 1931, 18 December 1932, 24 December 1933, 23 December 1934, 22 December 1935, 20 December 1936, 12 and 19 December 1937, 18 December 1938, 17 December 1939, 22 December 1940, 21 December 1941, 19 December 1943 and 20 December 1953: programmes with words and music for performances conducted by Hugh Allen (1923-35), Reginald Jacques (1932) and Thomas Armstrong (1936-53).

- Oxford Bach Choir
Programmes with words for performances given with the Oxford Choral and Philharmonic Society and the vocal soloists listed below, conducted by Hugh Allen.
17 March 1904: Handel, Israel in Egypt, with Miss Grahame Ashton, Miss Sarah Davies, Miss Sara Silvers, Mr Gervase Elwes, Mr John Lomas and Mr Henry Sunman (with list of the orchestral ensemble).
11 March 1908: Bach, Mass in B minor, with Gladys Honey, Norah Dawnay, C. M. Child and J. Campbell McInnes.

- Oxford Harmonic Society
Programmes for performances of Handel, Messiah given with the Oxford Orchestral Society and the vocal soloists listed below, conducted by George Thewlis.
21 November 1948: Isobel Baillie, Eileen Pilcher, Tom Purvis and George Pizzey (poster)
26 November 1950: Isobel Baillie, Eileen Pilcher, Alfred Hepworth and Kenneth Gough.
25 November 1954: Joyce Gow, Bradbridge White, Gwendoline Hanson and Desmond D'Arcy.
20 November 1955: Isobel Baillie, Jean Allister, James Armstrong and Geoffrey Walls.

Other Town Hall concerts
24 November 1932: Oxford Subscription Concert (13th season, no. 3) given by the Tudor Singers, conducted by Cuthbert Bates (handbill).
29 April and 2 May 1937: Oxford Bach Choir and Oxford Orchestral Society with Mary Hamlin, Kathleen Whitlock, Peter Pears and Frederick Wade (vocal), conducted by Thomas Armstrong (single document with words and notes).
23 May 1937: Oxford Harmonic Society, Abingdon Madrigal Society and Oxford Orchestral Society with Astra Desmond, Steuart Wilson and Arthur Cranmer (vocal), conducted by Sydney Watson (with word).
18 May 1946: Bach Recital by James Ching (handbill).


3. Other venues
Thursday 16 February [no year], Parish Church, Bicester: A Service of Sacred Music including a Selection from Handel's Messiah, with Master Charles Young, Mr Greenwood, Rev. G. B. Cronshaw and Mr Sunman (vocal).
Sundays 6 and 27 May and 10 and 17 June [no year], Gunfield, 19 Norham Gardens: Four Concerts by the Oxford Ladies' Musical Society (single document).
11-13 May 1922, Corn Exchange: Three Historical Ballets, conducted by Hugh Allen as part of the Festival of Music.
Saturday 13 May [1922], New College Gardens: Folk Dancing and Folk Music given as part of the Festival of Music
21-24 May 1924, Reading: Berks, Bucks and Oxon Competitive Musical Festival (prospectus).
13-16 May 1925, Banbury: Berks, Bucks and Oxon Competitive Musical Festival (prospectus).
15 May 1927, Wesley Memorial Church: Hymn Singing, conducted by Sir Hugh Allen (with words and music).
6 May 1934, Balliol College: Balliol College Musical Society concert no. 961 being a Violoncello Recital by Gregor Piatigorsky, accompanied by Ivor Newton (handbill).
17 November 1935, University College: Cello Recital given for University College Musical Society by Thelma Reiss, accompanied by Joan Black (handbill).


4. Festival Brochures/Prospectuses
All documents containing programmes with words and notes. Many include lists of the choral and/or orchestral ensembles.
13-15 May 1914: Oxford Bach Festival
7-13 May 1922, 2-8 May 1926, 4-10 May 1930, 5-12 May 1935 and 9-16 May 1948: Festival of Music at Oxford/Oxford Festival of Music, under the direction of Hugh Allen.
Format
Date range of collection
1904 - 1955
Accumulation Dates
-
Suggested Audience
Not Specific
Associated People or Organisations

Location Details

Oxfordshire Studies
Westgate,Central Library Oxford OX1 1DJ United Kingdom
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council