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Collection Title
Oxford Concert Programmes: Box 5 (1955-59)
Unique Identifier
Mus. 311 c.1
Description
A miscellaneous collection of handbills and programmes for performances given at various venues in Oxford and Oxfordshire – principally college venues and the Town Hall – between 1955 and 1959, held as the fifth of 51 boxes of material relating to musical activity in Oxford from 1831. Also included in this box are programmes for single performances at the Town Hall, Reading (1955) and the Royal Albert Hall, London (1957).

In addition to programmes for individual performances (see below), the box contains prospectuses for the Walter de la Mare Centenary Recitals (presented by the Schubert Society of Great Britain in association with the Poetry Society and given in London, Oxford and Cambridge, 25 April-22 June 1956) and for the 39th season of the Oxford Subscription Concerts (1958–59). The box also contains a typescript letter sent in February 1957 from the Hungarian Student Scholarship Fund, appealing for donations.

Programmes are listed here alphabetically by venue. Where no other indication is given, the material took the form of a handbill/single-sheet programme.

1. Church of St. Peter-in-the-East
2. College Venues
- Christ Church
- Corpus Christi
- Exeter
- Jesus
- Merton
- St. Peter's
- Somerville
- Wadham
- Worcester
- Miscellaneous college venues
3. Holywell Music Room
- Oxford University Musical Club and Union
- Miscellaneous Holywell concerts
4. New Theatre
5. Sheldonian Theatre
6. Town Hall
- Chelsea Opera Group
- Oxford Choral Society
- Oxford Bach Passion Choir and Orchestra
- Oxford Harmonic Society
- Oxford Orchestral Society
- Oxford University Orchestra
- Vienna Boys Choir
- Miscellaneous Town Hall concerts
7. Miscellaneous Oxfordshire venues
8. Non-Oxford venues


1. Church of St. Peter-in-the-East, Queen's Lane
Saturday 26 February [1955]: Dvorak, Stabat Mater given by the Trinity Singers with Judith Pickles, Inez Holmes, David Minton and Kenneth Gough (vocal), conducted by Gordon Smith.
8 July 1956: Oxford Orchestral Society with Marion Milford (vocal) and Saville Bradbury (flute), conducted by Sydney Watson.
16 December 1956: Carols (Old and New) given by the Carfax Singers.
14 October 1957: Göttingen-Oxford Chamber Music Group (two copies).
Wednesday 26 November [1958]: Choral Concert given for Jesus-St. Anne's Musical Society by Dora Noan, Terence Penner and Anthony Sadler (bass) and John Caldwell (organ), conducted by Michael Nicholas.
28 November 1958: Fauré, Requiem, given by St. Edmund Hall Musical Society with Jacqueline Gorbould and Raymond Smithers (vocal), conducted by Michael Cansdale.


2. College venues
- Christ Church Cathedral
With the exception of the first, all concerts were given under the auspices of the Christ Church and St. Hilda's Musical Society.
28 July 1957:
Saturday 29 November [1958]:
Wednesday 11 March, 7 June and 28 November [1959]: Music by J. S. Bach.

- Corpus Christi College
Sunday 8 March [1959], Chapel: Saint Cecilia Society.
Sunday 17 May [1959], Hall: Phoenix Trio.
Sunday 31 May [1959], Chapel: Sabrina Singers.

- Exeter College
3 March 1957 and 7 June 1958: Exeter College Musical Society with the Exonian Singers and Exeter Orchestra, conducted by Richard Latham.
Saturday 8 February [1958]: Wilfred Brown (tenor) and Peter Graeme (oboe), accompanied by Elizabeth Norman.

- Jesus College
Thursday 19 May [1955], Hall: Summer Concert/Sonata Recital by David Wise (violin) and Wilfrid Parry (piano).
Saturday 21 January [1956], Hall: Jesus College Musical Society with Judith Pickles (soprano), Neil Black (oboe), Richard Evans (clarinet) and John Bacon (piano).
Sunday 18 October and 8 November [1959], Chapel: Two Organ Recitals, by Tony Crossland and Michael Nicholas (single handbill).

- Merton College Chapel
30 June [1957?]: Concert of Sacred Music given by the Pennsylvania State University Chapel Choir, directed by Willa Taylor.
15 May 1958: Oxford Harmonic Society with the Kirby String Quartet, conducted by George Thewlis (with words and notes, two copies).
Wednesday 26 November [1958]: Christmas Music given by the Kodaly Choir, conducted by Laszlo Heltay (handbill and programme sheet).
Sunday 1 March [1959]: Kodaly Choir and Music Club, with the Oxford University Musical Club and Union Orchestra, conducted by Laszlo Heltay.
Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 May [1959]: Handel, Saul, given by the Kodaly Choir and Oxford University Musical Club and Union Orchestra, conducted by Laszlo Heltay (single document).
28 May 1959: Palestrina, given by the Oxford Harmonic Society with Stella Hichens (soprano), conducted by George Thewlis (with words).
Thursday 19 November [1959]: Organ Recital given for the Kodaly Choir and Music Club by Michael Keeble.

- St. Peter's Hall College
Sundays 19 May and 2 and 16 June 1957, Hall: Organ Recitals, given by David Pettit, Edward Olleson and Stephen Lloyd (single handbill).
31 May 1957, Hall: Eights' Week Concert given by Stanley Riley (vocal) and the St. Peter's Elizabethans.
Sunday 1 December [1957], Chapel: Organ Recital given for the St. Peter's Hall Music Club by George Pratt.
30 May 1958, Hall: Eights' Week Concert given by Eric Harrison (flute) and John Caldwell (flute).

- Somerville College Hall
All concerts given at Somerville and at Worcester College (see below) were given under the auspices of the Worcester-Somerville Musical Society.
13 October 1957: Göttingen University Orchestra.
29 October 1958: Pianoforte Recital by Jean Hamilton.
23 November 1958: Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Sextet.
Sunday 17 May [1959]: Amici String Quartet.
Sunday 8 November [1959]: London Consort of Viols.

- Wadham College
Thursday 26 February, 25 May and 21 November [1959], Hall: Wadham College Musical Society concert nos. 1, 3 and 5.
Tuesday 24 and Friday 27 November [1959], Chapel: Kodaly Choir and Oxford University Musical Club and Union Orchestra (single item, the second concert in Merton College Chapel).

- Worcester College
Saturday 29 January and 19 February [1955], Chapel: Organ Music of the 16th, 17th, and 18th Centuries, by James Dalton and Christopher Dearnley (single document).
11 May 1958, Chapel: Organ Recital by Richard Drakeford.
Monday 9 March [1959], Hall: Concert of Music by Purcell.

- Miscellaneous college venues
Saturday 5 November [1955], Magdalen College Chapel: Newbury String Players with Jean Stewart (viola), Philip Taylor (organ) and Clarence Roberts and Bernard Rose (vocal), conducted by Gerald Finzi (handbill, and photocopy).
Monday 11 March [1957], Trinity College Hall: Haydn, The Seasons, given for the Trinity College Musical Society by Trinity Singers with Christian Hunter, David Minton and George Paechter (vocal), conducted by Nigel Jaques.
20 October 1957, [Pembroke]: Recital on the Restored Organ given for the Pembroke College Music Society by Ronald Perrin.
Sunday 2 March [1958], University College: Wilmos Schummy (violin) and Michael Smith (piano).
Friday 31 October [1958], University College: Bach's Goldberg Variations given by Stanley Crouch (piano).
25-29 November [1958], Martson Hall, [Exeter]: Joan Sharp and Arnold Foster, Lord Bateman (A Ballad Opera) given by the Exeter College Operatic Society (single document).
Thursday 5 and Saturday 7 March [1959], Queen's College: (single document)
Tuesdays 13 and 20 October [1959], Arlosh Hall, Manchester College: Open Meetings of the Oxford University Musical Club and Union (single document).


3. Holywell Music Room
- Oxford University Musical Club and Union (handbills)
Tuesday 17 January, 24 and 30 April and 16/23 October [1956]:
Tuesdays 22 January and 15/22 October [1957]:
Tuesday 21 January, 2 March and 29 April [1958]:
10 March 1959: Lecture Recital by James Blades.

- Miscellaneous Holywell concerts
Sunday 5 June [1955]: Mozart, Cosi fan Tutte, directed by David Tidboald (with annotation suggesting that the performance was cancelled).
11 December 1955: Recital of Music by Edward Elgar, given by the Oxford Orchestral Society with Dorothy Tanton (violin) and Harrison Oxley (piano), conducted by Harrison Oxley.
5 May 1956: Recital of Chamber Music of Bach and French Composers, given by Elizabeth Goble (viola da gamba), Kenneth Skeaping (violin) and Richard Nicholson (harpsichord) (four copies).
Saturdays 25 May and 7 June [1958]: Tudor Consort and Chamber Orchestra (single document).
Sunday 15 February [1959]: Pianoforte Recital given for the Oxford University Contemporary Music Club by Katarina Wolpe.
28 February 1959: Oxford University Ensemble Club, including the first performance of Gerald Seaman, Gaudeamus and the first Oxford performance of Lyapunov, Symphonic Poem, Jélasova Vola.
Monday 2 March [1959]: Chamber Music by Purcell and Handel, given by Julian Anderson and Nicholas Summers (violin), Andrew Milne (cello) and J. A. Westrup (harpsichord).


4. New Theatre
There are multiple copies of the programme/handbill for many of these performances.
4 July 1955, 21 May and 18 June and 29 October 1956: Sadler's Wells Opera/Ballet
28 May 1956, 13 May 1957 and 12 May 1958: D'Oyly Carte Opera Company.
3 March and 6 October 1958 and 2 March 1959: Covent Garden Opera Company/Royal Opera House, Covent Garden


5. Sheldonian Theatre
9 July 1955: Handel, Messiah, given by the Oxfordshire Choirs and Oxford Orchestral Society with Elsie Suddaby, Edwin Hetterley, David Galliver and Gordon Clinton (vocal), conducted by Thomas Armstrong (with notes).
24 November 1957: Oxford Bach Choir and Oxford Orchestral Society with Nancy Evans, Eric Greene and Gordon Clinton (vocal), conducted by Sydney Watson (with words).
12 May 1959: Solo Violin Recital by Yehudi Menuhin (two copies).


6. Town Hall
- Chelsea Opera Group
Saturday 12 May [1956]: Mozart Bicentenary performance of The Marriage of Figaro, conducted by Colin Davis.
Sunday 10 November [1957]: Mozart, Cosi Fan Uttte [Cosi Fan Tutti], conducted by Leon Lovett.
Sunday 18 May [1958]: Mozart, Il Seraglio, conducted by Bernard Keeffe.

- Oxford Bach Passion Choir and Orchestra
Handbills and programmes with words (including multiple copies) for the annual performances of Bach, St. Matthew Passion, conducted by Thomas Armstrong, with the vocal soloists listed below.
13 March 1955: Elsie Morison, Anne Wood, Bruce Boyce, Eric Greene, David Galliver and Trevor Anthony.
11 March 1956: Elizabeth Simon, Anne Wood, Eric Greene, David Galliver, Bruce Boyce and Trevor Anthony.
17 March 1957: Eugenie Castle, Anne Wood, Eric Greene, Edward Darling, Bruce Boyce and Roger Stalman.
16 March 1958: Iris Bourne, Anne Wood, Eric Greene, Edward Darling, Alastair Sutherland and Roger Stalman.
15 March 1959: Iris Bourne, Helen Watts, Eric Greene, Edward Darling, Bruce Boyce and Roger Stalman.

- Oxford Choral Society
Both concerts were given with the Oxford Orchestral Society, conducted by Edward Manning, with the vocal soloists listed below.
4 March 1955: Ena Mitchell, Elizabeth Butler, René Soames and Bruce Boyce and members of the Oxford University Orchestra (three copies).
Sunday 6 March [1955]: Handel, Samson, with Mary Hamlin, Betty Bannerman, Bradbridge White and Norman Lumsden (with words and notes).

- Oxford Harmonic Society
Where no other indication is given below, these concerts were given by the Oxford Orchestra/Oxford Orchestral Society, conducted by George Thewlis. The vocal soloists are listed below.
20 November 1955: Handel, Messiah, with Isobel Baillie, Jean Allister, James Armstrong and Geoffrey Walls.
6 May 1956: Bruckner, Symphonic Mass in F minor (first English performance) and Elgar, From the Bavarian Highlands (first Oxford performance), with Patricia Kent, Jean Allister, Edgar Fleet and Ian Paterson and the Capriol Orchestra (handbill (two copies) and programme with words and notes). This concert also featured Betty Sloan (violin) and Winifred Copperwheat (viola).
15 May 1955: Handel, Samson, with Adrienne Russell, Nancy Thomas, William McAlpine and Kenneth Gough and the Oxford University Orchestra (with notes).
25 November 1956: Handel, Messiah, with Patricia Kent, Jean Allister, Duncan Robertson and Geoffrey Walls (with notes, two copies).
12 May 1957: Isobel Baillie (soprano) and Colin Sherratt (piano) (with words).
17 November 1957: Handel, Messiah, with Heather Harper, Elizabeth Butler, Tom Purvis and Kenneth Gough (with brief notes).
23 February 1958: including the first Oxford performance of Haydn, The Passion (with words and notes).
16 November 1958: Handel, Messiah, with Heather Harper, Elizabeth Butler, John Stoddart and Geoffrey Walls (with notes).
12 February 1959: Purcell-Handel Commemoration Concert, with Isobel Baillie, Edwin Hetterley, Arnold Reason, Andrew Gold, Frederick Everington and Frank Green (two copies of handbill and programme with words).
15 November 1959: Handel, Messiah, with Heather Harper, Jean Evans, Gerald English and Kenneth Gough (with notes).

- Oxford Orchestral Society
Handbills (multiple copies) and programmes with notes, including biographical notes and lists of the orchestral ensemble.
Sundays 6 February [1955], 3 February [1957] and 1 February 1959: Popular Evening Concerts Nos. 1, 3 and 5, with Ralph Holmes (violin), conducted by Thomas Armstrong (1955) and Sydney Watson (1957 and 1959).
Sunday 5 February [1956]: Popular Evening Concert No. 2 with Carol Samson (cello), conducted by Sydney Watson.
Friday 6 December 1957: conducted by Thomas Armstrong.

- Oxford University Orchestra
7 March 1955, 4 March [1956] and 10 March [1958]: conducted by J. A. Westrup (3 copies for 1958).
Sunday 26 May [1957]: Colin Sherratt (piano), conducted by Frank Harrison.

- Vienna Boys Choir
8 March 1955; 12 March 1956; 6 February 1957; 24 February 1958; and 10 March 1959 (with photographs, two copies per year).

- Miscellaneous Town Hall concerts
Thursday 1 March [1956]: Jose Iturbi (piano) (with photographs, two copies).
4 June 1956: Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with Peter Katin (piano), conducted by Hugo Rignold (with photographs).
Friday 2 November [1956]: Piano Recital by Gina Bachauer.
21 February 1957: Pianoforte Recital by Harriet Cohen (two copies).
Tuesday 12 March [1957]: Anglo-Austrian Society.
Wednesday 20 March [1957] and Wednesday 30 April [1958]: Gay Tyrolese (with photographs).
Tuesday 2 July [1957]: London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leopold Stokowski (two copies).
Thursday 28 November [1957]: Piano Recital by Myra Hess (with notes, biographical notes and a photograph).
Friday 9 February [1958?]: Berlioz, Damnation of Faust, presented by the Chelsea Opera Group and conducted by Meredith Davies.
19 February 1958: Beethoven-Chopin Recital by Pouishnoff (with photograph).
9 May 1958: Pierrot Lunaire and Façade, with Dame Edith Sitwell and Hedli Anderson (speakers), Peter Stadlen (piano) and the Virtuoso Ensemble.
Tuesday 21 October [1958]: Joerg Demus (piano) (three copies, with photographs).
22 October 1958: Anna Russell ('International Concert Comedienne') (two copies, with biographical notes and photographs).
28 October 1958: Bach Concert given by the Philomusica of London with Granville Jones and Carl Pini (violin), Richard Adeney (flute) and Thurston Date (harpsichord) (three copies).
5 March 1959: Pianoforte Recital by Pouishnoff (two copies, with photograph).
21 October 1959: Philomusica of London with George Malcolm (harpsichord), conducted by Granville Jones (two copies).


7. Miscellaneous Oxfordshire venues
30 April 1955, St. John the Baptist's Church, Kidmore End: Works by Schubert, Brahms and Bach, given by the South Chiltern Choral Society with Isabel Sage, Eric Greene and Norman Tattersall (vocal), Philip Browne (organ) and members of the Oxford Orchestral Society, conducted by Michael Pelloe (with words and notes).
17 and 19 May 1955, St. Helen's Church, Abingdon/Wantage Parish Church: Bach, St. Matthew Passion, given by Abingdon Musical Society and Wantage Choral Society with Marion Milford, Elizabeth Butler, Frank Green and Wilfred Brown (vocal), conducted by Anthony Caesar/Eric King (single document, with words).
Sunday 20 November [1955], St. Michael at the North Gate: Britten, St. Nicolas, given by Jesus College Musical Society, conducted by Allan Bixter.
6 December 1955, Corn Exchange, Abingdon: Abingdon and District Musical Society with Elisabeth Simon, Jean Allister, Edgar Fleet and Kenneth Jones (vocal), conducted by Anthony Caesar (with words and notes).
8 January 1956, Kirtlington Parish Church: Service of Lessons and Carols by the Carfax Singers.
Tuesday 21 February [1956], YMCA Hall, George Street: An Oriental Music Recital, in association with the Asian Music Circle.
Saturday 25 February [1956], St. Michael at the North Gate: Trinity Singers, conducted by Anthony Edwards.
24 April 1956, [no venue]: Farringdon Choral Society with the Oxford Orchestral Society, Kenneth Hayes (baritone) and Juliet Davey (violin), conducted by Bernard Haines (with brief notes).
5 May 1956, St. John the Baptist's Church, Kidmore End: South Chiltern Choral Society with Margaret Ritchie, Nancy Thomas, Eric Greene and Norman Lumsden (vocal) and the Oxford Orchestral Society, conducted by Michael Pelloe (with words and notes).
17 May 1956, Wantage Parish Church: Wantage Choral Society and Oxford Orchestral Society with Dora Ainley, Dorothy Byrt, Clarence Robets and Kenneth Gough (vocal), conducted by Eric King (with words).
24 May 1956, Corn Exchange, Abingdon: George Dyson, The Canterbury Pilgrims given by the Abingdon and District Musical Society with Marion Milford, Clarence Roberts and Dennis Jones (vocal), conducted by Anthony Caesar (with words and notes).
9 July 1956, SS. Peter and Paul, Northleach: Oxford Orchestral Society with Marion Milford (soprano) and Savile Bradbury (flute), conducted by Sydney Watson.
Sunday 24 February [1957], Wolvercote Church: Recital by the Tudor Consort.
Monday 11 March [1957], St. Michael at the North Gate: Recital by the Tudor Consort.
29 May 1957, Town Hall, Chipping Norton: Oxford Orchestral Society, conducted by Sydney Watson.
13 July 1957, Dorchester Abbey: Oxfordshire Choirs and Oxford Orchestral Society with Marion Milford, Elizabeth Butler, David Minton and Fred Everington (vocal), conducted by Sydney Watson (with words).
18 November 1957, Taylor Institution: Oxford Chamber Orchestra with Leonard Gowings (vocal), conducted by Reginald Jacques.
Friday 22 and Thursday 28 November [1957], Radcliffe Infirmary Chapel: Two Recitals given by the Tudor Consort (single document).
Sunday 2 March [1958], St. Michael at the North Gate: Trinity Singers with Michael Smith (organ), conducted by Anthony Edwards.
Friday 14 March [1958], Carfax Assembly Rooms: Modern Jazz Concert given by Kenny Graham, Keith Christie and Chris Elkington (two copies).
Monday 19 May [1958], Carfax Assembly Rooms: Jazz Club Ball, with Bruce Turner.
Friday 6 March [1959], University Church of St. Mary the Virgin: Handel, Messiah, given by Oxford University Opera Club Chorus and Oxford University Orchestra with Christian Hunter, David Heelas, Pauline Hughes and Kenneth Gough, conducted by J. A. Westrup.
Tuesday 28 April [1959], Friends' Meeting House, St. Giles: Oxford University Musical Club and Union Open Meeting.
11 July 1959, Dorchester Abbey: Oxfordshire Choirs and Orchestra with Marion Milford, Clarence Roberts and Julian Smith, conducted by Sydney Watson (with words).
Monday 24 August [1959?], St. David's Cathedral: Mary Gotch (violin) and Thomas Armstrong (organ).
Sunday 11 October [1959], Oxford Playhouse: Recorded Concert presented by Apollo Recorded Productions.
October-November 1959, University Church of St. Mary the Virgin: 14 Organ Recitals by Fernando Germani.
Monday 23 November [1959], St. Aldates Church: Mozart, Requiem, presented by the Jesus-St. Anne's Musical Society and give by the Mozart Singers with Susan Longfield, Helen Watts, Michael Watts and Michael Morton (vocal), conducted by Michael Nicholas.


8. Non-Oxford venues
21 May 1955, Town Hall, Reading: Festival Concert given by the Oxford Orchestral Society with the Massed Choirs of the Berkshire Women's Institutes, conducted by Bernard Rose (with words).
Sunday 26 May [1957], Royal Albert Hall: London Philharmonic Orchestra, with Yehudi Menuhin (violin) and Hephzibah Menuhin (piano), conducted by Sir Adrian Boult (with notes and photographs).
Format
Date range of collection
1955 - 1959
Accumulation Dates
-
Suggested Audience
Not Specific
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Associated Times

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