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Collection Description

Collection Title
Oxford Concert Programmes: Scrapbook 2 (1810-94)
Unique Identifier
Mus. 1 c.140 (2)
A miscellaneous collection of handbills, programmes and other printed documentation relating to performances given at a range of Oxford venues between 1810 and 1894, held as the second of four scrapbooks.

The volume is ordered as follows:
1. Miscellaneous Oxford venues
2. Undated programmes/programmes without years
3. Oxford Choral Society
4. Oxford Philharmonic Society
5. Oxford Choral and Philharmonic Society.

Unless otherwise stated below, documentation for the concerts listed in sections 1 and 2 consists of handbills, many with the words and some containing handwritten annotations.

Bound with the programmes listed in sections 3 to 5 is more general material concerning the relevant institutions, including printed announcements and handbills documenting works being placed 'in rehearsal'.

For ease of reference, material in section 1 is listed here by venue:
- Assembly Rooms, Clarendon Hotel/Clarendon Assembly Rooms
- Music Room/Holywell Music Room
- Sheldonian Theatre
- Star Assembly Rooms
- Town Hall
- Miscellaneous venues
- Unknown venues
The remainder is listed chronologically.

1. Miscellaneous Oxford venues
- Assembly Rooms, Clarendon Hotel/Clarendon Assembly Rooms
27 February 1865: Readings and Recitals by Fredk. Kempster.
23 January 1868: Aptommas' Harp Recital.

- Music Room/Holywell Music Room
Monday 26 May [1834?]: Grand Evening Concert by Mr Distin and his Four Sons.
19 December 1836: Mr Sharpe's Concert, including Selections from Haydn's Creation.
21 November 1839: Miss Lockey's Concert, conducted by W. Vicary.
27 October 1843: Mr Marshall's Concert.
16 and 17 February 1844: Mr Templeton's Musical Entertainment nos. 1 and 2.
13 and 28 November and 12 December 1861: Mr Barrett's Glee and Madrigal Concerts (single document).

- Sheldonian Theatre
3, 4 and 6 July 1810: Grand Miscellaneous Concerts nos. 1, 2 and 4 (including programmes with words for 3 and 4 July).
17-20 June 1844, 3-6 July 1848, 21-24 June 1852 and 3-4 June 1856: Oxford Commemoration Musical Festivals/Oxford Musical Festivals, conducted by Sir Henry R. Bishop (prospectuses with programmes). The festival in 1856 (with lists of the orchestral ensemble, two copies) included the last Oxford appearance by Jenny Goldschmidt Lind.
1 June 1854: Grand Concert conducted by Dr Corfe.

- Star Assembly Room
28 December 1838, 14 December 1840 and 3 November 1845: Mr Sharp's Concerts.
19 November 1841: Mr Marshall's Concert.
13 April 1853: Distin's Last Concert.
23 November 1853: Mr Russell's Grand Concert, conducted by Mr G. Case and Mr F. Smith.
15 June 1855: Musical Divertissement of various nations, given by Herr K. Defeher.
30 January 1860: Hoffman's Afternoon and Evening Entertainments.
Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 November [1869]: Four Grand Concerts given by Dr Marx and his Little Men from the Royal College of Music, Manchester (single document).
Tuesday 6 December [1870]: Mendelssohn, Antigone, conducted by Dr Corfe.

- Town Hall
23, 24 and 25 October 1827: Tyrolese Minstrels (single document).
6 February 1843: Mr Sharp's Annual Concert.
21 March 1843: Grand Concert featuring Miss G. S. Santos (poster).
23 November 1842: Mr Reinagle's Concert.
10 December 1849: Lecture on Popular Music.
14 and 15 February 1853: Two Lectures on the Music of the Church by the Rev. Thomas Helmore (single document).
5 and 6 October 1854: Mr H. Phillips's Promenade Musical Entertainments (single document).
8 February 1856: Hoffman's Entertainment.
11 February 1858: Grand Concert featuring Madame Clara Novello and conducted by Herr Ganz.
5 July 1858: Vocal and Declamatory Entertainment by Mr Donaldson ('Irish Melodist').
22 March 1859: Oxford Glee and Madrigal Union, Miss Fanny Rowlands and Mr George Tedder (vocal), conducted by Mr Weaver Ringrose (programme).
30 May 1859: Dr Marx and his Little Men from the Royal College of Music, Manchester.
22 March 1860: Mr John Dewe' Annual Concert, conducted by Mr W. W. Ringrose (programme).

- Miscellaneous venues
30 November 1837, Star Hotel:
12 February 1867, New Corn Exchange: Grand Concert given by Mademoiselle Titieans, Mademoiselle Baumeister, Mademoiselle Demeric Lablache, Mr Santley and Mr Tom Hohler (vocal) and Signor Pezze (cello), conducted by Signor Bevignani (programme).

- Unknown venues
25 February 1829: Grand Concert … for the Benefit of Mr Peeligrini.
11 November 1850: Mr Marshall's Concert.

2. Undated programmes
Unless otherwise stated, these performances were given in the Music Room [Holywell Music Room]
[no date], [no venue]: Mr Sharp's Annual Concert.
Monday 24 inst: Mr Marshall's Annual Concert.
Monday 18 April: Lecture by Mr N. F. Zaba.
Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 June and Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 March: Wilson's Scottish Entertainments (2 handbills).
5 December: Assembly Room, Star Hotel: Wilson's Scottish Entertainments.

3. Oxford Choral Society (est. 1819)
28 June 1836, Music Room: Amateur Concert (handbill with words).
31 October 1837 and 9 January 1838, Star Assembly Rooms: Concert nos. 3 and 4 (handbills with words).
31 December 1849, Star Assembly Rooms: Mendelssohn, Hymn of Praise (handbill with words).
23 December 1851, Town Hall: Handel, Messiah, with Eliza Stapylton, Mrs Wilcox, Messrs Roberts, Houghton, Horsley and Wheeler (vocal) (handbill).
31 March 1856, Town Hall: Miscellaneous Concert (handbill).
6 November 1878, Corn Exchange: G. A. Macfarren, Joseph (first Oxford performance), conducted by W. Howell Allchin (prospectus and programme).
19 February 1879, Corn Exchange: Handel, Judas Maccabaeus, with Miss Anna Williams, Miss Julie Elton, Mr Henry Guy and Mr Bridson, conducted by Mr Allchin (with Preface and a list of the orchestral ensemble).
29 January 1885, Corn Exchange: Dr. Stainer, St Mary Magdalen (conducted by the composer) and Beethoven, Engedi, with Miss Carlotta Elliott, Miss Hilda Wilson, Mr Edward Lloyd and Mr King (vocal), conducted by Mr C. H. Lloyd.
12 November 1886, Corn Exchange: Sterndale Bennett, Woman of Samaria and Mendelssohn, Hymn of Praise, with Miss Hilda Coward, Miss Hilda Wilson, Mr Edward Lloyd and Mr D. Sutton Shepley (vocal), conducted by Dr Roberts.
12 May 1887, Corn Exchange: Haydn, The Creation, with Mrs Hutchinson, Mr Piercy and Mr D. Sutton Shepley (vocal), conducted by Dr Roberts (two copies plus additional handbill with a list of the orchestral ensemble).
29 February 1888, Sheldonian Theatre: J. Varley Roberts, Jonah and Sullivan, The Golden Legend, with Mrs Hutchinson, Miss Damian, Mr Henry Piercy and Mr Watkin Mills (vocal), conducted by Dr. Roberts (with list of the orchestral ensemble).
15 November 1888, Corn Exchange: Handel, The Messiah, with Mrs Hutchinson, Miss Price, Mr C. Banks and Mr A. F. Ferguson (handbill and programme).
12 March 1889, Sheldonian Theatre: Grand Choral and Orchestral Concert, conducted by Dr Roberts (handbill, programme and programme with Analytical and Historical Notes, including musical examples and a list of the orchestral ensemble).

4. Oxford Philharmonic Society
The concerts on 9 March 1876, 5 February 1880 and 15 February 1882 were given atr the Corn Exchange, George Street. The remainder were held in the Sheldonian Theatre. Where no other indication is given below, concerts were conducted by Mr Taylor.
12 June 1871: Grand Morning Concert.
9 March 1876: Handel, Jephtha.
16 June 1879: Commemoration Concert, including works by Arthur Sullivan, conducted by the composer (announcement).
5 February 1880: Rossini, Messe Solennelle and Beethoven, Mount of Olives (announcement).
7 June 1880: Haydn, Creation and Mendelssohn, Walpurgis Night (announcement).
15 February 1882: Mendelssohn, Hymn of Praise and Sterndale Bennett, Woman of Samaria (announcement).
3 March 1887: Mendelssohn, Elijah.
9 February 1888: Handel, Judas Maccabaeus.
18 June 1888: Barrnett, Ancient Mariner (with announcement).
24 June 1889: Grand Morning Concert, conducted by C. H. Lloyd, including J. F. Bridge's Callirhoe, conducted by the composer (three copies with list of the orchestral ensemble).

5. Oxford Choral and Philharmonic Society
The concerts of 6 May 1890 and 29 January 1891 were given at the Corn Exchange; the remainder were held at the Sheldonian Theatre. Unless otherwise stated below, all concerts were conducted by Dr J. Varley Roberts.
6 May 1890: Mendelssohn, Elijah (with a list of the orchestral ensemble, plus poster).
29 January 1891: Parry, Judith, conducted by the composer (with a list of the orchestral ensemble, plus handbill and poster).
15 June 1891: Commemoration Concert/Sullivan, The Golden Legend (with list of orchestral ensemble and seating plan, plus handbill).
20 June 1892: Commemoration Concert, including Parry, Blest Pair of Sirens, conducted by the composer (with list of the orchestral ensemble, plus a separate document with the text to Dvorak, the Spectre's Bride).
9 March 1893: Commemoration Concert/Madrigal Concert (handbill, programme and programme with words).
19 June 1893: Commemoration Concert (handbill, two copies).
1 March 1894: Mendelssohn, St. Paul (with a list of the orchestral ensemble, plus handbill).
Date range of collection
1810 - 1894
Accumulation Dates
Suggested Audience
Not Specific

Location Details

Bodleian Library, Music Library
Broad Street,Music Library Oxford OX1 3BG
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