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Collection Title
Oxford Orchestral Society (1959-67)
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A miscellaneous collection of handbills and programmes for performances given by the Oxford Orchestral Society between 1959 and 1967 at various venues in Oxford and the surrounding area, arranged chronologically and pasted into a single scrapbook.

Accompanying the programmes are press cuttings for the concerts and additional handwritten notes on the performances, including lists of the orchestral ensembles. Also, photographs and various printed documents regarding the organization and running of the Society, including term cards with provisional programmes.

Only those performances for which printed concert programmes are held are listed here: information about additional performances may be acquired from the press cuttings and/or handwritten records.

Programmes are listed here by venue, with the Oxford city-centre venues followed by those in the surrounding area.

1. Sheldonian Theatre
- Oxford Bach Choir
- Oxfordshire Choirs
- Other Sheldonian concerts
2. Town Hall
- Oxford Harmonic Society
- Popular Evening Concerts
- Other Town Hall concerts
3. Dr Challoner's Grammar School, Amersham
4. Chiltern Edge School, Sonning Common
5. St. Catherine's Church, Towersey
6. Miscellaneous venues

1. Sheldonian Theatre
- Oxford Bach Choir
All concerts were conducted by Sydney Watson and featured the vocal soloists listed below. Programmes for 1961, 1963 and 1969 include words, with the last also containing some brief notes.
5 March 1961: Monteverdi, Vespers of 1610 with Marion Milford, Ruth Easter, Elizabeth Butler, Wilfred Brown, Roger Norrington, John Carol Case and Anthony Holt.
17 November 1963: Haydn, The Creation with Susan Longfield, David Galliver and Hervey Allen.
20 November 1966: Ilse Wolf, Janet Edmunds, Wilfred Brown and John Carol Case, conducted by Bernard Rose.
26/30 November 1967: Beethoven, Mass in D with Jennifer Vyvyan, Janet Edmunds, Kenneth Bowen and Roger Stalman (single document).
4 May 1969: Jean Allister and Thomas Hemsley.

- Oxfordshire Choirs (programmes with words)
15 October 1960: Elgar, The Dream of Gerontius with Helen Watts, David Galliver and Roderick Williams (vocal), conducted by David Lumsden.
26 September 1964: Vaughan Williams, Sea Symphony with Cynthia Glover and John Carol Case (vocal), conducted by Sydney Watson.

- Other concerts
18 July 1959: Oxfordshire County Music Committee, with Pauline Brockless and Richard Standen (vocal), conducted by Sydney Watson (with words).

2. Town Hall
- Oxford Harmonic Society
Concert were conducted by George Thewlis (to February 1961), David Lumsden (November 1961) and Richard Silk (1967) are were given with the vocal soloists listed below.
12 February 1959: Purcell and Handel Commemoration Concert with Isobel Baillie, Edwin Hetterley, Arnold Reason, Andrew Gold, Frederick Everington and Frank Green (with words).
28 February 1960: Mendelssohn, Elijah with Stella Hichens, Elizabeth Butler, Andrew Gold and Owen Grundy.
26 February 1961: Haydn/Mendelssohn with Heather Harper, Elizabeth Butler, Duncan Robertson and Malcolm Shaw (with words).
19 November 1961: Handel, The Messiah with Heather Harper, Delia Woolford, Gerald English and John Noble.
21 May 1967: Purcell and Vaughan Williams (with brief notes).

- Popular Evening Concerts
Programmes with notes (including a list of the orchestral ensemble) for concert nos. 5-11 and 16, conducted by Sydney Watson.
1 February 1959: Ralph Holmes (violin) and Rohan de Saram (cello).
31 January 1960: Joseph Cooper (piano).
15 May 1960: Sydney Watson (conductor and solo organ).
29 January 1961: Rohan de Saram (cello).
4 February 1962: Frederick Riddle (viola).
17 February 1963: Malcolm Binns (piano).
23 February 1964: Edward Harper and Robert Bottone (piano).
9 February 1969, Douglas Fox (piano).

- Other Town Hall concerts
27 May 1961: Oxford: Regional Annual General Meeting of the National Federation of Music Societies (Berks, Bucks and Oxon Region).
6 June 1961: Oxfordshire Federation of Women's Institutes with Amaryllis Fleming (cello), conducted by Sydney Watson.
Sunday 6 February 1966: Robert Bottone (piano), conducted by Sydney Watson (handbill).

3. Dr Challoner's Grammar School, Amersham
Programmes with words and notes for concerts given by Amersham and Chesham Bois Choral Society, conducted, unless otherwise stated, by Michael Pelloe, with the vocal soloists listed below.
Saturday 26 March [1960]: Noelle Barker and John Shirley Quirk (vocal), conducted by Kenneth Abbott.
Saturday 25 March [1961]: Brahms, Requiem, with Marion Milford and Graham Sorrell.
24 March 1962: Kodaly and Dvorak, with Sheila MacShee, Nancy Thomas, Pamela Mure, David Galliver and Roger Stalman and Chipperfield Choral Society.
3 April 1965: Verdi, Requiem, with Pauline Tinsley, Barbara Robotham, Kenneth Bowen and Roger Stalman.
26 March 1966: Margaret Ritchie, Janet Edmunds and John Lawrenson.

4. Chiltern Edge School, Sonning Common
Programmes for performances given by the South Chiltern Choral Society, with the vocal soloists listed below.
13 May 1961: Handel, Samson, with Iris Bourne, Helen Watts, Eric Greene and Roger Stalman, conducted by Michael Pelloe.
12 May 1962: Smetana, The Bartered Bride, with Irene Palmer, Roderick Keating, Richard White and Richard Standen, conducted by Michael Pelloe.
4 May 1963: conducted by Eric Taylor (with words).
2 May 1964, Concert of English Music conducted by Bernard Williams (with words and a list of the choral ensemble).
Saturday 27 March [1965]: Haydn, Nelson Mass, with Carolyn Lambourne, Alison Parker, David Little and Robert Carpenter Turner, conducted by Bernard Williams (handbill).
14 May 1966: Choral and Orchestral Concert with Ann Rose, Douglas Armstrong and Derek Phoenix, conducted by Gwyn Arch (with brief notes).

5. St. Catherine's Church/Towersey Festival
All concerts featured the Thame Choral Society, conducted by Vilem Tausky and William Gilbert (not 1968), with the vocalists Jean Curphey and Geoffrey Chaplin and the soloists listed below.
27 August 1966: Benedict Kerwood.
26 August 1967: Owen Brannigan
31 August 1968: Rowland Jones and Jenny Manners.

6. Miscellaneous venues.
Where no other indication is given, the performers listed below were vocal soloists.
5 June 1959, Chipping Norton Grammar School: Oxfordshire County Music Committee concert, conducted by Sydney Watson (poster and handbill).
22 December 1959, Greenmere County Primary School Hall, Didcot: Bach, The Christmas Oratorio with Jeanne Montague, Marjorie Biggar, Martin Taylor and David Bowman and the Didcot and District Music Society, conducted by Greader E. Bussell (with words and notes).
9/12 November 1961, St. Mary's School, Wantage/St. Birinus' School, Didcot: Brahms, Requiem, given by the Wantage Choral Society with Ethel Apsey and Kenneth Gough, conducted by Eric King (with words).
16/17 March 1962, Matthew Arnold School, Cumnor/Prior's Court School, Chieveley: Haydn, The Creation with Cumnor Choral Society and Mary Stratton, John Cox and Anthony Holt, conducted by Peter Clulow.
1 November 1962, St. Mary's School, Wantage: Verdi, Requiem given by the Wantage Choral Society with Angela Jenkins, Marjorie Biggar, David Palmer and Gerwyn Morgan, conducted by Eric King (with notes).
14 February 1963, Chipping Norton Grammar School: with Colin Sherratt (piano), conducted by Sydney Watson (handbill).
Saturday 5 June [1965], St. Anne's College Hall: Julia Rayson (clarinet), conducted by Sydney Watson (with brief notes).
Thursday 26 May [1966], Magdalen College Chapel: Ruth Easter, Elizabeth Butler, Leonard Jose and Frank Green and the Oxford Harmonic Society, conducted by Richard Silk.
15 March 1966, Westminster College Theatre: Handel, Alexander's Feast with Mrs Jeanette Cockshoot, Mr Christopher Solomon and Mr Peter Reynolds, with Dr John Cockshoot (harpsichord) (with notes).
Sunday 12 March [1967], Cowley Community Centre: Popular Sunday Concert with Carmel Kaine (violin), conducted by Sydney Watson (with notes).
Date range of collection
1959 - 1967
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Not Specific
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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