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Queen’s Hall Symphony Concerts (1897-1914)
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A collection of analytical programmes relating to the first eighteen seasons of the Queen's Hall Symphony Concerts, given under the management of Robert Newman between 1897 and 1914, held as six bound volumes.

The collection also includes a prospectus and incomplete set of programmes for the second season of the Queen's Hall Sunday Afternoon Concerts, given between February 1897 and March 1898, held in the first volume.

The collection of Symphony Concert programmes is largely complete for seasons 1 to 9. Thereafter the holdings are more miscellaneous.

Unless otherwise stated below, the performances were two-part orchestral concerts, with orchestrally-accompanied music for vocal and instrumental solos. The repertory was drawn primarily from the nineteenth century, with a strong Austro-Germanic orientation. Particularly in the early seasons, there are a significant number of first English performances.

All concerts were given by the Queen's Hall Orchestra and, unless otherwise stated below, conducted by Henry Wood. For seasons 1 to 8 the performances were led by Arthur W. Payne, who was then replaced by Mr Maurice Sons.

All programmes carry extensive historical and analytical notes, which include musical examples and the texts for vocal pieces. These were provided by Edgar F. Jacques (seasons 1-8), Messrs Alfred Kalisch and Percy Pitt (season 9-12) and Miss Rosa Newmarch (seasons 13-18).

The vast majority of these programmes provide a list of the full orchestral ensemble. From the seventh season onward, many programmes also include photos of the conductor and soloists.

Volume 1: 1897–98
- Queen's Hall Symphony Concerts (season no. 1, complete)
Although a number of these concerts have titles which refer to specific composers (e.g. Wagner Concert), there are few instances in which the repertory selected is exclusively by the composer identified.
30 January [1897]: Schubert Centenary Commemoration Concert, including Alexander Glazounoff [Glazunov], Fifth Symphony in B flat, op. 55 (first performance).
6 February [1897]: Wagner Concert, including Dvorak, Symphony No. 5 in E minor.
20 February [1897]: Tchaikovsky Concert, including the first English performances of J.S. Bach, Chaconne in D minor (arranged for Orchestra by Joachim Raff) and Tchaikovsky, Overture to the Drama L'Orage, op.76
27 February [1897]: included the first English performances of Felix Draeseke, Tragic Symphony, Op. 40 and Humperdinck, Introduction to Act II. 'Hellafest', from Konigskinder.
20 March [1897]: including Cesar Franck, Symphonic Poem 'Le Chasseur Maudit' (first English performance).
3 April 1897: A. Borodin[e], Danse Polovtsienne, from the Opera 'Le Prince Igor' (first English performance).
24 April 1897: Brahms Concert, with Madame Blanche Marchesi (vocal).
1 May 1897: Grieg Concert, with Miss Adela Verne (piano), including Antonie [Anton] Arensky, First Symphony in B minor, Op. 4 (first English performance).
8 May 1897: Beethoven Concert, with Otto Spamer (violin), including Glazounoff [Glazunov], Carnival Overture, Op. 45 (first English performance).
15 May 1897: Tchaikovsky Concert, with Monsieur Hollman (cello), including the first English performances of Tchaikovsky, Overture from the Opera Voievode, and Suite for Orchestra, No. 3 in G, op. 55.
29 May 1897: Madame Blanche Marchesi (vocal) and M. Gregorowitsch (violin), including Saint-Saens, Ballade 'La Fiancée du Timbalier' (first English performance) (with a printed 'Index to Composers' Works performed during the First Season').

- Queen's Hall Sunday Afternoon Concerts (season no.2)
There are no separate programmes for the performances given on 13 November and 27 November 1897: the information given below is derived from the prospectus.
23 October 1897: Wagner concert, with Miss Susan Strong (vocal) (with extensive handwritten annotations, commenting on the nature and standard of the performance and including their author's signature).
30 October 1897: Monsieur A. Rivarde (violin).
6 November 1897: Saint-Saens, Samson and Delilah with Miss Marie Brema, Mr Edward Lloyd, Mr Orme Darvall, Mr Reginald Brophy, Mr Edward Branscombe, Mr Louis Frolich and Mr W. A. Peterkin.
13 November 1897: Bruno Steindel (piano).
20 November 1897: Mr Lloyd Chandos (vocal) and Frederic Lamond (piano), including Liszt, A 'Faust' Symphony, with the Queen's Hall Choral Society.
27 November 1897: David Popper (cello) and the Queen's Hall Choral Society, including Beethoven, Symphony No. 9.
4 December 1897: Miss MacDougall (vocal) and Mr Arthur W. Payne (violin).
15 January 1898: Miss d'Egremont (vocal), including J. Halvorsen, Suite for Orchestra 'Vasantasena' (first English performance).
29 January 1898: Miss Beatrice Tattersall (vocal).
5 February 1898: Mr Louis Frolich (vocal) and Miss Leonora Jackson (violin), including A.C. Mackenzie, Three Dances from the music to The Little Minister (first concert performance) and Reinecke, Concert-Arie for Baritone and Orchestra 'Almansor' (first English performance).
12 February 1898: Miss Louise Dale (vocal) and Mr W. H. Squire (cello), including the first London performances of cello solos by Faure and Godard.
19 February 1898: Queen's Hall Choral Society and Madame Medora Henson, including C.H.H. Parry, Magnificat and Moussorgsky, Fantasie 'Une nuit sur le mont chauve' (first English performance).
26 February 1898: Miss Evangeline Florence, Mr Edward Branscombe and Mr George Fergusson (vocal) with the Queen's Hall Choral Society, including Monsieur Esposito, Cantata, 'Deidre', for soprano, tenor, baritone, chorus and orchestra (first London performance).
5 March 1898: Miss Ada Crossley (vocal), including Moussorgsky, March in A flat (first English performance).
12 March 1898: Herbert Grover (vocal) and Mons. Rivarde (violin), including Percy Pitt, New Overture 'The Taming of the Shrew' (first performance).

Volume 2: 1898 –1901
Season no. 3: 1898–99
29 October and 12 and 26 November 1898: Miss Lillian Blauvelt (vocal), including E. German, Symphonic Poem, 'Hamlet (first London performance, 29 October).
10 December 1898: Miss Ella Russell, Miss Ada Crossley, Mr Ben Davies, Mr Charles Tree and Mr Watkin Mills (replaced by Daniel Price) with the Queen's Hall Choral Society, including Edmont Depret, Requiem Mass for Soli, Chorus and Orchestra (first English performance) (with very brief handwritten annotations, largely concerned with the division of the vocal forces in the Requiem).
28 January 1899: Madame Medora Henson (vocal) and Herr Zwintscher (piano), including Grieg, Symphonic Dances op. 64 (first English performance).
11 February 1899: Miss Ellen Beach Yaw (vocal) and Miss Leonora Jackson.
25 February 1899: Miss Isabel MacDougall (vocal) and Monsieur de Pachmann (piano), including Emil Sjögren, Episode for Orchestra (first English performance).
14 March 1899: Miss Clara Butt (vocal), Johannes Wolff (violin), and Adela Verne (piano).

Season no.4: 1899–90
28 October 1899: Miss Lillian Blauvelt, Miss May Williamson and Mr Ellison van Hoose (vocal) with Paul Bazelaire (cello), including the first English performances of Tchaikovsky, Symphonic Poem, op. 77 'Fatum', and Tchaikovsky, Due 'Roméo et Juliette'.
11 November 1899: Miss Kirkby Lunn (vocal) and Herr Georg Liebling (piano), including C. Sinding, Suite 'Episodes Chevaleresques', op. 35 (first English performance).
25 November 1899: Mr Ellison van Hoose (vocal), including Glazounoff [Glazunov], Suite from the Ballet Raymonda (first English performance).
9 December 1899: Miss Lillian Blauvelt (vocal) and Monsieur Gerardy (cello).
27 January 1890: Miss Kirby Lunn (vocal) and Monsieur Ysaye (violin).
10 February 1890: Miss Lillian Blauvelt (vocal) and Georg Liebling (piano), including the first English performance of the original version of the Introduction to Act III of Tannhauser.
24 February 1890: Mr Charles Knowles (vocal) and Mons. Ysaye (violin), including the first performances of B. Hollander, Fantaisie Pastorale (op. 26) for Violin and Orchestra, and Percy Pitt, Ballade for Violin.
10 March 1890: Mr D. Ffrangcon-Davies (vocal) and Herr Zwintscher (piano).
24 March 1890: Miss Ada Crossley (vocal).

Season no.5: 1900–01
27 October 1900: Madame Blanche Marchesi (vocal) and Lady Hallé (violin).
10 November 1900: Madame Amy Sherwin (vocal) and Mons. Ysaye (violin).
24 November 1900: Miss Marie Brema (vocal) and Signor Busoni (piano), the former replaced by Madame Kirby Lunn (vocal).
8 December 1900: Senor Paoli (vocal) and Mons. Emile Sauret (violin).
9 February 1901: Miss Florence Schmidt (vocal) and Lady Hallé (violin).
2 March 1901: Madame Amy Sherwin (vocal) and Signor Busoni (piano), including F. H. Cowen, New Overture 'The Butterfly's Ball' (first performance).
16 March 1901: Beethoven and Wagner concert, with Madame Lillian Blauvelt, Madame Kirby Lunn, Mr Lloyd Chandos and Mr Daniel Price, the Wolverhampton Festival Choral Society and Signor Busoni (piano).

Volume 3: 1901–03
Season no.6: 1901–02
26 October 1901: Miss Florence Schmidt (vocal) and Mr Mark Hambourg (piano), including S. Coleridge-Taylor, Toussaint L'Ouverture (first performance).
9 November 1901: Monsieur Ysaye (violin), including concertante music for violin by Vieuxtemps and Mendelssohn.
23 November 1901: Mr Ffrangcon-Davies (vocal) and Hugo Becker (cello), including F. H. Cowen, Orchestral Poem, 'A Fantasy of Life and Love' (first London performance).
26 November 1901: Hugo Becker (cello).
7 December 1901: Madame Kirkby Lunn (vocal) and Signor Busoni (piano), including Saint-Saens, Overutre 'Les Barbares' (first English performance).
18 January 1902: Miss Ellen Beach Yaw (her reappearance after two years in Paris, vocal) and Wilhelm Backhaus (piano), including Elgar, Incidental Music to Diarmid and Grania (first concert performance).
1 February 1902: Monsieur Ysaye (violin), including Richard Strauss, Love Scene from the Vocal Poem 'Feuersnoth' (first English performance).
22 February 1902: Mr D. Ffrangcon-Davies (vocal).
8 March 1902: Beethoven, Symphony No.9 with Madame Ella Russell, Madame Kirkby Lunn, Mr Lloyd Chandos, Mr D. Ffrangcon-Davies (vocal), Mr Mark Hambourg (piano) and Queen's Hall Choral Society, directed by Mr Smallwood Metcalfe.

Season no.7: 1902–03
The first two concerts of this season were led by T.H. Morrison. Those on 17 and 31 January 1903 were accompanied by Mr F. B. Kibble.
25 October 1902: Herr Anton van Rooy (vocal) and Miss Adela Verne (piano), conducted by Edouard Colonne (with insertion regarding the replacement of van Rooy by Miss Ada Crossley and handwritten annotations outlining the consequent changes to the programme).
8 November 1902: Miss Muriel Foster (vocal) and M. Ysaye (violin), conducted by Emil Paur, including Edward Elgar, Variations for Orchestra [Enigma], conducted by the composer.
22 November 1902: Queen's Hall Choral Society (Mr Smallwood Metcalfe, chorus master) and the Band of His Majesty's Coldstream Guards (Mr Mackenzie Rogan, bandmaster), with Madame Sobrino, Fraulein Therese Behr, Miss Edna Thornton, Mr Lloyd Chandos and Mr Ffrangcon-Davies (vocal), Arthur de Greef (piano), and Percy Pitt (organ), conducted by Edward Elgar, included the first English performance of Humperdinck, Tone-Pictures, 'Dornröschen' (The Sleeping Beauty) and a performance of Edward Elgar, Coronation Ode.
6 December 1902: Madame Teresa Carreño (piano) and Herr Zimmermann (violin), including Richard Strauss, Ein Heldenleben (first English performance), conducted by the composer.
1 January 1903: Professor Carl Halir (violin), including Wagner, overtures to Die Meistersinger and Tannhäuser, and a second performance of Strauss, Ein Heldenleben, with Halir (violin).
17 January 1903: Madame Garnier (vocal) and Fritz Kreisler (violin).
31 January 1903: Dr and Madame Felix Kraus (vocal), and Harold Bauer (piano) (with an insert detailing the addition songs given by Dr Kraus to compensate for the indisposition of his wife).
14 February 1903: Miss Tita Brand (reciter) and Hugo Becker (cello).
25 February 1903: Miss Maria Brema (vocal), including R. Strauss, Song 'Gesang der Apollopriesterin' (first performance).
1 March 1903: Miss Marcella Pregi (vocal) and Monsieur Jacques Thibaud (violin).
28 March 1903: Hans Wessely (violin), including a second half of music by Wagner.
10 April 1903: Miss Marie Brema (vocal), including a second act of Wagnerian operatic excerpts.
26 May 1903: Tchaikovsky Concert, with Miss Marie Hall (violin).

Volume 4: 1903–05
Season no.8: 1903–04
14 November 1903: Fritz Kreisler (violin).
28 November 1903: Miss Muriel Foster (vocal) and Monsieur Jean Gerardy (cello).
12 December 1903: Madame Schumann-Heink (vocal) and Madame Teresa Carreño (piano).
1 January 1904: Miss Rosa Olitzka (vocal), conducted by Emil Paur.
30 January 1904: Herr and Frau von Dulong (vocal) and Eugen d'Albert (piano).
13 February 1904: Madame Kirkby Lunn (vocal) and Madame Marie Soldat (violin), including Percy Pitt, Four Poems for Mezzo-Soprano and Orchestra (first performance).
27 February 1904: Monsieur Raoul Pugno (piano).
12 March 1904: Henri Marteau (violin) and Mr Smallwood Metcalfe's Choir, including Liszt, Dante Symphony and the first performance with orchestra of Edward Elgar, Two Songs for three-part Female Chorus, Organ, and Orchestra (op. 26).
2 June 1904: Fritz Kreisler (violin).

Season no.9: 1904–05
29 October 1904: Raoul Pugno (piano).
12 November 1904: Miss Tita Brand (recitation) and Mr Maurice Sons (violin), including the first English performances of Max Schillings, Recitation, with Orchestra, Das Hexenlied, and Hugo Wolf, Symphonic Poem, Penthesilea.
26 November 1904: Signor Busoni (piano), including Joseph Holbrooke, Poem (No. 4), Op. 35 'Ulalume' (first performance).
10 December 1904: Miss Maud MacCarthy (violin).
2 January 1905: including the first English performances of three overtures by Wagner (Polonia, Christopher Columbus, and Rule Britannia). Inserted in this programme is a typed letter citing some comments in The Times newspaper regarding the Wagner pieces.
28 January 1905: Madame Lula Mysz-Gmeiner (vocal).
11 February 1905: Professor Hugo Becker (cello).
25 February 1905: Herr Emil Sauer (piano), including Richard Strauss, Symphonia Domestica (first English performance).
11 March 1905: Mademoiselle Camilla Landi and Mr Harold Wilde (vocal), with Mr Smallwood Metcalfe's Choir, including Liszt, 'Faust' symphony.
25 March 1905: Senor Arbos (violin), including the first English performance, with orchestra, of violin solos by E. Fernandez-Arbos.
1 April 1905: Mr Albert Fransella (flute), including Richard Strauss, Symphonia Domestica, conducted by the composer.

Volume 5: 1905–08
This volume also includes a programme for a Good Friday Afternoon Concert, given on 21 April 1905 (with Robert Maitland (vocal) and for three concerts given on 11 May (Wagner), 24 May (Tchaikovsky) and 1 June 1905 (Wagner), as part of season no. 9. The programme for 11 May 1905 concludes with transcriptions of extracts from letter written by R. Strauss and Edward Elgar regarding the Queen's Hall Orchestra.

Season no. 10: 1905–06
16 December 1905: Miss Ada Crossley (vocal); 20 January 1906: Mademoiselle Landi; 3 February 1906: Maurice Sons (violin) and Hugo Becker (cello); and 17 February 1906: Madame Teresa Carreño (piano).

Season no.11: 1906–07
16 March 1907: Mr Richard Buhlig (piano).

Season no. 12: 1907–08
1 February 1908: Hugo Becker (cello) and Claude Debussy (conductor), including
Debussy, La Mer (first English performance) and L'Après-Midi d'un Faune (both conducted by the composer).

Volume 6: 1909–14
This volume also includes an analytical programme for the 380th concert given by the Sunday Concert society on 9 April 1909, with Madame Kirby Lunn (vocal). Mr Frederick B. Kiddle appeared in all the performances, either at the organ or at the celesta.

27 March 1909 (season no. 13): Madame Schumann-Heink (vocal), including a performance of Vincent d'Indy, Trilogy for Orchestra, conducted by the composer (with biographical notes on d'Indy, who was making his first appearance in England).
27 November 1909 (season no.14): Madame Clara Butt (vocal), including Dukas, New Symphony in C (first English performance).

Season no.17
1 February 1913: Carl Flesch (violin) and Arthur Cooke (piano), including the first English performance of Scriabin [Skryabin], Prometheus (The Poem of Fire), for Orchestra, Pianoforte and Organ, which was performed in each half (with a photograph of Scriabin and a reproduction of the graphic used on the front cover of Prometheus). For this concert, Kibble played the celesta and Mr Stanley Marchant performed on the organ.
1 March 1913: Ferruccio Busoni (piano), including included Liszt, Piano Concerto No. 2 and Liszt-Busoni, Rhapsodie Espagnole, performed by Busoni.

Season no.18
18 October 1913: Pablo Casals (cello), including Scriabin, Symphony No. 3 in C 'Le Divin Poème' (first English performance).
1 November 1913: Ernst von Dohnanyi (piano), including Max Reger, Concerto in the Olden Style (Op. 123) (first London performance) and Hubert Parry, Symphony No. 5 in B minor (conducted by the composer).
17 January 1914: Miss Adela Verne (piano), including the first English performance of Schonberg, Five Pieces for Orchestra (op. 16), conducted by the composer.
14 March 1914: Monsieur Alexander Scriabine (piano), giving the first English performance of his Concerto in F sharp minor (op. 20). Mr Stanley Marchant performed on the organ for this concert.
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1897 - 1914
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