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Collection Description

Collection Title
Charles Proctor collection: Box 1 (1933-75)
A miscellaneous collection of handbills and programmes for performances given at a range of venues in London and at various English provincial venues between 1933 and 1975, held loosely as the first of three boxes of programmes within the collection of the English composer and conductor Charles Proctor (1906–96).

The majority of the programmes featured Proctor or included ensembles of which he was director/chorus master, notably the Alexandra Choir and ensembles from Trinity College of Music.

Programmes are listed here alphabetically by venue, with London venues followed by provincial ones. In addition to the programmes, the box includes a separate folder of press cuttings and other ephemera relating to Proctor.

1. London venues
- Alexandra Palace
3 June 1939: Handel Festival Concert featuring the Alexandra Palace Festival Choir (Souvenir Programme, with words and photographs, two copies).

- Cambridge Theatre
Sunday 5 April [1942]: Sunday Celebrity Concert (with introductory note, plus flyer).

- Cockpit, Serpentine Road
16 September 1945: Thanksgiving Week Great Festival (two copies).

- Cowdray Hall
Wednesday 23 March [no year]: Pianoforte Recital by Peter Cowderoy, including the first performance of Charles Proctor, Sonatina in A minor and the first London performance of [Franz] Reizenstein, Scherzo in A (handbill).

- Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music
16 February 1950, 11 May 1967 and 31 October 1968: Alexandra Choir, conducted by Proctor (with 3 copies for 1950 and 2 copies for 1967).

- Northern Polytechnic Institute, Holloway Road
5 March and 12 November 1932, 29 April, 11 November and 9 December 1933, 17 April, 10 November and 8 December 1934, 2 February and 6 April 1935, 15 February and 2 May 1936, 6 February, 16 October and 11 December 1937 and 12 March and 30 April 1938: Alexandra Choral and Orchestral Society, conducted by Proctor. Certain programmes include words and/or notes and there are 3 copies for 15 February 1936 and 6 February 1937 and 2 copies for 9 December 1933, 17 April and 10 November 1934, 2 February 1935. Also held is a leaflet prospectus for the season 1933–34.
3 April 1933: North London Orchestral Society (with a list of the orchestral ensemble).
12 November 1938 and 29 April 1939: Alexandra Choral Society with the British Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Proctor (with words, including 2 copies for 1938 and 3 copies for 1939).

- North West Kent College of Technology, Miskin Road, Dartford
27 April 1968: Dartford Symphony Orchestra Celebrity Concert with Jack Brymer (clarinet), conducted by Proctor (with biographical notes and a list of the orchestral ensemble).

- Odeon Theatre, Golders Green
9 June 1969 (week commencing): Bunyan, Pilgrim's Progress with music by Proctor (plus poster).

- Orpheum, Golders Green
Sunday 25 April [no year]: featuring the Alexandra Choir, conducted by Proctor (with notes).

- Queen Elizabeth Hall
3 March 1973, 20 April 1974 and 10 May 1975: Alexandra Choir, conducted by Proctor (two copies for 1974 and 1975).

- Queen's Hall, Langham Place
23 March 1940: Bach, Mass in B minor with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Proctor (with words and notes, three copies).
1940: 46th and Farewell Season of the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts (prospectus, 2 copies).

- Royal Albert Hall
Alexandra Choir Concerts
25 January and 8 December 1945, 27 March, 8 June, 14 October and 4 December 1946, 1 March and 14 December 1947, 27 March, 30 October and 19 December 1948, 12 March, 24 October and 18 December 1949, 18 April, 14 November and 17 December 1950, 12 April and 14 November 1951, 19 March and 21 December 1952, 15 April and 4 November 1953, 2 November and 19 December 1954, 8 November and 18 December 1955, 30 October 1956, 30 October 1957, 18 December 1960 and 17 December 1961.
With the exception of the concerts in 1960 and 1961, all performances were given with the London Symphony Orchestra. The majority of these programmes contain words. Many also provide information about the members of the Alexandra Choir and some include photographs of Proctor or of the ensemble. There are multiple copies for many of the dates.

Henry Wood Promenade Concerts
19 August 1941, 21 August 1942, 30 July 1947, 27 July 1950 and 8 August 1955. All concerts featured the Alexandra Choir and all documents contain programme notes. Those for 1950 and 1955 also provide a list of the choral and/or orchestral ensembles. There are two copies for 1942 and 1947.

Miscellaneous Royal Albert Hall concerts
All concerts featured the Alexandra Choir, conducted by Proctor
3 June 1943: Dunkirk Anniversary Concert
23 November 1944: A Thanksgiving Day Celebration (plus two copies of a handbill).
13 May 1945: Harold Holt Sunday Concert (with notes, three copies).
1 July 1945: Good Old London (handbill and two copies of programme).
30 September 1945: London Co-operative Society Silver Jubilee (three copies plus 2 copies of a brochure with biographical notes and photographs).
6 October 1945: Daily Herald National Brand Band Grand Festival Concert (4 copies).
22 November 1945: American Thanksgiving Day Celebration (2 copies).
3 March 1946: Victory Cavalcade.
9 June 1946: Salute to Victory.
20 November 1946: Henry Wood Concert Society (with words and introductory notes).
21 April 1947: Muse Arts Concert Society (with Analytical and Descriptive Notes, two copies).
27 July 1947: Press Parade.
15 November 1947: Anglo-Netherlands Festival Concert with the Zang Na Studie Choir (with words and notes).
30 November 1947: Beethoven Concert by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Sir Thomas Beecham.
21 March 1948: Daily Herald Ten Thousandth Issue Celebration Concert.
13 November and 4 December 1948: Daily Herald Opera Promenade Concerts.
25 March 1949: New Era Concert Society 5th Concert (with notes, biographical notes and a list of the Philharmonia Orchestra).
May-June 1949: Elgar Festival (leaflet prospectus).
18 December 1955: London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Proctor (with Analytical notes and lists).
2 June 1957: Elgar Centenary presented by the Henry Wood Concert Society (with words, notes, photographs and a list of the London Symphony Orchestra).
13 April 1959: Vellore Concert with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Proctor (with notes, three copies).

- St. Marylebone Parish Church
30 January 1970: In Memoriam Wilfrid Greenhouse Allt featuring the choir of Trinity College of Music, conducted by Proctor (two copies).

- St. Sepulchre's Church, Holborn
20 March 1969 and 12 May 1970: Henry Wood Centenary Service of Thanksgiving/Commemoration of the Musicians whose names are written in the Musicians' Book of Remembrance, featuring ensembles from Trinity College of Music, conducted by Proctor (Orders of Service).
5 July 1957, 2 December 1965, 23 June 1966, 29 June 1971, 27 February and 3 July 1973 and 15 January, 19 March and 25 June 1974: Choir and Orchestra of Trinity College of Music, conducted by Proctor (some with words and notes).

- Walthamstow, Assembly Hall
9 April [no year]: Berlioz, The Damnation of Faust (flyer, 6 copies).

- Westminster Central Hall
16 October 1946: National Saving Concert (2 copies).
11 July 1949: Middlesex Secondary Grammar Schools Leavers Service.
25 April 1956, 9 May 1957, 23 April 1958, 10 March 1959, 29 March 1960, 1 November 1961, 4 April 1962, 27 March and 29 October 1963, 20 October 1964, 4 November 1965, 30 March 1966 and 2 November 1966: Alexandra Choir, conducted by Proctor (with words, including 2 copies for 1957 and 1966).

2. English provincial venues
Programmes, some with words, for performances given by, or featuring the Alexandra Choir, conducted by Proctor at the following venues:
Bury St. Edmunds Cathedral (16 June 1973), Dorking Halls, Surrey (16 November 1947, two copies), Ely Cathedral (10 December 1949 and 27 June 1953, two copies for 1949), Guildford Cathedral (11 June 1966, single-sheet programme), All Saints Parish Church, Marlow (10 July 1971) and Peterborough Cathedral (28 May 1949).

Also, a programme for a Thanksgiving Concert, including songs by Proctor, given at The Institute, Central Square on Saturday 23 September [1945] and for Organ Recitals given by him at St. Margaret's Parish Church, King's Lynn on 29 August 1951 and at an unknown venue on Sunday 31 October [no year].

The collection also includes single documents for the Festival Week of Boughton Music-Drams, given at the Bath Pavilion between 9 and 14 September 1935 and for the Spa Orchestra performance, directed by Captain Frank Waterhouse at the Buxton Pavilion Gardens in September 1946 and between 15 May and 26 September 1948, and prospectuses for the Leith Hill Musical Festivals of 1969 and 1970.
Date range of collection
1933 - 1975
Accumulation Dates
Suggested Audience
Not Specific

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