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Collection Description

Collection Title
Herbert Howells Concert Programmes (1910-92)
Description
A miscellaneous collection of programmes for performances related to the English composer and teacher Herbert Howells (1892–1983), given at various London venues and in a range of provincial venues in the UK between 1910 and 1992.

Also, individual programmes for performances in Christchurch, New Zealand (22 September 1955) and Washington Cathedral, USA (22-23 February 1975).

All programmes are held loosely within a single box but are divided into four individual programmes, two packages and two folders. The material held in the two folders - which consists of programmes for concerts featuring music by Howells - is listed below by venue, with London venues followed by provincial ones. The remaining material is listed as held.

Loose programmes
Saturday 22 January [1938], Gloucester Cathedral: Dedication of the Tablet in Memory of Ivor Gurney at Evensong, unveiled by Herbert Howells (service sheet).
2-7 September 1956, Gloucester: Three Choirs Festival no. 229 (prospectus). The concert on 6 September included Howells, Hymnus Paradisi with Elsie Morison and Wilfred Brown (vocal), conducted by the composer.
25 October 1970, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London: Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Eric Harrison.
Tuesday 17 November [1987], Royal Festival Hall, London: Herbert Howells Festival Hall Concert with the Harlow Chorus, NELP Chorus, Hatfield Philharmonic Chorus and the Nemano Orchestra of London, conducted by Michael Kibblewhite (with notes, biographical notes, photographs and lists of the choral and orchestral ensembles).


Package 1
Souvenir Brochures for the Centenary Season of the Bach Choir (1975–76, 2 copies) and for the Royal School of Church Music 50th Anniversary (1977). Also, a leaflet for the Friston and East Dean Churches Frank Bridge Centenary Festival, 15-17 June 1979.


Package 2
8 December 1910, Town Hall, Lydney: Miss Lizzie Hathaway's Pierrot Entertainment (single-sheet programme with a list of the orchestral ensemble).
3 March 1951, Dorking Halls: Bach, St. Matthew Passion, given as part of the Leith Hill Musical Festival, conducted by R. Vaughan Williams (handbill).
Tuesday 5 June [no year], Royal Festival Hall: Stravinsky, The Soldier's Tale, conducted by Alexander Gibson (handbill with notes).
23 January 1962, King's College, Cambridge: Boris Ord (Order of Service).
25-30 August 1968, Gloucester: Three Choirs Festival no 241 (brochure).
This package also includes undated programmes for theatrical performances given at the Duchess Theatre [Catherine Street] and the Winter Garden Theatre, Drury Lane, London.


Miscellaneous programmes
London venues
- Church of St. Sepulchre, Holborn
2 January 1955: Service of Dedication of the Musicians' Memorial Chapel.
1 October 1957: Albert Sammons Memorial Service (2 copies).

- Royal Albert Hall
16 September 1946: Henry Wood Promenade Concert (52nd season) given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted Adrian Boult and Constant Lambert, including the first concert performance of Arthur Bliss, Suite, Adam Zero (with notes and list of the orchestral ensemble).
18 April 1951: Royal Philharmonic Society (139th season) given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Choral Society with Isobel Baillie and William Herbert (vocal), conducted by Malcolm Sargent, including the first London performance of Howells, Hymnus Paradisi (handbill, 2 copies).
1 December 1951: Royal Choral Society with Isobel Baillie, Valetta Iacopi and William Herbert (vocal) and the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Malcolm Sargent (handbill and programme with words and notes).
12 February 1952: Bach Choir 220th concert with Isobel Baillie and William Herbert (vocal) and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Reginald Jacques (handbill and programme with words).
17 March 1956: Royal Choral Society with Elsie Morison, Marjorie Thomas, William Herbert and Gordon Clinton (vocal) and the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Malcolm Sargent, including the first London performance of Howells, Missa Sabrinensis (handbill).
15 October 1960: National Brass Band Championship of Great Britain Festival Concert, conducted by Karl Rankl (with notes, biographical notes and photographs).

- Royal College of Music
17 October 1962: Herbert Howells 70th Birthday Concert (handbill with a list of the orchestral ensemble).
19 February 1972: Guest Composer's Concert, Herbert Howells, to be introduced the composer (with biographical notes, 4 copies).
20 February 1975: Concert in memory of Frank Stewart Howes, conducted by H. Howells (handbill with words).
23 November 1977: Royal College of Music President's Concert (handbill, with words).

- Royal Festival Hall
4 July 1961 and 22 November 1965: Bach Choir with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Willcocks (with words and notes for 1961 and 2 handbills for 1965).
25 January 1967: English Organ Music presented by The Organ Club and given by Simon Preston (with notes, biographical notes and photographs).
23 February 1972: Organ Recital by John Birch (with notes).
4 April 1974: London Philharmonic Orchestra with Christian Ferras (violin), conducted by Sir Adrian Boult, including the first London performance of Howells, Concerto for String Orchestra (with notes, biographical notes, photographs and lists of the orchestral ensemble).
26 November 1976: Royal Choral Society with Felicity Palmer, Jean Allister, Gerald English and Mark Rowlinson (vocal) and the New Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Meredith Davies (with words, notes and biographical notes).
25 October 1982: 90th Birthday Concert with the Bach Choir, BBC Singers and the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by David Willcocks (with words, notes, biographical notes and photographs).
23 March 1983: Royal Philharmonic Society (171st season) given by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra with Vaclav Neumann (violin), conducted by Vaclav Hudecek (with notes, biographical notes, photographs and lists of the orchestral ensemble).

- St. John's Smith Square
Thursday 20 March [1980]: Sacred and Profane, Nine Concerts of British Music by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers, conducted by Nicholas Cleobury (with words, notes and a list of the choral ensemble).
17 October 1982: Recital of Music by Herbert Howells in honour of his 90th Birthday.

- Westminster Abbey
17 May 1956: Jubilee of the Church Music Society Festal Evensong.
8 November 1977: 85th Birthday Homage (handbill plus programme with notes, biographical notes and photographs held in folder 2).
3 June 1983: Service of Thanksgiving for … Herbert Howells (8 copies).

- Wigmore Hall
19 May 1943: Boosey & Hawkes Concert no. 7 (handbill with notes).
2 October 1982: Music Group of London British Series (with notes).

- Miscellaneous London venues
Blackheath Concert Hall: 3 July 1992, Herbert Howells Centenary Concert given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Symphony Chorus with Andrew Murgatroyd (tenor), conducted by Stephen Jackson (with words, notes, biographical notes, photographs and lists of the choral and orchestral ensembles).
Camden: 16 May 1970, Organ Recital by Malcolm Williamson as part of the Camden Festival (with notes).
Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music: 30 November 1972, Choral Concert conducted by Meredith Davies (with words and lists of the choral and orchestral ensembles).
Mercers' Hall, Ironmonger Lane: 4 July 1978, 85th Birthday celebration by the pupils of St. Paul's School and St. Paul's Girls' School (with brief notes, two copies).
Queen's Hall: 10 January 1934, Six Concerts of British Music, no. 5 given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, with Muriel Brunskill (vocal) and Kathleen Long (piano), conducted by Landon Ronald, including the first performance of Frank Bridge, Rhapsody Phantasm and the first London performance of Armstrong Gibbs, The Lave Talker, both conducted by the composers (with notes, musical examples, photographs and a list of the orchestral ensemble).
Senate House, University of London: 31 May 1962, Lecture on the Improvisatory Element in Music by Yehudi Menuhin, chaired by Howells (handbill).
Southwark Cathedral: 6 November 1952, Southwark Cathedral Special Choir and Orchestra (handbill).
Trocadero Restaurant: 6 October 1952, Incorporated Society of Musicians Dinner in honour of R. Vaughan Williams (menu card).
[various]: 15 October 1960: National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, National Finals.


Provincial English venues
- Cambridge
24 January 1942, Music School: Cambridge University Musical Club Programme of Cambridge Composers (handbill).
4 December 1942 and 7 May 1983, St. John's College Chapel: Carol Service/Howells Memorial Service (handbills).
10 August 1951, Guildhall: Cambridge Philharmonic Society Chorus and Orchestra, including Howells, Hymnus Paradisi, conducted by the composer (with words and notes).
October 1982, King's College: Chapel Services, including that on 16 October to mark the 90th Birthday of Howells.

- East Sheen, Penrhyn Rooms/Barnes Music Club
26 November 1957: Philip Hattey (bass-baritone), Michael Mullinar (piano) and a string quartet from the Royal College of Music (with notes).
1 May 1973: Hilary Macnamara (piano) (handbill).

- East Sheen, All Saints' Church/Barnes Music Club
9 October 1982: Howells 90th Birthday Concert (with words and notes).

- Gloucester Cathedral
12 September 1947: Three Choirs Festival morning concert, including Herbert Howells, Elegy for viola and string orchestra (conducted by the composer) (with words and notes).
25 August 1956: Three Choirs Festival Full Chorus Rehearsal (handbill).

- Miscellaneous provincial venues
Bath Abbey: 12 November 1988, City of Bath Bach Choir with the Tilford Festival orchestra, conducted by Denys Darlow, including the first performance of Peter Crossley-Holland, The Land Beyond (with words, notes and biographical notes).
Canterbury: 19-26 June 1948, Canterbury Festival (brochure).
Cheltenham, Shaftesbury Hall: 24 June 1972, Incorporated Society of Musicians 80th Birthday Concert (two copies).
Ellon, Haddo House: 12 May 1974, Haddo House Choral Society (28th season) conducted by June Gordon (with words, notes and a list of the orchestral ensemble).
Halifax, Victoria Hall: 19 November 1959, Halifax Choral Society (142nd season), including Howells, Hymnus Paradisi conducted by the composer.
Hereford: 7-12 September 1952: Three Choirs Festival (brochure)
Huddersfield, Town Hall: 31 March 1977, Huddersfield Polytechnic Technical College School of Music (with notes).
Kettering, Regal Cinema: 16 January 1938, Munn and Felton's Works Band 2nd Annual Guest Conductor Concert, including Howells, Suite, Pageantry, conducted by the composer (with notes, biographical notes, photographs and a list of the ensemble).
Kettering, Savoy Theatre: 4 December 1960, Munn and Felton's (Footware) Band including Howells, Triptych for Brass Band, Three Figures, conducted by the composer (with biographical notes, photographs and a list of the ensemble, two copies).
Leicester, De Montfort Hall: 4 May 1974, Leicester Philharmonic Society and Leicester Philharmonic Choir with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Felicity Palmer and Neil Jenkins (vocal), conducted by David Willcocks (with words, notes, biographical notes, photographs and signatures).
Lincoln Minster: 16 October 1982: Evensong (single-sheet programme).
Manchester, Free Trade Hall: 6 December 1973, Hallé Orchestra (116th season) with Claudio Arrau (piano), conducted by Adrian Boult (with programme and biographical notes, musical examples and photographs and a list of the orchestral ensemble).
Oxford, Holywell Music Room: 6 November 1917, Oxford University Musical Club and Union 1046th Meeting (handbill).
Salisbury Cathedral: 15 March 1955, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra with Isobel Baillie and Wilfred Brown (vocal), conducted by Douglas Guest (handbill).
Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucestershire, 14 June 1980: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Northampton Philharmonic Choir, conducted by Graham Mayo (with words, notes, biographical notes and photographs).
Winchester: 1966, Southern Cathedrals Festival (brochure)
Worcester: 2-7 September 1951: Three Choirs Festival (brochure). Also, individual programme for the Orchestral Concert given in the Odeon Theatre on 5 September (evening), including music by Finzi, Julius Harrison, Vaughan Williams and Howells, conducted by the composers (with words and notes).

3. Foreign venues
Both programmes include words, notes, biographical notes and lists of the choral/orchestral ensembles. That for 1955 includes photographs.
22 September 1955, Theatre Royal, Christchurch: Choral and Orchestral Festival given by the Royal Christchurch Musical Society National Orchestra, conducted by James Robertson.
22-23 February 1975, Washington Cathedral: Cathedral Choral Society, conducted by Paul Callaway.
Format
Date range of collection
1910 - 1992
Accumulation Dates
-
Suggested Audience
Not Specific
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