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Collection Description

Collection Title
Reading Festival Chorus (1945-50)
Unique Identifier
D/EX 1225 7/1/1-12
A collection of 12 loose programmes for performances given at the Town Hall, Reading by the Reading Festival Chorus (est. 1945) with sections of the Reading Symphony Orchestra, 1945–50, held as the first of 7 envelopes of material relating to this organization.

Where no other indication is given, the performances were conducted by W. Ewart Masser. The vocal soloists are listed below.

7 April 1945: Handel, Messiah with Margaret Field-Hyde, Kathleen Ferrier, Eric Greene and Henry Cummings, conducted by Reginald Jacques (with brief note).

17 October 1945: Isobel Baillie with John Fry (additional conductor) (with notes).

11 December 1946: Handel, Messiah with Joan Taylor, Eileen Pilcher, Bradbridge White and Arthur Cranmer, conducted by Reginald Jacques (with notes).

2 April 1947: Bach, St. John Passion with Ada Alsop, Eric Greene, John Chamberlain, George Pizzey, George Bowles and Derek Clarke (with words).

26 November 1947: Nancy Evans with John Fry (additional conductor) (with words and notes).

23 December 1947: Handel, Messiah with Isobel Baillie, Janet Howe, Ronald Bristol and Norman Walker (with notes).

14 December 1948: Handel, Messiah, with Isobel Baillie, Molly Leaper, William Herbert and Norman Walker.

1 March 1949: Mendelssohn, Elijah with Emelie Hook, Valetta Iacopi, Rene Soames and George Pizzey (with notes).

13/14 December 1949: Handel, Messiah with Isobel Baillie, Nancy Evans, William Herbert and Norman Walker (single document).

15 April 1950: Bach, Mass in B minor with Audrey Strange, Kathleen Ferrier, Alfred Hepworth and Bruce Boyce (with words).

22 November 1950: Bach, Mass in B minor with Elsie Suddaby, Astra Desmond, Eric Greene and William Parsons, part of Reading Christian Arts Festival (with words).

11/12 December 1950: Handel, Messiah, with Isobel Baillie, Muriel Gale, William Herbert and Hervey Alan (single document).
Date range of collection
1945 - 1950
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Not Specific
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Location Details

Berkshire Record Office
9 Coley Avenue Reading Berkshire RG1 6AF
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0118 901 5132
Collections Overview
Berkshire Record Office was established in 1948 to locate and preserve records relating to the county of Berkshire and its people, and to make them available for research to anyone who is interested in the county's past.
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council