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Collection Title
Reading Festival Chorus (1961-70)
Unique Identifier
D/EX 1225 7/3/1-21
A collection of 21 loose programmes for performances given by the Reading Festival Chorus between 1961 and 1970, conducted (unless otherwise stated below) by W. Ewart Masser (1961–67) and Maurice Miles (1968–70), held as the third of 7 envelopes of material relating to this organization.

As noted below, certain concerts were given with the Reading Symphony Orchestra. The remainder featured the Reading Festival Chorus and Orchestra. The vocal soloists are listed below.

The concert on 2 March 1966 was given at the Minster Church of St. Mary the Virgin in the Butts, Reading. The remainder were held at the Town Hall, Reading.

All concerts given in December consisted of Handel, The Messiah.

8 March 1961: Bach, St. John Passion with Maureen Dingle, Sybil Michelow, Wilfred Brown, Thomas Gambold, Gordon Clinton and Julian Smith.

17 May 1961: Handel, Samson with David Galliver, April Cantelo, Roger Stalman and Janet Baker (with notes).

6 December 1961: Honor Sheppard, Maureen Lehane, Philip Todd and John Dethick.

14 March 1962: Vaughan Williams and Brahms, with Thelma Godfrey and John Carol Case (with words).

5 December 1962: Pauline Brockless [corrected to Hazel Schmid], Pamela Bowden, Duncan Robertson and John Dethick.

27 March 1963: Bach, Mass in B minor with Eileen Poulter, Janet Baker, Wilfred Brown and John Shirley-Quirk (with words).

4 December 1963: Marion Milford, Barbara Rowbotham, Gerald English and Donald Bell.

15 April 1964: Haydn, The Seasons with Sheila McShee, John Mitchinson and Forbes Robinson [corrected to John Dethick] (with note).

2 December 1964: Norma Hall, Kathleen Joyce, David Johnston and Hervey Alan.

7 April 1965: Verdi, Requiem with Sheila McShee, Helen Watts, John Mitchinson and Roger Stalman and Reading Symphony Orchestra (with words and note).

1 December 1965: Thelma Godfrey, Maureen Lehane, Kenneth Bowen and John Lawrenson.

2 March 1966: Poulenc and Fauré with Sheila Armstrong and Julian Smith (with words).

7 December 1966: Sheila Armstrong, Jean Allister [corrected to Sybil Michelow], Robert Tear and John Lawrenson.

8 March 1967: Beethoven, Missa Solennis, with Elizabeth Simon, Margaret Cable, Peter Bamber and Roger Stalman and the Reading Symphony Orchestra (with words).

3 May 1967: English Choral Works with Barbara Robotham and Norman Tattersall and the Sylvan Chamber Orchestra (with words).

6 December 1967: Eileen Poulter, Jean Allister, Wilfred Brown and John Dethick.

28 March 1968: Alan Loveday (violin) with the Reading Symphony Orchestra, the RFC and Eileen Gower (vocal), conducted by Ian Horsbrugh (with words and notes).

4 December 1968: Sally le Sage, Carole Farthing, Kenneth Woollam and Noel Noble and the Reading Symphony Orchestra.

15 March 1969: Elgar, The Kingdom with Prudence Lloyd, Margaret Cable, Peter Bamber and Neil Howlett and the Reading Symphony Orchestra.

4 April 1970: Mendelssohn, Elijah with Norma Burrowes, Malveen Eckersall, Kenneth Woollam and John Dethick and Reading Symphony Orchestra (with note).

2 December 1970: Eileen Gower, Linda Hibberd, Bona Ventura Bottone and Malcolm Singer and the Reading Symphony Orchestra.
Date range of collection
1961 - 1970
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Berkshire Record Office
9 Coley Avenue Reading Berkshire RG1 6AF
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0118 901 5132
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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.
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council