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Collection Title
Royal Academy of Music (1891-1904)
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A collection of programmes and wordbooks for 23 concerts given by students of the Royal Academy of Music at St. James's Hall and the Queen's Hall, London between 1891 and 1904, arranged chronologically as two bound volumes and one bundle. Also, handbills for five additional performances given by this institution, held as part of volume 1.

These concerts were described as either 'orchestral' or 'chamber' and consisted primarily of vocal and instrumental solos. At the orchestral concerts these were either operatic excerpts or instrumental concertos/concertantes whilst at the chamber performances they were typically pieces that could be accompanied on the piano. There is also some purely orchestral repertory and choral pieces are occasionally choral pieces.

The majority of the composers featured were active during the nineteenth century. There are a number of first performances (see below) and the concerts include a relatively large amount of music by composers associated with the Royal Academy of Music.

All complete programmes/wordbooks contain extensive information regarding the Royal Academy of Music, including a list of the Patrons, Management, Professors, Fellows and Associates, lists of the subscribers and other financial contributors, and detailed descriptions of the curriculum and other educational arrangements (including outlines of the various prizes and scholarships and extensive lists of examination results). From 20 November 1893, these programmes also contain an essay entitled ‘A Short History of the Royal Academy of Music’.

All programmes provide detailed information regarding solo performers and include, where appropriate, complete lists of the choral and orchestral ensembles, the latter being made up of past and present students of the Royal Academy of Music. Unless otherwise stated below, all concerts were conducted by Alexander C. Mackenzie.

Volume 1 (1891-96)
Unless otherwise stated below, these concerts took place at St. James’s Hall, London.

- chamber
20 June 1892, 20 November 1893, 12 November 1894, 4 March, 17 June and 11 November 1895 and 24 February 1896.
The concert on 11 November 1895 included the first English performance of Borodin[e], String Quartet in D, given by Miss Edie Reynolds, Miss Beatrice Stuart, Mr Vernon Addison and Miss May Muckle.

- orchestral
17 December 1891: including the first English performance of Goldmark, Violin Concerto in A Minor, op. 28 (Mr Philip Cathie, violin) and the first London performance of Raff, Die Tagesweiten, Ode for Chorus, Pianoforte and Orchestra (Miss Maude Rihll and Miss Kate Goodson, piano). A handwritten annotation to this programme modifies the title of the Raff work, substituting the word Concertante for the word Ode.
5 April 1892:including George F. Wrigley, Kyrie Eleison and Gloria for Solo Voices, Chorus, Organ and Orchestra (the winner of the Charles Lucas Prize Competition, 1891), the solo parts by Miss Sylvia Wardell, Miss Mary Stiven, Mr Philip Brozel and Mr Arthur Appleby.
20 December 1892 and 24 July 1894:
18 December 1894: including the first London performance of A. Goring Thomas, Cantata ‘The Swan and the Skylark’, with vocal solos by Miss Amy Sargent, Miss Gertrude Bevan, Mr Reginald Brophy and Mr John W. Foster. This document carries some brief handwritten annotations detailing alternations made to the printed programme in light of the illness of Reginald Brophy.
5 April and 23 July 1895:
17 December 1895, Queen's Hall, Langham Place: there is a brief insert in this programme detailing the replacement of Miss Hilda Wilson with her sister, Agnes.
20 July 1896, Queen's Hall, Langham Place:

b) Handbills
4 June 1894 and 18 June 1896: chamber concerts.
19 December 1893 and 31 March 1896, Queen's Hall: orchestral concerts
9 March 1896, Queen's Hall: organ recital.

Volume 2 (1897-1901)
Chamber concerts, St. James's Hall: 1 March 1897 and 21 February 1901.
Orchestral concerts, Queen's Hall: 1 April 1897, 28 March 1898 and 28 March 1901, the last conducted by Frederic Corder.

Loose programmes
13 March 1903 and 29 March 1904, Queen's Hall: orchestral concerts conducted by Sir A.C. Mackenzie.
Date range of collection
1891 - 1904
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Not Specific
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Location Details

British Library, Music Collections
96 Euston Road London NW1 2DB
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council