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Collection Title
Royal Musical Festival (1834)
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Case 61.g.17
A collection of programmes and wordbooks for 4 performances given at Westminster Abbey, London, on 24, 26 and 28 June and 1 July 1834 as the Royal Music Festival, held as a single bound volume, with MS notes by Sir George Smart.

These performances were given at 12 noon and were preceded by public rehearsals, held on 20, 25, 27 and 30 June 1834, at the same venue. The funds raised by the concerts were split between the Royal Society of Musicians, the New Musical Fund, the Choral Fund and the Royal Academy of Music.

All concerts were three-act performances of sacred music, led by Paulo Spagnoletti and Thomas Cooke (no.1), Charles Weichsel (no.2), Nicholas Mori (no.3) and Franz Cramer (no.4) and conducted by Sir George Smart. The concerts also featured the organists Mr V. Novello and Mr Attwood (no. 1), Mr H. R. Bishop and Mr Turle (no. 2), Dr Crotch and Mr Adams (no. 3) and Mr W. Knyvett (no. 4).

24 June 1834: Haydn, The Creation (acts I and II) and Handel, Samson (selection, act III).
26 June 1834: Haydn, Second Service (selection, act I) and Handel, Israel in Egypt (acts II and III).
28 June 1834: including Handel, Judas Maccabaeus (selection, act I) and Beethoven, The Mount of Olives (selection, act II).
1 July 1834: Handel, The Messiah.

All programmes provide a record of the vocal soloists engaged and include lists of the choral and orchestral ensembles, these groups being formed from a combination of London and provincial players. The listings for the final performance contain annotations (in Smart's hand) which establish the institutional affiliations of each player and singer. There are also printed lists of the Patrons, Vice-Patrons, Presidents and Directors for the Festival.

The programmes contain numerous annotations in Smart's hand, which record the timings of performances. These notes also provide further details regarding the rehearsal provision, including indications of further 'private' rehearsals.
Date range of collection
1834 - 1834
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The British Library St Pancras ,96 Euston Road London NW1 2DB
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council