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Collection Description

Collection Title
Royal Society of Musicians (1785-89)
Unique Identifier
Gough Westminster 20 (19-22.)
Programmes and wordbooks for a miscellaneous selection of performances given as part of the Grand Musical Festivals, organized by the Royal Society of Musicians and given on 6 June 1785 and 3 June 1786 at Westminster Abbey and on 16 May 1788 and 22 May 1789 at the Pantheon Theatre, London.

All concerts were conducted by Joah Bates, with assistance from John Ashley. The Westminster Abbey events were three-part concerts of music by Handel. The Pantheon performances were two-part Selection of Music from Handel.

All programmes include lists of the Directors and Assistant Directors for the event and, with the exception of the 1786 programme, provide a record of the Subscribers to the Royal Society of Musicians. The programme for 1786 includes lists of the choral and orchestral ensembles.
Date range of collection
1785 - 1789
Accumulation Dates
Suggested Audience
Not Specific

Location Details

Bodleian Library, Music Library
Broad Street,Music Library Oxford OX1 3BG
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01865 277063
01865 277182 
Visiting Information
Membership fee for users outside the UK academic community; charges for photocopying and inter-library loans
Collections Overview
The collection has very strong holdings of British music and related material acquired in part by legal deposit. Many collected editions and scholarly series. Very strong periodical coverage, including major 19thC European journals. Largest collection of American song material in UK.
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

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