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Collection Description

Collection Title
Sheffield Musical Festival (1899-1905)
Unique Identifier
Programmes and wordbooks for the Sheffield Musical Festivals of 1899, 1902 and 1905, held as three bound volumes. These programmes are number chronologically from 1490-1505.

Each Festival consisted of three morning and three evening performances, conducted by August Manns (1899), Henry Wood (1902) and Felix Weingartner (1905).

All programmes begin with a list of the Patrons and Officers of the Festival and with lists of the choral and orchestral ensembles. There is also an indication of the vocal and instrumental soloists engaged (see below). All programmes carry historical and analytical notes, the majority with musical examples.

Volume 1: 11-13 October 1899
Madame Ella Russell, Miss Alice Esty and Miss Lillian Coomber (soprano), Madame Marie Brema (mezzo), Miss Clara Butt, Miss Jessie King and Madame Burrell (alto), Mr Edward Lloyd, Mr Ben Davies and Mr William Green (tenor), Mr David Bispham (baritone) and Mr Andrew Black and Mr Charles Knowles (bass) and Frederick Dawson (piano), with the Crystal Palace Orchestra.

11 October: Handel, Messiah.
12 October: Handel, Samson and Delilah, and miscellaneous.
13 October: Parry, King Saul.

11 October: Elgar, Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf (conducted by the composer).
12 October: Sullivan, Golden Legend and Beethoven, Choral Symphony.
13 October: Mendelssohn, Hymn of Praise and miscellaneous.

Volume 2: 1-3 October 1902
Madame Ella Russell, Miss Agnes Nicholls and Miss Maggie Purvis; Miss Marie Brema; Miss Ada Crossley, Madame Kirkby Lunn and Miss Muriel Foster; Mr Ben Davies, Mr William Green and Mr John Coates; and Mr David Bispham and Mr Ffrangcon-Davies (vocal), with Monsieur Ysaye (violin).

1 October: Mendelssohn, Elijah.
2 October: including Elgar, Dream of Gerontius and Coronation Ode, both conducted by the composer.
3 October: Dvorak, Stabat Mater. Also, S. Coleridge Taylor, Meg Blane (a Cantata, composed specially for the Festival and conducted by the composer).

1 October: including Henry Coward, Gareth and Linet (a Musical Romance, composed specially for the Festival and conducted by the composer).
2 October: including the first English performances of Richard Strauss, Wanderer’s Storm Song and Two Songs for Baritone and Orchestra (op. 33). Also, F. H. Cowen, Ode to the Passions (conducted by the composer) and selections from Handel, Israel in Egypt.
3 October: including the first English performance of Peter Cornelius, Duet from the Unfinished Opera 'Gunlöd' and Parry, Blest Pair of Sirens (conducted by the composer).

Volume 3: 4-6 October 1905
This volume is missing the programme for the third evening concert.

Miss Evangeline Florence, Miss Agnes Nicholls, Miss Clara North, Miss Eva Rich, Madame de Vere and Mrs Henry J. Wood; Miss Ada Crossley, Miss Lilian Hovey, Miss Muriel Foster, Miss Alice Lakin and Miss Amy Skerritt; Mr William Burrows, Mr John Coates, Mr Gervase Elwes and Mr William Green; Mr F. Austin, Mr Andrew Black, Mr Joseph Lycett and Mr H. Lane Wilson (vocal) and Herr Kreisler (violin).

4 October: Handel, Messiah.
5 October: Bach, Mass in B Minor.
6 October: Mozart, Requiem and miscellaneous.

4 October: including the first performance of Nicholas Gatty, Fly envious time.
5 October: including the first performance of Frederick Cliffe, Ode to the North-East Wind.
Date range of collection
1899 - 1905
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Foundling Museum
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council