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Collection Title
Sheffield Musical Festival (1902)
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A collection comprising the prospectus (with preliminary programmes) and a complete set of programmes and wordbooks for the three morning and three evening performances given from 1-3 October 1902 at the Albert Hall, Sheffield as the Sheffield Triennial Musical Festival, with J.W. Phillips (organ), Mr Henry Coward (chorus master) and Henry J. Wood (conductor).

After an introductory statement, the prospectus provides a list of the Patrons, Officers and committee members for the Festival and cites the following Principal Artistes:
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).

Each programme repeats this information and supplements it with lists of both the choral and orchestral ensembles. The wordbooks contain historical and, with the exception of the first concert, analytical notes, including musical examples. These notes are variously attributed to F.S., H.C., H.T., J.A.R., J.B., and P.P.

1 October 1902 (morning): Mendelssohn, Elijah (with an insert detailing the replacement of Miss Maggie Purvis by Miss Edith Kirkwood).
1 October 1902 (evening): Henry Coward, Gareth and Linet (a Musical Romance, composed specially for the Festival and conducted by the composer). Also, solo, choral and orchestral music by Liszt, Weber and Brahms.

2 October 1902 (morning): Elgar, Dream of Gerontius and Coronation Ode, both conducted by the composer. Also, Wagner, Prelude to Act 3 of Lohengrin and Beethoven, Violin Concerto (Mons. Ysaye).
2 October 1902 (evening): 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 selection from Handel, Israel in Egypt.

3 October 1902 (morning): Dvorak, Stabat Mater. Also, S. Coleridge Taylor, Meg Blane (a Cantata, composed specially for the Festival and conducted by the composer), with Madame Kirkby Lunn (with an insert requesting the audience not to applaud ‘during the continuance of the Sacred works’).
3 October 1902 (evening): first English performance of Peter Cornelius, Duet from the Unfinished Opera 'Gunlöd'. Also, Parry, Blest Pair of Sirens (conducted by the composer) and Mendelssohn, Hymn of Praise.
Date range of collection
1902 - 1902
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Not Specific
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British Library, Music Collections
96 Euston Road London NW1 2DB
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020 7412 7772
020 7412 7751
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council