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Collection Description

Collection Title
Smart Papers (1821-58)
Unique Identifier
Add.41777, vol.VII
A collection of handwritten and printed ephemera relating to musical events and performances held at various venues in London between 1821 and 1858, conducted/directed by Sir George Smart, arranged chronologically within a single volume.

Items are listed here by type, divided as follows:
1. Royal Concerts
2. Annual Festival of the Sons of the Clergy
3. Royal Funerals/State occasions.

Accompanying many of the programmes are examples of handwritten correspondence concerning the performances, handwritten or printed lists of the various performers engaged and statements/summaries of the financial arrangements for the events (including payments made to individual musicians). A large number of programmes carry handwritten annotations which record, among other things, the timings for the performance.

1. Royal Concerts (1821–51).
In addition to the programmes for London performance, a large number of which are handwritten, the collection includes documentation of a concert given on 28 December 1830 at the Pavilion, Brighton. These concerts were typically two-part vocal performances, with some occasional orchestral works.

- Carlton Palace: 10 July 1823 and 15 June 1825.

- Charlton House: 5 June 1843:

- Crystal Palace: 1 May 1851 (Musical Performance given to mark the opening of the Exhibition).

- Guildhall of the City of London: 9 November 1837 (Royal Entertainment on Lord Mayor's Day).

- Kensington, Palace: 25 June 1835 (with a handwritten list of the choral ensemble).

- London Tavern: 18 December 1837 (Royal Entertainment/Dinner, with a list of the performers).

- Malborough House: 14 May 1821, 28 June 1824 and 25 April 1844.

- St. James's Palace
10 and 23 March and 29 June 1831: Her Majesty's Concert. The programme for the third concert is the only one that is printed and the only one to record the performance venue.
28 May 1832, 5 March and 28 May 1835: only the second and third programmes list St. James's Palace as the venue whilst the third titles the concert 'King's Birthday'.
24 February and 24 March 1836:
28 May 1836: (with a handwritten list of the choral ensemble).

2. Sons of the Clergy
17 May 1832, 27 June 1833, 9 May 1834, 7 May 1835, 19 May 1836, 11 May 1837, 10 May 1838, 2 May 1839, 14 May 1840, 13 May 1841, 12 May 1842, 11 May 1843 and 9 May 1844, 8 May 145 (no lists of performers): programmes with words for the Anthems to be performed at the Annual Festival of the Sons of the Clergy, given at St. Paul's Cathedral, conducted by Sir George Smart.

Each of these documents provides a list of the principal vocal and instrumental performers, the latter consisting of members of the Royal Society of Musicians. There are also a large number of handwritten annotations which record the rehearsal arrangements (who attended and what was rehearsed), practical events such as the arrival and departure of performers and audience, reaction to the performances and timings for the works.

The programmes for the period 1838 to 1843 are accompanied by separate handwritten documents providing a list of the music performed (and the performers involved) at the dinner, held at Merchant Tailor's Hall [Merchant Taylors' Hall].

3. Royal Funerals/State occasions
15 July 1830 and 8 July 1837, St. George's Chapel, Windsor: Ceremonial for the Internment of His Late Most Sacred Majesty King George the Fourth/King William the Fourth.
2 June 1843, 28 June 1843, 25 June 1846, 13 May 1848, 22 June 1850, 28 June 1853 and 16 June 1857, Chapel, Buckingham Palace: Royal christenings.
25 January 1858, Chapel Royal, St. James's Palace: Marriage of the Princess Royal.
Date range of collection
1821 - 1858
Accumulation Dates
Suggested Audience
Not Specific

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