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Collection Description

Collection Title
Society of Women Musicians: Box 4 (1933-72)
Unique Identifier
Box 175
A collection of concert programmes for performances given under the auspices of the Society of Women Musicians (est. 1911) at various venues in London between 1933 and 1972 – including much material relating to both the Golden and Diamond Jubilee – held within 5 of the 17 folders contained in the last of 4 boxes of material relating to this organization.

This collection also includes a range of printed and handwritten notes and correspondence relating to these events/performances. The performances documented here were principally of vocal and instrumental solos and/or chamber music.

The items are listed here as held, with the names of the individual folders followed by the details of the concert programmes.

Miscellaneous Correspondence
In addition to the concert programmes listed below, this folder includes prospectuses for Spring, Summer and Autumn 1971.
15 July 1933, Princes Galleries, Piccadilly: 22nd Anniversary, including the Programme of [a] Short Pianoforte Recital by Ray Lev (Menu Card).
30 June 1934, Hotel Washington, Curzon Street: Annual Dinner, including the programme for music given by Helen Henschel (vocal) and Herr Martin Taubmann (electronde), accompanied by Mr C. Belcher (Menu Card).
14 December 1934, 74, Grosvenor Street: Reception to Therese and Artur Schnabel, consisting of Schubert, Winterreise (handbill).
28 May 1936, Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music: Reception to Celebrate the Society's Twenty-Fifth Anniversary, with Antonia Butler (violin), Gilbert Bailey, Mary Jarred and Dorothea Webb (vocal) and the Rowena Franklin String Quartet, with Pianoforte Solos written and performed by Helen Perkin.
14 and 15 July 1936, 74 Grosvenor Street: 2 Chamber Concerts of works by women who have been members, 1911–36 (with a historical introduction, biographical notes and annotations recording the timings of the performance and indicating which of the composers were actually present).
11 November 1938, Olympia: Concert at the Woman's Fair and Exhibition, with Rose Morse (vocal), Eda Kersey (violin) and Evelyn Suart (piano).
26 October and 7 December 1949, 465 Collins Street: 2 Musicales, presented by the Society of Women Musicians of Australia, featuring: Verdun Williams (piano), Alice Halifax and John McFarlane (vocal), Hamilton Bateman (violin) and the Amati Trio/Albert Greed (piano), Cecil Parkes (violin), Dorothy Canberra and George Wellesley Smith (vocal) and Coral Bognuda (cello).
13 June 1951, Cowdray Hall: 2 Festival of Britain concerts no. 1, featuring Betty Bannerman and Eve Maxwell-Lyte (alto), Kathleen Long and Elizabeth Poston (piano) and Jean Stewart (viola), accompanied by Grace Shearer and Isabel Bedlington, including the first performance of Elizabeth Poston, Sonatina for Pipe and Piano (with a poster containing outline programmes for both performances, the second on 27 June 1951 at Queen Mary Hall).
27 June 1956, Great Drawing Room, 4 St. James's Square: Eileen Joyce, Jennifer Vyvyan, Florence Hooton and Daphne Ibbott.
22 May 1969, Great Drawing Room, 4 St. James's Square: Gala Concert given by Oriel Sutherland (alto) and Phyllis Sellick and Cyril Smith (piano), accompanied Clifford Lee (handbill).
7 July 1971, Queen Elizabeth Hall: Diamond Jubilee Concert, given in the presence of Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, including the first performances of Ivor Walsworth, Sea Sonnet and Margaret Lucy Wilkins, The Silver Casket (winning entry in the Cappiani Competition for Women Composers) (handbill and 2 copies of the Souvenir Programme with notes of the Society, historical and descriptive programme notes and words).
19 May 1972, Royal Over-Seas League, Park Place: Lunchtime Concert given by the Youth Orchestra and Girls Choir from Koping, Sweden (handbill). This document does not carry a complete list of the programme but does promise the inclusion of 'Music by Mozart, Haydn, Schubert and Swedish Composers'.

Correspondence 1933–1971
8 February 1945, County Technical College Hall, Stoke Park: 176th Guildford Symphony Concert (54th series), given by the Guildford Symphony Orchestra, with Adelina de Lara (piano) and George Baker (narrator), conducted by Claud Powell, including Maurice Blower, Two Pieces for Small Orchestra (conducted by the composer) (with notes).

Celebration of Golden Jubilee, July 1961
A collection of prospectuses, programmes and posters for performances and events given to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Society of Women Musicians, including material relating to the following performances:
16 July 1961, St. James's Square : Delia Woolford (alto), Gillian Sansom (violin), Anna Myers (piano), Jacqueline Dupre (cello) and Iris Dupre (piano), accompanied by Daphne Ibbott.
17 July 1961, Wigmore Hall: Nancy Evans (vocal), Patricia Lynden (flute), Thea King (clarinet), Marie Korchinska (harp) and Joan Davies (piano) with the English String Quartet, accompanied by Phyllis Spurr.

Celebration of Diamond Jubilee, July 1971
This folder contains miscellaneous documentation relating to the organization of the performance given on 7 July 1971 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall (see above), including letters of acceptance and rejection and a further copy of the Souvenir Programme.

Royal Occasions, July 1967–1971
12 July 1967, 4 St. James's Square: Maureen Lehane (alto), Penelope Lynex (cello) and Elizabeth Thomas (piano), accompanied by Alexander Kelly (programme card).
Date range of collection
1933 - 1972
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Not Specific
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Location Details

Royal College of Music, Library
Prince Consort Road London SW7 2BS United Kingdom
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020 7591 4323
020 7589 7740
Visiting Information
Loans of performance sets to individual societies or persons; binding; reprographics; photocopying; microform printing
Collections Overview
Founded in 1883, the RCM Library primarily supports the performance, study and research of RCM members. It is also open to the public for reference and research. It contains some 300,000 items, including significant collections of early printed and manuscript material from the 16th to 19th centuries, given to the College upon its foundation, specifically the Libraries of the Sacred Harmonic Society and of the Concerts of Ancient Music. Donations since have included autographs of composers of international renown, amongst them Beethoven, Chopin, Haydn, Mozart and Schubert, as well as manuscripts and archives of major British composers. Although a British bias is apparent, the collection also has significant German and Italian manuscripts and early printed holdings. Later acquisitions of printed music include large quantities of out-of-print material, and sizeable collections of performance sets. Audio-visual holdings and the RCM's own sound archive's are also extensive.
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

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