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St. James´s Hall (1889-96)
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A miscellaneous collection of programme books for thirteen concerts given at St. James’s Hall, London between 1889 and 1896, arranged chronologically.

Unless otherwise stated below, these were two-part performances of vocal and instrumental music. The concerts on 2 June 1894 and 7 June 1895 consisted principally of music composed by Cecile Chaminade.

Where appropriate, all programmes include wordbooks/texts for the vocal/choral pieces performed.

11 December 1889: London Ballad Concerts (24th season no.4) given under the direction of Mr John Boosey by Miss Alice Gomes, Madame Belle Cole, Madame Antoinette Sterling, Mrs Mary Davies, Signor Foli, Mr Charles Ellisen, Mr Plunket Greene and Mr Edward Lloyd (vocal) and Madame Neruda (violin), conducted by Sidney Naylor. The concert also featured part-songs performed by Mr Eaton Fanning’s Select Choir. The document includes a list of works composed especially for the Ballad Concerts (‘The Ballads of the Ballad Concerts’) and an advertisement for a Grand Christmas Concert to be given on 18 December by the same performers as above, with Miss Eleanor Rees and Mr Henry Piercy (vocal).

11 January 1892: Mr George Grossmith’s Humorous and Musical Recital, being a three-part performance, the songs for which were written, composed and performed by Grossmith.

2 June 1894: Mademoiselle Chaminade’s Third Annual Concert, with Miss Liza Lehmann, Mademoiselle Camilla Landi and Mr Arthur Oswald (vocal) and Monsieur Stojowski (piano). The programme carries one handwritten annotation regarding the standard of performance.

7 June 1895: Mademoiselle Chaminade’s Fourth Annual Concert, with Miss Esther Palliser, Camilla Landi, Mrs Helen Trust, Mr Ben Davies and Monsieur Plancon (vocal), Johannes Wolff (violin) and Signor Mariotti (cello).

25 June 1895: Mr Paderewski’s Pianoforte Recital, including Paderewski, Cracovienne Fantastique, op.14 no.6 (Analytical Programme with largely historical programme notes by ‘H.K.’).

17 March 1896: Annual Irish Ballad Concert with Miss Meredyth Elliott, Miss Florence Hoskins, Miss Sylvia Rita, Madame Hope Glenn, Mrs Hutchinson, Mr Santley, Mr Braxton Smith and Mr Kennerley Rumford (vocal), Edward R. Terry (organ), Madame Emily Grey (harp) and the Westminster Singers (Mr Walter Coward, Mr Harper Kearton, Mr Charles Ackerman, Mr W.H. Brereton), conducted by Henry Bird. The programme carries extensive handwritten annotations, which comment on the standard of performance and the nature of the audience and indicate those works which were encored. There is also an advertisement for Mr Ambrose Austin’s Annual Sacred Concert, ‘Gems from the Oratorios’, to be given at St. James’s Hall on 3 April 1896 by Miss Ella Russell, Miss Stanley Lucas, Madame Emily Himing and Madame Hope Glenn, Mr Iver McKay, Mr Harry Stubbs, Mr Richard Green and Signor Foli, with the South London Choral Association, and Mr H.R. Rose (organ) and Mr Henry Bird (piano).

26 March [1896]: Mr Barrington Foote’s Second Grand Morning Concert with Miss Macintyre, Mrs Helen Trust, Madame Belle Cole, Miss Rieke (first appearance in England), Mr Iver McKay, Mr Lawrence Kellie, Mr Barrington Foote, Miss Mary Moore, Miss Winifred Emery, Mr Cyril Maude, Miss Ellaline Terriss and Mr Seymour Hicks (vocal), Mademoiselle Irma Sethe (violin), Mr Paul J. Ludwig (cello) and Mr Herbert Parsons (piano), conducted by Messrs Wilhelm Ganz, Wilfred Bendall and Landon Ronald, including a recitation given by Miss Mary Moore. The programme carries handwritten annotations regarding changes to the printed programme order and indicating those works which were encored.

24 April 1896: Bristol Royal Orpheus Glee Society, with Miss Esther Palliser and Mr Andrew Black (vocal), conducted by George Riseley. The programme includes historical notes on both the organization and the composers represented, a list of the choral ensemble and a list of the committee members of the Society.

2 May 1896: Melody Concert, given in connection with ‘Melody’, the new Musical Magazine, by Miss Esther Palliser, Mademoiselle Landi, Mr Edward Lloyd, Monsieur Bagès and Mr David Bispham (vocal), with Johannes Wolff (violin) and an orchestra of 50 performers conducted by Gabriel Fauré and G. Pierné, accompanied by Henry Bird. This was a two-part vocal concert, with instrumental solos and some orchestral music.

8 June [1896]: Madame A. Svetloffsky’s Vocal and Instrumental Recital, given by Madame A. Svetloffsky (alto), Mademoiselle Irma Sethe (violin), Mr Herbert Parsons (piano) and Herbert Walenn (cello), accompanied by Henry Bird, ‘consisting chiefly of the works of Russian classical composers’ and including the first English performances of songs by Borodin, Glinka, Rubinstein, Seroff [Serov] and Tchaikovsky (with historical and analytical notes, including musical examples).

12 June and 23 [1896]: Camilla Landi’s First and Second Vocal Recitals, with Camilla Landi and Theodore Byard (vocal), accompanied by F.A. Sewell. The concerts also featured Mademoiselle Chaminade, Johannes Wolff and Monsieur Hollman (12 June) and Mark Hambourg, Louis Pécskai and Marix Loevensohn (23 June).

19 June 1896: Miss Maude Valérie White’s Concert with Mrs Helen Trust, Miss Ada Crossley, Countess Valda Gleichen, Herr Von Dulong, Mr Kennerley Rumford and Mr Plunket Greene (vocal), Johannes Wolff (violin) and Leonard Borwick (piano), conducted by Percy Pitt, Mr Sewell and Maude V. White, including sections from Schumann, Dichterliebe and music by White.
Date range of collection
1889 - 1896
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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