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Collection Description

Collection Title
Vellore Midlands Concerts (1971-80)
Unique Identifier
Mss Eur F.219/14/9
A colllection of programme books for the annual Vellore Midlands Concert, given by the Midlands Youth Orchestra at the Town Hall, Birmingham between 1971 and 1980 (missing 1979).

Also, a souvenir programme for the Earl Mountbatten Memorial Concert given by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at the Winter Gardens, Bournemouth on 9 October 1980. This concert featured John Lill (piano) and was conducted by George Hurst.

The Vellore Concerts were two-part performances of nineteenth and twentieth-century orchestral (and occasionally choral) repertory, given in aid of the Vellore Christian Medical College and Hospital, South India. All programmes include historical, descriptive and biographical notes, photographs and a list of the orchestral ensemble.

During the interval of these concerts, an address was given by a representative of the Friends of Vellore. The programmes carry information regarding this organization and about the individual giving the address.

The performances were conducted by James Langley, with the soloists listed below. From 1973, Stephen Williams is listed as Associated Conductor, and Blyth Major is cited throughout as Musical Director (and founder of the Midland Youth Orchestra).

The programme notes are provided by Aubrey Morley and Owen Toller (1971-73 only).

13 November 1971: Martino Tirimo (piano).
11 November 1972: Alicija Fiderkiewicz (piano).
17 November 1973: Gordon Hardman (piano).
9 November 1974: Margaret Wharam Choir and Elizabeth Hunt (violin).
15 November 1975: choirs from King Edward VI High School for Girls, King Edward’s School, St. Paul’s Grammar School for Girls and Malvern Hall School, and Tessa Nicholson (piano).
13 November 1976: Julia Vohralik (cello).
12 November 1977: choirs from The Blue Coat School, King Edward VI High School for Girls, Malvern Hall School and St. Paul’s Grammar School, and Pauline Lowbury (violin), including the first performance of James Langley, Te Deum.
11 November 1978: Robin Leighton-Boyce (piano).
8 November 1980: David Briggs (organ).
Date range of collection
1971 - 1980
Accumulation Dates
Suggested Audience
Not Specific

Location Details

British Library: Asian, Pacific and African Collections
Asian, Pacific and African Collections 96 Euston Road London NW1 2DB
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council