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Collection Title
Walford Davies: Programmes, Letters, Articles and Miscellaneous Papers (1883-1940)
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A collection of programmes, letters, articles and miscellaneous papers relating to the English organist and composer Henry Walford Davies (1869–1941), including programmes for concert performances featuring Walford Davies as either pianist, conductor or composer, given at various venues in the England – principally London and Bristol – between 1883 and 1939.

Items are listed here by venue and divided as follows:
1. London venues
2. Bristol venues
3. Miscellaneous English provincial venues
4. Unknown venues

1. London venues
- Acton, St. Mary's Church, Acton
19 July [1899]: Organ Recital given by Dr H. Walford Davis with Mr Hubert W. Hunt (violin) and H. Gregory Hast (tenor) (handbill).

- Aeolian Hall
2 April 1908: Broadwood Concert (sixth series no.12), with Mr Gregory Hast and Mr William Forington (vocal), conducted by Walford Davies (with words and lists of the choral and instrumental ensembles).

- Bickersteth Memorial Hall
Programmes with words for Christ Church Musical Society, Hampstead concert nos.2-5, being two-part performances of vocal and instrumental repertory, with some choral music, given by Hubert Hunt (violin) and Walford Davies (piano/conductor) with the following performers:
25 April 1893: Mr Magrath and Miss Pierce (vocal), Mr Charles Jacoby (viola) and Mr J. T. Field (cello).
12 February 1894: Miss Holding, Miss Cox, Mr Pinkey and Mr Vanden Dyck (vocal) and Mr J. T. Field (cello).
17 April 1894: including Mendelssohn, Hymn of Praise, with Miss Una Bruckshaw and Mr Harry Stubbs (vocal) and D. Wood (flute).
2 April 1895: Miss Agnes Nicholls, Mr Charles Macgrath and Miss Nicholls (vocal) and Tennyson Werge (cello).

- Bloomsbury Hall, Hart Street (Royal College of Organists)
6 December 1898: Tuesday Organ Recital no.5 by Dr. H. Walford Davies, with Mr Hubert W. Hunt (violin) and Messrs Stanley Smith, Herbert Harden and J. McBean (vocal), accompanied by Dr. J. Warriner (handbill).

- Hampstead, Drill Hall
15 March 1893: vocal and instrumental music, including songs by Walford Davies, given by Messrs Walford Davies (piano), Hubert Hunt (violin), Charles Jacoby (viola) and Ould (cello), with Miss Elvira Gambogi (vocal) (handbill).
29 April, 6 and 20 May 1893, 14, 21 and 28 April 1894 and 18 and 25 May 1895: Saturday Afternoon Recitals of Chamber Music (prospectus) given by Hubert Hunt and Charles Jacoby (violin) and Walford Davies (piano) with the following performers:
1893: Mr A. Bordsdorf (horn), Mr Paul Ludwig (cello), Miss R. Howell (violin) and Miss S. Pierce, Miss Mary Reeve and Mr Macgrath (vocal).
1894: Mr Paul Ludwig (cello) and Mr Charles Draper (clarinet) and Miss S. Pierce, Miss Mary Reeve, Mr Harry Stubbs and Mr A. Archdeacon.
1895: Mr W. E. Whitehouse and Mr J. T. Field (cello), Mr D. S. Wood (flute) and Miss Agnes Nicholls and Mr Charles Magrath (vocal)

- Middle Temple Hall
24 March 1905: Walford Davies, Everyman, with Miss Gleeson White, Miss Muriel Foster, Mr Gregory Hast and Mr William Forington (vocal), conducted by Davies (with wordbook, historical and analytical notes, musical examples and lists of the choral and orchestral ensembles).

- Portman Rooms, Baker Street
26 January 1904: Private Concert given by the Bach Choir (63rd Concert), with Madame Marie Soldat and Mr Gregory Hast (vocal) and Mr W. Y. Hurlstone (piano), conducted by H. Walford Davies (programme and wordbook).

- St. James's Hall
7 January 1896: Mr Bispham's Second Concert, entitled English Music of Modern Times, with Miss Esther Palliser and Mr David Bispham (vocal), Mr Leonard Borwick (piano) and a string quartet of Mr Richard Gompertz, Mr Jacoby, Mr Hunt and Mr Whitehouse with the male chorus from the Royal College of Music and the Meister Glee Singers, accompanied by Henry Bird (with words and Historical and Biographical Notes by Edgar F. Jacques)

- Steinway Hall
4 December 1900: Memorial Concert, consisting of Music by the late Hon. Norman Grosvenor, conducted by Walford Davies (Analytical Programme and Book of Words, with lists of the vocal and instrumental performers and the notes contain musical examples).
27 February 1901: Miss Ethel Barns and Mr Charles Phillips' Sixth Series of Chamber Concerts no.3, with Miss Ethel Barns (violin) and Miss Olga Miles (piano) and Miss Minnie Nelson and Mr Charles Phillips (vocal), including Walford Davies, Prospice (set as Quintet for Baritone voice and Quartet of Strings) and Ethel Barns, 'Twas ever thus' (first performance) (with Book of Words, plus an announcement with programme for the next performance in the series, given on 6 March).
24 October 1905: Mr Arthur Walenn's Evening Concert, to bring forward his pupil Miss Edith Evans, with Miss Beatrice Brooker and Mr Walter Heal and the Clifton Chamber Concert Quartette, accompanied by Mr Henry Bird (programme and wordbook).

- Temple Church, Fleet Street
19 December 1899: recital given by un-named performers, including Psalm xxiii by Walford Davies (handbill with words).

2. Bristol venues
- Bristol Cathedral
28 September, 12 October, 9 November and 21 December 1914: Organ Recitals (handbills with words).
5 December 1921: Organ Recital by Henry J. Davis with Mr F. G. Board (handbill).
25–27 June 1934, 3–4 June 1935, 8–9 June 1936, 24–25 May 1937, 13–14 June 1938 and 5-6 June 1939: Festival of the Friends of Bristol Cathedral (Souvenir Programmes). Also, a double-sided handbill detailing 2 performances of orchestral music given as part of this event on 20 and 21 May 1940, the first by the BBC Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Adrian Boult) and the second by the Bristol Philharmonic Society (conducted by Arnold Barter).

- Clifton High School
12 December 1918: vocal and instrumental music, given by students at Clifton High School with Junior and Senior Singing Class and the Orchestra (handbill with words).

- Victoria Rooms, Clifton
15 December 1902, 5 March 1903, 10 December 1903, 2 November 1905 and 1 February 1906: Clifton Chamber Concert series given by Herbert Parsons (piano), a string quartet of Maurice Alexander, Hubert Hunt, Ernest Lane and Percy Lewis with the vocalists Arthur Walenn (December 1902, December 1903 and November 1905), Mr F. G. Board (March 1903) and Miss Gleeson-White (February 1906) (programmes with words).
4 December 1911, 8 December 1913 and 9 March 1914: Second, Tenth and Twelfth Quartet Concerts given by Mr Hubert Hunt, Miss Avice Sealy/Miss K. Tudor Pole, Miss Gladys Home and Mr Roger Bucknall with Miss Hilda Barr (viola, 1913 and 1914), pianists H. Walford Davies (1913) and Miss Jenny Meid (1914) and Miss Rosa Button (cello, 1914) (with brief historical and analytical notes).

Royal West of England Academy, Clifton
8 March 1915: Fifteenth Quartet Concert given by Mr Hubert Hunt, Miss Avice Sealy, Miss Gladys Home and Mr Roger Bucknall with Hilda Barr (viola) (with brief historical and analytical notes).
9 June 1914: Ladies' Musical Club and the Bristol Musical Club.

3. Miscellaneous venues
- Birmingham, [no venue]
2 October 1912: Walford Davies, The Song of St. Francis (first performance), given during the Birmingham Musical Festival by Mesdames Donalda and Doris Woodall and Messrs Gervase Elwes and Thorpe Bates (vocal), conducted by the composer. Also, the first performance of Granville Bantock, Orchestral Drama, ‘Fifine at the Fair’, conducted by the composer (with historical and analytical notes, musical examples and a list of the Birmingham Musical Festival Orchestra).

- Norfolk, [no venue]
27 October 1911: H. Walford Davies, Everyman, with a miscellaneous act, given as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Thirtieth Triennial Musical Festival by Miss Ellen Beck, Madame Ada Crossley, Mr Gervase Elwes, Mr Thorpe Bates (vocal), with Herr Moritz Rosenthal (piano), the Festival Chorus and the Queen’s Hall Orchestra, conducted by Walford Davies and Henry J. Wood (with words, historical and analytical notes, musical examples, lists of the Patrons, Committee and Guarantors for the Festival and a list of the choral ensemble).

- Northampton, Corn Exchange
11 May 1905: Grand Evening Performance of Coleridge-Taylor, Hiawatha’s Departure and H. Walford Davies, Everyman (cantata), given by the Northampton Musical Society with Miss Gleeson-White, Miss Geraldine Cooke, Mr James Horncastle and Mr W. J. Forington (vocal), conducted by Mr Charles J. King and Walford Davies (programme and wordbook with a list of the orchestral ensemble).

- Windsor, Albert Institute
5 December 1883: Handel, Samson, given as the first concert of the present season by the Windsor and Eton Choral Society, with Madame Worrell, Master Davies, Mr James Gawthrop and Mr Frederick Bevan (vocal), conducted by Mr Samuel Smith (with a List of Subscribers).

- Windsor, Royal Institute
24 October 1900: Annual Evening Concert to be given by the gentlemen of the choir of St. George’s Chapel Royal and H. M. Private Chapel, Windsor, with Mr Hubert W. Hunt (violin), accompanied by Mr Martin Akerman, conducted by Sir Walter Parratt. The concert included the first performance of C. H. Lloyd, Five-Part Song, ‘Before me, careless Lying’. Also, H. Walford Davies, Short Cantata, ‘The Three Jovial Huntsmen’, conducted by the composer and written expressly for the concert (with wordbook).

4. Unknown venues
9 and 16 April 1891: two performances of nineteenth-century Austro-German vocal and instrumental music, with songs by Walford Davies (handwritten programmes).
Date range of collection
1883 - 1940
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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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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.
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council