This site is designed so that its contents are accessible to every type of browser. You browser, however, may not support basic Web standards, preventing the display of our site's design details. You are encouraged to upgrade to a more standards compliant browser.

Search: Advanced Search
HomeSearchGetRecordWessex Philharmonic Orchestra (1940-42)

Collection Description

Collection Title
Wessex Philharmonic Orchestra (1940-42)
Unique Identifier
A miscellaneous collection of handwritten and printed material relating to the Wessex Philharmonic Orchestra, including prospectuses and preliminary programmes for the 14th to 18th series of Monday Symphony Concerts given at St. Peter's Hall, Bournemouth between December 1941 and August 1942 and a number of individual handbills and programmes for performances given at various venues in Bournemouth and the surrounding area between March 1940 and November 1942, held within a single box file as part of an extended sequence of material relating to the Wessex Philharmonic Orchestra housed in the library of the Royal College of Music (see also boxes M39 and M40 and shelf mark 26D).

The collection also includes an envelope of material relating to the Russian pianist Julius Isserlis, including handbills (the majority with photographs) for performances given between 1940 and 1942 at the following English venues: Aeolian Hall, London (9 March [1940]); Guildhall, Cambridge (13 and 18 November 1941); Town Hall, Oxford (22 November 1941); and the Wigmore Hall, London (3 January 1942).

The Wessex Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in November 1939 to given employment to a number of musicians who, owing to war-time circumstances, had lost their work. It was conducted by Reginald Goodall and included a number of ex-members of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. In February 1942, the Wessex became officially associated with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

1. Monday Symphony Concerts
8, 15, 22 and 29 December 1941 and 5 and 12 January 1942 (2 copies)
26 January, 2, 9, 16 and 23 February and 2 March 1942
30 March, 6, 13, 20 and 27 April and 4 May 1942 (4 copies)
18 and 25 May and 1, 8, 15 and 22 June (2 copies)
6, 13, 20 and 27 July and 3 and 10 August 1942
One copy of the prospectus for the 14th, 16th and 18th series includes handwritten annotations regarding the engagement of performers. There is also a handbill, with draft programmes, for what may have been the 13th series, given on 27 October, 3, 10, 17 and 24 November 1 December 1941, which also carries some annotations.

2. Miscellaneous concerts
[no date], [no venue]: Programme of Songs, Duets and Dialogues and the Folktale Opera, 'The Three Wishes', presented by Winifred Radford and Frederick Woodhouse, accompanied by Grace Shearer (handbill).
11 March 1940 [no venue]: Lunch Hour and Evening Concert, given by the Wessex Philharmonic Orchestra with Jean Gennin (flute) and Robert Bossert (violin), conducted by Montague Birch (single document with a list of the orchestral ensemble).
25 and 30 May and 1, 6 and 8 June [1940], St. Stephen's Hall, Bournemouth: Five Pianoforte Recitals: Pianoforte Music from Bach to the present day by Iso Elinson (prospectus).
11 November 1940, St. Peter's Hall, Bournemouth: Afternoon and Evening Concert, given by the Wessex Philharmonic Orchestra with Edie Marr (piano) and Margaret Field-Hyde, Muriel Pursey, Arthur Jordan and Charles Beresford (vocal), being devoted to the music of Mozart, the evening concert including the Requiem (single document with historical and descriptive notes and a list of the orchestral ensemble).

30 July [1941], Garstang Institute: C.E.M.A. Concert entitled Intimate Opera, given by Frederick Woodhouse, Winifred Radford and Geoffrey Dunn.
5 November 1941, Brockenhurst County School: Edie Marr (piano) and Harold Fairhurst (violin) (handbill).
Saturday 8 November [1941], Church (Milton) Hall: Concert in aid of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, with Edie Marr (piano), Harold Fairhurst (violin) and Dorothy Baker (soprano), accompanied by Maisie Aldridge (handbill, 2 copies).
11 December 1941, Music School: Mozart Programme/Wartime Concert, given by Albert Sammons and Mary Carter (violin), Winifred Copperwheat and Anatole Mines (viola) and Mira Howe (cello) (handbill). This document also includes details of the next performance in this series, being a Beethoven Programme to be given at the Guildhall by the New London Orchestra (conducted by Alec Sherman) with Denis Matthews (piano).
28 November 1942, St. Peter's Hall, Bournemouth: Recital by Maurice Cole (piano), Harold Fairhurst (violin) and Margaret Bissett (alto) (with historical, descriptive and biographical notes, 2 copies).
Date range of collection
1940 - 1942
Accumulation Dates
Suggested Audience
Not Specific
Associated Times

Location Details

Royal College of Music, Library
Prince Consort Road London SW7 2BS United Kingdom
Open Map
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

Additional Collection Information

Accrual Status
Related Publications
Management Information (Type)
Collection Owner(s)
Collection Creator(s)
Collection Collector(s)
Collection Custodians(s)
Associated Collection(s)
Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council