This envelope also includes a handbill for a performance given by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir at the Royal Festival Hall, London on 20 November 1955. This concert consisted principally of music by Holst and included the first performance of Stanley Bate, Symphony no. 4, with George Malcolm (organ), conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.
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.
Where no other venue is stated below, these performances took place at St. Peter's Hall, Bournemouth and featured the Wessex Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Reginald Goodall.
1. Lunch Hour and Evening Concerts
1 January 1940 (and subsequent Mondays): double-sided handbill announcement.
6 May 1940: with Kendall Taylor (piano) and Robert Bossert (violin) (with a list of the orchestral ensemble.
20 May 1940: with Eda Kersey (violin) (with a list of the orchestral ensemble).
2. Symphony Concerts
1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 April and 6 May 1940: 3rd Series (single document with introductory statement by S.W.R. concerning the origins of the Wessex Philharmonic).
20 May-5 August 1940: 4th series of Summer Symphony Concerts (handbill announcement, 2 copies). One of the copies of this document carries a handwritten annotation noting that 'Reggie [Reginald Goodall] has later regretted he had so many guest conductors. M.A.'.
9, 16 and 30 December 1940 and 6, 13 and 20 January 1941: 7th Series (prospectus, containing the programme for a Special Christmas benefit Concert given with the Wessex Philharmonic Choir on 23 December).
30 March, 6, 13, 20 and 27 April and 4 May 1942 and 6, 13, 20 and 27 July and 3 and 10 August : 16th and 18th series of Monday Symphony Concerts (prospectuses).
3. Miscellaneous concerts
6 February , Alexandra Hall, St. Peter's Road, Bournemouth: Violin and Piano Recital by Myfanwy Armon and Elsie Hankins, in aid of the Wessex Philharmonic Orchestra (handbill).
3 April 1940, Shrubsall Hall: Rhona Parkinson (piano) (handbill, 2 copies).
17, 24 and 31 May and 7 June : Four Chamber Concerts under the auspices of the Czechoslovakian Club, Bournemouth, given by the Bossert String Quartet and Albert Dyball (piano) (handbill prospectus).
Sunday 19 May , Bournemouth Pier/Boscombe Pier: Bournemouth Military Band and Boscombe Silver Band, held as part of the Official Programme of Bournemouth Pier, Boscombe Piece and the Pine Walk.
21 May 1940, Immanuel Church: Orchestral and Choral Music given with Immanuel Church Choir, the evening's proceedings including a Silver Collection for the funds of the Wessex Philharmonic Orchestra (handbill).
28 November 1942: Recital by Maurice Cole (piano), Harold Fairhurst (violin) and Margaret Bissett (vocal). This programme bears a handwritten annotation which implies that this performance was 'one of attempts to fill gap when Wessex travelled and gave no Bournemouth Concerts'.
- Wessex Philharmonic Orchestra -
- Taylor, Kendall -
- Parkinson, Rhona -
- Malcolm, George -
- London Philharmonic Orchestra -
- London Philharmonic Choir -
- Kersey, Eda -
- Holst, Gustav -
- Hankins, Elsie -
- Goodall, Reginald -
- Fairhurst, Harold -
- Dyball, Albert -
- Cole, Maurice -
- Bournemouth Military Band -
- Bournemouth Czechoslovakian Club -
- Boult, Adrian -
- Bossert, Robert -
- Bossert String Quartet -
- Boscombe Silver Band -
- Bissett, Margaret -
- Bate, Stanley -
- Armon, Myfanwy -