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Collection Description

Collection Title
Wessex Philharmonic Orchestra (1941-42)
Unique Identifier
A box of handwritten and printed material relating to the Wessex Philharmonic Orchestra, including handwritten and printed correspondence and the concert handbills and programmes listed below.

This box forms part of an extended sequence of material held by the library of the Royal College of Music. An additional box is held at M40 with further material at shelfmark 26D.

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. St. Peter's Hall
2. Other

1. St. Peter's Hall, Hinton Road
22 October, 5 and 19 November and 3 and 17 December 1941: three copies of a handbill for performances given by the Wessex Music Club.

Wednesday 29 October, 12 and 26 November [1941]: handbills for the first three Chamber Music Concerts, given under the auspices of the Wessex Philharmonic Orchestra, with the following performers. The documents of the first and third concerts include a list of the orchestral ensemble, conducted by Boyd Neel.
29 October: Angus Morrison (piano), Jack Greenstone (violin) and W. O'Reilly (flute).
12 November: Fairhurst Quartet (Harold Fairhurst, Irene Spier, Cedric Morgan and Ernst Slaney).
26 November: Harold Fairhurst and Jack Greenstone (violin).

18 April to 2 May 1942: three copies of the prospectus, with programmes, for the First Bournemouth Festival of Chamber Music of the Allied Nations, consisting of Seven concerts, featuring the Griller String Quartet (Sidney Griller, Jack O’Brien, Philip Burton and Colin Hampton), Dame Myra Hess (piano, 2 May only), Betty Bannerman (vocal), Gordon Bryan (piano), Harold Fairhurst (violin), Pauline Juler (clarinet), Gwendolen Mason (harp) and Joseph Slater (flute).

2. Other
26 and 30 July and 6, 13 and 16 August [no year], Exhibition Hall, Lansdowne: handbill announcement of Five Chamber Concerts, given as part of the Bournemouth Arts Club 21st Annual Exhibition. Harold Fairhurst and Irene Spier (violin), Cedric Morgan (viola), Ernst Slaney (cello), Helen Gaskell (oboe) and S. H. Braithwaite, Nina Milkina and Malcolm Sargent (piano).

Thursday 3 October [no year], Women’s Institute Hall, Broadstone: handbill announcement and handbill programme for a concert given at Broadstone by Mr C. D. D. Beresford (vocal) and Mr R. Bossert (violin) and Mr W. A. Pickard-Cambridge (piano).
Date range of collection
1941 - 1942
Accumulation Dates
Suggested Audience
Not Specific

Location Details

Royal College of Music, Library
Prince Consort Road London SW7 2BS United Kingdom
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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.
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council