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Collection Title
Wigmore Hall (1939-93)
Unique Identifier
A miscellaneous collection of handbills, programmes and prospectuses for performances given at the Wigmore Hall, London between 1938 and 1993, held as a bound collection of loose programmes, one parcel of loose programmes and as the sole item in a bound volume.

Also, individual programmes for performances given at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Banqueting House and Italian Institute, London.

Programmes are listed here in the following groups:
1. Early Music Network concerts, Wigmore Hall
2. Other Wigmore Hall concerts
3. Non-Wigmore Hall concerts
Within each group, the material is divided up in accordance with how the programmes are held. It is then listed chronologically, beginning with those programmes which carry no record of the year.

1. Early Music Network (handbills)
- Loose
6 October 1988: Locke Consort.
12 October 1989: Melvyn Tan (fortepiano).
26 October 1989: Catherine Bott, Paula Chateauneuf and Celia Harper.
9 November 1989: Andrew Lawrence-King (harp).
21 November 1989: Sinfonye.
7 December 1989: L’Ecole d’Orphee.
There are two copies of the handbills for all but the first of these concerts.

- Parcel
27 October 1988: Broadside Band, with John Potter (tenor).
19 January 1989: Musical Offering.
26 January 1989: Rufus Muller (tenor) and Chris Wilson (lute).
16 February 1989: Circa 1500 (two copies).

2. Other Wigmore Hall Concerts
- Bound volume
7 April 1938: keyboard recital given by Helmann (with notes).

- Loose
Friday 8, 15, 22 and 29 June and 6 and 13 July [no year]: Six Lecture-Causeries, entitled ‘The Foundations of Twentieth Century Music’, given by Edwin Evans with musical illustrations (prospectus).
Monday 17 October [no year]: Tudor and Stuart Poems, with Geoffrey Dunn (vocal) and Norman Franklin (piano).
Monday 17 and 31 October and 14 and 28 November [no year]: Norman Franklin’s Concerts of English Songs (single document).
Thursday 26 October [no year]: Liszt Recital given by Joyce Hatto (with notes).
Sunday 29 October [no year]: Purcell Quartet with James Bowman (alto) (handbill, two copies).
Monday 31 October [no year]: Recital of Songs by John Ireland, with George Parker (vocal) and Norman Franklin (piano) (with words).
Friday 8 November [no year]: George Pawlo (vocal) with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Hamilton Harty (with words).
Monday 12 December [no year]: Settings of A.E. Housman’s Poems by Butterworth, Ireland, Orr, Moeran and Vaughan Williams with Geoffrey Dunn (vocal), Norman Franklin (piano) and the Griller String Quartet.
23 May and 6 and 13 June 1925: Moeran Chamber Concerts (single document plus individual programmes with wordbooks and analytical notes, including musical examples, for 6 and 13 June).
6 May [1926]: Leos Janacek: A Concert of his Chamber Music (given in the presence of the composer).
15 and 17 February 1932: 5th and 6th concerts given by Adolf Busch and Rudolf Serkin with the Busch Quartet (handbills plus a prospectus with programmes for the complete series of concerts, the remainder taking place on 8 and 11-13 February).
25 February 1933: Jelly d’Aranyi and Adila Fachiri (violin), with Friedrich Wuhrer and a chamber orchestra conducted by Bruce Hylton-Stewart (with notes).
27 January 1937: Song and Harp Recital by Sabeston Walker and Rhiannon James, accompanied by Harry Isaacs (programme with words plus a separate handbill).
6 December 1937: Monday Pops Concert (double-sided handbill with notes).
3 January and 7 March 1938: Monday Pops Concerts no.4 and 6, given by the International String Quartet (handbills and flyers). The second of these concerts also featured the Griller String Quartet.
5 December 1938: Fleet Street Choir, conducted by T.B. Lawrence (with words).
26 May and 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 June 1955: Six Concerts of English Songs, arranged and selected by Leonard Isaacs (with words and contextual notes).
24 September 1958: Julian Bream (guitar) (handbill).
March-April 1963: Complete Beethoven String Quartets, to be given by the Hungarian Quartet (prospectus).
17 April 1963: Robert Gerle (violin), accompanied by George Malcolm (with notes).
23 April 1963: Flamenco Guitar Recital by Carlos Montoya (with notes).
Thursday 24 October 1963: Society for the Promotion of New Music 20th Anniversary Concert (programme book).
8 November 1963: Concert de Musique Francaise (handbill).
24 April 1964: Piano Recital by John Ogdon, given for the Institute of Contemporary Arts (with notes).
15 January 1970: Concert of Prizewinning String Quartets, presented by the Radcliffe Music Awards and the Macnaghten Concerts.
24 November 1971: Alan Rawsthorne Memorial Concert, presented by the Macnaghten Concerts (with notes).
5 January 1972: Alan Hacker (clarinet) and the Allegri String Quartet, presented by the Macnaghten Concerts and the Radcliffe Trust (with notes).
18 April 1974: Vocal Recital by John Leach, Lynn Griebling and Alasdair Graham (handbill).
15 February 1975: Anthony Bremner (vocal) (with words and brief notes).
14-16 May 1976: Julian Bream (guitar) (prospectus).
19 October 1989: Prima e Seconda Prattica: The Genius of Monteverdi, given by the Consort of Musicke with Anthony Rooley (two copies). This concert was postponed and eventually given on 1 February 1990 (and a handbill for this performance is held).
29 December 1989: King’s Consort (handbill, two copies).
December 1989-Feb 1990: Four Concerts of Baroque Music, The King’s Consort (leaflet prospectus).
Feb-July 1990: Early Music and Baroque Series (leaflet prospectus).
July 1993: Wigmore Hall July Concerts (leaflet prospectus).
9-18 July 1993: York Early Music Festival (leaflet prospectus).

Sunday 29 January [no year]: Beethoven and Liszt recital, given by John Ogdon (handbill).
11 February, 9 March and 8 April [no year]: Nash Ensemble.
Friday 24 February [no year]: Nigel North (baroque guitar) (handbill, two copies).
31 May 1961: Maureen Lehane (alto) and Geoffrey Parson (piano) (programme and wordbook). This document carries extensive handwritten annotations which provided detailed observations on the performance.
September 1988-January 1989: prospectus/flyer for the Sunday Morning Coffee Concerts. Also, two copies of a prospectus for the same, given between February and July 1989.
October 1988-89 and 20 January-9 July 1989: Early Music and Baroque Series (prospectus).
14 October and 1 and 30 December 1988: Three Concerts of Baroque Music by the King’s Consort (single document).
8 and 17 January 1989: Steven Lubin (piano).
3 March 1989: Spanish and Italian Music from the Renaissance, with Christopher Wilson (handbill).
5 March 1989: J.S. Bach, Goldberg Variations, given by Maggie Cole (harpsichord) (handbill).
15 June and 5 July 1989: Schubert Ensemble of London (single handbill).
2, 5, 10, 15, 17, 19 and 20 November 1989: Haydn at Ezterhaza (handbill with programmes).
14 November 1989: Nancy Argenta (soprano) and Graham Johnson (piano) (handbill, two copies)

3. Non-Wigmore Hall Concerts
4 October 1989, Banqueting House: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, directed by Monic Huggett (handbill).
Wednesday 27 March, Italian Institute: A Tribute to Francesco Petrarca (1304-1374), performed by Richard Hickox Singers, conducted by Hickox (with wordbook).

Monday 13 February [no year], Queen Elizabeth Hall: Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, with John Eliot Gardiner (handbill).
Date range of collection
1939 - 1993
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Suggested Audience
Not Specific
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Location Details

British Library
The British Library St Pancras ,96 Euston Road London NW1 2DB
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