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Collection Description

Collection Title
William Leonard Reed: envelope 1 (1923-39)
Unique Identifier
The first of three envelopes of biographical material relating to the conductor and composer William Leonard Reed (1910–2002), including handbills and programmes for performances given by him or including his music, held at a range of London venues – principally the Royal College of Music – between 1923 and 1939.

The collection also includes handbills/programmes for three appearances by Reed in Scandinavia and handbills for organ recitals given at St. Augustine's Church, Unley (27 September 1937, Mr Frederic Finlay) and Norwood Wesley Church, Adelaide (29 May 1939, 2 copies), both of which included pieces by Reed (Triumphal March and A Reflection).

1. Royal College of Music concerts
2. Miscellaneous London concerts (listed alphabetically by venue)
3. Scandinavian concerts

1. Royal College of Music
6 November 1934, 30 January, 19 February, 1 April, 25 July and 29 October 1935 and 6 February and 24 March 1936: Informal Concerts nos. 207, 212, 213, 216, 222, 223, 230 and 234 (2 copies), given by the Third Orchestra, conducted by W. H. Reed with various members of the Junior Conductors' Class (handbills).
Also, handbills for an Orchestral Rehearsal with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Malcolm Sargent (12 July 1935) and College Concert no. 1095, given by the Second Orchestra and Senior Conductors' Class, conducted by Constant Lambert (16 June 1936).

2. Miscellaneous London concerts
- Central Hall
20 November 1926: Evening Concert given by Bowes Park Wesleyan Church, with Miss Ethel Izard (violin), Mr Sidney Jackson (tenor), Mr Sidney Garrett (baritone) and Mr Leonard Reed (piano).

- City of London School, Victoria Embankment
29 October 1921: Guildhall School of Music Students' Annual Concert (1638th) and presentation of medals, prizes, scholarships and certificates, with William Primrose (violin) and Marion Browne, Rose Remington and Raymond Newell (vocal), accompanied by Jenny Hyman (handbill).

- Dudley House
19 June 1925: to mark the opening of Queen's College, London, the first college founded for women, including vocal and instrumental music given by the students of Eton, Westminster, Dulwich, Christ's Hospital, Charterhouse, Brighton and Stowe and featuring Reed as the bass player in the first movement of a Schumann, Quintett for Piano and Strings (with words).

- Dulwich College
20 December 1924: Dulwich College School Choir and Orchestra (with words and lists of the choral and orchestral ensembles).

- Guildhall School of Music
13 November 1924: vocal and instrumental solos, including the first performance of Swan Hennessy, Piano Solos, Epigrammes d’un Solitaire. Also, Folk Songs of Many Nations and piano solos performed by Reed.

- Wigmore Studios, The Oak Room
14 July 1923: Pianoforte Recital by Master W. Leonard Reed with Isador Markowitz (violin) (3 copies of a ticket, 5 copies of the programmes and a press cutting regarding the then 12-year-old performer).

3. Scandinavian performances
15 January 1937, Grand Hotel, Stockholm: Tendencies in Modern English Music, a lecture with illustrations on the piano, given by Reed for the Swedish British Society as part of the Annual Festival (handbill).
7 February 1937, Konservatoriossa, [Sweden]: Sinfoninen Matinea VIII, including Walton, Sinfonia concertante for piano and orchestra, with Reed (piano) (single-sheet programme with a handwritten record of the inclusion of an encore).
13 March 1938, 'Kansakoulussa', Finland: chamber concert no. 10, including piano solos performed by Reed.
Date range of collection
1923 - 1939
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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