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Collection Title
William Leonard Reed: envelope 2 (1949-92)
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The second of three envelopes of biographical material relating to the conductor and composer William Leonard Reed (1910-2002), including handbills and programmes for concerts including his music given at various venues in North American, England and Europe between 1949 and 1992.

The collection also includes documentation relating to two lectures given by Reed. These were on Elgar (given at South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell, January-April 1979 season) and on A Musical Ride from London to Vienna (given with slides and music as part of the 1975-76 Golden Jubilee Season of the Literary and Musical Society at the United Reform Church, Widmore Road, Bromley). Season brochures/prospectuses are held to cover both of these events.

The items are listed below under the following headings:
1. North American concerts
2. English concerts
3. European concerts

1. American concerts
A collection of handbills for nine performances of Reed, Four Airs, op. 50, given at various American University venues in 1987 by Georgina Dobrée (clarinet/basset horn). Also, handbills and programmes for miscellaneous performances of other works by Reed at the University of Iowa, in New York and in Windsor, Ontario between 1953 and 1980.

- Four Airs, op. 50.
These concerts were given with the pianists Gary Kirkpatrick (nos. 1-5), Steven Harlos (no.6) and Paula Fan (nos. 7-9).
[no date] 1987-88: Music Hall, Iowa State University.
24 and 27 September 1987: Phillips Collection, Washington D.C.
2 October 1987: Clapp Recital Hall, University of Iowa.
11 October 1987: Morphy Recital Hall, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
16 October 1987: North Texas State University School of Music: with James Gillespie (clarinet).
20 October 1987: Recital Hall II, School of Music, Baylor University.
23 October 1987: Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, Department of Music, University of Texas at El Paso.
27 October 1987: Recital Hall, Department of California State University, Northridge: with Charles Bay (clarinet).

- Iowa, University of Iowa
16 April 1953, North Music Hall: Marvin Thostenson and Thomas A. Ayres (clarinets) and Norma Cross (piano), including Reed, Concert Piece for 2 Clarinets and Piano (handbill).
20 February 1970, 29 January 1971, 21 November 1975, 9 February 1979 and 6 July 1980: Faculty Recitals given by Thomas Ayres (clarinet and basset horn) and Norma Cross (piano) in the North Hall (1970), the Macbridge Auditorium (1971) and the Clapp Recital Hall (1795–80) of the University of Iowa, each performance including a work by Reed, being the following: Concert Piece for 2 Clarinets and Piano (1970 and 1979), Suite for Clarinet (1971), Rhapsody for Clarinet and Piano, op. 39/3 (1975, 1st performance) and Four Airs for Basset Horn and Piano (1980, 1st performance). The concert in 1970 also included the first performance of André Ameller, En Côte d’Or, Suite pour clarinette et piano. Each handbill provides a list of the additional performers engaged. Attached to the programme for 1970 is a handwritten letter from Ayres to Reed.

- New York, [no venue]
1973-74: From Bach to Rock and Bach, a performance given by Richard M. Hadden and Frances Roots Hadden (piano duet) for the Community Concert Association, New York, including Reed, Prelude, from the stage play, Annie (with historical descriptive and biographical notes).

- Windsor, [Ontario], Willistead Art Gallery
28 January 1958: 3 Gallery Concerts no. 3, given by the Armin String Quartet and including Reed, String Quartet (with brief notes).

2. English concerts
- Colgate, Elenge Plat
20 November 1971: Piano Panorama by Dr. W.L. Reed, being a two-part performance, with the sections entitled 'Music from Different Countries' and 'Music and People', the latter including Reed, Anne's Gavotte (handbill).

- Folkestone, Leas Cliff Hall
16 December 1970: Joy to the World, a programme of carols and Christmas music presented by the Folkestone Free Church Choir, conducted by Paul Powell, accompanied by Barbara Mountjoy with Raymond Powell (organ), including Reed, Carol for East and West (based on an Italian folk tune) (with words).

- London, Royal Academy of Music, Duke's Hall
24 May 1984: Imogen Barford (harp), Jennifer Stinton (flute) and Peter Seago (clarinet) with the Balding String Quartet (Caroline Balding, Richard Axon, Terence Nettle and Rowan Prior), including Reed, Four Airs op. 50 (first London performance) and John Hall, Concert Piece op. 76 (first performance) (handbill, 3 copies).

- London, Royal Albert Hall
20 December 1970: Carols given by the Alexandra Choir and the Capriol Orchestra, with Owen Brannigan (bass) and Geoffrey Morgan (organ), conducted by Charles Proctor, including Reed, Carol for East and West (with words).

- London, Wandsworth Town Hall
5 October 1966: Piano Recital, given by Joan Davies for the Friends of Westminster Theatre, including Reed, Prelude (handbill with biographical note).

- London, Westminster Theatre Arts Centre
22 January and 19 February 1967: Inaugural Piano Recitals by John Bigg, including the first performances of Reed, Rhapsody (22 January) and Terence Allbright, Canto (19 February) (single document with a biographical note and photograph).
4 June 1967: The Music of Delius given by Eric Fenby (piano) with Lionel Bentley (violin) (with biographical notes and photograph).
7 December 1978: Piano Recital by Heather Belline, including Reed, Concert Waltz, Op. 49 (handbill with biographical note and photograph).

- Manchester, Houldsworth Hall
4 October 1950: Manchester String Orchestra with Lydia Richards (harp) and Evelyn Rothwell (oboe), conducted by Clarice Dunington, including Reed, Three Flemish Pieces for Oboe and Strings (first Manchester performance) and Leonard Duck, Concerto for Oboe and Strings on theme of John Stanley (first performance) (handbill, 2 copies).

- Swanley County Secondary School
10 December 1960: Swanley and District Choral Society 4th Christmas Concert, with Dawn Potter (soprano), Richard Scott (baritone) and Rosemary Ottaway and Herbert Sanders (piano), conducted by John Ottaway, including W. L. Reed, When Christ was born of Mary free (with a list of the committee members of the Society).

- Watford School of Music, Recital Hall
4 November [1992]: Watford School of Music 25th Anniversary Recital, under the auspices of Hertfordshire County Council, with Georgina Dobree (basset horn) and Jillian Skerry (piano), including Reed, Giocoso from Four Airs, op. 50.

3. European concerts
- Caux sur Montreux, Switzerland
12 June 1949: Orchestre de la Suisse romande, with Léon Hoogstöel (piano), conducted by Edmond Appia, including the first performance of Reed, Petite Suite 'Caux'.

- Prague, Atrium
9 October 1992: Georgine Dobrée (basset horn) and Frank Wibaut (piano), including Reed, Animato from Four Airs, op. 50 (with notes). Held with this programme is a letter from Dobree in which she records the two of the Airs were actually given (Animato and Affettuoso).
Date range of collection
1949 - 1992
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Not Specific

Location Details

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

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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council