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Worcester Music Festival (1863-1911)
A collection of prospectuses, programmes and wordbooks for the Worcester Musical Festivals of 1863, 1899, 1902, 1905, 1908 and 1911, held as six bound volumes.

All Festivals consisted of four morning and three evening performances, conducted by Mr Done (1863) and Mr Ivor Atkins (1899–1911). The morning performances were typically of sacred music (including a large number of oratorios/oratorio extracts) whilst the evening concerts were more miscellaneous in nature, including a large number of first performances.

During the 1863 season, the evening concerts were held in the College Hall. Thereafter, the middle evening concert of each season was given in the Public Hall, with all other concerts taking place in the Cathedral.

With the exception of those for 1863, all programmes begin with a list of the orchestral ensemble and with a record of the vocal soloists engaged for the Festival. In 1863, this information is provided in a separate Prospectus (held loosely inside the bound volume). From 1902, the programmes begin to include historical and analytical notes, with musical examples.

Certain of these programmes are given a catalogue/tract number. These are provided in parenthesis below.

Volume 1: 1863
Vocal: Mademoiselle Tietjens, Madame Lemmens-Sherrington, Miss Banks, Mademoiselle Florence and Alice Phillips; Madame Sainton-Dolby and Miss Palmer; Mr Sims Reeves, Mr R. Mason and Mr Wilbye Cooper; and Mr Santley, Mr W. T. Briggs and Mr Weiss.

Morning concerts
8 September 1863: Mendelssohn, Elijah.
9 September 1863: Mozart, Requiem; Beethoven, Engedi; and Mendelssohn, Hymn of Praise.
10 September 1863: J. H. Schachner, Israel's Return from Babylon; Selections from Handel's Oratorios.
11 September 1863: Handel, Messiah.

Evening concerts
8, 9 and 10 September 1863:

Volume 2: 1899
Vocal: Madame Albani, Miss Esther Palliser, Mrs Glover Eaton and Madame Amy Sherwin; Miss Marie Brema; Miss Ada Crossley and Miss Muriel Foster; Mr Edward Lloyd and Mr William Green; Mr Andrew Black, Mr Charles Phillips and Mr Plunket Greene.

Morning concerts
12 September 1899 (1067): Mendelssohn, Elijah.
13 September 1899 (1122): including S. Coleridge-Taylor, Orchestral Piece (composed for the Festival and conducted by the composer) and Elgar, The Light of Life (conducted by the composer).
14 September 1899 (1131): Horatio Parker, Hora Novissima (conducted by the composer); Palestrina, Stabat Mater; Beethoven, Symphony No. 7; Spohr, The Last Judgement.
15 September 1899 (1133): Handel, Messiah.

Evening concerts
12 September 1899 (1068): including C. Lee Williams, A Harvest Song (conducted by the composer).
13 September 1899 (1130): including Wagner, Selections.
14 September 1899 (1132): including Parry, Blest Pair of Sirens (conducted by the composer).

Volume 3: 1902
Vocal: Madame Albani, Madame Sobrino, Madame Emily Squire, Miss Marie Brema, Miss Ada Crossley and Miss Muriel Foster; Mr William Green and Mr Gregory Hast; Mr Andrew Black, Mr H. Lane Wilson and Mr Plunket Greene.

Morning concerts
9 September 1902 (1164): Mendelssohn, Elijah.
10 September 1902 (1166): including the first performances of H. Walford Davies, The Temple (conducted by the composer) and Horatio Parker, St. Christopher (conducted by the composer).
11 September 1902 (1168): including Elgar, The Dream of Gerontius (conducted by the composer) and the first English performance of Bach, The Lord is a Sun and Shield.
12 September 1902 (1170): Handel, Messiah.

Evening concerts
9 September 1902 (1165): Handel, The King Shall Rejoice; Beethoven, Symphony No. 5; Hugh Blair, The Song of Deborah and Barak (conducted by the composer).
10 September 1902 (1167): Grand Concert, including the first performance of Granville Bantock, Orchestral Poem, 'The Witch of Atlas'. This concert also included music by Parry and Elgar, conducted by the composers.
11 September 1902 (1169): Dvorak, Stabat Mater; Mendelssohn, Lobgesang.

Volume 4: 1905
Vocal: Madame Albani, Madame Sobrino and Miss Agnes Nicholls; Miss Muriel Foster, Miss Mildred Jones and Miss Edna Thornton; Mr John Coates, Mr James Horncastle and Mr William Green; Mr Andrew Black, Mr Frederic Austin, Mr Dalton Baker, Mr William Highley and Mr Plunket Greene.

Morning concerts
12 September 1905 (1172): Elgar, The Dream of Gerontius; Ivor Atkins, Hymn of Faith (written for the Festival); Brahms, Symphony in E minor (no. 4).
13 September 1905 (1174): Richard Strauss, Tod und Verklärung; Parry, De Profundis; C. Franck, The Beatitudes; Mendelssohn, Hymn of Praise.
14 September 1905 (1176): Elgar, The Apostles (conducted by the composer).
15 September 1905 (1178): Handel, Messiah.

Evening concerts
12 September 1905 (1173): Beethoven, Symphony No. 4; Bach, Come, Redeemer of our race (first performance in English); Peter Cornelius, The Surrender of the Soul to the Everlasting Love (eight-part motet); Mozart, Requiem Mass.
13 September 1905 (1175): including the first performance of songs by T. F. Dunhill.
14 September 1905 (1177): Mendelssohn, Elijah.

This volume also includes a programme for the Opening and Closing Services, given on 10 and 15 September 1905 (1171).

Volume 5: 1908
Vocal: Miss Agnes Nicholls, Miss Gleeson-White, Miss Edith Evans and Madame Le Mer; Madame Clara Butt, Miss Tilly Koenen, Miss Mildred Jones and Miss Dilys Jones; Mr John Coates, Mr Gervase Elwes and Mr Walter Hyde; Mr Plunket Greene, Mr Charles W. Clark, Mr William Highley and Mr Robert Radford, with Mischa Elman (violin).

Morning concerts
9 September 1908 (1478): including Elgar, The Kingdom and Parry, Beyond these voices there is Peace, both conducted by their composers, the latter composed for the Festival. Also, Brahms, Symphony in C minor.
10 September 1908 (1480): Stanford, Stabat Mater (conducted by the composer); Beethoven, Violin Concerto; Walford Davies, Everyman.

Evening concerts
8 September 1908 (1477): Elgar, The Dream of Gerontius.
9 September 1908 (1479): including the first performances of Bantock, Fantastic Poem for Orchestra in the form of a Prelude, 'The Pierrot of the Minute' (conducted by the composer) and Elgar, Suite No. 2, The Wand of Youth (conducted by the composer). This concert also included A. H. Brewer, Song 'England, my England' (composed for the Festival).
10 September 1908 (1481): Ivor Atkins, Hymn of Faith; Bach, Magnificat; Mendelssohn, Hymn of Praise.

This volume is missing the programme for the first morning concert, given on 8 September 1908.

Volume 6: 1911
Vocal: Madame Le Mar, Madame Agnes Nicholls and Madame Gleeson-White; Miss Alice Lakin, Miss Phyllis Lett, Madame Kirby Lunn and Miss Sara Silvers; Mr John Coates and Mr Gervase Elwes; Mr Frederic Austin, Mr William Higley, Mr Campbell McInnes, Mr Robert Radford and Mr Frederick Ranalow, with Fritz Kreisler (violin).

Morning concerts
12 September 1911 (1483): Mendelssohn, Elijah.
13 September 1911 (1485): Wagner, Parsifal (Act III); Palestrina, Stabat Mater; Elgar, Symphony in E flat (conducted by the composer).
14 September 1911 (1487): Bach, St. Matthew Passion.
15 September 1911 (1489): Handel, Messiah.

Evening concerts
12 September 1911 (1484): H. Walford Davies, Sayings of Jesus (composed for the Festival and conducted by the composer); Parry, Coronation Te Deum (conducted by the composer); Elgar, Go, Song of Mine; Beethoven, Symphony No. 9.
13 September 1911, Public Hall (1486): Grand Concert, including the first performance of Granville Bantock, Overture to a Greek Tragedy (conducted by the composer). Also, works by A. H. Brewer, Elgar and W. H. Reed all conducted by their composers. .
14 September 1911 (1488): R. Vaughan Williams, Five Mystical Songs (composed for the Festival and conducted by the composer); Elgar, Violin Concerto (conducted by the composer); Mozart, Requiem Mass.

This volume also includes a Prospectus, with programmes, which provides a list of the Stewards for the Festival and lists of both the choral and orchestral ensembles (1482).
Date range of collection
1863 - 1911
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