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Worcester Music meeting (1800-24)
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A miscellaneous collection of programmes and wordbooks relating to performances given at the Worcester Music Meetings between 1800 and 1824, including eight items relating to evening performances described as Miscellaneous Concerts (occasionally Grand Miscellaneous Concerts) given in the College Hall, Worcester and a single programme for a morning performance given at the Cathedral, Worcester on 17 September 1824.

The evening concerts were in two parts, combining vocal and instrumental solos with an orchestral overture/symphony at the opening and a number of ensemble vocal pieces, including glees and choruses. In the later years, orchestral pieces were included at the start of both acts and there is an increasing emphasis on vocal music by native composers.

The morning concert was described as ‘A Grand Selection of Sacred Music from the works of Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Jomelli etc’. This was a three-part concert, the first act of which consisted of a ‘Selection from Judas Maccadeus’.

Up to and including the concert on 11 September 1812, the documentation takes the form of a programme with words. Thereafter, a separate wordbook is provided. All programmes list the names of the vocal soloists whilst some provide the names of the instrumental concerto players (see below).

2 October 1800: Mr Bartleman, Mr Knyvett, Mr Nield, Master Elliott, Miss Tennant and Madame Mara (vocal). This document includes handwritten annotations which provide the names of the concerto performers: Franz Cramer (violin), Mr Boyce (oboe) and Robert Lindley (cello).

28 and 29 September 1809 (bound in reverse order): Mrs Billington, Mr and Mrs Vaughan and Messrs Bartleman, Braham and Goss (vocal). The programme for 29 September cites Mr Holmes (bassoon) and Robert Lindley (cello) as concerto performers. That for 28 September refers to Franz Cramer as an obligatto player but provides no further information regarding the instrumentalists.

11 September 1812: Madame Catalani, Mrs Salmon, Miss Melville, Mr Bellamy, Mr Braham and Mr Vaughan (vocal), with the Messrs Petrides (horn). Mr Holmes (bassoon) is listed as an obligatto player.

3 October 1821: Miss Stephens, Miss Travis and Madame Camporese, Master Smith, and Messrs Bellamy, Hawes, W. Knyvett, Rolle and Vaughan (vocal), with Franz Cramer (violin) and Robert Lindley (cello).

15, 16 and 17 September 1824 (four concerts): Miss Stephens, Miss Travis, Mrs Salmon and Messrs Bellamy, Braham, W. Knyvett and Vaughan (vocal) with Madame Ronzi de Begnis and Signor de Begnis (vocal, 15 and 17 September only). Also, Robert Lindley (cello), with Mr Nicholson (flute, 16 and 17 September only) and Mr Mori (violin, 16 September only).
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1800 - 1824
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The British Library St Pancras ,96 Euston Road London NW1 2DB
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council