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Collection Description

Collection Title
English Provinces: Liverpool: Philharmonic Hall (1873-2003)
A collection of five boxes of programmes from the Philharmonic Hall, from 1873 to 1992. The collection contains significant amounts of programmes from 1920 to 1933, and the late 1940s. The Philharmonic Hall opened in 1849, and was built for the Liverpool Philharmonic Society which had been founded a few years earlier. The collection includes a few press cuttings and tickets.

The collection includes three programmes from the nineteenth century. The first two programmes in the collection are from 12 and 19 February 1873, and are from the fifth series of "Monday Popular Concerts". The series was based on the London series of Monday Popular Concerts, given at St. James's Hall. The third programme in the collection is from a concert given on 8 March 1881, and was a benefit concert for Charles Hallé. The concert featured a performance of Berlioz' Damnation of Faust.

The programmes from the early twentieth-century are largely from subscription concerts organised by the Liverpool Philharmonic Society. There are also programmes from Hallé concerts. The programmes from the 1920 to 1933 are largely from orchestral concerts organised by the Liverpool Philharmonic Society, but the collection includes programmes from chamber music concerts or solo recitals given as part of the series "Mossel Concerts".

The Philharmonic Hall was destroyed by fire in 1933, and the latest programme in the collection from this hall is from 11 February 1933. The hall was rebuilt, and reopened in 1939. The collection includes materials relating to the opening of the new hall, including a programme describing the new hall (dated 19 June 1939), a concert programme from the "first concert" (given on 20 June 1939) and a brochure outlining the new hall which outlined the first season of concerts at the hall (anticipated to start on 10 January 1939). There are a few programmes from the period covering the Second World War (1939-1945).

The material from 1946 onwards is largely from the Liverpool Philharmonic Society, then from the Royal Philharmonic Society (1957 onwards). This part of the collection consists of programmes and prospectuses from the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The collection includes material from specific concert series, such as the "Industrial Series" and "Saturday Series".

At the end of the sequence, there are three miscellaneous press cuttings from 2002 and 2003.

The collection is arranged chronologically.
Date range of collection
1873 - 2003
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Location Details

Royal College Of Music, Library
London SW7 2BS
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020 7591 4723
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Mon-Fri by appointment
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The CPH collections now form part of the RCM Library. The majority of the concert programme collections are stored off-site so you need to request items before arriving. Requests for programmes are processed on Thursday for delivery to the library the following week. The Library itself is open Monday to Friday during term times and Tuesday to Friday during vacations. We can advise you about our hours when you contact us.
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council