The general material dates from 1898 to 1983, but the majority of material is from post-1945. The programme from 1898 is from an organ recital; there are two programmes from 1924 which represent a performance of Byrd’s “Great” Service. This was given by the Newcastle Bach Choir, and is billed as the “first performance in London”. The remainder of programmes are from a variety of concerts including orchestral concerts, choral concerts and organ recitals. There are a number of programmes from concerts given by the Board of Trade Choir, as well as concerts under its new name “Whitehall Choir”. There is a significant amount of programmes from the concerts given by the Organ Music Society in the 1960s. Other choirs represented in the collection include the Treasury Singers, Geriant Jones Singers (and orchestra) and the St. Margaret’s Westminster Singers. There are also a few programmes from church services.
There are 55 programmes and prospectuses from the Bach Cantata Club, from 1926 to 1950. The majority of programmes dates from the 1920s and 1930s. The concerts usually consisted of cantatas, with other items including passions, motets, instrumental music and solo organ music. Choral items were performed by the Bach Cantata Choir; orchestral accompaniment was provided by a group entitled either “Bach Chamber Orchestra” or “Bach Cantata Orchestra”. The concerts were conducted by Charles Kennedy Scott.
General programmes then programmes from Bach Cantata Club. Each subset is arranged chronologically.