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London: Churches: St. Margaret’s Church, Westminster (1898-1983)
A collection of one box of programmes from St. Margaret’s Church, Westminster, from 1898 to 1983. The collection contains a small amount of posters, press cuttings and flyers. The collection is divided into two parts: general material and Bach Cantata Club material.

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.
Date range of collection
1898 - 1983
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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