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Collection Description

Collection Title
London: Churches: Westminster Cathedral (1903-2007)
A collection of one box of programmes from Westminster Cathedral, from 1903 to 2007. The Cathedral is situated on Ambrosden Avenue, Victoria Street, and is of Roman Catholic denomination. The collection includes programmes from the Cathedral Hall, also situated on Ambrosden Avenue.

The earliest programme in the collection is from 1903: this is a word book – with analytical programme notes, words and musical examples – from the first London performance of the Dream of Gerontius, conducted by Edward Elgar. Other early twentieth-century programmes include a concert of madrigals given by the Oriana Madrigal Society (1912 – the concert was given in the Cathedral Hall), a “Recital of English Organ Music” (1923) and a “Recital of sacred compositions” (1923). The programmes do not give any evidence of the music being part of a service or any prayers preceding the music.

The remainder of the collections dates from 1945 onwards, with the majority of programmes dating from 1965 onwards. The programmes are from concerts of scared vocal music, orchestral concerts and solo recitals – in particular, from organ recitals. Organ recital programmes include a series of recitals of the music of Messiaen in the late 1960s; the concerts were jointly organised by the ICA Music Section, Organ Music Society, and featured various organists. Various instrumental groups are represented in the collection. These include ensembles connected to the cathedral, such as Westminster Cathedral String Orchestra, Westminster Cathedral Chamber Orchestra and Westminster Cathedral Baroque Orchestra. There are also programmes from concerts featuring London-based symphony orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. There are numerous choral groups represented in the collection, and these include the New Westminster Chorus and the Westminster Cathedral Choir.

There are a few programmes from services, including a memorial service for John Barbirolli (1970) and a requiem mass for Lennox Berkeley (mass held in 1990; Berkeley died in 1989).

The programmes are arranged chronologically.
Date range of collection
1903 - 2007
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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