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Collection Description

Collection Title
London: Crystal Palace Triennial Handel Festival (1859-1926)
A collection of items relating to the Triennial Handel Festival at the Crystal Palace, London. The collection also includes material relating to the Handel-Mendelssohn Festival in 1909. The collection contains 19 programmes, in addition to other items of performance ephemera such as tickets and loose seating plans. The majority of programmes include libretti of pieces performed, as well as music lists and lists of performers. Some of these programmes are brochures covering the entirety of a festival, while other programmes relate to one individual concert within a festival.

The collection also includes a few booklets about the 1859 and 1862 festivals – entitled “Programme of arrangements” – which contain facts and figures about the festivals. The collection contains material from festivals from 1859 to 1926, but is by no means complete: the collection does not contain material from every festival, and some festivals are only represented by programmes from festival concerts or else by non-programme artefacts. The programmes and performance ephemera in the collection relate to large-scale performances of oratorio, which in most cases were performances of Handel oratorio.

The collection is arranged chronologically.
Date range of collection
1859 - 1926
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Not Specific
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Location Details

Royal College Of Music, Library
London SW7 2BS
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020 7591 4723
Visiting Information
Mon-Fri by appointment
Building Information
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