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Collection Description

Collection Title
London: Queen´s Hall (1895-1941)
A collection of programmes from the Queen's Hall, London. The collection consists of 49 boxes of material, as of 2006. The collection does not include Promenade concerts held at the Queen's hall, which are described in a separate collection record.

The majority of programmes are from orchestral concerts. Various orchestras used the hall: there are numerous programmes from London Symphony Orchestra concerts as well as many programmes from the London Philharmonic Orchestra in the 1930s and early 1940s. There are also programmes from concerts given by the Queen's Hall Orchestra and the New Queen's Hall Orchestra, as well as a few from the Queen's Hall Choral Society. There are some programmes from chamber concerts or recitals, which often took place in the “Small hall”. Concerts were organised by various bodies and individuals, including the Philharmonic Society for instance. The hall was also used for amateur orchestras and choirs: for example, there are a number of programmes in the collection from the Stock Exchange Orchestra and Choral Society from the early years of the collection. There are programmes from a number of different festivals with concerts held at the Queen's hall: for example, there are programmes from the London Music Festival, in particular the London Music Festival held in 1939.

The collection is not complete. The collection is physically largest from 1931 to 1941, where there are 21 boxes of material. To compare, there are six boxes of material for the years 1895-1905. The collection contains a programme from a performance of Dream of Gerontius at 2:30 pm on 10/5/41, the last concert given at the hall before it was destroyed in the Blitz. The collection also contains adverts and flyers for concerts after this date, on 17th, 24th and 31st May.

The collection is arranged chronologically.
Date range of collection
1895 - 1941
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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