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Collection Title
McCann Collection: Germany (1920-1994)
A collection of three boxes of programmes from the McCann Collection. The collection contains programmes from concerts given outside the United Kingdom and were collected by the concert agent Norman McCann (1920-1999).

The majority of programmes date from the 1970s and 1980s. There is a small but significant sub-collection of programmes from British-occupied DDR, from the years immediately following World War Two. The majority of these programmes are from Hamburg. In addition, there are a few programmes from the 1920s in the collection. These include programmes from Berlin, Kassel and Essen.

Berliner Sinfonie Orchester – 6 prospectuses
The prospectuses date from the 1970s and 1980s, and cover a multitude of concert venues. These include the Metropol Theater and the Schauspielhaus.

Schauspielhaus - 6 programmes
These include concerts that took place in the “Großer Konzertsaal” and the “Kammermusiksaal”.

Philharmonie – 4 programmes
These include a programme from a concert given in 1920; this was a piano recital given by Ferruccio Busoni.

Other Berlin venues:
Apollo-Saal; Rias-Studio 10; Theater des Westerns; Titania-Palast Steglitz; Palast der Republik; Charlottenburg Schloss; Konzertsaal der Hochschule für Musik (2); Haus des Rundfunks; Hochmeistersaal.

Berlin festivals:
Mozartfest (1 festival programme); Berliner Festtage (1 leaflet; 1 concert programme from an unspecified venue).

In addition, there is a season leaflet from the Symphonisches Orchester Berlin. This covers a multitude of venues, including the Philharmonie and Hochschule der Künste.

Gewandhaus (9 – includes programmes and concert diaries for the venue); Altes Rathaus (4).

Dresdener Philharmonie (4); Dresden Musikfestspiele (1 festival leaflet); Staatstheater Dresden (2).

Stuttgarter Philharmoniker (11 programmes and season brochures); Europäisches Musikfest, Stuttgart (2 leaflets).

Münchner Festspiele (1 leaflet); Galerie im Lenbachhaus; Nationaltheater (2); Hercules-Saal, Residenz.

Concert Hall, Broadcasting House – 11 programmes
These programmes date chiefly from 1945. The concerts were organised by the British Forces Network. A number of concerts were orchestral concerts, of which a large proportion featured the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

Musikhalle – 2 programmes

In addition, there is a programme from a recital organised by Hamburg Oper. The venue is not stated.

Other German towns and cities:
Jerboa Beer Garden, Itzehoe; Orangerie, Meuselwitz; Großer Kurhaissaal, Wiesbaden; Rosengarten, Mannheim; Großer Saale, Gürzenich, Köln [this could be Großer Saal, as the venue name was taken from a sentence] ; Aula der Universität, Köln; Kleinen Foyer der Oper, Köln; Großer Saal, Bad Aibling; Herrenhausen Theatre, Hannover; Weimarhalle, Weimar; Mercatorhalle, Duisburg; Theater der Landeshaupstadt, Mainz; Staatstheater, Mainz; Bachhaus, Eisenach; Garrison Theatre, Opera House, Dusseldorf (2); Lutherkirche, Konstanz; Städtische Theater, Karl-Marx-Stadt [the programme dates from 1986: the town’s name reverted back to “Chemnitz” in the 1990s]; Hans-Otto-Theater, Potsdam (4); Klub der Jugend und Sportier, Riesa; Martini-Kirche, Minden; Saal der Friesischen Hauses, Niebüll; Markgräfliches Opernhaus, Bayreuth; Stadthalle, Wuppertal-Elberfeld [officially part of the town “Wuppertal” from 1929 onwards]; Rathaussaal, Crailsheim; Kurtheater, Baden; Staatstheater, Kassel (3); Festsaal, Stadthalle, Kassel; Städtischer Saalbau, Essen; Konzerthalle “Georg Philipp Telemann”, Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen, Magdeburg; Musiksaal, Universität des Saarlandes.

In addition there is a programme from a concert held in “Kammerspiele” where the address is given as “Otto-von-Guericke-Straße”. Though the geographic location is not stated, this is likely to refer to the concert hall in the city of Magdeburg.

Other German festivals:
Kasseler Musiktage (“Thema mit Variationen” Musikalische Spannungsfelder); Händel-Festispiele der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik; Bad Hersfelder Festspielkonzerte; Internationale Maifestspiele Wiesbaden; Musikfestspiele im Bayerischen Oberland.

There are prospectuses from the following orchestras, where concerts happened in a variety of venues: Göttinger Symphonie-Orchester; Jenaer Philharmonie [based in Jena]; Staatliches Sinfonieorchester, Riesa (2); Bodensee Symphonie-Orchester [based in Konstanz];Duisburger Sinfoniker; Nationaltheater-Orchester, Mannheim (4).

There are 10 programmes or prospectuses from multi-venue tours or concerts. There are 14 programmes where the venue has not been specified, or the geographic location of the venue is unknown. These include five programmes from the ensemble entitled “Pro Arte Antiqua Lipsiensis”.
Date range of collection
1920 - 1994
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Location Details

Royal Academy of Music Museum
Marylebone Road, London NW1 5HT
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council