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Collection Description

Collection Title
McCann Collection: United Kingdom (1944)
A collection of one box of programmes from the McCann collection, from 1944. The collection contains programmes from concerts given in the United Kingdom. The programmes were collected by the concert agent Norman McCann (1920-1999).

A number of programmes are in a noticeably smaller format. These still frequently include programme notes, however. The contents of the collection are as follows:

Royal Albert Hall – 38 programmes; 3 prospectuses
The prospectuses are from the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts. Though the prospectuses cover a season from 10th June till 12th August, the season was in fact curtailed and partially moved to Bedford halfway through – allegedly due to the risk of unmanned rocket bombs in London (Arthur Jacobs, Henry Wood: Maker of the Proms (London: Methuen, 1994), p. 391-393).

National Gallery – 51 programmes
The programmes are from “National Gallery Concerts”, the war-time concert series organised by Myra Hess.

Other London venues:
Royal Adelphi Theatre (2); Central Hall, Westminster (4); Cambridge Theatre (3); Town Hall, Wembley; Town Hall, Wimbledon; Chiswick Empire; Town Hall, Walthamstow; King’s Theatre, Hammersmith; Dorchester, Park Lane; Archway Central Hall, Highgate; Rudolf Steiner Hall; Mercury Theatre, Notting Hill Gate; Friends House, Euston Road (2); Wigmore Hall.

Usher Hall – 18 programmes
The collection includes seven programmes from the Reid Symphony Orchestra and Reid Orchestra.

Other Edinburgh venues:
Pollock Memorial Hall; St. Giles’ Cathedral.

Birmingham Town Hall – 32 programmes.
These programmes are from performances given by the City of Birmingham Orchestra.

Other provincial venues:
Theatre Royal, Bolton; St. Nicholas’ Church, New Romney; National Gallery of Scotland; Theatre Royal, Exeter; Civic Hall, Wolverhampton; Feoffment School Hall, Bury St. Edmunds; Castle Cinema, Merthyr Tydfil; Houldsworth Hall, Deansgate [Manchester] (2); Odeon Theatre, Luton (2); Corn Exchange, Bedford (2); Caird Hall, Dundee; Winter Gardens Pavilion, Weston-super-Mare; Palace, Wellingborough; Empire Theatre, Cardiff (3); Town Hall, Watford (4); King’s Hall, Belle Vue, Manchester; De Montford Hall, Leicester (3); Midland Hotel, Bradford; Minister Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Reading; Colston Hall, Bristol (5); Rothesay Pavilion; Public Hall, Ipswich; New Theatre, Oxford (3); Bodringallt Chapel, Ystrad-Rhondda; City Hall, Sheffield (2); Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford (2); Albert Hall, Nottingham (6); Drill Hall, Redruth; Eastbrook Hall, Bradford; Town Hall, Reading; Dome, Brighton; New Opera House, Blackpool (2); Central Hall, Newport; Town Hall, Huddersfield; Laing Art Gallery and Museum, Newcastle-upon-Tyne; St. Peter’s Hall, Bournemouth; Town Hall, Cheltenham; Pavilion, Bath; Crane Theatre, Liverpool; Central Hall, Grimsby; Kings Theatre, Southsea; Town Hall, Leeds; Victoria Hall, Hanley; Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool (2); Pavilion, Bournemouth (9 programmes, plus two incomplete items which for stylistic and typographical reasons, are probably also from this venue).

In addition there are items from the following organisations, where a venue has not been specified: Ainfield Plain Arts Club; Slough Philharmonic Society; Crowborough Music Club. There are also another two programmes where a venue has not been specified.
Date range of collection
1944 - 1944
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Location Details

Royal Academy of Music, Library
Marylebone Road London NW1 5HT United Kingdom
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Collections Overview
Books; printed music; sound recordings; choral sets; orchestral sets; manuscripts; early printed music & books; undergraduate & research
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council