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Collection Title
McCann Collection: United Kingdom (1945)
A collection of one box of programmes from the McCann collection, from 1945. 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 – 63 programmes; 3 prospectuses
The collection includes three prospectuses (two annotated) and 14 programmes from Henry Wood Promenade Concerts.

Coliseum – 25 programmes
The majority of the programmes are from concerts given by the London Philharmonic Orchestra; these concerts were given during April.

National Gallery – 41 programmes; 1 press cutting
The programmes are from “National Gallery Concerts”, the war-time concert series organised by Myra Hess.

Other London venues:
Stoll Theatre; 12, Wederburn Road, Belsize Park; Wigmore Hall (3); Archway Central Hall; Cambridge Theatre (4); Embassy Theatre, Swiss Cottage; Cowdray Hall; Town Hall, Acton; Town Hall, Chelsea (2); Civic Hall, Croydon; Central Hall, Westminster; County School for Boys, Bromley; Fyvie Hall.

Town Hall, Birmingham – 30 programmes
The majority of these programmes are from concerts given by the City of Birmingham Orchestra. The concerts were part of two series; a Thursday night and Saturday night series of concerts.

Other Birmingham venues:
Central Hall, Birmingham.

Usher Hall – 19 programmes
The majority of programmes are from concerts given by the Reid Symphony Orchestra or Reid Orchestra.

Other provincial venues:
Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich; Town Hall, High Wycombe (3); Rialto Cinema, York; Devonshire Street Congregational Church, Keighley (3); Ashington Central Hall; Market Square Church, Merthyr Tydfil; St. John Street Methodist Church, Chester; Sir John Wilson Town Hall [Airdrie] (2); Workmen’s Hall, Tredegar; Opera House, Manchester; Central Hall, Swindon; Pavilion, Bath; City Hall, Sheffield (2); Empire Theatre, Burnley; Victoria Hall, Hanley (2); Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford; Town Hall, Cheltenham Spa; Gaumont Cinema, Chester; Concert Hall, Huntley; Chester Cathedral; Buxton Pavilion Gardens; Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool (7 programmes – of which two are from the Liverpool Philharmonic Society, but do not explicitly describe the venue of the concerts as Philharmonic Hall); Central Hall, Bristol; Club Concert Hall, Ardeer; Town Hall, Cheltenham; Civic Hall, Exeter; Methodist Church [Mansfield]; Empire Theatre, Morecambe; Concert Hall, Orpington; King’s Hall, Barrow; King’s Theatre, Portsmouth; St. Peter’s Hall, Bournemouth; Town Hall, Watford (4); New Theatre, Oxford (4); Younger Graduation Hall, St. Andrew’s; Volunteer Hall, Galashiels; Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester; Town Hall, Leeds; Central Hall, Bristol; Town Hall, Ashby-de-la-Zouch; Empire, Cardiff (2); Shirehall, Hereford; Central Hall [Grimsby]; Pier Pavilion, Llandudno (5); Hippodrome, Aldershot; New Theatre, Oxford; Town Hall, Middlesbrough; Odeon, Luton; Ritz, Southend; Queen Street Central Hall [Scarborough]; Gaumont Palace, Chester; Eastbrook Hall, Bradford; Albert Hall, Nottingham; Guild hall, Preston.

There are five programmes from concerts where the venue is not specified on the programme. These include two programmes from concerts likely to have taken place in Bodmin.
Date range of collection
1945 - 1945
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Not Specific
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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