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McCann Collection: United Kingdom (1950)
A collection of two boxes of programmes from the McCann collection, from 1950. The collection contains programmes from concerts given in the United Kingdom. The programmes were collected by the concert agent Norman McCann (1920-1999).

The majority of collection consists of programmes from London (particularly the Royal Albert Hall), from the Usher Hall, Edinburgh and from the Edinburgh Festival. The contents of the collection are as follows:

Royal Albert Hall – 50 programmes
These include programmes from the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts, summer season (9 programmes; one prospectus) as well as two programmes from the winter season of Promenade Concerts. There are four programmes from BBC Symphony Concerts. There are three programmes from concerts organised by the Henry Wood Concert Society and two programmes from concerts organised by the Royal Philharmonic Society. There are six programmes from concerts given by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and four programmes from concerts given by the Royal Choral Society.

Other London venues:
Wigmore Hall (4); St. Paul’s Cathedral; London Coliseum; Theatre Royal, Drury Lane; Council Chamber, Town Hall, Croydon; All Saints’ Church, Ealing Common; Civic Hall, Croydon (2); Guthrie House, Cadogan Gate, Sloane Street; R.B.A. Galleries; Royal Academy of Music (9); Central Hall, Westminster (4); Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Polish Embassy, 43 Portland Place; Royal College of Music (2); Town Hall, Upper Street [Islington]; Concert hall, Broadcasting House; Archway Central Hall, Highgate.


Usher Hall – 29 programmes
These programmes are from concerts given by the Scottish National Orchestra.

Edinburgh Festival – 24 concert programmes; 1 festival programme
Programmes are from concerts that took place in a wide variety of venues, including the Usher Hall.

Reid School of Music – 1 programme

Other provincial venues:
Rialto, York; Civic Hall, Wolverhampton; Parish Church of Sutton Coldfield; Concert Hall, Leyton Super Baths; Civic Hall, Wolverhampton; Greenacres Hall [Oldham]; Assembly Hall, Worthing; Gaumont Theatre, Oldham; Town Hall, Wednesbury; Court Royal Theatre, Horsham; Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone (2); Hermon Baptist Church, Nantyglo; News Theatre Lecture Hall [Tyneside]; King’s College Chapel [Cambridge]; Royal Hall, Harrogate (2); Winter Gardens, Bournemouth (2); Central Hall, Newport (3); Town Hall, Morley; City Hall, Sheffield; Town Hall, Birmingham (5); Albert Hall, Nottingham (5); City Hall, Truro; King’s Hall, Derby (2); St. Andrew’s Hall, Norwich; Church House, Fareham; Town Hall, Cheltenham (3); Dome, Brighton (6); Town Hall, High Wycombe; St. Mathew’s Church, Cheltenham (part of the Cheltenham Musical Festival); Brangwyn Hall, Swansea; Cheltenham Ladies’ College (3); Under King’s College Bridge, Cambridge; City Hall, Hull; Broadway Baptist Church, Chesham; Alma Theatre, Luton; Town Hall, Sutton Coldfield.

There are festival programmes for the following festivals: Cheltenham Festival of British Contemporary Music; Amersham, Chesham and District Schools Music Festival; Brighton Musical Festival. In addition, there is prospectus of concerts given by the Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra. The majority of these concerts took place in Leeds and the surrounding towns/cities.

There is a programme from a venue entitled “Concert Hall, Gas Works Road”, where the geographic location is not specified. This venue is highly likely to have been situated in Reading for the following reasons: there is a road of this name located in Reading; the concert was given by the Huntley & Palmers Choral Society, which is likely to have been the choral society of the biscuit manufacturer “Huntley & Palmers” who were based in Reading.

There are two programmes where the venue is not printed, but there is a pencil annotation indicating that the concert took place at the “Russell Hill School”. There is one programme where a pencil indication indicates that the concert took place at the London School of Economics, though no venue has been printed. There is a programme from a concert which has the venue printed as “Grammar School Hall, Keith”, but this venue has been crossed out.

There are two programmes from the Painswick Music Society, though no venue has been indicated. There is a programme from “King Edward VI School”, where the geographic location of the school has not been identified. There are nine programmes from concerts where either the venue has not been specified, or the concert forms part of a multi-venue tour.
Date range of collection
1950 - 1950
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Not Specific
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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