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Collection Description

Collection Title
McCann Collection: United Kingdom (1953)
A collection of two boxes of programmes from the McCann collection, from 1953. 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 Festival Hall and the Royal Albert Hall) and from Edinburgh. The contents of the collection are as follows:

London (including Greater London):
Royal Festival Hall – 82 programmes, one leaflet
The collection includes programmes from the following groups, performers and concert series: Philharmonia Concert Society (4); BBC Symphony Concerts (3); BBC Symphony Orchestra Concerts (not specifically entitled “BBC Symphony Concerts”) (4); Royal Philharmonic Society (2); Haydn-Mozart Society (2); London Philharmonic Orchestra (7); London Symphony Orchestra (9); Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (7); Beecham Popular Concerts (2); series called “Eight Coronation Concerts” (3 programmes; one series leaflet). The collection also includes other concerts given in celebration of the coronation.

Royal Albert Hall – 16 programmes, 1 prospectus
These include from the Henry Wood promenade concerts (2 programmes, 1 prospectus).

Other London venues:
Rembrandt Hotel; Gaumont State Theatre, Kilburn; Her Majesty’s Theatre; Chelsea Town Hall (3); Town Hall, Fulham; People’s Palace Theatre; Concert Hall, Broadcasting House; Finsbury Park Empire; Southwark Cathedral; Lighthouse Methodist Sunday School, Walthamstow [Markhouse Road]; Hampstead Parish Church (2); Northern Polytechnic Theatre, Holloway Road; Victoria and Albert Museum (2); Town Hall, St. Pancras; Institute Francais du Royanne-Uni, South Kensington; Central Hall, Westminster; Kenwood (2); Wigmore Hall (2); Vintner’s Hall [Upper Thames Street; City of London]; 4 St. James’s Square; Friends Meeting House, Purley.

Usher Hall – 13 programmes, 1 prospectus
All the items are from the Scottish National Orchestra.

Edinburgh Festival – 8 programmes, 1 prospectus

Reid School of Music – 18 programmes.

Other venues in Edinburgh:
Cathedral Church of St. Mary; Music Hall, Edinburgh; McEwan Hall (2) National Gallery of Scotland (2 ); Nelson Hall, Edinburgh (2); Music Hall; Fettes College. In addition, there are three programmes from Freemasons’ Hall, which are probably from the Freemasons’ Hall in Edinburgh. There is also a programme from an unspecified venue within the University of Edinburgh.


Leeds Triennial Musical Festival – 8 programmes, 1 prospectus
The concerts took place in Leeds Town Hall.

Other Leeds venues:
Leeds Town Hall (3); Leeds Parish Church.

Other provincial venues:
Art Cinema, New Mills; Dome, Brighton; Alhambra Theatre, Bradford (2); Town Hall, Morely; New Theatre, Oxford; Horeb Chapel, Morriston; Boars Hill House; Mexborough Grammar School; Parochial Hall, Mansfield [Brunts Street]; Brangwyn Hall, Swansea; Manchester Hippodrome; Public Hall, Preston (2); Highbury Theatre Centre, Sutton Coldfield; Winter Gardens, Bournemouth; Winter Gardens, Margate; Alma Theatre, Luton; St. Andrew’s Hall, Norwich; Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone; Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke; Civic Hall, Orpington; Town Hall, Downham Market; King’s Hall, Herne Bay (5); Town Hall, Birmingham; Orpington Methodist Church; Floral Pavilion, Bridlington; City Hall, Sheffield; Town Hall, High Wycombe (5); Albert Hall, Nottingham (3); St. Andrew’s Halls, Glasgow; Barber Institute; Grasmere Parish Church; Holy Trinity Parish Church [Hull]; City Hall, Hull; Truro Cathedral; Town Hall, Watford.

Other festivals:
Aldeburgh Festival (1 festival brochure).

In addition, there is a syllabus for the Liverpool Philharmonic, 1953-1954; these concerts took place at the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool.

There are seven programmes from either unspecified venues or unspecified venues within a given town or city. There are three programmes from tours of soloists, where the programme seems to cover the whole tour or else the venue has not been specified.
Date range of collection
1953 - 1953
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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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11.30am - 5.30pm Monday to Friday 12.00pm - 4.00pm Weekends
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council