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Collection Description

Collection Title
McCann Collection: United Kingdom (1954)
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
The collection includes programmes from the following groups, performers and concert series: concerts conducted by Guido Cantelli (3); Philharmonia Concert Society (4); International Celebrity Concerts (4); Dvorak Commemoration Concerts (2); BBC Symphony Concerts (6); Royal Philharmonic Society (3); Philharmonia Orchestra (7); Haydn-Mozart Society (5); London Philharmonic Orchestra (7); London Symphony Orchestra (4); Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (10).

Royal Albert Hall – 29 programmes
These include programmes from the second series of industrial concerts, given by the London Philharmonic Orchestra (3) and programmes from the Henry Wood promenade concerts (6 programmes, 1 prospectus).

Other London venues:
Tower Theatre, Canonbury; Kenwood; Davis Theatre, Croydon; Connaught Rooms (2 programmes); Institut Francais du Royaume-uni, South Kensington; Morley College; Civic Hall, Croydon; Wigmore Hall (2 programmes); Royal Riding School, Buckingham Palace; Seymour Hall, Seymour Place; Ursuline High School, Ilford (2 programmes); Stoll Theatre; Southwark Cathedral; St. James’s Church, Piccadilly; Sadler’s Wells Theatre; St. James’s Palace; Great Drawing Room, Arts Council of Great Britain (4, St. James’s Square); Town Hall, Woolwich; Victoria Palace (1 flier, 1 programme); Adelphi Theatre; Ilford Town Hall; Finsbury Park Empire.

Usher Hall – 21 programmes
Includes programmes from the Scottish National Orchestra (17 programmes, 1 prospectus).

Edinburgh Festival – 9 programmes, and 1 prospectus

Reid School of Music – 15 programmes.

McEwan Hall, University of Edinburgh – 17 programmes
Lunch hour Organ recitals, given on Fridays, usually between 1:10 to 1:55 pm.

Other venues in Edinburgh:
Cathedral Church of St. Mary; Music Hall, Edinburgh; St. Giles’ Cathedral (2 programmes); National Gallery of Scotland (2 programmes); St. Peter’s Church, Lutton Place; Masonic Hall, Forth Street; Nelson Hall, Dundee Street, Edinburgh; Nelson Hall, McDonald Road, Edinburgh; Nelson Hall, St. Leonard’s Street, Edinburgh [Bernard Terrace, off South Clerk Street]; Pollock Hall. In addition, there are two programmes from Freemasons’ Hall, which are probably from the Freemasons’ Hall in Edinburgh.

There is also a list of programmes and artists for the 1954/1955 Scottish National Orchestra’s concerts, in both Edinburgh and Glasgow. The copy is marked “confidential”, with instructions that the information was not for press perusal.


Town Hall, Leeds – 24 programmes
The programmes are from performances by the Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra, a number of which are conducted by Norman del Mar.

Other provincial venues:

British Music Society of York (2 programmes); Albert Hall, Nottingham (4 programmes); Sophia Gardens Pavilion, Cardiff; Grasmere Parish Church (2 programmes); Memorial Hall, Wallsend; Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool (2 programmes) Pier Pavilion, Llandudno (2 programmes); Central Methodist Church, Skelmanthorpe (2 programmes); Odeon Theatre, Llandudno; Chappel of Ease of St. George, Deal; Town Hall, Birmingham; City Hall, Sheffield; Winter Gardens, Morecambe; Spa Royal Hall, Bridlington; Dome, Brighton; Dorking Parish Church; De la Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea (2 programmes); Luton Parish Church; St. Andrews Hall, Glasgow; Winter Gardens, Bournemouth (2 programmes); City Hall, Hull; Ulster Hall; Central Hall, Tonypandy; Queen’s Hotel, Eastbourne; Capel Als, Llanelly; Asor Hall, Deal; Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone (2 programmes); Victoria Hall, Bolton; Town Hall, Watford; Floral Pavilion, Bridlington (9 programmes); Rinalto Cinema, York; Art Cinema, New Mills; George Edwards Hall, Cefn Mawr; Winter Gardens, Margate; Broadway Baptist Church, Chesham (4 programmes); St. Mary’s Church, Amersham; Cheam Baths Hall; Dover Town Hall; Truro Cathedral; Town Hall, Cheltenham.

There are also brochures from the Aldeburgh Festival and the 1954-1955 concert season of the Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra.

There are also 10 programmes from unspecified venues.
Date range of collection
1954 - 1954
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Suggested Audience
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