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Collection Description

Collection Title
Birmingham Musical Festival (1778-1817)
Unique Identifier
L55.3
Description
Birmingham Musical Festival Programmes 1778-1817.
A volume of photocopies of programmes from the early years of the Birmingham Musical Festival.

The Birmingham Festivals began in the late C18th as a means to raise money to support the services of the Birmingham General Hospital; by the middle of the C19th they had become one of the most important international festivals of the day. Until the end of the 1829 season, the morning performances were held in St. Philip’s Church and the evening concerts in Theatre Royal. After 1834 performances were given in the Town Hall.

Birmingham Central Library’s collection of Triennial Music Festival material includes the surviving records of the Triennial Music Festival, including programmes, news cuttings, accounts, tickets and histories. The collection also includes the records of the Birmingham Festival Choral Society, the autograph album of Richard Peyton, (for many years the chairman of the Festival committee).

There are also scores of many of the works first performed in Birmingham, proof Novello scores of Elgar's 'The Kingdom' and 'The Apostles' and sundry photos etc. and other letters from Bruch, Mendelssohn, etc.

In addition, the collection of correspondence includes letters from Elgar concerning The Dream of Gerontius, Apostles, Kingdom etc, others by Saint-Saens, Mendelssohn, Gounod, Stanford, and Bruch, as well as those of performers taking part in the Festival.

In 1992 Birmingham purchased at auction the autograph manuscript of Mendelssohn's Elijah

03/09/1778 Handel: Judas Maccabeus
Handel: Jeptha (no venue or date)
20/09/1780 Grand Miscellaneous Concert. Theatre Royal, New Street
23/09/1784 Performance at St Philip’s Church [of works by Handel]
23/09/1784 Goliath, an Oratorio, New Street Theatre
24/09/1784 Performance at New Street Theatre [A miscellaneous concert]
22/08/1787 Grand miscellaneous concert, at the Theatre
23/081787 Israel in Egypt, Third performance at St. Philip’s Church
23/08/1787 Fourth performance at the Theatre (miscellaneous concert)
24/08/1787 The Messiah, St Philip’s Church
24/08/1787 Sixth performance at the Theatre (miscellaneous concert)
26/08/1790 Handel: Messiah
27/08/1790 Acis and Galatea, The Theatre, New Street
27/08/1787 [Miscellaneous concert] St Philip’s Church
01/09/1796 L’Allegro ed il Pensiero, The Theatre in New Street
02/09/1796 A Grand Miscellaneous Concert, The Theatre, New Street
22/09/1802 A Grand Miscellaneous Concert, The Theatre, New Street
03/10/1805 A Grand Miscellaneous Concert, The Theatre, New Street
04/10/1805 A Grand Selection of Sacred Music, principally from the works of Handel & Haydn, at St. Philip’s Church.
06/10/1808 A Grand Miscellaneous Concert, The Theatre, New Street
02/10/1811 A sacred concert, St. Philip’s Church
02/10/1811 A Grand Miscellaneous Concert, The Theatre, New Street
04/10/1811 A sacred concert, St. Philip’s Church
05/10/1814 A sacred concert, St. Philip’s Church
05/10/1814 A Grand Miscellaneous Concert, The Theatre, New Street
06/10/1814 The Messiah, St Philip’s Church
06/10/1814 A Grand Miscellaneous Concert, The Theatre, New Street
07/10/1814 A sacred concert, St. Philip’s Church
07/10/1814 A Grand Miscellaneous Concert, The Theatre, New Street
01/10/1817 A Grand Miscellaneous Concert, The Theatre, New Street
01/10/1817 A sacred concert, St. Philip’s Church
02/10/1817 A Grand Miscellaneous Concert, The Theatre, New Street
03/10/1817 A sacred concert, St. Philip’s Church
03/10/1817 A Grand Miscellaneous Concert, The Theatre, New Street
Format
Date range of collection
1778 - 1817
Accumulation Dates
-
Suggested Audience
Not Specific
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Location Details

Birmingham Libraries: Local Studies and History
Central Library, Chamberlain Square Birmingham West Midlands B3 3HQ United Kingdom
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Information, books, and some printed music relating to music in Birmingham
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council