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Birmingham Triennial Festival (1968-77)
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A box containing programmes from the attempts to revive the Birmingham Triennial Festivals, 1968-1977.
Festivals took place in 1968, 1971, 1974 & 1977
The 1968 programme of concerts from 17/09/1968-22/09/1968 contains autographs from many of the participants, these included:

Allister, Jean
Assman Quartet
Barenboim, Daniel
Bennett, Richard Rodney
Birmingham Triennial Music Festival
Bishop, Stephen
Boult, Adrian
Bradshaw, Susan
Brown, Andrew
Cherkassky, Shura
City of Birmingham Choir
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Dowd, Ronald
Harwood, Elizabeth
Herincx, Raimund
Jaqueline du Pre
John Carol Case
John Mitchinson
Massey, Roy
Munrow Consort
Munrow, David
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Richter, Sviatoslav
Rignold, Hugo
Robinson, Christopher
Rostropovich, Mstislav
Russell, Philip
Stern, Isaac
Thalben-Ball, George

The 1971 Festival ran from 20/09/1971-02/10/1971. Artists included :
Ciccolini, Aldo
City of Birmingham Choir
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Dmitriev, Alexander
Dowd, Ronald
Early Music Consort
Fremaux, Louis
Handford, Maurice
Herincx, Raimund
Hodgson, Alfreda
Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
Liberman, Viktor
London Sinfonietta Chorus
Manning, Jane
Melos Ensemble
Munrow, David
Pau, Maria de la
Price, Janet
Robertson, Duncan
Tavener, John
Tortelier, Paul
Tunnel Quartet

The 1974 Festival ran from 17/09/1974-29/09/1974. Artists included:
Atkin, Jeremy
Barenboim, Daniel
Bavicchi Ensemble
Binns, Malcolm
Caddy, Ian
Cantelo, April
Case, John Carol
City of Birmingham Choir
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Danish String Quartet
English Chamber Orchestra
English, Gerald
Ford, Keeley
Fremaux, Louis
Fuchsova, Liza
Hamburger, Paul
Handford, Maurice
Jochum, Eugen
King’s Singers
Lawrenson, John
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Menuhin, Hepzibah
Menuhin, Yehudi
Midland Radio Orchestra
Paramor, Norrie
Perahia, Murray
Robotham, Barbara
Rostropovich, Mstislav
Shostakovich, Maxim
Stalman, Roger
Thalben-Ball, George
Tortelier, Yan Pascal

The 1974 Festival ran from 22/09/1977-01/10/1974. Artists included:
Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields
Baker, Janet
Blair, Isla
Brown, Iona
CBSO Chorus
City of Birmingham Choir
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Conoley, Anne
Crossed Keys Operatic Society
D’Oyley Carte Opera Company
Finlay, Frank
Fremaux, Louis
Grimethorpe Colliery Band
Handley, Vernon
Herincx, Raimund
Herrman, Bernard
Hopkins, Antony
Howarth, Elgar
Katin, Peter
Melos Ensemble
Midland Boy Singers
Mitchinson, John
National Concert Orchestra
Palm Court Trio
Parker-Smith, Jane
Powell, Claire
Queensbridge Operatic Company
Robotham, Barbara
Rogers, Paul
Royal Sutton Players
Tinsley, Pauline
Tudor Operatic Company
White, Willard

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.The Festivals continued until 1912.

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 .
Date range of collection
1968 - 1977
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