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Sir Arthur Bliss Archive concert programme collection: 1907 - 1928
Concert programmes featuring performances of single works by Arthur Bliss. The collection is arranged in chronological order of composition and information is presented here to reflect the physical storage of the material.

Section 1: 1907 - 1928

Trio for piano, clarinet and violoncello, 1907
25/12/1911. Handwritten programme on card, no performer or venue information provided. Bliss's handwriting.

Valses Fantastiques, 1913
09/05/1983, Chelsea College, Zoe Monteanu. Programme and handbill.

String Quartet in A major, “op. 4”, 1914
07/07/1914, 21 Holland Park, Nettie Carpenter, Ernest Yonge, J.H. Bliss, F. K. Bliss. First performance,
07/11/2001, Imperial War Museum, SE1, Chamber Domaine.

Violin sonata, 1914
03/12/2001, Purcell Room, Chamber Domaine.

Quartet for piano and strings in A minor, “op. 5”, 1915
19/08/1997, St. George's, Bloomsbury, Leopold String Trio, Jonathan Ayerst.
27/08/1997, Erin Arts Centre, Port Erin, IOM, Leopold String Trio, Jordi Maso. Coffee concert in programme book for 1997 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition. Programme note by Giles Easterbrook

Two pieces for clarinet and piano: Pastorale, 1916
13/01/1980, Saint Albans School, David Hughes, Adelaide Edelson
24/02/1981, Bristol Music Club, 76 St. Paul's Road, Caryl Alexander, Alistair Jones. Bristol Music Club season listings, plus programme notes for the event.
15/03/1981, Purcell Room, Geraldine Allen, Gavin Mole
15/06/1983, Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, Geraldine Allen, Gavin Mole
30/03/1985, Benn Hall, Rugby, Geraldine Allen, Gavin Mole
27/10/1991, Oxon Hill Manor, Maryland, USA, David Hughes, Joyce Sadler
15/11/1991, Athenaeum, Warminster, Geraldine Allen, Carol Wells. West Wiltshire Arts Nov/Dec 1991 concert listings,
10/02/1993, Royal College of Music, Nicola Hazelwood, Thomas Cooper
08/07/1994, Pitville Pump Room, Cheltenham, Nicholas Cox, Vanessa Latarche. Concert listed in brochure for 50th Cheltenham Festival
07/05/1997, National Portrait Gallery, Andrew Sparling, Thalia Myers
23/08/2000, Courtyard Theatre, Hereford, David Campbell, Julius Drake. Concert listed in brochure for 2000 Three Choirs Festival,
03/10/[2005], St. James's, Piccadilly, Trio Orpheo

Madam Noy, 1918
26/10/1977, St John's, Smith Square, London Sinfonietta, Janet Hughes, Adrian Brown. Lionel McColvin Memorial concert given by Library Association and IAML(UK),
20/11/1980, Walter Moberley Hall, Keele University, Keele New Music Ensemble, With Women of Yueh,
07/11/1994, Blackheath Concert Halls, Catrin Ley, Peter Dickinson, Goldsmith's Contemporary Music Ensemble, With Rout and Three piano pieces

Rhapsody, 1919
21/11/1942, Islington Central Hall, Modern Symphony Orchestra, Vera Mogg, John Wynton
22/03/1980, Raynes Park Methodist Church, Rosemary Parker, Martin Bruce, Amanda Beckett, Iam Marsom

Rout, 1920
06/05/1921, Aeolian Hall, Edward Clark
01/01/1924, Eighth Street Theatre, Chicago, Eric DeLamarter's Solo Orchestra
02/04/1924, Free Trade Hall, 2ZY Orchestra, Nell Davis, Dan Godfrey
25/06/1934, Northern Polytechnic Hall, Modern Symphony Orchestra, Brenda Buckley
11/11/1978, Uihlein Hall, Milwaukee, Milwaukie Symphony Orchestra, Lorna Haywood, Margaret Hawkins
26/03/1980, St John's, Smith Square, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Alison Hargan, John Pritchard
14/07/1988, St James's, Piccadilly, Trinity College of Music Chamber Orchestra, Jennifer Quigley, Meredith Davies

Rout; arr. For 2 pianos by the composer, 1920
14/01/1988, Leighton House, Piers Lane, Kathron Sturrock

Conversations, 1920
12/05/1994, Wigmore Hall, Nash Ensemble, Ian Partridge. Concert part of the British Library Stephan Zweig series
09/07/1994, Egdean Church, Greenhouse Ensemble
18/10/1994, Welshpool, Meirion Ensemble

Two Studies for orchestra, 1920
17/02/1921, Royal College of Music, New Queen's Hall Orchestra, Arthur Bliss
18/11/1980, St John's, Smith Square, Kensington Symphony Orchestra, Leslie Head. Programme and Handbill [Supplementary box]

Two Nursery Rhymes, 1920
17/04/1926, Foothills Hotel, Ojai, Ca, Anne Thursfield, Pierre Perrier, Irene Jacobi. Photocopy
25/05/1980, St Mark's Church, Hamilton Terrace, Vanessa Scott, Malcolm Green, Michael Dussek
25/05/1980, School of Music, Boston University, Leslie Ann Goldberg, Phillip Glover, Jose Rua
[08/10/1980], [London], Lynda Russell, David Campbell, Andrew Ball. BBC Radio 3 ticket
21/05/1983, Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, Sylvia Eaves, Thea King, Courtney Kenn. Programme cut from 20th Century Music in London listings
04/08/2001, Wijngrachttheater, Kerkrade. Item in concert during Orlando Festival 2001, Festival leaflet

Purcell arr. Bliss. Set of Act Tunes and Dances, 1921
04/08/1973, Lulworth Castle Art Gallery, Kato Havas and pupils. Concert given as part of the 1973 Purbeck Festival of Music. Programme book

The Tempest, 1921
08/04/1921, Queen's Hall, Edward Clark and specially selected orchestra. First concert performance. Photocopy of programme

Mêlée Fantastique, 1921
13/10/1921, Queen's Hall, New Queen's Hall Orchestra, Arthur Bliss. First performance
09/11/1921, Queen's Hall, Eugene Goossens and a specially selected orchestra. Photocopy of programme

Three Romantic songs, 1921: no. 3, The Buckle
24/02/1924, Montecito Country Club, Santa Barbara, Eva Gaulhier, Arthur Bliss

A Colour Symphony, 1921-22
[n.d. but post 1980], Goldsmith's College, NCOS Orchestra, Vernon Handley
04/10/1928, Queen's Hall, Henry Wood symphony Orchestra, Arthur Bliss, Finale only. Concert in 1928 Proms prospectus,
21/02/1953, Northern Polytechnic Hall, Modern Symphony Orchestra, Arthur Dennington
07/08/1937, Queen's Hall, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Arthur Bliss, Photocopy of programme
04/04/1941, War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Arthur Bliss
26/05/1951, Northern Polytechnic Theatre, Modern Symphony Orchestra, Arthur Dennington
13/06/1954, Royal Festival Hall, London Symphony Orchestra, Arthur Bliss
08/09/1955, Hereford Cathedral, London Symphony Orchestra, Arthur Bliss. Concert in 1955 Three Choirs Festival
17/01/1961, Royal Festival Hall, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Adrian Boult
02/08/1961, Royal Albert Hall, London Symphony Orchestra, Arthur Bliss
31/05/1971, Royal Festival Hall, London Repertoire Orchestra, Ruth Gipps
01/05/1977, RNCM, Northern Ballet Theatre. Colour symphony used as music for ballet “A Royal Offering”
27/11/1977, Royal College of Music, London Repertoire Orchestra, Ruth Gipps
14/05/1983, Rugby School, New Symphony Orchestra, Graham Nash
25/10/1984, Royal College of Music, RCM Symphony Orchestra, Norman del Mar. RCM Fixture list 1984, handbill and notes
21/10/1985, BBC Maida Vale Studio 1, BBC Symphony Orchestra, John Pritchard
09/05/1987, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Barry Wordsworth. Concert in the RLPO Saturday series 86/97. Full season brochure
05/02/1988, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, Meredith Davies
23/08/1989, Gloucester Cathedral, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley. Part of the 1989 Three Choirs Festival. Full Festival brochure and leaflet
29/07/1993, Royal Albert Hall, BBC Concert Orchestra, Vernon Handley
03/11/1994, Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, Oxford University Orchestra, Peter Stark
04/05/1997, [London], Stonleigh Youth Orchestra, Adrian Brown
14/11/1998, Trinity Church, Hindes Road, Middx, Trinity Orchestra, John Gibbons

Three Jolly Gentlemen, 1923
07/12/1926, 197, Hot Springs Road, [Montecito, Ca), Lawrence Strauss, Elizabeth Alexander

The Ballads of the Four Seasons, 1923
12/07/1960, Cheltenham, Elizabeth Simon, Gerald Moore. First UK performance (1960 Cheltenham Festival). Photocopy of programme
01/12/1974, Camden Arts Centre, John Oakman, Helena Watt
12/06/1980, Royal Free Hospital, Jane Lofthouse, Robert Milnes
27/07/1985, St James's, Piccadilly, Fiona Maconachie, Malcolm Martineau. 1985 Piccadilly Festival listings
27/09/1998, Eastbourne Arts Centre, Helen Rowe, Robert Milnes. Photocopy of handbill
18/11/[2001?], Eastbourne Arts Centre, Helen Rowe, Robert Milnes. Handbill

Concerto for two pianos and orchestra, 1924
20/12/1924, Symphony Hall, Boston, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Serge Koussevitzky, Guy Maier, Lee Pattison. Photocopy of programme
05/09/1929, Queen's Hall, Henry Wood symphony Orchestra, Henry Wood, Ethel Bartlett, Rae Robertson. First performance in England
09/05/1933, Royal College of Music, Robert H. South, Ivan D. Clayton, Arthur Bliss. Photocopy of programme
21/04/1940, Carnegie Hall, Philharmonic-Symphony Society of New York, Ethel Bartlett, Rae Robertson, John Barbirolli
23/02/1940, Cincinnati Institute of Fine Arts, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Eugene Goossens, Ethel Bartlett, Rae Robertson. Photocopy of programme

The Fallow Deer at the Lonely House, 1924
05/10/[1925], Wigmore Hall, Elizabeth Nichol, S. Liddle. Photocopy of programme

King Solomon, incidental music, 1924
21 - 22 Mar 1924, Potter Theatre, Santa Barbara, Ca, Community Arts Players. Photocopy of programme

Masks : four pieces for piano, 1924
11/05/1979, Purcell Room, Richard Deering
14/11/1981, Anderson House Museum, Washington DC, Metropolitan Chamber Players, Adelaide Edelson
10/11/2000, Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, David Howells

Polonaise : from Suite for piano, arr for orch, 1925
10/06/1931, Islington Town Hall, Highbury Orchestral Society, Arthur Dennington

Two Interludes for piano, 1925
[17/05/1979], [Oman?], Kathron Sturrock

Introduction and Allegro, 1926
04/07/1969, Town Hall, Cheltenham, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Arthur Bliss. Concert in 1969 Cheltenham Festival book
06/03/1933, Northern Polytechnic Hall, Modern Symphony Orchestra, Arthur Dennington
30/07/1994, Royal Albert Hall, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Litton
23/08/2000, Hereford Cathedral, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Paul Daniel

Hymn to Apollo, 1926
27/01/1927, Queen's Hall, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Pierre Monteux
18/03/1927, [Emery Auditorium, Cincinnati], Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner. Photocopy of programme, first performance in USA
07/07/1938, Northern Polytechnic Theatre, Modern Symphony Orchestra, Arthur Dennington

Hymn to Apollo (revised), 1964
05/07/1965, Town Hall, Cheltenham, BBC Northern Orchestra, BBC Midland Light Orchestra, Arthur Bliss. First performance of revised version. Concert in 1965 Cheltenham Festival
06/07/1991, Town Hall, Cheltenham, BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra, Grant Llewellyn. Concert in 1991 Cheltenham Festival brochure

Andante tranquillo and Legato, 1926
19/01/1927, Court House, Marylebone Lane, W1, Frederick Thurston. Photocopy of programme

The Rout Trot, 1927
02/06/1993, Royal College of Music, Melanie Spanswick

Quintet for oboe and strings, 1927
09/01[n.d.], Brussels, Piet van Bockstal, Pro Musica. Photocopy of programme
31/10/1929, St John's College, Cambridge, Pro Arte Quartet, Leon Goossens. Invitation concert given by Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge
16/03/1961, Westgate Road, Newcastle-upon-tyne, Aeolian String Quartet, Roger Lord
26 - 27 Nov [1969], Sadler's Wells Theatre, Scottish Theatre Ballet. Oboe quintet used as music for ballet “Frontier”. Photocopy of part of programme
07/10/1970, Frankfurt. Oboe quintet used as music for ballet “Frontier”. Photocopy of part of programme
27/11/1976, City Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, Melos Ensemble
22/11/1980, John. F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Leonard Arner
29/01/1981, Radio France Auditorium, Quatuor Athenaeum, Michel Croquenoy. Handbill
30 - 31 Oct 1981, Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, National Symphony String Quartet, Rudolph Vrbsky
18/03/1985, Wigmore Hall, Razumovsky String Quartet, Virginia Shaw
04/07/1986, Wigmore Hall, Brindisi String Quartet, Marios Argiros
18/07/1991, Pitville Pump Room, Cheltenham, Aldebaran. Concert in 1991 Cheltenham Festival
27/08/1991, St Andrew's Church, Presteigne, New Bochmann String Quartet, Ruth Watson. 1991 Presteigne Festival booklet
30/09/1993, Wigmore Hall, Lindsay Quartet, Maurice Bourge
27/04/1997, Royal College of Music, Neil Black, Raumovsky String Quartet

Pastoral 'Lie strewn the white flocks', 1928
21 Feb [1983?], Queen Elizabeth Hall, Milton Keynes Chamber Orchestra, Holst Singers, Hilary Davan-Wetton, Shirley Minty
[n.d.], [York], Micklegate Singers, Orchestra D'Amici, Dennis Freeborn, Una Barry
24/11/1959, Royal Festival Hall, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Municipal Choir, Pamela Bowden, Charles Groves
23/03/1960, Royal Festival Hall, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Chorus, BBC Choral Society, Sybil Michelow, Rudolf Schwarz
12/06/1975, Winter Gardens, Malvern, Malvern Musical Society, Orchestra da Camera, Margaret Cable, Charles Brett
29/06/1975, Holland Park Court Theatre, Musicians of London and Choir, Rosemary Greenhalgh, Brian Wright
06/03/1976, Queen Elizabeth's School for girls, Barnet, Barnet and District Choral Society, Barlow Orchestra, Alan Barlow, Lena Phillips
27/04/1976, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Anne Collins, Charles Groves
20/11/1976, St James's Church, Colchester, Cholchester Choral Society and Orchestra, Ian Ray, Lesley Tremethick
21/04/1979, Vassar College, NY, Vassar College Choir, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Constance Beavon, Graydon Beeks
04/05/1979, St John's Smith Square, Holst Singers, Milton Keynes, Chamber Orchestra, Elizabeth Scott, Hilary Davan Wetton
02/06/1979, Queen Elizabeth Hall, City of London Choir, London Bach Orchestra, Barbara Robotham, Donald Cashmore
23/06/1979, Clifton Cathedral, Bristol, Bristol Bach Choir, Margaret Cable, Alistair Jones
07/07/1979, St Michael's Church, Highgate, Highgate Choral Society, Musicians of London, Rosemary Greenhalgh, Brian Wright
15/12/1979, Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes Chamber Orchestra, Holst Singers, Hilary Davan-Wetton. Handbill
03/05/1980, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London Orpheus Choir, London Orpheus Orchestra, Sybil Michelow, James Gaddarn
15/11/1986, St John's Smith Square, NELP Chorus, Nemano Orchestra of London, Catherine Denley, Michael Kibblewhite
1928, 22/11/1986, Holy Apostles Church, Charlton Kings, Charlton Kings Choral Society, Vivaldi Chamber Ensemble
14/02/1988, Sports Centre, Harlow, Harlow Chorus, Alberni Symphony Orchestra, Catherine Denley, Michael Kibblewhite
27/04/1988, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Hatfield Philharmonic Chorus, Catherine Denley, Philippa Davies, Nemano Ochestra of London, Michael Kibblewhite. Programme note by George Dannatt. Programme and handbill
09/04/1989, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Holst Singers, City of London Sinfonia, Judith Harris, Hilary Davan-Wetton
03/03/1990, Fairfield Halls, Croydon Philharmonic Choir, London Orpheus Orchestra, James Gaddarn, Beverley Mills
16/03/1991, St Barnabus Church, Dulwich, Dulwich Choral Society, Ruskin Orchestra, Mary Seers, Graham Stewart
12/05/1991, Forum Theatre, Hatfield, Hatfield Philharmonic Chorus, Nemano Orchestra, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Michael Kibblewhite
13/06/1991, Queen Elizabeth Hall, City of London Choir, Wren Orchestra, Meriel Dickinson, Hilary Davan Wetton
16/06/1991, St John's, Smith Square, London Orpheus Choir, London Orpheus Orchestra, Beverley Mills, James Gaddarn
29/06/1991, United Reformed Church, Palmers Green, Barnet Choral Society, Amici Chamber Orchestra, Susan Anderson, Colin Durrant
13/07/1991, Christchurch United Reformed Church, Chelmsford, Lingwood Consort, Ferrara Ensemble, Carolyn Cook, Antoine Mitchell
12/10/1991, Derby Cathedral, East of England Singers, East of England Orchestra, Rebecca Hazard, Angela Kay
30/11/1991, Temple Speech Room, Rugby School, Rugby Philharmonic Choir, Eleanor Graff Baker, Graff Orchestra, Peter Crook
21/05/1994, All Saints' Church, SW14, Amorosi Orchestra, Marion Olsen, Peter Gellhorn
01/03/1997, Fairfield Halls, Croydon Philharmonic Choir, London Orpheus Orchestra, James Gaddarn
15/03/1997, Magdalen College School, Oxford, MCS Choral Society, Carol Goodall, Malcolm Pearce
26/04/1997, The Nave, Windsor Street, Uxbridge, Uxbridge Choral Society, Virtuosi of London, Anthony Goodchild
14/07/1998, St Giles Cripplegate, City Chamber Orchestra and String Ensemble, Catherine Denley, Stephen Jones, Handbill
22/05/1999, Pitville Pump Room, Cheltenham, Charlton Kings Choral Society, Regency Sinfonia, Margriet van Reisen, John Wright

Pigeon song, from Pastoral, 1928
14/12/1978, Leighton House, Margaret Brownbridge, Rosemary Parker, Dennis Clarke
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