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Bach Cantata Club (1926-1930)
Bach Cantata Club (1926-1930)
A collection of 33 programmes from the Bach Cantata Club, 1926 to 1930. The collection also contains prospectuses and other items of performance ephemera, which include press cuttings and correspondence to members. The collection contains a few analytical programmes, and a number of these contain musical examples.
The majority of concerts took place at St. Margaret’s Church, Westminster; a significant amount of the remainder took place at the Royal College of Music. The collection also includes as small amount of programmes from the Queen’s Hall, Duke’s Hall (Royal Academy of Music) and the chapel at Buckingham Palace.
Charles Kennedy Scott was the conductor for the majority of concerts; other concerts within the series included conductors such as Adrian Boult and Ralph Vaughan Williams. When instrumentalists were used in concerts, the group was sometimes entitled “Bach chamber orchestra” and at other times only a list of players was given. The concerts usually followed the pattern that sacred concerts were given at St. Margaret’s Church, and secular concerts given at the Royal College of Music or the Royal Academy of Music. Some programmes in the collection are from joint concerts with the Oriana Madrigal Choir (which was founded and conducted by Charles Kennedy Scott).
The volume bears the inscription “ex libris Caroli Sanford Terry”, and was given to the Royal College of Music as part of the Charles Sanford Terry bequest.
The collection is arranged chronologically.
Date range of collection
1926 - 1930
Associated People or Organisations
Royal College Of Music, Centre for Performance History
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The Portraits and Performance History Collection and its associated reading room is housed in a recently adapted space within the RCM's College Hall, its hall of residence for students.
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The Centre for Performance History (CPH) is a research centre and is also responsible for the stewardship of two well-established RCM research collections, the Museum of Instruments and the Portraits and Performance History Collection (PPHC). The latter houses a diverse collection relating to the history of performance including the RCM’s internationally famous collection of images, comprising 340 original portraits and sculptures and 25,000 prints and photographs, forming the most comprehensive archive of likenesses of musicians in the UK. The collection of 600,000 concert programmes from 1720 to the present day is of major importance for research into the history of music, society and culture.
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