BBC Concerts (1946-1947)
A collection of 44 programmes from concerts organised by the BBC, 1946 to 1947.
The majority of programmes relate to performances given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Some of these programmes are from a series of “BBC Symphony Concerts” given at the Royal Albert Hall. There are programmes from concerts given at the People’s Palace. The collection includes programmes from a European tour of the orchestra in June 1947, which was conducted by Adrian Boult. These include programmes from the following venues: Théatre des Champs-Élysées [Paris]; Palais des beaux-arts, Brussels; Concertgebauw: Grote zaal; Kurhaus, Scheveningen [Netherlands] (not a programme, but a magazine listing the concert and music performed).
The BBC Theatre Orchestra is represented by a series of programmes from London and provincial concerts from March to May, 1947. These took place in the following venues: People’s Palace [London]; Town Hall, Oxford; Corn Exchange, Bedford; Winter Gardens, Eastbourne; Guildhall, Cambridge. The concerts were conducted by Walter Goehr.
At the end of the collection, there are programmes from a sequence of BBC Chamber Concerts, which were given in the Concert Hall at Broadcasting House.
The collection also contains a miscellaneous programme from a performance by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, given in the People’s Palace.
The collection is divided chiefly in the following order: BBCSO, BBCTO, BBC Chamber Concerts. Each of these is organised chronologically, except the BBCSO programmes, which are subdivided into Royal Albert Hall, People’s Palace then European Tour. Each of these subdivisions is organised chronologically.
Date range of collection
1946 - 1947
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Inventory - concert dates, performers, conductors, venues (if London) or town, performing groups
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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