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BBC Concerts (1950-1951)
BBC Concerts (1950-1951)
A collection of 17 programmes form concerts organised by the BBC, from 1950 to 1951. Some programmes contain analytical programme notes, which occasionally use musical examples.
All of the programmes are from concerts given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra. The majority of programmes are from the Royal Albert Hall, which were largely “BBC Symphony Concerts”: the remainder include concerts organised by the Royal Philharmonic Society. The collection also contains five programmes from the “Festival of Britain” in 1951, which are split between Royal Albert Hall (2) and Royal Festival Hall (3). Groups which occasionally joined the BBC Symphony Orchestra in performances include the BBC Chorus, BBC Choral Society and BBC Women’s Chorus.
The programmes are arranged by concert series/organising body – BBCSO, RPS Concerts, Festival of Britain – then chronologically.
Date range of collection
1950 - 1951
Associated People or Organisations
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Inventory - concert dates, performers, conductors, venues (if London) or town, performing groups
Royal College Of Music, Centre for Performance History
220-238 Goldhawk Road London W12 9PL Open Map
Mon-Fri by appointment
Research access by appointment only.
Researchers will be provided with Collection Regulations, and will be asked to complete a Researcher Registration Form (copies are available on the CPH website)
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.
There is step-free access for visitors.
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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