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BBC Concerts (1940-1941)
BBC Concerts (1940-1941)
A collection of 58 programmes from BBC concerts, 1940 to 1941. The programmes include analytical programme notes. The programmes are from the provinces; the majority are from orchestral concerts given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the remainder are from the BBC Theatre Orchestra.
Chiefly, the programmes from the BBC Symphony Orchestra are from concerts at Colston Hall, Bristol. These were largely “Lunch hour concerts” (usually Fridays) of Symphony Concerts (usually Wednesdays). In addition, there are programmes from the following venues: Gaumont Place, Taunton; Empire Theatre, Cardiff; Odeon, Bridgwater. Some concerts also featured the BBC Chorus.
Programmes from the BBC Theatre Orchestra are from a number of venues: Town Hall, Cheltenham; Colston Hall, Bristol; Pavilion, Bath; New Theatre Royal, Wolverhampton; Winter Gardens, Malvern; The Regal, Leamington Spa. These concerts were all conducted by Stanford Robinson, and occasionally featured the BBC Theatre Chorus.
The programmes are largely arranged chronologically. Non-Bristol programmes from the BBCSO and the BBCTO programmes are at the end of the sequence.
Date range of collection
1940 - 1941
Associated People or Organisations
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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