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A collection of one bound volume and various loose programmes from concerts in Oxford, 1818 to 1836. Programmes contain words to sung items.
The majority of programmes in the collection are from concerts given in “The Theatre” and “Music Room” (Holywell Music Room). There are a few programmes from concerts that took place in the Music School, Town Hall, Star Assembly Room and Carfax Church.
Some of the concerts formed part of various festivals in the city: these include the University Music Festival (for instance 1823, 1831, 1834), Oxford Musical Festival (for instance 1827) and Grand Music Festival (for instance 1822). There is also a programme from the University Amateur Musical Society and a programme from a concert given as part fulfilment of a degree requirement, by William Marshall.
The majority of programmes are entitled “Choral concerts” or “Miscellaneous concerts”. The concerts contained a mixture of solo vocal items, orchestral items and chamber music. A few concerts contained complete performances of oratorios; some were written by William Crotch – professor of music in the University - and included “Captivity of Judah” and “Palestine”.
The programmes are arranged chronologically.
Date range of collection
1818 - 1836
Associated People or Organisations
Royal College Of Music, Centre for Performance History
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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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