The first part of the volume contains programmes and prospectuses from the Leeds Symphony Orchestra. The majority of these concerts were part of the series “Leeds Saturday Orchestral Concerts”. All the programmes are form concerts that took place in the Town Hall, Leeds. The concerts were largely conducted by Julius Harrison. There is one programme from a concert conducted by Alymer Buesst, on February 13th 1932. This concert was originally advertised in the prospectus for the season as being conducted by Julius Harrison. However, the prospectus was annotated with Buesst’s name replacing Harrison’s for this concert, and the individual programme for this concert states that Buesst was the conductor. Though the programmes range from 1923 to 1932, the majority of material is from the 1923-1924 or 1924-1925 seasons.
The second part of the volume contains programmes and other material from Scottish concerts, from 1923 to 1929. The collection includes programmes, prospectuses and retrospective season indexes. The majority of material is from concerts given by the Choral and Orchestral Union of Glasgow – founded in 1898 – at St. Andrew’s Hall, Glasgow. These featured the Scottish Orchestra, under an array of different conductors. Some materials include seating plans and prices for St. Andrew’s Hall. The collection includes a programme from a “Plébiscite” concert in February 1925: this concert seemed to have featured music voted for inclusion by the subscribers to the series.
There is also a prospectus from the Paterson’s Orchestral Concerts, 1926-1927 season. These concerts were given at the Usher Hall, by the Scottish Orchestra and Vaclav Talich. One programme includes a seating plan of the Usher Hall, with relevant prices for the series.
The programmes are divided between “Leeds” and “Scotland”. Within each group, the programmes are arranged reverse chronologically.