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Collection name A. L. Bacharach collection: Box 13 (1937-61)
Unique identifier Mus 317.c.13
Description The last of thirteen boxes of handbill and programmes forming the collection of nutritionist and writer on music A. L. Bacharach (1891-1966), relating to concerts given at various London venues between 1937 and 1961. Also, four programmes for performances given outside of London during the same period.

All programmes are held loosely and are listed here by venue.

1. Broadcasting House
2. Royal Albert Hall
- Henry Wood Promenade Concerts
- Miscellaneous Royal Albert Hall concerts
3. Royal Festival Hall
4. Wigmore Hall
5. Working Men's College, Crowndale Road, Camden
6. Miscellaneous venues (London)
7. Non-London venues


1. Broadcasting House
17 December 1937: Concert of Contemporary Music No. 3 (12th season), given by Robert Murchie (flute), Frederick Thurston (clarinet) and Marcelle Meyer (piano), the Brosa String Quartet and the BBC Orchestra, conducted by Charles Munch (with notes).
27 January 1939: BBC Special Concerts (first season, no.4), being Ferruccio Busoni, Arlecchino (concert performance), accompanied by the BBC Orchestra, conducted by Clarence Raybould.
16 December 1948 and 20 and 27 January, 3 and 17 February, 10 March, 14, 21 and 28 April and 5 and 12 May 1949: 'The Thursday Concert', being Chamber Music given for an Invited Audience (invitation letters/handbills).


2. Royal Albert Hall
- Henry Wood Promenade Concerts (47th-49th, 53rd and 56th seasons)
The concerts were conducted by Basil Cameron and Henry Wood (1941–43) and Malcolm Sargent (1947–50). All programmes contain notes (with lists of the orchestral ensemble from 1947 onwards).
5 August 1941: Anglo-American Concert with the BBC Singers, the Alexandra Choir, Frank Phillips (orator), Moiseiwitsch (piano), and the London Symphony Orchestra.
8 July 1942: Bach Concert, with Elsie Suddaby (vocal), Arthur Catterall and Jean Pougnet (violins), Arthur Ackroyd (flute), Cyril Smith and Phyllis Sellick (piano) and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, including the first performance of E. J. Moeran, Concerto, for Violin and Orchestra.
24 June 1943: Henry Wendon (vocal) and Cyril Smith (piano) with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, including the first performance of Vaughan Williams, Symphony in D (conducted by the composer).
13 August 1947: Bach-Handel Concert given by the London Symphony Orchestra with Norman Walker (vocal) and Harriet Cohen (piano).
25 July 1950: BBC Symphony Orchestra with Heddle Nash (vocal) and Harriet Cohen (piano), including the first London performance of Concertante for Orchestra, with Pianoforte Solo.

- Miscellaneous Royal Albert Hall concerts
29 September 1943: U.S. Army Negro Chorus of 200 voices with Roland Hayes (tenor), Kenneth Cantril (baritone) and the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Hugo Weisgall (with words and notes).
3 November 1946: Sunday Orchestral Concert, given by the London Symphony Orchestra with Marjorie Lawrence (vocal), conducted by Eugene Goossens (with historical, descriptive and biographical notes).

3. Royal Festival Hall
22 July and 16 September 1951: London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Basil Cameron/John Barbirolli (with notes, including musical examples, biographical notes with photographs and a list of the orchestral ensemble). The first concert featured Harriet Cohen (piano) and the second Evelyn Rothwell (oboe).
4 April 1952: Elgar, The Dream of Gerontius, given by the Goldsmiths' Choral Union (20th season) with Nancy Thomas, Heddle Nash and Harold Williams (vocal) and the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Frederick Haggis (with wordbook).
23 May 1951: Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra with Mewton-Wood (piano), conducted by Maurice Miles, given as part of the Festival of Britain (with historical and descriptive notes, including a list of the orchestral ensemble and photographs).
14 July 1952: Mozart, Zaide, presented by the BBC Third Programme and given with the London Mozart Players, conducted by Harry Blech (with historical and descriptive notes by Edward J. Dent).
29 September and 1 October 1952: Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Arturo Toscanini (single document with historical, analytical and biographical notes, musical examples, photographs and a list of the orchestral ensemble).
7 June [1953]: Eight Coronation Concerts, no. 8, presented by the Royal Philharmonic Society in association with the Arts Council of Great Britain, the British Broadcasting Corporation and the London County Council to celebrate the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, given by the London Symphony Orchestra with Harriet Cohen (piano), conducted by John Barbirolli, including the first concert performance of Walton, Coronation March 'Orb and Sceptre' (with a list of the orchestral ensemble and a Note on the Programme, by Martin Cooper and a number of historical essays concerning music for previous royal occasions).
21 March 1954: London Symphony Orchestra, with Harriet Cohen (piano), conducted by Adrian Boult, including the first performance of Fricker, Piano Concerto (with Analytical and biographical notes, photographs and a list of the orchestral ensemble).
30 June 1956: Concert in aid of the Dr. Schweitzer Hospital Fund, with Harriet Cohen (piano) and the Boyd Neel Orchestra, conducted by Walter Goehr (with historical, descriptive and analytical notes).


3. Wigmore Hall (handbills)
13 January 1937: 'reappearance' of Tapia-Caballero (piano).
14 May 1938: Recital of Music for Two Pianos, given by Ethel Bartlett and Rae Robertson, including the first London performances of Mischa Portnoff, Concerto quasi una Fantasia and Darius Milhaud, Suite 'Scaramouche' (with photograph).
16 March 1939: Music for Two Pianos, given by Ethel Bartlett and Rae Robertson.
17 February 1946: Pianoforte Recital by Gertrude Peppercorn (with photograph).
23 November 1948: Concert de Musique francaise/Debussy, given by Ninon Vallin (soprano) and Jacques Fevrier (piano).
5 January 1953: A Concert of Works by Composers who have studied with Alan Bush, conducted by Bernard Stevens (programme with notes).
30 October 1954: Ethel Bartlett and Rae Robertson, appearing as part of the London Pianoforte Series.
8 November 1954: Concert to the Memory of Arnold Bax, given by Harriet Cohen (piano), May Harrison (violin) and Frank Merrick (piano), with the Wigmore Ensemble, Marie Korchinska (harp) and a string quartet of Jean Pougnet, Thomas Carter, Frederick Riddle and William Pleeth.
20 October 1956: Harriet Cohen (piano).


5. Working Men's College, Crowndale Road, Camden
10, 17 and 31 January, 7, 14, 21 and 28 February and 7, 14 and 21 March 1937: 17th season of the Sunday Chamber Music Society, 17th season, nos. 13-14 and 16-23 (single-sheet programmes).


6. Miscellaneous London venues
16 January 1937, Maida Vale Studio 1: Milhaud, Christopher Columbus (first English performance), given with the BBC Choral Society and BBC Orchestra, conducted by the composer (with notes).
21 February 1937, Conway Hall: South Place Sunday Concerts Jubilee Concert (with words and notes, including historical notes on the Society).
28 January 1938, 98 Gower Street, Bloomsbury: Recital by Serge Prokofiev, given for the Society for Cultural Relations between the Peoples of the British Commonwealth and the U.S.S.R (handbill).
9 February 1938, Music Studio, Regent Street: Concert of New British Music, given by Marjorie Hayward and Eda Kersey (violins) and Harriet Cohen, Howard Ferguson and Randolph Hokanson (piano).
24 April 1938, Conway Hall: 27th South Place Sunday Concert (52nd season) (with words).
25 April 1938, Music Studio, Regent Street: Concert of New Music, given by Franz Reizenstein and Arthur Benjamin (piano) and Sophie Wyss (vocal) (with separate word sheet).
3 June 1938, Queen's Hall: London Music Festival concert no. 5, given by Ethel Bartlett and Rae Robertson (piano), the BBC Singers and BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Arturo Toscanini (with words and Analytical Notes including musical examples and lists of the choral and orchestral ensembles).
31 March, 24 October 19 November and 12 December 1938, Hampstead Concert Studio: Chamber Music Concerts in aid of Spanish Relief, given by the Griller String Quartet (March and December) Blech String Quartet (October) and the Pirani Trio (November).
14 January 1939, Aeolian Hall: Adolph Hallis Chamber Music Concert (third series), given by Nina Nuesch (mezzo), the Blech String Quartet, Adolph Hallis (piano), Arnold Goldsbrough (organ), Robert Murchie (flute) and Sidney Fell (clarinet) (with words). The concert included the first English performance of Szarzynski, Concerto a 3 de Deo: 'Jesu spes mea'.
17 March 1939, 41 Glebe Place, Chelsea: Song Recital by Laurence Holmes, accompanied by Alan Richardson (with words).
30 March 1939, 2 St. John's Wood Studios: Studio Recital in aid of Hampstead Spanish Relief Committee and Foster Parents' Scheme by D'Alvarez (vocal) and Egon Petri (piano).
2 May 1939, Queen's Hall: Royal Philharmonic Society London Music Festival by Ethel Bartlett and Rae Robertson (piano) with the Boyd Neel String Orchestra, conducted by Boyd Neel (with Analytical Notes including a list of the orchestral ensemble).
11 May 1939, National Gallery, Trafalgar Square: Griller String Quartet with Frederick Thurston (clarinet), Archie Camden (bassoon), Aubrey Brain (horn) and Victor Watson (double bass), given as part of the Royal Philharmonic Society London Music Festival 1939 (with Analytical Notes). Inserted in this programme is various related material, including a ticket for this concert and fliers for other performances given as part of the Festival.
21 October and 1 November 1941, Pinner County School and Glaxo Laboratories Ltd: Pinner and District Orchestral Society concert nos. 3 and 4 (3rd season), with Kathleen Long (piano), conducted by Kenneth Tucker (single document, with Foreword, a list of the orchestral ensemble, and information regarding the society).
30 June 1943, St. Mary's Hospital: Griller String Quartet (handbill).
22 June 1945, Grosvenor House: Society of Authors Diamond Jubilee Conversazione, featuring the Menges String Quartet (handbill).
11 November 1946, Cowdray House, 1 Henrietta Place, Cavendish Square: London Contemporary Music Centre (21st season, no. 1), with Watson Forbes (viola), Alan Richardson (piano) and the BBC Singers, conducted by Leslie Woodgate, including the first performance of Arnold Bax, Five Greek Folk Songs (handbill).
28 September 1948, Town Hall, Hampstead: Elizabeth Lockhart (violin) and Hubert Greenslade (piano), for the Hampstead Chamber Music Club (single-sheet programme).
21 December 1948, Hampstead Parish Church: Handel, Messiah, given by the Hampstead Choral and Orchestral Society with Isobel Baillie, Nancy Thomas, Bradbridge White and Norman Lumsden (vocal), conducted by Martindale Sidwell (with wordbook).
31 March 1949, Institute Belges, Londres: Paganini Quartet (handbill with biographical note).
10 November 1949, Goldsmiths' Hall: City Music Society concert with Antonio Brosa (violin) and Kathleen Long (piano).
8 March 1939, 18 May and 4 November 1950 and 16 February 1952, Sadler's Wells: Strauss, Der Rosencavalier/Mozart, Cosi fan Tutte/Verdi, Falstaff/Rossini, The Barber of Seville, conducted by Lawrance Collingwood, James Robertson, Michael Mudie and James Robertson (with plot synopsis and detailed information regarding the performers, including a list of the choral ensemble).
19 June 1951, Chelsea Town Hall: Chelsea (1951 Festival) Week by Harriet Cohen (piano) with Esther Darlington (soprano) and the Chelsea Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Arthur Lawrence, including the first performance of Stephen Dodgson, A Dance Overture (with historical, descriptive and biographical notes, photographs and a list of the orchestral ensemble).
14 May 1953, Chenil Galleries, Chelsea: Song Recital by Laurence Holmes, with Roy Teed (piano) (with words).
5 July 1953 and 18 July 1954, Iveagh Bequest Kenwood: Boyd Neel Concert Society in association with the Arts Council of Great Britain (with notes).
11 March 1954, 23 June and 1 December 1955, 6 December 1956, 15 March 1957, 13 June 1957, 12 June 1958, University College and Hospital Joint Staff Common Room: University College and Hospital Chamber Music Club, concert nos. 42, 46, 50 and 61 (handbills).
[26 March 1955], [broadcast performance]: Julius Harrison, Mass in C with Joan Taylor, Marjorie Thomas, Rene Soames and George Pizzey (vocal), the BBC Chorus and BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Willcocks (press cutting).
8 June 1956, Greenford: Pianoforte Recital by Nina Milkina, on the occasion of a Presentation to Sir Harry Jephcott (with biographical note).
2 October 1958, Kynaston School, Marlborough Hill: Guitar Recital by Segovia (with notes, including biographical notes with photographs).
24 January 1961, Town Hall, Haverstock Hill, NW3: London Junior Orchestra, conducted by Ernest Reed.


7. Non-London venues
15 November 1941, Music School, Downing Place: Cambridge University Musical Club, concert no. 1083 (handbill).
20 October 1949, Sir William Whitla Hall, Queen's University, Belfast: Lunch-Hour Concerts, First Concert (handbill).
17 May 1957, Villa Olmo, Como: Concerto in Onore dei Congressisti, given as part of the 3o Symposium Internazionale sulle Sostanze Estranee agli Alimenti (handbill).
2 September 1960, Constitution Hall, Washington D.C: Symphony of the Air (formerly the NBC Symphony), conducted by Aaron Copland, appearing as part of the Fifth International Congress on Nutrition (with notes).
Date range 1937 - 1961
Associated People and Organisations Yorkshire symphony orchestra 1947 - 1955 Wyss, Sophie - Woodgate, Leslie - Wood, Henry - Williams, Harold - Willcocks, David - Wigmore Ensemble - White, Bradbridge - Wendon, Henry - Weisgall, Hugo - Watson, Victor - Walton, William - Walker, Norman - Vaughan Williams, Ralph - Vallin, Ninon - University College and Hospital Chamber Music Club - Tucker, Kenneth - Toscanini, Arturo - Thurston, Frederick - Thomas, Nancy - Thomas, Marjorie - Taylor, Joan - Tapia-Caballero, Arnaldo - Szarzynski, Stanislas Sylwester - Symphony of the Air (formerly NBC Symphony Orchestra) - Sunday Chamber Music Society - Suddaby, Elsie - Stevens, Bernard - South Place Sunday Concert Society - Society for Cultural Relations with the USSR - Soames, René - Smith, Cyril - Sidwell, Martindale - Sellick, Phyllis - Segovia, Andrés - Sargent, Malcolm - Royal Philharmonic Society 1813 - Rothwell, Evelyn - Robertson, Rae - Robertson, James - Riddle, Frederick - Richardson, Alan - Reizenstein, Franz - Reed, Ernest - Raybould, Clarence - Promenade concerts - Prokofiev, Sergey - Pougnet, Jean - Portnoff, Mischa - Pleeth, William - Pizzey, George - Pirani Trio - Pinner and District Orchestral Society - Phillips, Frank - Philharmonia Orchestra 1945 - Petri, Egon - Peppercorn, Gertrude - Paganini String Quartet - Nuesch, Nina - Neel, Boyd - Nash, Heddle - Murchie, Robert - Munch, Charles - Mudie, Michael - Moiseiwitsch, Benno - Moeran, Ernest John - Milkina, Nina - Milhaud, Darius - Miles, Maurice - Meyer, Marcelle - Mewton-Wood, Noel - Merrick, Frank - Menges String Quartet - Menges String Quartet - Lumsden, Norman - Long, Kathleen - London Symphony Orchestra - London Pianoforte Series - London Philharmonic Orchestra - London Music Festival - London Mozart Players - London Junior Orchestra - London Contemporary Music Centre - Lockhart, Elizabeth - Lawrence, Marjorie - Lawrence, Arthur - Korchinska, Maria - Kersey, Eda - Holmes, Laurence - Hokanson, Randolph - Hayward, Marjorie - Hayes, Roland - Harrison, May - Harrison, Julius - Hampstead Choral and Orchestral Society - Hampstead Chamber Music Club - Hallis, Adolph - Haggis, Frederick - Griller String Quartet - Greenslade, Hubert - Goossens, Léon - Goossens, Eugène - Goldsmiths' Choral Union - Goldsbrough, Arnold - Goehr, Walter - Fricker, Peter Racine - Forbes, Watson - Février, Jacques - Festival of Britain - Ferguson, Howard - Fell, Sidney - Dodgson, Stephen - Darlington, Esther - Copland, Aaron - Collingwood, Lawrance - Cohen, Harriet - City Music Society - Chelsea Chamber Orchestra - Catterall, Arthur - Carter, Thomas - Cantril, Kenneth - Cameron, Basil - Camden, Archie - Cambridge University Musical Club - Busoni, Ferruccio - Bush, Alan - Brosa, Antonio - Brosa String Quartet - Brain, Aubrey - Boyd Neel Orchestra - Boyd Neel concert society - Boult, Adrian - Blech, Harry - Blech String Quartet - Benjamin, Arthur - BBC Third Programme - BBC Symphony Orchestra - BBC Singers - BBC Chorus - BBC Choral Society - Bax, Arnold - Bartlett, Ethel - Barbirolli, John - Baillie, Isobel - Bacharach, Alfred Louis - Alexandra Choir - Adolph Hallis Chamber Music Concerts - Ackroyd, Arthur -
Associated Places 41 Glebe Place 98 Gower Street Aeolian Hall, London Broadcasting House Chenil Gallery Constitution Hall, Washington D.C. Conway Hall Conway Hall Cowdray Hall, 1 Henrietta Street Goldsmiths' Hall Greenford Grosvenor House Hampstead Concert Studio Parish Church, Hampstead Institut Belge Iveagh Bequest Kynaston School, Marlborough Hill Maida Vale Studio Music School, University of Cambridge Music Studio, Regent Street National Gallery Harrow Pinner County School Queen's Hall, London Royal Albert Hall Royal Festival Hall Sir William Whitla Hall, Queen's University Belfast St. John's Wood Studio St. Mary's Hospital Town Hall, Chelsea Town Hall, Hampstead Town Hall, Haverstock Hill
Associated Times 20th century - mid 1931-1970
Associated Content Photographs Analytical Notes Musical Examples First performances Handbills List of orchestral players Programme notes List of chorus members
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