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Collection name Banbury and District Musical Society (1920-85)
Unique identifier Mus. 312 c.1
Description A miscellaneous collection of prospectuses, handbills and programmes relating to the first 59 seasons of the Banbury and District Musical Society, given between 1920 and 1985, lacking any material for season nos. 36-42, 45, 47 and 48.

Concerts are numbered continuously across the series: where these numbers are given on the programmes, they are preserved below. The seasons are numbered continuously but the Society seemingly stopped giving concerts between December 1938 and October 1946. The numbering for the opening seasons is a little unclear: the first season to be numbered on the programmes is the 3rd (1921-22) and the first 14 concerts all happened during the 1920-21 season.

Unless otherwise stated below, documentation for the first 35 seasons consists of a handbill/single-sheet programme per concert. Thereafter, programmes provide brief notes on the works performed and many include biographical notes. Many of the programmes from the 36th season onwards also carry the signatures of the performers involved.

Where no other indication is given below, concerts were given at the Church House, Banbury (seasons 1-20) or at the Town Hall, Banbury (seasons 21-35). Thereafter, various venues were used (see below), including Banbury Baptist Centre, Broughton Hall, Banbury School and the churches of St. Mary and St. Paul.


[1st concert]
2 November 1920: Bohemian String Quartette.

2nd season (nos. 9-13)
23 November 1920: Jean Waterston (vocal).
14 December 1921: Felix Salmond (cello).
4 January 1921: Dorothea Webb (vocal).
18 January 1921: Fanny Davies (piano).
1 February 1921: Albert Sammons (violin).

3rd season (nos. 15-21)
8 November 1921: English Singers
22 November 1921: Anne Thursfield
6 December 1921: J. Ricart-Matas (cello).
10 January 1922: Lecture Recital by Plunket Greene
31 January 1922: Bohemian String Quartet with Fanny Davies (piano).
7 February 1922: John Adams (piano).
21 February 1922: Murray Lambert (violin)

4th season (nos. 22-28)
7 November 1922: English String Quartet.
21 November 1922: Myra Hess (piano).
12 December 1922: John Coates (vocal).
9 January 1923: Isolde Menges (violin).
23 January 1923: Dorothy Silk (vocal), Albert Fransella (flautist) and George Reeves (piano).
6 February 1923: English Singers (with separate wordbook).
20 February 1923: London Wind Quintet.

5th season (nos. 29-34)
6 November 1923: Harrison Trio.
20 November 1923: Oriana Singers, conducted by Charles Kennedy Scott.
11 December 1923: Herbert Heyner (vocal).
8 January 1924: Catterall Quartet.
22 January 1924: Phyllis Lett.
5 February 1924: Albert Sammons and William Murdoch.

6th season (nos. 36-40 and 42)
21 October 1924: John Goss and the Westminster Cathedral Male-Voice Quartet (programme with words).
4 November 1924: Lionel Tertis (viola), Dorothy Helmrich (soprano) and Ethel Hobday (piano).
18 November 1924: Guilhermina Suggia (cello).
9 December 1924: John Coates (vocal), accompanied by Berkeley Mason.
20 January 1925: Birmingham City Orchestra, conducted by Adrian Boult.
17 February 1925: Catterall String Quartet.

7th season (nos. 43-49)
20 October 1925: Birmingham City Orchestra, conducted by Adrian Boult.
3 November 1925: Steuart Wilson and Joan Willis.
10 November 1925: Violin Recital by Sybil Eaton.
1 December 1925: Dora Labbette, Hubert Eisdell, Margaret Balfour, Harold Williams and Angus Morrison.
15 December 1925: Pianoforte Recital, Harold Samuel.
26 January 1926: The Gresham Singers.
9 February 1926: Budapest String Quartet.

8th season (nos. 50-53)
26 October 1926: Lener String Quartet.
23 November 1926: Chaplin trio (programme).
14 December 1926: Jean Sterling Mackinlay (vocal), accompanied by Percival Garrett.
18 January 1927: Adila Fachiri (violin), accompanied by Joan Conway.

9th season (nos. 54-57)
4 October 1927: English Singers.
8 November 1927: Guilhermina Suggia (cello).
22 November 1927: Joan Elwes (vocal).
13 December 1927: Cortot (programme with notes).

10th season (nos. 58-61)
16 October 1928: Lener String Quartet.
6 November 1928: Elisabeth Schumann (programme with words).
20 November 1928: Philharmonic Trio and Harold Williams (piano).
11 December 1928: Sonata Recital by Myra Hess and Jelly d'Aranyi.

11th season (nos. 62-64)
15 October 1929: Brosa String Quartet.
29 October 1929: Solomon (piano).
12 November 1929: Suggia (cello).

12th season (nos. 66-69)
21 October 1930: Stradivarius String Quartet.
4 November 1930: Keith Falkner (vocal).
18 November 1930: Harold Samuels and Isolde Menges.
2 December 1930: Tudor Singers, conducted by Cuthbert Bates.

13th season (nos. 70-74)
3 November 1931: Hubert Eisdell (vocal) and the Griller String Quartet.
17 November 1931, County School Easington, Banbury: London String Players, conducted by Herbert Menges.
8 December 1931: Muriel Brunskill (vocal) (with separate programme with words).
19 January 1932: Szigeti (violin).
16 February 1932: Cortot (with notes).

14th season (nos. 75-78)
18 October 1932: Dorothy Silk (vocal) with Leon Goossens (oboe) and George Reeves (piano).
15 November 1932: Griller String Quartet.
29 November 1932: Kathleen Long [corrected to Howard Ferguson] and Antoni Sala.
10 January 1933: London String Players.

15th season (nos. 79-82)
17 October 1933: Adolf Busch and Rudolf Serkin.
131 October 1933: Keith Falkner (vocal).
14 November 1933: Irene Scharrer (piano).
5 December 1933: Hirsch String Quartet.

16th season (nos. 83-86)
23 October 1934: Albert Sammons (violin).
6 November 1934: Ethel Bartlett and Rae Robertson.
20 November 1934: Isobel Baillie (vocal) and Thelma Reiss (cello).
11 December 1934: London String Players, conducted by Herbert Menges.

17th season (nos. 87-90)
22 October 1935: Busch-Serkin Trio.
5 November 1935: Jan van der Gucht and Leonard Isaacs (vocal).
26 November 1935: Pro Arte String Quartet.
10 December 1935: Intimate Opera, presented by Frederick Woodhouse (programme).

18th season (nos. 91-94)
20 October 1936: Birmingham Philharmonic String Orchestra, conducted by Johan C. Hock.
10 November 1936: Ethel Bartlett and Rae Robertson (pianos).
24 November 1936: Folk Songs of Many Lands, by Engel Lund.
8 December 1936: Suggia (cello).

19th season (nos. 65, 96 and 97)
19 October 1937: Cortot (piano).
2 November 1937: Recital by Hon. William Brownlow and Rene Le Roy.
16 November 1937: Menges String Quartet.

20th season (nos. 99-102)
18 October 1938: Elisabeth Schumann (vocal) (with separate wordbook).
15 November 1938: London Philharmonic Orchestra (three copies).
29 November 1938: Cyril Smith and Heddle Nash.
13 December 1938: Jelly d'Aranyi (violin) (three copies).

21st season (nos. 103-106)
10 October 1946: Joan and Valerie Trimble (pianos).
24 October 1946: Hirsch String Quartet.
14 November 1946: Douglas Cameron (cello) and Eric Harrison (piano).
5 December 1946: New English Singers.

22nd season (nos. 107, 109, 110)
9 October 1947: Elisabeth Schumann (vocal) (programme with words).
20 November 1947: Philharmonia String Quartet.
11 December 1947: Irene Scharrer (piano).

23rd season (nos. 111-114)
7 October 1948: Denis Matthews (piano).
28 October 1948: Robert Masters Pianoforte Quartet.
18 November 1948: Intimate Opera.
9 December 1948: Boyd Neel Orchestra, conducted by Neel.

24th season (nos. 115-118)
6 October 1949: Amadeus String Quartet.
3 November 1949: Myra Hess (piano).
24 November 1949: Antonio Brosa (cello).
8 December 1949: Dorian Singers, conducted by Matyas Seiber.

25th season (nos. 119-122)
28 September 1950: Boyd Neel Chamber Group.
26 October 1950: Julius Isserlis (piano).
9 November 1950: Leon Goossens (oboe) and Nancy Thomas (alto).
30 November 1950: Philharmonia String Quartet.

26th season (nos. 124-127)
31 October 1951: Dorian Singers, conducted Matyas Seiber.
8 November 1951: Jacques String Orchestra, conducted by Jacques.
22 November 1951: Amy Shuard (soprano), Eileen Croxford (cello) and Colin Kingsley (piano).
6 December 1951: Denis Matthews (piano).

27th season (nos. 128, 129 and 131)
9 October 1952: Intimate Opera Society.
30 October 1952: Peter Gibbs String Quartet.
4 December 1952: Kathleen Long (piano).

28th season (nos. 133 and 135)
29 October 1953: Ralph Holmes (violin) and Valerie Tryon (piano) (two copies)
3 December 1953: The Linden Singers.

29th season (nos. 136 and 138)
12 October 1954: Kendall Taylor (piano).
16 November 1954: Martin String Quartet.

30th season (nos. 140, 142 and 143)
11 October 1955: Robert Masters Quartet with Janet Craxton (oboe).
15 November 1955: Ralph Holmes (violin), Harry Isaacs (piano) and Stella Hichens (vocal).
6 December 1955: Colin Horsley (piano).

31st season (nos. 144-146)
9 October 1956: Beryl Kimber (violin) and Celia Arieli (piano).
23 October 1956: Clive Lythgoe (piano).
13 November 1956: Amici String Quartet.

32nd season (nos. 148 and 150)
8 October 1957: Valerie Tryon (piano).
19 November 1957: Ilse Wolf (vocal), accompanied by Martin Isepp.

33rd season (nos. 152, 153 and 155)
7 October 1958: Colin Horsley (piano).
28 October 1958: Robert Masters Pianoforte Quartet.
2 December 1958: Frances and Alan Kitching.

34th season (no.156)
6 October 1959: Nigel Coxe (piano) (two copies).

35th season (no. 160)
25 October 1960: Carl Pini (violin) and Fiona Cameron (piano).

43rd season
17 October 1968, Broughton Hall, Banbury School: Denis Matthews (piano).
5 December 1968, Broughton Hall, Banbury School: Anne Bartleet (soprano), Martin Bochmann (cello) and Ian Bartlett (piano).
17 May 1969, St. Mary's Church, Banbury: Birmingham Bach Society, conducted by Richard Butt.

44th season
16 October 1969, Broughton Hall, Banbury School: Alfredo Campoli (violin) and Valerie Tryon (piano) (two copies).

46th season
9 December 1971, Broughton Hall, Banbury School: Central London Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Julian Williamson

49th season
24 June 1975, Baptist Centre: Carlos Bonell (piano).

50th season
7 May 1976, St. Mary's Church, Banbury: Robert Tear (tenor) and Philip Ledger (piano).

51st season
11 January 1977, Baptist Centre: Members Evening (handbill only).
15 April 1977, Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Deddington: Silver Jubilee Concert by Janet Baker (vocal) with Geoffrey Parsons (piano) (three copies).

52nd season
4 October 1977, Banbury Baptist Centre: The Scholars.
7 February 1978, Banbury Baptist Centre: Piano Recital, Margaret Newman.
17 April 1978, Banbury Baptist Centre: Bochmann String Quartet (three copies).
12 May 1978, Deddington Church: New London Soloists Ensemble.

53rd season
6 October 1978, Broughton Castle: The Sheba Sound
7 November 1978, Banbury Baptist Centre: Guadagnini String Quartet
12 January 1979, Wroxton Abbey: Jonathan Gibbs and Catherine James (vocal) and Malcolm Wilson (piano).
16 March 1979, Tudor Hall School: Andrew Watkinson (violin) and Gordon Back (piano).
8 April 1979, Deddington Church: Richard Hickox Orchestra with Julian Lloyd Webber (cello).

54th season (no number, nos. 235-236, 238-239 and 241)
Also, Historical Souvenir for this Diamond Jubilee
14 September 1979, Broughton Castle: Soiree
9 October 1979: Imogen Cooper (piano)
20 November 1979, Banbury Baptist Centre: Helen Walker (soprano), Nicholas Bucknall (clarinet) and John Alley (piano)
15 January 1980, Banbury Baptist Centre: Gallina Brass Ensemble
19 February 1980, Banbury Baptist Centre: Court String Quartet
18 April 1980, St. Mary's Church, Banbury: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, with Felix Kok (violin), conducted by Christopher Robinson.

55th season, (242-243, 245-246 and unnumbered)
18 October 1980, St. Mary's Church, Banbury: Banbury Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Philip Shaw.
18 November 1901, Banbury Baptist Centre: Alison Baker (piano) (two copies).
10 February 1981, Banbury Baptist Centre: Locrian String Quartet
10 March 1981, Banbury Baptist Centre: The Baccholian Singers
10 April 1981, St. Mary's Church, Banbury: New Chamber Soloists.

56th season (nos. 249-253)
29 September 1981, Banbury Baptist Centre: Trio Zingara (two copies)
5 December 1981, St. Paul's Church, Banbury: Polyphonic Music Group of Banbury
12 March 1982, St. Paul's Church, Banbury: Felicitas Quartet
12 June 1982, Broughton Castle: Yehudi Menuhin School
10 July 1982, St. Paul's Church, Banbury: Perry String Quartet

57th season (nos. 254-257)
8 October 1982, St. Paul's Church, Banbury: Hanson String Quartet.
19 November 1982, St. Paul's Church, Banbury: John Harle (saxophone) and John Lenehan (piano).
18 March 1983, St. Paul's Church, Banbury: Trio Felice.
22 April 1983, Deddington Church: Serenata of London

58th season (nos. 258-262)
24 June 1983, Broughton Castle, Banbury: Cornel Oboe Quartet.
17 September 1983, Banbury Baptist Centre: Paul Coker (piano).
22 October 1983, Banbury Baptist Centre: Eleanor Simey (celtic harp) and Janice and Robert Goodall.
19 November 1983, Banbury Baptist Centre: Gagliano Trio.
13 April 1984, Wroxton Abbey: Felicitas Quartet.


59th season (nos. 263–267)
12 May, 9 June and 15 July, St. Mary's Parish Church, Banbury/St. Mary's Parish Church, Tetbury/Dorchester Abbey: Summer Concerts by the Thames Chamber Orchestra (single document).
15 June 1984, Cheshire Home Twyford: Amanda Hurton (piano)
29 September 1984, Banbury Baptist Centre: Hanson String Quartet.
20 April 1985, Banbury Baptist Centre: Lowri Blake (cello) and Caroline Palmer (piano).
21 June 1985, Broughton Castle: Cosmos Wind Quintet (two copies).
Date range 1920 - 1985
Associated People and Organisations Woodhouse, Frederick - Wolf, Ilse - Wilson, Steuart - Wilson, Malcolm - Willis, Joan - Williamson, Julian - Williams, Harold - Westminster Cathedral Male-Voice Quartet - Webb, Dorothea - Watkinson, Andrew - Waterston, Jean - Walker, Helen - Gucht, Jan Van Der - Tudor Singers - Tryon, Valerie - Trio Zingara - Trio Felice - Trimble, Valerie - Trimble, Joan - Thursfield, Anne - Thomas, Nancy - Thames chamber orchestra 1962 - Tertis, Lionel - Tear, Robert - Taylor, Kendall - Szigeti, Joseph - Suggia, Guilhermina (sometimes Suggia-Casals) - Stradivarius String Quartet - Cutner, Solomon Solomon 1902 - 1988 Smith, Cyril - Simey, Eleanor - Silk, Dorothy - Shuard, Amy - Sheba Sound (The) - Shaw, Philip - Serkin, Rudolf - Serenata of London - Seiber, Mátyás - Scott, Charles Kennedy - Schumann, Elisabeth - Scharrer, Irene - Samuel, Harold 1879 - 1937 Sammons, Albert - Salmond, Felix - Sala, Antoni - Robinson, Christopher - Robertson, Rae - Robert Masters Quartet - Richard Hickox Orchestra - Ricart-Matas, J. - Reiss, Thelma - Reeves, George - Pro Arte String Quartet - Polyphonic Music Group of Banbury - Pini, Carl - Philharmonic Trio - Philharmonia String Quartet - Peter Gibbs Quartet - Perry String Quartet - Parson, Geoffrey - Palmer, Caroline - Oriana Singers - Newman, Margaret - New London Soloists Ensemble - New English Singers - New Chamber Soloists - Neel, Boyd - Nash, Heddle - Murdoch, William - Morrison, Angus - Menuhin, Yehudi - Menges, Isolde 1893 - 1976 Menges, Herbert 1902 - 1972 Menges String Quartet - Menges String Quartet - Matthews, Denis - Masters, Robert - Mason, Berkeley - Martin String Quartet - Mackinlay, Jean Sterling - Lythgoe, Clive - Lund, Engel - Long, Kathleen - London Wind Quintet - London String Players - London Philharmonic Orchestra - Locrian String Quartet - Lobach, Babette - Lloyd Webber, Julian - Linden Singers, The - Lett, Phyllis - Léner String Quartet - Lenehan, John - Ledger, Philip - Le Roy, René - Lambert, Murray - Labbette, Dora - Kok, Felix - Kitching, Frances - Kitching, Alan - Kingsley, Colin - Kimber, Beryl - James, Catherine - Jacques, Reginald - Jacques Orchestra - Isserlis, Julius - Isaacs, Leonard - Isaacs, Harry - Intimate Opera Society - Hurton, Amanda - Horsley, Colin - Holmes, Ralph - Hock, Johan C. - Hobday, Ethel - Hirsch String Quartet - Hickox, Richard 1948 - Hichens, Stella - Heyner, Herbert - Hess, Myra - Helmrich, Dorothy - Harrison, Eric - Harle, John - Hanson String Quartet - Guadagnini String Quartet - Griller String Quartet - Gresham Singers - Greene, Harry Plunkett - Goss, John - Goossens, Léon - Goodall, Robert - Goodall, Janice - Gibbs, Peter - Gibbs, Jonathan - Gallina Brass Ensemble - Gagliano Trio - Fransella, Albert - Ferguson, Howard - Felicitas Quartet - Falkner, Keith - Fachiri, Adila - English String Quartet - English Singers - Elwes, Joan - Eisdell, Hubert - Eaton, Sybil - Dorian Singers - Davies, Fanny - Croxford, Eileen - Craxton, Janet - Coxe, Nigel - Court String Quartet - Cosmos Wind Quintet - Cortot, Alfred - Cooper, Imogen - Conway, Joan - Coker, Paul - Coates, John 1865 - 1941 City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus - City of Birmingham Orchestra - Chaplin Trio - Central London Chamber Orchestra - Catterall String Quartet - Campoli, Alfredo - Cameron, Fiona - Cameron, Douglas - Butt, Richard - Busch, Adolf - Budapest String Quartet - Bucknall, Nicholas - Brunskill, Muriel - Brownlow, William - Brosa, Antonio - Brosa String Quartet - Boyd Neel Orchestra - Boult, Adrian - Bonell, Carlos - Bohemian String Quartet - Bochmann, Martin - Bochmann String Quartet - Blake, Lowri - Birmingham Philharmonic String Orchestra - Birmingham Bach Society - Bates, Cuthbert - Bartlett, Ian - Bartlett, Ethel - Bartlett, Anne - Banbury Symphony Orchestra - Banbury and District Musical Society - Balfour, Margaret - Baker, Janet - Baker, Alison - Baillie, Isobel - Back, Gordon - Baccholian Singers of London (The) - Arieli, Celia - Aranyi, Jelly d' - Amici String Quartet - Amadeus String Quartet - Alley, John - Adams, John -
Associated Places Banbury Baptist Centre Broughton Castle, Banbury Broughton Hall Cheshire Home, Twyford County School, Easington Deddington Church Dorchester Abbey Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Deddington St. Mary's Church, Banbury St. Mary's Parish Church, Tetbury St. Paul's Church, Banbury Tudor Hall School
Associated Times 20th century - early 1900-1930 20th century - late 1971-1999 20th century - mid 1931-1970
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