Programmes for both events include historical and analytical notes (with musical examples), contributed variously by Joseph Bennett, Alfred Kalisch and Percy Pitt.
The volume for 1905 includes a prospectus, with programmes, which records that the performances took place at Colston Hall, Bristol. This document also includes a list of the Patrons and Guarantors, a Historical Introduction, a record of the General Arrangements, a list of the orchestral ensemble (conducted by George Riseley) and a record of the vocal and instrumental soloists engaged (see below).
Volume 1: 8–11 October 1902
[8 October] 1902: Mendelssohn, Elijah.
9 October 1902: Elgar, Coronation Ode; and Horatio Parker, The Legend of St. Christopher (both works conducted by the composers).
10 October 1902: Berlioz, Grand Requiem; and a miscellaneous selection, including music by Grieg and Elgar, conducted by the composers.
[11 October 1902]: Handel, The Messiah.
8 October 1902: Mendelssohn, Antigone; miscellaneous selection
9 October 1902: including S. Coleridge-Taylor, Song of Hiawatha (conducted by the composer).
10 October 1902: Grand Miscellaneous Concert.
Volume 2: 11–14 October 1905
Vocal: Madame Albani, Miss Agnes Nicholls and Madame Melba; Miss Ada Crossley, Miss Muriel Foster and Madame Kirkby Lunn; Mr John Coates, Mr William Green and Mr Ben Davies; Mr Ffrangcon Davies, Mr Francis Braun, Mr Charles Knowles and Mr Andrew Black.
Instrumental: Miss Adela Verne and Miss Mathilde Verne (piano) and Herr Fritz Kreisler (violin).
11 October 1905: Mendelssohn, Elijah.
12 October 1905: including R. Strauss, Taillefer (first English performance).
13 October 1905: including Mozart, Grand Mass in C minor (first English performance).
14 October 1905: Handel, The Messiah.
11 October 1905: including Berlioz, Lelio (first English performance).
12 October 1905: Grand Miscellaneous Concert, including Joseph Holbrooke, Dramatic Scena for Baritone and Orchestra, 'Marino Faliero' (first performance, composed for the Festival and conducted by the composer).
13 October 1905: Wagner, Lohengrin.
- Wagner, Richard -
- Verne, Mathilde -
- Verne, Adela -
- Strauss, Richard -
- Riseley, George -
- Pitt, Percy -
- Parker, Horatio -
- Nicholls, Agnes -
- Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus -
- Mendelssohn, Felix -
- Melba, Nellie -
- Lunn, Kirkby 1873 - 1930
- Kreisler, Fritz 1875 - 1962
- Knowles, Charles -
- Kalisch, Alfred -
- Holbrooke, Josef -
- Handel, George Frideric -
- Grieg, Edvard -
- Green, William -
- Foster, Muriel -
- Ffrangcon-Davies, David -
- Elgar, Edward -
- Davies, Ben 1858 - 1943
- Crossley, Ada -
- Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel - see Taylor, Samuel Coleridge -
- Coates, John 1865 - 1941
- Bristol Musical Festival -
- Braun, Francis -
- Black, Andrew -
- Berlioz, Hector -
- Bennett, Joseph -
- Albani, Madame -