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Collection name Handeliana VII (1822-1956)
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Description A miscellaneous selection of programmes and wordbooks relating to performances of music by Handel, given at various English venues in 1822, 1860, 1928 and between 1935 and 1956, arranged chronologically within the seventh of twelve volumes of Handeliana. Also included is a programme for a performance of Messiah, given at City Hall, Brisbane on 22 November 1952.

Programmes are listed here by venue, with the London venues followed by the English provincial ones.

In addition to the concert programmes, this volume also includes a collection of material, including printed and press reports and tickets for the Handel Commemoration Festivals given at the Crystal Palace in 1857, 1859, 1862, 1865 and 1868.


1. London venues
- Crystal Palace
29 September 1860: Madame Clara Novello's Farewell, being a performance of Handel, Messiah given by Mr Wilbye Cooper, Mr Santley, Madame Sainton-Dolby and Madame Clara Novello (vocal), with Mr J. Coward (organ), conducted by Mr Benedict, the entire musical arrangements under the direction of the Vocal Association (handbill).

- Goldsmiths' Hall
[28 January 1955]: Handel, Sosarme, given for the City Music Society in association with the BBC Third Programme by Margaret Ritchie, Nancy Evans, Helen Watts, Alfred Deller, William Herbert, Alexander Young and George James (vocal) with the BBC Singers and the St. Cecilia Orchestra, conducted by Anthony Lewis (handbill with notes).

- Picture Gallery, 40 Brunswick Square
Handbills and programmes with notes for performances of Handel oratorios, conducted Hubert Langley and given with the vocal soloists listed below.
22 June 1950: Joshua, with Margaret Ritchie, Betty Barnard, Alpha Newby and Richard Golding (vocal).
16 July 1953: Hercules with Margaret Ritchie, Veronica Mansfield, Betty Barnard, Ailwyn Best and Maurice Bevan.
23 June 1954: Judas Maccabaeus, with Margaret Ritchie, Mary Dunkley, Alpha Newby and Maurice Bevan.
12 July 1955: Belshazzar (selections), with Maurice Bevan, Ailwyn Best, Winifred Coram, Jean Allister and Deric Hetley.
12 July 1956: Samson, with John Wynton, Margaret Ritchie, Jean Allister and Maurice Bevan.

- Queen's Hall, Langham Place
22 March 1928: Handel, Solomon, given as the Royal Philharmonic Society concert no. 7 (116th season) with Dora Labbette, Stiles-Allen, Clara Serena and Walter Widdop with the Philharmonic Choir, conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham (programme and wordbook with lists of the choral and orchestral ensembles and lists of the Guarantors, Members and Associates of the Philharmonic).

- Queen Mary Hall YMCA, [Great Russell Street]
23 March 1955: Handel, Acis and Galatea, with Sarah Greville, Gaelyne Craig, Jan van der Gucht and George Pizzey (vocal), conducted by Betty Andreae (handbill and programme with historical and descriptive notes).

- Royal Albert Hall
3 November 1948 and 2 November 1949: Handel, Messiah, presented by the Henry Wood Concert Society and given by London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent with the vocalists Isobel Baillie, Kathleen Ferrier, Heddle Nash and George Pizzey (1948)/Jo Vincent, Kathleen Ferrier, Heddle Nash and Harry Shaw (1949) (with words, historical, descriptive and biographical notes and a photograph of Sargent).

- St. Gabriel's Church, Cricklewood
Tuesday 2 December [no year]: 17th and 18th Century Music played by Alan Harverson (organ) and Harold Jackson (trumpet), including the first English performances of Handel's Clock Pieces (handbill).

- St. George's Church, Hanover Square
23 February 1953: Handel, Fifth Chandos Anthem and Wedding Music from Solomon, given by Winifred Coram, Hilda Brasted and Cecil Miller (vocal), conducted by Hubert Langley (handbill).

- Surrey Chapel
12 April 1822: A Grand Selection of Sacred Music from the works of Haydn, Arne, Webbe, Pergolesi and Dr. Crotch … in aid of the Surrey Chapel Alms-Houses, the whole under the direction of Mr Jacob (organ), with Mr Harper (trumpet) and Mr Jenkinson (double drums) (programme and wordbook).

- Westminster Central Hall
24 February 1951: Handel, Messiah given by the London Choral Society and Tobin Chamber Orchestra, with Margaret Ritchie, Gladys Ripley, Alfred Deller, William Herbert and Norman Walker (vocal), conducted by John Tobin (with Introductory Notes concerning the 'authenticity' of the performance). Also, a programme for a performance of this work by the same ensemble at St. Marylebone Parish Church on 30 June 1951.


2. Provincial venues
- Cambridge
10-14 June 1935, Cambridge: Cambridge University Musical Club Handel Festival, including Handel in Italy (10 June, Guildhall, conducted by Anthony Lewis), Hercules/Susanna (outside Gibb's Building, King's College, 11-13 June) and Choral and Orchestral Music (14 June, King's College Chapel, conducted by Cyril Rootham) (programmes with words, notes and lists of the choral and orchestral ensembles).
5 and 6 March 1954, Old Hall, Girton College: Handel, Athalia, presented by Girton College Musical Society, conducted by Ann Eminton (handbill and programme with historical and descriptive notes and lists of the choral and orchestral ensembles).



- Dartford, County Grammar School for Girls
7 May 1955: Handel, Jephtha, with Maurice Bevan, John Wynton, Elizabeth Simon and Ella Clare (vocal) and the Dartford Choral Society, conducted by Hubert Langley (with plot synopsis).

- Merstham
31 March and 1 April 1939: Handel, Hercules given by the Opera Club, Merstham, conducted by Frances Howe (with historical notes and a list of the orchestral ensemble).

- Norwich, Cartlton Theatre
11-15 October 1956: 5 performances given by the Hallé Orchestra, conducted by Sir John Barbirolli and Dr Heathcote Statham, as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Triennial Musical Festival, including Handel, Deborah (14 October) (prospectus).

- Totnes, Music Theatre Studio, Dartington Hall
5, 14, 16 and 17 June [no year]: Handel, Rodelinda, given by Margaret Barry, Roderick Jones, John Fullard, Flora Nielson, Richard Wood, Stanley Pope and U. Soederbaum (vocal), conducted by Hans Oppenheim (single document with notes).

- Wallington Public Hall
2 April 1949: Handel, Messiah, given by Isobel Baillie, Kathleen Kay, John Searl and Norman Walker (vocal), George Eskdale (trumpet), the Wallington Choral and Orchestral Society and the Grange Singers, conducted by Robert Noble (with historical notes).
Date range 1822 - 1956
Associated People and Organisations Young, Alexander - Wynton, John - Wood, Richard - Widdop, Walter - Watts, Helen - Wallington Orchestral Society - Wallington Choral Society - Walker, Norman - Vocal Association - Vincent, Jo - Gucht, Jan Van Der - Tobin, John - Tobin Chamber Orchestra - Stiles-Allen, Lillian - Statham, Heathcote - St. Cecilia Orchestra - Simon, Elizabeth - Shaw, Harry - Serena, Clara - Searl, John - Sargent, Malcolm - Santley, Charles - Sainton-Dolby, Charlotte - Royal Philharmonic Society 1813 - Rootham, Cyril Bradley - Ritchie, Margaret - Ripley, Gladys - Pope, Stanley - Pizzey, George - Philharmonic Choir - Oppenheim, Hans - Opera Club, Merstham - Novello, Clara - Norfolk and Norwich Festival - Noble, Robert - Newby, Alpha - Nash, Heddle - Miller, Cecil - Mansfield, Veronica - London Symphony Orchestra - London Choral Society - Lewis, Anthony - Langley, Herbert - Labbette, Dora - Kay, Kathleen - Jones, Roderick - James, George - Jackson, Harold - Howe, Frances - Hetley, Derek - Herbert, William - Henry Wood Concert Society - Harverson, Alan - Handel, George Frideric - Handel Commemorative Festival - Hallé Orchestra - Greville, Sarah - Grange Singers - Golding, Richard - Girton College Musical Society - Fullard, John - Ferrier, Kathleen - Evans, Nancy - Eskdale, George - Eminton, Ann - Dunkley, Mary - Deller, Alfred - Dartford Choral Society - Craig, Gaelyne - Coward, James - Coram, Winifred - Cooper, Wilbye - Clare, Ella - City Music Society - Cambridge University Musical Club - Brasted, Hilda - Bevan, Maurice - Best, Ailwyn - Benedict, Julius - Beecham, Thomas - BBC Third Programme - BBC Singers - Barry, Margaret - Barnard, Betty - Barbirolli, John - Baillie, Isobel - Allister, Jean -
Associated Places Carlton Theatre, Norwich Central Hall, Westminster City hall, Brisbane County Grammar School for Girls, Dartford Crystal Palace Dartington hall Goldsmiths' Hall Guildhall, Cambridge King's College, University of Cambridge Mersham Girton College, University of Cambridge: Old Hall Thomas Coram Foundation (Picture Gallery) Queen Mary Hall Queen's Hall, London Royal Albert Hall St. Gabriel's Church, Cricklewood St. George's Church, Hanover Square St. Marylebone Parish Church Surrey Chapel
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Associated Content Brochures Tickets Press Cuttings Photographs Analytical Notes Musical Examples Word books First performances Handbills List of orchestral players Programme notes List of chorus members
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Collections Overview The Gerald Coke Handel Collection is an internationally important collection of material relating to Handel and his contemporaries, including manuscripts, printed books and music, libretti, paintings and engravings, memorabilia, art works and ephemera. The Handel collection is open for research Wednesday-Friday, and the display room (with access to recorded music) is open with the rest of the museum Tuesday-Sunday 10-6.
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