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Collection name Leeds Musical Festival (1886, 1901, 1907)
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Description Prospectuses, programmes and wordbooks for the Leeds Musical Festivals of 1886, 1901 and 1907, held as three bound volumes.

All Festivals consisted of morning and evening performances, given at the Town Hall, Leeds and conducted by Sir Arthur Sullivan (1886) and Charles V. Stanford (1901 and 1907).

All programmes begin with lists of the Patrons/Officers of the Festival, lists of the choral and orchestral ensembles, and records of the vocal soloists engaged (see below). Where one is held, this information is replicated in the Prospectus. All programmes also carry historical and analytical notes, with musical examples. Programme for 1886 and 1907 also carry a historical introduction to the Festival.


Volume 1: 13-16 October 1886
Madame Albani, Mrs Hutchinson, Miss Anna Williams, Madame Patey, Miss Damian and Miss Hilda Wilson; Mr Edward Lloyd, Mr Barton McGuckin, Mr Iver McKay, Mr Frederic King, Mr Brereton, Mr Watkin Mills, and Mr Santley (vocal), with Dr William Spark and Mr Frederic Cliffe (organ), Mr Alfred Broughton (chorus master) and Mr S. Liddle (accompanist).

Morning
13 October: Handel, Israel in Egypt.
14 October: J. S. Bach, Mass in B minor.
15 October: Antonin Dvorak, St. Ludmila (written for the Festival and conducted by the composer).
16 October: Arthur Sullivan, The Golden Legend; Mendelssohn, St. Paul (Part I).

Evening
13 October: including A. C. Mackenzie, The Story of Sayid (written for the Festival and conducted by the composer).
14 October: C. V. Stanford, The Revenge, Ballad for chorus and orchestra (first performance, conducted by the composer); Beethoven, Symphony in C minor; Mendelssohn, The First Walpurgis Night.
15 October: including F. K. Hattersley, Concert Overture in E minor (written for this Festival).
16 October: People’s Festival Concert: Mendelssohn, Elijah.


Volume 2 (1901)
Madame Albani, Miss Agnes Nicholls, Miss Ethel Wood, Miss Marie Brema and Miss Ada Crossley, Mr Ben Davies, Mr John Coates, Mr Andrew Black, Mr David Bispham and Mr Plunket Greene (vocal), with Dr Joachim and Senor Arbos (violin) and Mr Leonard Borwick (piano).

Morning
9 October: Handel, Messiah.
10 October: including Verdi, Requiem.
11 October:
12 October: Bach, Church Cantata, Sleepers, Wake! and Beethoven, Mass in D.

Evening
9 October: including Coleridge Taylor, Cantata, 'The Blind Girl of Castél-Cuillé' (written for the Festival and conducted by the composer).
10 October: including the first performance of C. Wood, Song and Chorus, A Dirge for Two Veterans. Also, music by Parry (A Song of Darkness and Light) and Edward German (Prelude, Romeo and Juliet), conducted by the composers.
11 October: including the first English performance of Glazunow, Memorial Cantata, op. 65. Also, Elgar, Variations on an Original Theme, for Orchestra, op. 36 (conducted by the composer).
12 October:


Volume 3 (1907)
Miss Agnes Nicholls, Miss Perceval Allen and Mrs Henry J. Wood, Miss Marie Brema, Madame Ada Crossley and Madame Kirkby Lunn, Mr Ben Davies, Mr Spencer Thomas and Mr Gervase Elwes, Mr Plunket Greene, Mr Herbert Brown, Mr Ffrangcon Davies and Mr Percy Grainger (vocal).

Morning
9 October: Handel, Israel in Egypt; Beethoven, Symphony No. 9.
10 October: including the first performance of C. V. Stanford, Stabat Mater, op. 96. Also, Grieg, Suite for Orchestra, Peer Gynt, no. 1 (conducted by the composer).
11 October: Elgar, The Kingdom (conducted by the composer); Schubert, Symphony in C, no. 9.

Evening
9 October: Parry, Sinfonia Sacra, The Love that Casteth out Fear (conducted by the composer) and A. Herbert Brewer, Pastorals, In Springtime (conducted by the composer). Also, Brahms, Symphony No. 2.
10 October: including the first performances of Arthur Somervell, Ode, 'Intimations of Immortality', from Recollections of Earliest Childhood (conducted by the composer) and R. Vaughan Williams, Towards the Unknown Region (conducted by the composer). Also, Rutland Boughton, Two Folk Songs with Variations for Unaccompanied Choir (conducted by the composer).
11 October: Mozart, Requiem. Also, the first performance of Granville Bantock, Poem for Chorus and Orchestra, 'Sea Wanderers' (conducted by the composer) and the first English performance of Glazunow, Symphony No. 8.
12 October:
Date range 1886 - 1907
Associated People and Organisations Wood, Henry J. (Mrs) - Wood, Ethel - Wood, Charles - Wilson, Hilda - Williams, Anna - Verdi, Giuseppe - Vaughan Williams, Ralph - Thomas, Spencer - Sullivan, Arthur - Stanford, Charles Villiers - Spark, William - Somervell, Arthur - Schubert, Franz - Santley, Charles - Patey, Madame - Parry, C. Hubert Hastings - Nicholls, Agnes - Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus - Mills, Watkin - Mendelssohn, Felix - McKay, Iver - McGuckin, Barton - Mackenzie, Alexander Campbell - Lunn, Kirkby 1873 - 1930 Lloyd, Edward - Liddle, Samuel - Leeds Musical Festival - King, Frederick - Joachim, Joseph - Hutchinson, Mrs - Hattersley, F. K. - Handel, George Frideric - Grieg, Edvard - Greene, Harry Plunkett - Grainger, Percy - Glazunov, Alexander - Ffrangcon-Davies, David - Elwes, Gervase - Elgar, Edward - Dvorak, Antonin - Davies, Ben 1858 - 1943 Crossley, Ada - Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel - see Taylor, Samuel Coleridge - Coates, John 1865 - 1941 Cliffe, Frederick - Brown, Herbert - Broughton, Alfred - Brewer, Herbert - Brema, Marie - Brahms, Johannes - Boughton, Rutland - Borwick, Leonard - Black, Andrew - Bispham, David - Beethoven, Ludwig van - Bantock, Granville - Bach, Johann Sebastian - Arbós, Enrique Fernández - Allen, Perceval - Albani, Madame -
Associated Places Town Hall, Leeds
Associated Times 19th century - late Victorian 1876-1899 20th century - early 1900-1930
Associated Content Analytical Notes Musical Examples List of orchestral players Programme notes List of chorus members
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