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Collection name London Musical Festival (1899-1902)
Unique identifier e.1396.a
Description A collection of programmes (with words) for four seasons of the London Musical Festival (1899-1902), given at the Queen’s Hall, London under the management of Robert Newman and with the support of the Queen’s Hall Concert Orchestra and Choral Society, arranged chronologically in three bound volumes.

All performances were in two parts and were primarily orchestral in orientation, with vocal and instrumental solos/concertos and a large number of first performances. All programmes provide a full list of the orchestral ensemble and carry extensive historical and analytical programme notes (with musical examples). The notes were typically by Edgar F. Jacques but contributions were also made by Joseph Bennett.

Volume 1: 1899 and 1890
8-13 May 1899
The afternoon performances on 9 and 10 May were given by the Lamoureux Paris Orchestra (conducted by Charles Lamoureux). The remainder were given by Robert Newman's Queen's Hall Orchestra (conducted, unless otherwise stated, by George Riseley), with the exception of the final concert in which the two groups both appeared. The Queen's Hall Choral Society featured in the concerts on 10 (evening), 11 and 12 May.
9 May 1899 (afternoon): Mr Ellison van Hoose (vocal), including the first English performance of Paul Dukas, L’Apprenti Sorcier.
9 May 1899 (evening): Miss Kirkby Lunn (vocal) and Paderewski (piano), conducted by Henry Wood, including the first London performance of Elgar, Meditation ‘Lux Christi’.
10 May 1899 (afternoon): including the first English performance of C. Chevillard, Fantaisie Symphonique, conducted by the composer. Also, songs given by Miss Lillian Blauvelt and Beethoven, Violin Concerto, performed by Monsieur Ysaye.
10 May 1899 (evening): including the first English performance of Lorenzo Perosi, Transfiguration of Christ, given by Madame Emily Squire, Mr Gregory Hast, Mr Gwilym Richards, Mr H. Lane Wilson, Mr F.B. Ranalow, Mr Andrew Black and Mr Robert Hilton (vocal).
11 May 1899 (evening): including the first English performance of Perosi, Resurrection of Lazarus, given by Madame Ella Russell, Miss Ada Crossley, Mr Lloyd Chandos, Mr Bantock Pierpoint and Mr David Bispham (vocal), with Percy Pitt (organ). Also, the first performance of Percy Pitt, Hohenlinden.
12 May 1899 (afternoon): including the first performance of A.C. Mackenzie, Preludes to Acts II and III of Manfred (conducted by the composer). Also, the first English performance of Perosi, Resurrection of Christ. The programme lists the following vocal soloists: Miss Lillian Blauvelt, Miss Hilda Wilson, Miss Marie Roberts, Miss Kate Benstead, Mr Ellison van Hoose, Mr H. Lane Wilson and Mr Charles Knowles, with Percy Pitt (organ).
13 May 1899 (afternoon): conducted by Charles Lamoureux and Henry J. Wood

30 April-5 May 1900
All programmes for this season contain a complete list of both the Orchestre des Concerts-Lamoureux (conducted by Camille Chevillard) and Robert Newman’s Queen’s Hall Orchestra (conducted by Henry J. Wood).
30 April 1900 (evening): Miss Clara Butt and Miss Lillian Blauvelt (vocal), including the first performance of Percy Pitt, Symphonic Prelude, Le Sang des Crépuscules.
1 May 1900 (afternoon): including the first performance of Léon Moreau, Symphonic Poem ‘Sur la mer lointaine’, and songs performed by Madame Albani, with flute obbligato by Monsieur Bertram.
3 May 1900 (afternoon): Ysaye (violin), including the first London performance of S. Coleridge-Taylor, Overture ‘The Song of Hiawatha’.
4 May 1900 (evening): Madame Blanche Marchesi (vocal), including the first London performance of Granville Bantock, Orchestral Poem ‘Thalaba, the Destroyer’.
5 May 1900 (afternoon): Miss Lillian Blauvelt (vocal), including the first English performance of Chevillard, Symphony Poem, ‘Le Chène et le Roseau’.


Volume 2: 29 April to 4 May 1901
Unless otherwise state below, all concerts were performed by the Queen’s Hall Concert Orchestra.
29 April 1901 (evening): Madame Blanche Marchesi (vocal) and Signor Busoni (piano), conducted by Monsieur Colonne.
30 April 1901 (afternoon): conducted by Monsieur Ysaye and including first English performance of G. Lekeu, Adagio for Strings. Also, Mendelssohn, Violin Concert performed by Lady Hallé and vocal music from Wagner by Marie Brema.
1 May 1901 (evening): Saint-Seans concert, conducted by Dr Saint-Saens and Ysaye, including the first performance of Saint-Saens, Fantasia for Pianoforte and Orchestra ‘Africa’, and Violin Concerto (Ysaye, violin).
2 May 1901 (afternoon): Hugo Becker (cello) and Andrew Black (vocal), conducted by Herr Weingartner, including first English performance of Weingartner, Symphonic Poem ‘Das Gefilde der Seligen' (op.21).
3 May 1901 (evening): Mrs Henry Wood (vocal, first appearance at the Queen's Hall) and Lady Hallé and Ysaye (violin), conducted by Henry J. Wood.
4 May 1901 (afternoon): Harold Bauer (piano, first appearance at Queen’s Hall) and Dr. Joachim (violin), conducted by Henry J. Wood.


Volume 3: 28 April–3 May 1902
28 April 1902 (evening): Madame Blauvelt (vocal), conducted by Henry J. Wood, including first concert performance of Percy Pitt, Suite ‘Paolo and Francesca’ and first performance at these concerts of a March by Tchaikovsky.
29 April 1902 (afternoon): Mr Ffrangcom-Davies (vocal), conducted by Monsieur Ysaye, including the first performance at these concerts of Svendsen, Carnival in Paris. Also, Haydn, Cello Concerto (Hugo Becker, cello).
30 April 1902 (evening): Mark Hambourg (piano).
1 May 1902 (afternoon): conducted by Herr Weingartner, including first performance at these concerts of Smetana, Symphonic Poem ‘Vltava’. Also, Dvorak, Cello Concerto by Hugo Becker and vocal aria given by Clara Butt.
2 May 1902 (evening): conducted by Weingartner, including the first performance at these concerts of Weingartner Symphonic Poem ‘King Lear’. Also, Beethoven, Piano Concerto No.5 performed by Busoni and a vocal aria by Kirby Lunn.
3 May 1902 (afternoon): conducted by Dr Saint-Saens and Mr Henry J. Wood, including the first London performance of Saint-Saens Entr’acte ‘Phryné’ and the first performance at these concerts of Elgar, Overture ‘Cockaigne’. Also, Saint-Saens, Violin Concerto (Ysaye, violin) and vocal aria by Madame Ella Russell.
Date range 1899 - 1902
Associated People and Organisations Ysaÿe, Eugène - Wood, Henry - Wood, Henry J. (Mrs) - Weingartner, Felix - van Hoose, Ellison - Tchaikovsky, Pyotr - Taylor, Samuel Coleridge - Svendsen, Johan - Smetana, Bedrich - Saint-Saens, Camille - Riseley, George - Queen's Hall Orchestra 1895 - 1915 Queen's Hall Choral Society - Pitt, Percy - Perosi, Lorenzo - Paderewski, Ignacy Jan - Newman, Robert - Moreau, Léon - Marchesi, Blanche - Mackenzie, Alexander Campbell - Lunn, Kirkby 1873 - 1930 London Musical Festival - Lekeu, Guillaume - Lamoureux, Charles - Lamoureux Paris Orchestra - Joachim, Joseph - Jacques, Edgar F. - Hambourg, Mark 1879 - 1960 Elgar, Edward - Dukas, Paul - Chevillard, Camille - Butt, Clara - Busoni, Ferruccio - Blauvelt, Lillian - Black, Andrew - Bennett, Joseph - Becker, Hugo - Bantock, Granville - Albani, Madame -
Associated Places Queen's Hall, London
Associated Times 19th century - late Victorian 1876-1899 20th century - early 1900-1930
Associated Content Analytical Notes Musical Examples Word books List of orchestral players First performances Programme notes
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