London Suburban Concerts (1893-98)
A collection of programmes for performances given at various venues in London between 1893 and 1898, held with a programme for a performance of Handel, The Messiah, given at the Cambridge Grand Festival in 1828, arranged as listed in a bound volume.
With the exception of the prospectus for the Northern Polytechnic Institute, documentation for each concert consists of a programme and wordbook. Any additional material is listed below.
1. Small Public Hall, Croydon
Thursday 22 April : Poetical and Musical Recital by Mr S. Coleridge-Taylor, with Miss Marie Motto (violin), Miss Helen Jaxon (soprano), Mr Gregory Hast (tenor) and Mr Paul Lawrence Dunbar (recitations), under the patronage of Sir George Grove, C. Hubert H. Parry and Professor C. Villiers Stanford, including a number of first performances of works by Coleridge-Taylor.
2. The Holborn Restaurant
13 May 1897: Anniversary Festival given during the 157th season of the Madrigal Society, directed by J.F. Bridge, being a two-part concert of predominantly English vocal music.
3. Grosvenor House
13 July 1893: Mr Francis Korbay’s Afternoon Concert of Hungarian Music.
4. Mansion House, London
6 November 1893: Selection of Glees, Madrigals and Part Songs, to be given as a Banquet in Honor of Music, with Masters F. Dalton, Cooper, A. Smith, C. Barnes and Cooper, Jun; Mr George May, Mr Walter Coward, Mr. E. Dalzell, Mr. Harper Kearton, Mr William Coates, Mr Ackerman, Mr Bevan, accompanied by Mr John Jefferys and directed by Mr William Coates (including a score copy of the first work in the performance).
5. New Concert Hall, Blackheath
19 December 1895: Purcell Bi-Centenary Commemoration Concert, conducted by Miss Rucker, including a selection of instrumental and vocal music by Purcell (with historical notes by S.C.R. and full lists of the vocal soloists and choral and orchestral ensembles).
6. The Athenaeum, Highbury
16 January 1893 and 9 March 1897: Highbury Philharmonic Society, led by Mr Ellis Roberts and conducted by Mr G.H. Betjemann, the second concert including Schubert, Symphony No.8 and Mendelssohn, Athalie. The programme for the second concert contains analytical and historical notes, including musical examples, by Edgar F. Jacques.
7. Princes’ Hall, Piccadilly
15 February 1895, Mrs Lee’s Vocal Recital with Mrs Lee and Mr David Bispham (vocal), Miss Ethel Spiller (violin) and Mr A. Hobday (viola), accompanied by Mr Henry R. Bird and Mr F. Korbay, being a two-part vocal concert, the second half consisting of songs by Francis Korbay.
9 May 1895, Mr Bernard Rolt’s First Morning Concert, with Madame Clara Samuell, Miss Mabel Berrey, Madame Alice Gomez, Miss Clara Butt, Mr Braxton Smith, Mr W.H. Brereton and Mr Charles Copland (vocal), Miss Fanny Davies (piano), Miss Eldina Bligh (violin), Mr Leo Stern (cello) and the Westminster Singers, conducted by Miss Mary Carmichael, Mr Bernard Rolt and Mr Harvey Löhr.
8. Northern Polytechnic Institute, Holloway Road: Great Hall
25 November and 22 December 1897 and 3 February and 24 March 1898: Finsbury Choral Association 1897–98 season (3 subscription concerts and one ‘extra’ performance), led by Mr Eric Halfpenny and conducted by Mr F. Cunningham Woods (prospectus with an introduction to the season, a list of the patrons and subscribers, details of the terms of subscription and a plan of the hall). The performances consisted of the following works: Mendelssohn, Elijah; Handel, The Messiah; Gounod, Faust; and A.C. Mackenzie, Rose of Sharon.
9. Great St Mary’s Church, Cambridge
30 June 1828: Handel, The Messiah, given as part of the Cambridge Grand Festival of 1828, for the benefit of Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
10. Inner Temple Hall
5 December 1896: Bar Musical Society Ladies’ Concert, with Mr A.H.D. Prendergast (conductor of the choir) and Mr J.D. Rogers and Mr Frederick Peachey (piano), being a two-part concert of vocal music, with violin solos by Miss Hilda Kekwich in each act.
11. Kensington Town Hall
Wednesday 22 March : Evening Concert in aid of the fund for building a church at the Pembroke College mission in Walworth, under the patronage of the Master and Fellows of Pembroke College, Cambridge, given by Miss Grainger Kerr, Miss Maud Baker, Mr Enes Blackmore and Mr E. Coleby (vocalists), with a complete choir and orchestra, led by Herr M. Jacoby and conducted by H.J.T. Wood, including Schubert, Incidental Music from Rosamunde being given its ‘First performance in England in its original and complete form’ (with brief notes).
2 February 1897: Vocal and Orchestral Evening Concert, arranged by Mr R.W. Tweedie, for the benefit of the Royal School of Art Needlework, given by the Cecilia Vocal Quartette (Mrs Hutchinson, Madame Hope-Glen, Mr. Walter Ford, Mr Thorndike, Miss Grainger Kerr), Miss C. Worship (piano), Mr C. Jacoby (violin) and Miss Alice Bateman, Miss Mary Carmichael and Miss Nellie Jacoby (piano) (with a list of the orchestral ensemble).
Date range of collection
1893 - 1898
Associated People or Organisations
Wood, H. J. T. -
Westminster Singers -
Tweedie, R. W. -
Taylor, Samuel Coleridge -
Stanford, Charles Villiers -
Schubert, Franz -
Rucker, Miss -
Royal School of Art Needlework -
Roger, J. D. -
Roberts, Ellis -
Purcell, Henry -
Prendergast, Arthur H. D. -
Pembroke College, Cambridge -
Peachey, Frederick -
Parry, C. Hubert Hastings -
Motto, Marie -
Mendelssohn, Felix -
Madrigal Society -
Mackenzie, Alexander Campbell -
Korbay, Francis -
Kekwich, Hilda -
Jaxon, Helen -
Jacques, Edgar F. -
Highbury Philharmonic Society -
Hast, Gregory -
Handel, George Frideric -
Halfpenny, Eric -
Grove, George -
Gounod, Charles -
Finsbury Choral Association -
Dunbar, Lawrence -
Coates, William -
Bridge, J. F. -
Betjemann, Gilbert H. -
Bar Musical Society -
Great St. Mary's Church, Cambridge
Mansion House, London
New Concert Hall, Blackheath
Northern Polytechnic Institute: Great Hall
Prince´s Hall, Piccadilly
Small Public Hall, Croydon
Town Hall, Kensington
19th century - early 1800-1836
19th century - late Victorian 1876-1899
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