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Collection name Oxford Subscription Concerts (1920-30)
Unique identifier MS.Top.Oxon.c.677/1
Description A largely complete collection of prospectuses and programmes for the Oxford Subscription Concerts, seasons 1-10 (missing the programme for the 6th season, no, 3), given at the Town Hall and Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford between 1920 and 1930.

All items are held individually within a single box.

The performances on 12 June 1924 and 7 November 1929 were given at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford. The remainder were held in the Town Hall, Oxford.

Each seasons consisted of orchestral, chamber and solo concerts, with the first of these types including a number of pieces being heard for the first time in Oxford. The first concert of the 9th season (23 October 1928) was devoted to the works of Maurice Ravel and was given to mark the 'occasion of his receiving the degree of Doctor of Music from the University': the composer himself appeared at the performance.

From the second season onwards, all programmes carry words and notes as appropriate (some with musical examples). There are additional handbills for many of the concerts, some with photographs. Programmes for 14 June 1923, 21 October 1926, 8 March 1928, 7 March 1929 and 23 January 1930, include lists of the orchestral ensemble, with the first of these also providing a list of the chorus members.

Where no other indication is given below, the Oxford Orchestral Society was conducted by Maurice Besly (seasons 1-6) and Guy Warrack (seasons 7-10).

1st season (1920–21)
21 October: London Symphony Orchestra with Myra Hess (piano), conducted by Hugh Allen, including the first public performance of Parry, An English Suite in G for Strings.
4 November: Bohemian Czech String Quartet (handbill only).
2 December: Oxford Orchestral Society with Miss Norah Dawnay (vocal) (with words).
20 January: British Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Adrian Boult (with brief note).
10 February: Pianoforte and Violin Recital by Myra Hess and Albert Sammons.
3 March: Oxford Orchestral Society with Fanny Davies (piano) (with brief note).
5 May: Violoncello and Pianoforte Recital by Guilhermina Suggia and Adolph Mann (handbill only).
2 June: Pianoforte Recital by Moiseiwitsch.

2nd season (1921–22)
27 October: London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Albert Coates.
24 November: Birmingham String Quartet with Dorothy Silk (vocal) and Mrs Gordon Woodhouse (harpsichord).
8 December: Oxford Orchestral Society with Herbert Heyner (vocal).
2 February: British Symphony Orchestra conducted by Adrian Boult.
16 February: English String Quartet.
2 March: Oxford Orchestral Society with Claude Biggs (piano).
4 May: Bach Recital by Harold Samuel.
8 June: Violoncello Recital by Guilhermina Suggia, accompanied by George Reeves.

3rd season (1922–23)
19 October: Goossens Orchestra, conducted by E. Goossens, including the first Oxford performance of R. Vaughan Williams, Pastoral Symphony.
16 November: English Singers.
30 November: Oxford Orchestral Society with Ivan Phillipowski.
25 January: New Queen's Hall Orchestra, conducted by Henry Wood.
15 February: Hungarian String Quartet.
8 March: Oxford Orchestral Society with Margaret Fairless (violin).
10 May: Pianoforte Recital by Egon Petri (handbill only).
14 June: William Byrd Tercentenary Celebration with the New College Choir, conducted by W. H. Harris.

4th season (1923–24)
1 November: London Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Anthony Bernard, including the first Oxford performance of Manuel de Falla, Suite from the Ballet 'El Amor Brujo'.
27 November: Violoncello and Vocal Recital by Pablo Casals and Susan Metcalfe-Casals, accompanied by Fanny Davies.
7 December: Oxford Orchestral Society, including the first Oxford performances of Maurice Besly, Mist in the Valley and Holst, Mars, Venus and Jupiter from The Planets.
31 January: Dutch String Quartet.
28 February: Vocal Recital by Roland Hayes, accompanied by William Lawrence.
13 March: Oxford Orchestral Society with Dorothy Moulton (vocal).
12 June: Oxford Bach Choir, Oxford Orchestral Society and the English Singers, conducted by Hugh Allen.

5th season (1924–25)
23 October: English String Quartet.
6 November: Pianoforte Recital by Ernst Dohnanyi, including the first Oxford performance of Dohnanyi, Ruralia Hungarica.
4 December: Oxford Orchestral Society conducted by Guy Warrack.
29 January: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Albert Fransella (flute) and Leon Goossens (oboe), conducted by Anthony Bernard, including the first Oxford performances of: Respighi, Old Airs and Dances; Honegger, Pastorale d'Ete; Ravel, Le Tombeau de Couperin and Holst, Fugal Concerto for Flute, Oboe and Strings.
12 February: Rose String Quartet.
5 March: Oxford Orchestral Society with Beatrice Harrison (cello), including the first English performance of Max Reger, Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Mozart and the first Oxford performances of Elgar, Cello Concerto and Braithwaite, Snow Picture.
4 June: Vocal Recital by Roland Hayes.

6th season (1925–26)
There is no programme for the 3rd concert of this season, which was given on 3 December by the Oxford Orchestral Society.
22 October: London Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Anthony Bernard, including the first Oxford performances of Stravinsky, Suite de Pulcinella and Peter Warlock, Serenade.
25 November: Violoncello, Vocal and Pianoforte Recital by Pablo Casals, Susan Metcalfe-Casals and Fanny Davies
28 January: Aeolian Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Maurice Besly.
25 February: Rose String Quartet.
11 March: English Singers.
17 June: Viola and Pianoforte Recital by Myra Hess and Lionel Tertis.

7th season (1926–27)
21 October: Beethoven Concert by the London Symphony Orchestra with Marie Wilson (violin), conducted by Hugh Allen.
11 November: Song Recital by John Coates
2 December: Oxford Orchestral Society with Norman Greenwood (piano).
27 January: City of Birmingham Orchestra, conducted by Ethel Smyth and Adrian Boult.
10 February: Song Recital by Elisabeth Schumann, accompanied by George Reeves.
10 March: Oxford Orchestral Society.
12 May: Violin Recital by Jelly d'Aranyi, accompanied by George Reeves .

8th season (1927–28)
20 October: London Chamber Orchestra with Katherine Arkandy (vocal), conducted by Anthony Bernard, including the first English performance of Debussy-Ravel, Sarabande and the first Oxford performances of: Peter Warlock, Capriol Suite; Ernest Bloch, Concerto Grosso; and Jongen, Tableaux Pittoresques.
24 November: International String Quartet.
8 December: Piano Recital by Harold Bauer.
2 February: City of Birmingham Orchestra, with Mary Abbott (piano), conducted by Adrian Boult (handbill only).
16 February: Charles Woodhouse String Quartet with Dorothy Silk (vocal) and Joseph Slater (flute).
8 March: Oxford Orchestral Society with Marie Wilson (violin).
10 May: Guitar Recital by Andres Segovia.

9th season (1928-29)
23 October: Extra Concert, devoted to the works of Maurice Ravel by the Virtuoso String Quartet, including the first Oxford performance of Sonata for Violin and Piano.
1 November: Song Recital by Elisabeth Schumann, accompanied by George Reeves.
22 November: Virtuoso String Quartet.
6 December 1928: Oxford Orchestral Society with Ambrose Gauntlett (cello).
24 January: Aeolian Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Guy Warrack.
7 February: Pianoforte Recital by Artur Schnabel.
7 March: London Symphony Orchestra with Donald F. Tovey (piano), conducted by Hugh Allen.
9 May: English Singers.

10th season (1929-30)
17 October: Wind Quintet.
7 November: Sir Thomas Beecham's Orchestra, conducted by Beecham.
28 November: Pianoforte and String Trios by Isolde Menges, Harold Samuel and Ivor James.
23 January: London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Beecham.
13 February: Piano Recital by Artur Schnabel.
27 February: Song Recital by Elisabeth Schumann.
5 June: Harpsichord and Pianoforte Recital by Wanda Landowska.
Date range 1920 - 1930
Associated People and Organisations Woodhouse, Gordon (Mrs) - Woodhouse, Charles - Wood, Henry - Wilson, Marie - Warrack, Guy - Warlock, Peter (pseud. For Philip Heseltine) - Virtuoso String Quartet - Vaughan Williams, Ralph - Tovey, Donald - Tertis, Lionel - Suggia, Guilhermina (sometimes Suggia-Casals) - Stravinsky, Igor - Smyth, Ethel - Slater, Joseph - Silk, Dorothy - Segovia, Andrés - Schumann, Elisabeth - Schnabel, Artur - Samuel, Harold 1879 - 1937 Sammons, Albert - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Rosé Quartet - Respighi, Ottorino - Reger, Max - Reeves, George - Phillipowsky, Ivan - Petri, Egon - Parry, C. Hubert Hastings - Oxford Subscription Concerts - Oxford Orchestral Society - Oxford Bach Choir - New Queen's Hall Orchestra - New College, University of Oxford - Moulton, Dorothy - Moiseiwitsch, Benno - Metcalfe-Casals, Susan - Metcalfe, Susan - Menges, Isolde 1893 - 1976 Mann, Adolph - London Symphony Orchestra - London Chamber Orchestra - Lawrence, William - Landowska, Wanda - Jones, Ivor - International String Quartet - Hungarian String Quartet - Honegger, Arthur - Holst, Gustav - Heyner, Herbert - Hess, Myra - Hayes, Roland - Harrison, Beatrice - Harris, William H. - Greenwood, Norman - Goossens, Léon - Goossens, Eugène - Gauntlett, Ambrose - Fransella, Albert - Falla, Manuel de - Fairless, Margaret - English String Quartet - English Singers - Elgar, Edward - Dutch String Quartet - Dohnányi, Ernö - Debussy, Claude - Dawnay, Norah - Davies, Fanny - Coates, John 1865 - 1941 Coates, Albert - City of Birmingham Orchestra - Charles Woodhouse String Quartet - Casals, Pablo - Byrd, William - British symphony orchestra - Braithwaite, Nicholas - Boult, Adrian - Bohemian String Quartet - Bohemian Czech String Quartet - Bloch, Ernest - Birmingham String Quartet - Biggs, Claude - Besly, Maurice - Bernard, Anthony - Beethoven, Ludwig van - Beecham, Thomas - Bauer, Harold - Arkandy, Katherine - Aranyi, Jelly d' - Allen, Hugh - Aeolian Chamber Orchestra - Abbott, Mary -
Associated Places Sheldonian Theatre Town Hall, Oxford
Associated Times 20th century - early 1900-1930
Associated Content Photographs Analytical Notes Musical Examples First performances Handbills List of orchestral players Programme notes List of chorus members
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