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Collection name St. James´s Hall Concerts (1897-1900)
Unique identifier d.487.a
Description A miscellaneous collection of programme books for seven concerts given at St. James’s Hall, London between 1897 and 1900.

Where appropriate, all of these documents include wordbooks/texts for the vocal and choral pieces. Those for the concerts on 21 March and 5 December 1899 include historical and analytical notes, with musical examples.

10 June 1897: Mademoiselle Chaminade’s Annual Concert, given by Madame Blanche Marchesi, Madame Ronchini, Miss Clara Butt and Signor Ancona (vocal), Johannes Wolff (violin) and Mademoiselle Chaminade and Mademoiselle Ten Have (piano), accompanied by Mr F. Sewell. This was a concert of vocal and instrumental solos, with some piano duets, the vast majority of the music being written by Chaminade.

12 July 1898: Mr Victor Maurel’s Vocal Recital and Musical Lecture, being a programme of vocal solos interspersed with piano duets performed by the Mademoiselles Douste de Fortis. This document begins with an extended transcript of Maurel’s lecture, entitled ‘On the Education of Interpreters of the Musical Drama’ (translated by Edgar F. Jacques). The text continues as part of the programme notes, translated by A. Kalisch and Edgar F. Jacques.

31 January 1899: Newlandsmith Concert no.2, with Miss Adelaide Lambe, Miss Charlotte Russell, Mademoiselle Aurelia Revy, Mr Orme Darvall and Mr Lewis G. Thomas and a string orchestra conducted by Mr Ernest Newlandsmith. This was a concert of vocal and instrumental solos, with occasional orchestral pieces, including the first performance of J.F. Barnett, Gavotte in G minor for piano solo, the first English performance of Asger Hamerik, Symphonie Spirituelle and the first London performance of Paul Gilson, Suite ‘Mélodies Ecossaises’. The programme includes a complete list of the string orchestra and carries a single handwritten annotation detailing a minor change to the printed arrangements. An insert documents the replacement of Mr Orme Darvall with Mr G.A. Vanderbeeck.

21 March 1899: Bohemian String Quartet (Karel Hoffmann, Josef Suk, Oskar Nedbal, Hanus Wihan), consisting of string quartets by Schubert, Dvorak and Beethoven. This performance was billed as the only concert of the season by this ensemble. The programme notes are written by Joseph Bennett.

7 October 1899: Miss Clara Butt’s Morning Concert, featuring Miss Clara Butt and Mr Kennerley Rumford (vocal), Mademoiselle Janotha (piano), Miss Maud Powell (violin) and Monsieur Henry Bramsen (cello), conducted by Messrs Wilhelm Ganz, F.A. Sewell, S. Liddle and Edward Elgar, including the first London performance of Elgar, Four Songs from Cycle ‘Sea Pictures’ (composed for Miss Butt for the Norwich Festival of 1899), accompanied by the composer. The front cover of this document incorporates a photograph of Miss Butt.

5 December [1899]: 2nd Grand Orchestral Concert given by Mr Walter Handel Thorley, being a two-part concert of orchestral and vocal/choral music. The first act consisted of music by Thorley, including the first London performances of a Prelude for Orchestra and Ave Verum (a motet for mixed chorus). The second act consisted of Beethoven, Symphony No.9, with Madame Bertha Rossow, Miss Florence Power, Mr William Green and Mr Francis Harford (vocal). The programme includes a complete list of the orchestral ensemble.

18 June 1900: Mr Landon Ronald’s Grand Morning Concert. This was a two-act vocal concert with solos for piano, violin and cello, conducted by Mr Landon Ronald and Mr Frank Lambert. The programme cites the following performers: Madame Lillian Blauvelt, Mrs Helen Trust, Madame Sylvia Rita, Madame Eldée and Mademoiselle Zelie de Lussan; Miss Ada Crossley and Mademoiselle Y. de St. André; Mr Gregory Hast, Mr Theodore Byard and Mr Joseph O’Mara; Mr David Bispham, Mr Denham Price and Signor Mario Ancona; Mademoiselle Jane May and Monsieur Maurice Farkoa (vocal); Landon Ronald (piano), Johannes Wolff (violin) and W.H. Squire (cello). The programme carries some minor handwritten annotations.
Date range 1897 - 1900
Associated People and Organisations Wolff, Johannes - Vanderbeeck, G. A. - Trust, Helen - Thorley, Walter Handel - Thomas, Lewis - St. André, Y. de - Squire, W.H. - Sewell, F. A. - Russell, Charlotte - Rumford, Kennerley - Rossow, Bertha - Ronchini, Madame - Ronald, Landon - Rita, Sylvia - Révy, Aurelie - Price, Denham - Power, Florence - Powell, Maud - O'Mara, Joseph - Newlandsmith, Ernest - May, Jane - Maurel, Victor - Marchesi, Blanche - Liddle, J. S. - Lambert, Frank - Lambe, Adelaide - Kalisch, Alfred - Janotha, Natalia - Jacques, Edgar F. - Have, Ten - Hast, Gregory - Harford, Francis - Hamerik, Asger - Green, William - Gilson, Paul - Ganz, Wilhelm - Farkoa, Maurice - Elgar, Edward - de Lussan, Zelie - Darvall, Orme - Crossley, Ada - Chaminade, Cecile - Byard, Theodore - Butt, Clara - Bramsen, Henry - Bohemian String Quartet - Blauvelt, Lillian - Bispham, David - Bennett, Joseph - Beethoven, Ludwig van - Barnett, John Francis - Ancona, Mario - Ancona, Madame -
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Associated Times 19th century - late Victorian 1876-1899 20th century - early 1900-1930
Associated Content Photographs Annotations Analytical Notes Musical Examples Word books List of orchestral players First performances Programme notes
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