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Collection name Wessex Philharmonic Orchestra (1939-42)
Unique identifier M40
Description A box of handwritten and printed material relating to the Wessex Philharmonic Orchestra, including a large amount of correspondence and the concert handbills and programmes listed below.

This box forms part of an extended sequence of material held by the library of the Royal College of Music. An additional box is held at M39 with further material at shelfmark 26D.

The Wessex Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in November 1939 to given employment to a number of musicians who, owing to war-time circumstances, had lost their work. It was conducted by Reginald Goodall and included a number of ex-members of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. In February 1942, the Wessex became officially associated with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

[undated], Church Hall/Brockenhurst/no venue: three handbills for performances of violin solos given by Harold Fairhurst, accompanied by Maisie Aldridge.

13 March [no year], Talbot Heath: handwritten programme for an orchestral concert. The document includes no indication of the performers.

1 April [no year], Wootton Hall, Bournemouth: Programme of Music by some of the students of the Tobias Matthay School, directed by Edie Marr, with J. Austin Jowett, Florence Russell (piano), Frederic Hart (violin) and Edith Hanson (cello).

17, 24 and 31 May and 7 June [no year], St. Peter’s Hall, Bournemouth: handbill, with outline programmes, for a series of Four Chamber Concerts under the auspices of the Czechoslovakian Club, Bournemouth. Also, an individual handbill for the first of these, given by the Bossert String Quartet with Albert Dyball (piano) and Jack Greenstone (violin).

8 December 1939, Christchurch Town Hall: handbill for an Orchestral Concert, with Peggy Shiffner (oboe), conducted by Reginald Goodall.

15 December 1939, Shrubsall Hall, Boscombe: two printed and one handwritten handbill for a performance by the Wessex Philharmonic Orchestra, with Denis Dowling (vocal), conducted by Reginald Goodall. Only the handwritten document provides the programme in full. The second of the printed documents contains some handwritten annotations.

7 February 1940: Charthouse: two copies of a handbill with notes for a Concert, given by the Wessex Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Reginald Goodall.

11 April 1940, [no venue], Bournemouth: two copies of a handbill, with brief notes, for a Concert of English and Czechoslovakian Chamber Music, given by the Czechoslovakian Club.

27 January 1941, St. Peter’s Hall, Bournemouth: Souvenir Programme, including a list of the orchestral ensemble, for the second Concert of Ballet Music, given by Wessex Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Leighton Lucas.

18 and 25 May and 1, 8, 15 and 22 June [1942], St. Peter’s Hall, Bournemouth: prospectus, with programmes, for the Monday Symphony Concerts given by the Wessex Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Reginald Goodall. The document carries outline programmes, with a record of the soloists engaged.
Date range 1939 - 1942
Associated People and Organisations Wessex Philharmonic Orchestra - Tobias Matthay School (Bournemouth and New Milton Branches) - Shiffner, Peggy - Russell, Florence - Marr, Edie - Lucas, Leighton - Hart, Frederic - Hanson, Edith - Greenstone, Jack - Goodall, Reginald - Fairhurst, Harold - Dyball, Albert - Dowling, Denis - Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra - Bournemouth Czechoslovakian Club - Bossert String Quartet - Aldridge, Maisie -
Associated Places Bournemouth Charterhouse, Godalming Shrubsall Hall, Boscombe St. Peter's Hall, Bournemouth Talbot Heath School Town Hall, Christchurch
Associated Times 20th century - mid 1931-1970 World War II 1939-45
Associated Content Brochures Handwritten programmes Handbills List of orchestral players Programme notes
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Viewing the Collection Loans of performance sets to individual societies or persons; binding; reprographics; photocopying; microform printing
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Collections Overview Founded in 1883, the RCM Library primarily supports the performance, study and research of RCM members. It is also open to the public for reference and research. It contains some 300,000 items, including significant collections of early printed and manuscript material from the 16th to 19th centuries, given to the College upon its foundation, specifically the Libraries of the Sacred Harmonic Society and of the Concerts of Ancient Music. Donations since have included autographs of composers of international renown, amongst them Beethoven, Chopin, Haydn, Mozart and Schubert, as well as manuscripts and archives of major British composers. Although a British bias is apparent, the collection also has significant German and Italian manuscripts and early printed holdings. Later acquisitions of printed music include large quantities of out-of-print material, and sizeable collections of performance sets. Audio-visual holdings and the RCM's own sound archive's are also extensive.
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