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A collection of three boxes of programmes from Australia. The collection includes one box of programmes from Sydney. The collection contains programmes and prospectuses from 1907 onwards, including a number of items from the 1920s.
A large array of concert venues, towns and cities are represented in the collection. There are a number of programmes from Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth, including significant numbers of programmes from the Town Hall, Adelaide, Melbourne Town Hall and the Perth Concert Hall. Within Sydney, there are a number of programmes from the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Town Hall.
Some of the main organisations and ensembles represented by the collection are as follows: Victorian Symphony Orchestra; West Australian Symphony Orchestra; Quinlan Opera Company (1910s); Australian Opera; Sydney Symphony Orchestra; Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC).
The collection is divided by town/city, then by venue, then chronologically.
Date range of collection
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Royal College Of Music, Centre for Performance History
220-238 Goldhawk Road London W12 9PL Open Map
Mon-Fri by appointment
Research access by appointment only.
Researchers will be provided with Collection Regulations, and will be asked to complete a Researcher Registration Form (copies are available on the CPH website)
The Portraits and Performance History Collection and its associated reading room is housed in a recently adapted space within the RCM's College Hall, its hall of residence for students.
There is step-free access for visitors.
The Centre for Performance History (CPH) is a research centre and is also responsible for the stewardship of two well-established RCM research collections, the Museum of Instruments and the Portraits and Performance History Collection (PPHC). The latter houses a diverse collection relating to the history of performance including the RCM’s internationally famous collection of images, comprising 340 original portraits and sculptures and 25,000 prints and photographs, forming the most comprehensive archive of likenesses of musicians in the UK. The collection of 600,000 concert programmes from 1720 to the present day is of major importance for research into the history of music, society and culture.
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