The earlier programmes in the collection include material from the Triennial Bristol Musical Festival – founded in 1873 – from the 9th (1896) and 13th (1912) festivals. Other programmes include concerts given by the Bristol Choral Society and the Bristol Symphony Orchestra. The collection also includes a number of programmes from the concert series "Duck, Son & Pinker Subscription Concerts".
The programmes from the 1940s are dominated by the BBC. The collection contains a large number of programmes from concerts given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 1940 and 1941. These include weekly "lunch-hour concerts". There are also a number of programmes from concerts given by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, especially from 1943 to 1945.
The post-war material is varied, and includes programmes and concert diaries from orchestral concerts, choral concerts and recitals. The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is also represented in this part of the collection. The collection includes a number of programmes from the "Bristol Proms".
Material is arranged chronologically, with undated items filed at the end of the sequence. For 1940 and 1941, A5 BBC material has been separated from other material.
- BBC Symphony Orchestra -
- Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra -
- Bristol Choral Society -
- Bristol Musical Festival -
- Bristol proms 1968 -
- Bristol Symphony Orchestra -
- Duck, Son & Pinker Subscription Concerts (Bristol) -
- London Philharmonic Orchestra -
- Lunch-hour Concerts (BBC Symphony Orchestra, Bristol) -