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Collection name McCann Collection: United Kingdom (1953)
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Description A collection of two boxes of programmes from the McCann collection, from 1953. The collection contains programmes from concerts given in the United Kingdom. The programmes were collected by the concert agent Norman McCann (1920-1999).

The majority of collection consists of programmes from London (particularly the Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Albert Hall) and from Edinburgh. The contents of the collection are as follows:

London (including Greater London):
Royal Festival Hall – 82 programmes, one leaflet
The collection includes programmes from the following groups, performers and concert series: Philharmonia Concert Society (4); BBC Symphony Concerts (3); BBC Symphony Orchestra Concerts (not specifically entitled “BBC Symphony Concerts”) (4); Royal Philharmonic Society (2); Haydn-Mozart Society (2); London Philharmonic Orchestra (7); London Symphony Orchestra (9); Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (7); Beecham Popular Concerts (2); series called “Eight Coronation Concerts” (3 programmes; one series leaflet). The collection also includes other concerts given in celebration of the coronation.

Royal Albert Hall – 16 programmes, 1 prospectus
These include from the Henry Wood promenade concerts (2 programmes, 1 prospectus).

Other London venues:
Rembrandt Hotel; Gaumont State Theatre, Kilburn; Her Majesty’s Theatre; Chelsea Town Hall (3); Town Hall, Fulham; People’s Palace Theatre; Concert Hall, Broadcasting House; Finsbury Park Empire; Southwark Cathedral; Lighthouse Methodist Sunday School, Walthamstow [Markhouse Road]; Hampstead Parish Church (2); Northern Polytechnic Theatre, Holloway Road; Victoria and Albert Museum (2); Town Hall, St. Pancras; Institute Francais du Royanne-Uni, South Kensington; Central Hall, Westminster; Kenwood (2); Wigmore Hall (2); Vintner’s Hall [Upper Thames Street; City of London]; 4 St. James’s Square; Friends Meeting House, Purley.

Usher Hall – 13 programmes, 1 prospectus
All the items are from the Scottish National Orchestra.

Edinburgh Festival – 8 programmes, 1 prospectus

Reid School of Music – 18 programmes.

Other venues in Edinburgh:
Cathedral Church of St. Mary; Music Hall, Edinburgh; McEwan Hall (2) National Gallery of Scotland (2 ); Nelson Hall, Edinburgh (2); Music Hall; Fettes College. In addition, there are three programmes from Freemasons’ Hall, which are probably from the Freemasons’ Hall in Edinburgh. There is also a programme from an unspecified venue within the University of Edinburgh.


Leeds Triennial Musical Festival – 8 programmes, 1 prospectus
The concerts took place in Leeds Town Hall.

Other Leeds venues:
Leeds Town Hall (3); Leeds Parish Church.

Other provincial venues:
Art Cinema, New Mills; Dome, Brighton; Alhambra Theatre, Bradford (2); Town Hall, Morely; New Theatre, Oxford; Horeb Chapel, Morriston; Boars Hill House; Mexborough Grammar School; Parochial Hall, Mansfield [Brunts Street]; Brangwyn Hall, Swansea; Manchester Hippodrome; Public Hall, Preston (2); Highbury Theatre Centre, Sutton Coldfield; Winter Gardens, Bournemouth; Winter Gardens, Margate; Alma Theatre, Luton; St. Andrew’s Hall, Norwich; Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone; Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke; Civic Hall, Orpington; Town Hall, Downham Market; King’s Hall, Herne Bay (5); Town Hall, Birmingham; Orpington Methodist Church; Floral Pavilion, Bridlington; City Hall, Sheffield; Town Hall, High Wycombe (5); Albert Hall, Nottingham (3); St. Andrew’s Halls, Glasgow; Barber Institute; Grasmere Parish Church; Holy Trinity Parish Church [Hull]; City Hall, Hull; Truro Cathedral; Town Hall, Watford.

Other festivals:
Aldeburgh Festival (1 festival brochure).

In addition, there is a syllabus for the Liverpool Philharmonic, 1953-1954; these concerts took place at the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool.

There are seven programmes from either unspecified venues or unspecified venues within a given town or city. There are three programmes from tours of soloists, where the programme seems to cover the whole tour or else the venue has not been specified.
Date range 1953 - 1953
Associated People and Organisations Aldeburgh Festival - BBC Symphony Concerts - BBC Symphony Orchestra Concerts - Beecham Popular Concerts - Edinburgh Festival - Eight Coronation Concerts - Haydn-Mozart Society - Leeds Triennial Musical Festival - Liverpool Philharmonic Society - London Philharmonic Orchestra - London Symphony Orchestra - Philharmonia Concert Society - Promenade concerts - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Royal Philharmonic Society 1813 - Scottish National Orchestra -
Associated Places Albert Hall, Nottingham Alhambra Theatre, Bradford Alma Theatre, Luton Art Cinema, New Mills Barber Institute of Fine Arts Boars Hill House Brangwyn hall, Swansea Broadcasting House, London: Concert Hall Cathedral Church of St. Mary Central Hall, Westminster City Hall, Hull City Hall, Sheffield Civic hall, Orpington Dome, Brighton Fettes College: Music Hall Finsbury Park Empire Floral Pavilion, Bridlington Freemasons' hall, Edinburgh Friends' Meeting House, Purley Gaumont State, Kilburn Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke Her Majesty's Theatre, 1952- (Was Queen's Theatre to 1714, King's Theatre to 1837, Her Majesty's Theatre to 1901, His Majesty's Theatre to 1952) Highbury Theatre Centre, Sutton Coldfield Holy Trinity Parish Church, Hull Horeb Chapel, Morriston Institut Français du Royaume-Uni (French institute) Kenwood House King's Hall, Herne Bay Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone Lighthouse Methodist Sunday School, Walthamstow Manchester Hippodrome McEwan Hall, Edinburgh Methodist Church, Orpington Mexborough Grammar School Music Hall, George Street, Edinburgh National Gallery of Scotland Nelson Hall, Edinburgh New Theatre, Oxford (Became Apollo, late 1970s; reverted to New Theatre, early 2000s) Northern Polytechnic (Institute) Theatre Parish Church, Grasmere Parish Church, Hampstead Parish Church, Leeds Parochial Hall, Mansfield Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool Public Hall, Preston Reid School of Music, Edinburgh Rembrandt Hotel Royal Albert Hall Royal Festival Hall Southwark Cathedral St. Andrew's Hall, Glasgow St. Andrew's Hall, Norwich Birmingham Coliseum (afterwards Gaiety) Town Hall, Chelsea Town Hall, Downham Market Town Hall, Fulham Town Hall, High Wycombe Town Hall, Leeds Town Hall, Morley Town Hall, St. Pancras Town Hall, Watford Truro Cathedral University of Edinburgh Usher Hall, Edinburgh Victoria and Albert Museum Vintner's Hall, City of London Wigmore Hall Winter Gardens, Bournemouth Winter Gardens, Margate Arts Council of Great Britain, 4 St. James's Square
Associated Times 20th century - mid 1931-1970
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