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Collection Title Isolde Menges Collection (1908-1957): Box 1
Unique Identifier
Description Programmes of concerts given in London by the violinist Isolde Menges (1893-1976).

4c, Langford Place: 1/6/22
40 Berkeley Square: 1/6/27
Aeolian Hall: 1923-1939
8/3/23, 22/1/26, 4/5/29-8/6/29 (with Harold Samuel) (1 series programme), 25/5/29, 1/6/29 (2 copies), 8/6/29 (with London String Players conducted by Herbert Menges), 20/3/39 (with London Symphonic Players conducted by Herbert Menges), 6 programmes without years
Arts Theatre Club: 19/6/27 (recital of Cyril Scott’s compositions)
Bechstein Hall: 14/3/13, 1 programme without a year
Concert Hall, Blackheath: 7/2/22
Grotrian Hall: 16/12/27
The Guildhall School Musical Union: (no year)
1 programme (no year)
Kensington Town Hall: 19/1/31
King’s College School Hall: 22/12/23
The London Hippodrome: 7/11/30
National Gallery: 1939-1944
27/11/39-1/12/39 (Isolde Menges played on 27/11/39), 9/8/40 (with Myra Hess), 13/8/40 (with Myra Hess), 27/11/40 (with Myra Hess), 27/12/40 (with Myra Hess and Charles Gregory (horn)), 4/7/41 (with Myra Hess), 1/8/41 (with Howard Ferguson), 3/10/41 (with Myra Hess and Ivor James (cello)), 19/11/41 (with Myra Hess), 11/12/42 (with Myra Hess), 10/3/43, 4/7/44 (with Myra Hess)
The Palladium: 13/5/1928
Queen’s Hall: 1913-1937
Promenade Concerts: 24/9/20, 22/9/23, 13/9/27 (includes errata slip: Isolde Menges plays Bach Concerto no. 2 in E instead of Arnold Trowell (cello)), 15/8/28, 25/9/28, 21/8/29, 11/9/29, 9/8/30-4/10/30 (season programme), 20/8/30, 30/8/32, 23/8/33, 22/9/37
Other Concerts: 23/5/13, 6/6/13, 1/12/13 (with Stock Exchange Orchestral and Choral Society), 11/4/20 (with New Queen’s Hall Orchestra conducted by Henry J. Wood), 28/2/24 (with Strolling Players Amateur Orchestral Society), 26/11/25 (with London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bruno Walter) (2 programmes; 4 posters), 12/1/26 (Stock Exchange Orchestral Society), 3/4/27, 16/2/28 (with Strolling Players Amateur Orchestral Society), 23/10/30 (Royal Philharmonic Society), 19/11/31 (Royal Philharmonic Society), 1/2/36 (2 programmes; 6 posters)
Queenswood, Clapham Park: 1924-1924
Royal Albert Hall: unknown dates
1 poster (unknown date) (with Chaliapine), 1 programme (unknown date) (with Chaliapine)
Saint Martin-in-the-Fields: 1928-1929
14/1/28-21/1/28, 29/9/29 (advertises Isolde Menges concert on 5/10/29)
Small Queen’s Hall: 1928-1928
The Studio, 44 Finchley Road: Unknown year
2 flyers (unknown year)
Wigmore Hall: 1920-1940
7/2/20, 20/2/20, 25/3/20 (3 copies), 5/6/20, 13/10/22, 9/11/23, 10/4/30 (2 programmes, 2 flyers), 3/5/30 (3 programmes, 1 flyer), 17/10/31 (2 copies), 12/10/32 (4 copies), 16/10/33, 1/2/38 (with Howard Ferguson) (4 copies), 31/1/40 (2 programmes), 17 programmes (undated)
Working Men’s College Musical Society: 1925-1928
14/2/25, 8/1/28

Programmes arranged by alphabetical order of concert venue, then by date. Undated items appear at the back of the sequence for each venue. The “Promenade concerts” series at the Queen’s Hall appear at the beginning of the sequence for “Queen’s Hall” programmes.
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Date range of collection 1913 - 1940
Associated People or Organisations National Gallery Wartime concerts - Promenade concerts - Working Men's College Music Society - Worcester County Musical Association - Strolling Players Amateur Orchestral Society - London Symphonic Players - London String Players - Royal Philharmonic Society 1813 - London Symphony Orchestra - Samuel, Harold 1879 - 1937 Menges, Herbert 1902 - 1972 Chaliapin, Fyodor 1873 - 1938 Walter, Bruno - Ferguson, Howard - Hess, Myra - Menges, Isolde 1893 - 1976
Associated Places 4c Langford Place Studio, 44 Finchley Road Queenswood, Clapham Park King's College School, Wimbledon Blackheath Concert Halls Arts Theatre Club Wigmore Hall St. Martin-in-the-Fields Royal Albert Hall National Gallery Grotrian Hall (was Steinway Hall until 1924) Bechstein Hall Town Hall, Kensington London [England] Queen's Hall: Small Hall 40 Berkeley Square
Associated Times 20th century - early 1900-1930 World War II 1939-45 20th century - mid 1931-1970
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Royal College Of Music, Centre for Performance History

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