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Collection name Isolde Menges Collection (1908-1957): Box 3
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Description Programmes of concerts given in places other than the British Isles by the violinist Isolde Menges. Includes programmes from European and American tours, and a programme from a concert given by Menges when she was 14. Programmes for concerts given by the Menges String Quartet, including concerts where extra musicians joined to form the "Menges String Quintet" and "Menges String Sextet". Includes booklets of "press opinions".

Isolde Menges concerts:
Liége: Salle du Conservatoire Royal de Liége (1 programme)
Darmstadt: Saale des Musik-Vereins (1 programme; Menges is listed as being 14 years old)
Wiesbaden: Kurhaus zu Wiesbaden (1 programme)
The Netherlands:
Amsterdam: Concertgebouw (2 programmes)
Groningen: unknown venues (2 programmes)
The Hague: Diligentia (7 programmes); Muzieklyceum (1 programme); Pulchri Studio (1 programme); Van Ouwenlaan 1 (1 programme)
Rotterdam: Rotterdamsche Kunstkring
Unknown location (4 programmes)
United States:
Baltimore: Lyric Theatre (1 programme)
Boston: Symphony Hall (4 programmes)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa: T.M. Sinclair Memorial Chapel, Coe College (1 programme)
Chicago: Orchestra Hall (1 programme); Geo. M. Cohen’s Grand Opera House (1 programme) (other side contains notice of an Orchestra Hall orchestral concert)
Kewanee, Illinois: Kewanee High School (1 programme)
New York: Aeolian Hall (3 programmes); Brick Church (1 programme); Hotel Biltmore (1 programme)
Seattle: Meany Hall, University of Washington (1 programme)
Unknown location: (1 programme)
Press reviews associated with American tour (4 booklets)

Menges String Quartet Concerts:
Aeolian Hall (2 programmes)
Crosby Hall, Cheyne Walk, Chelsea (23 programmes)
Harrow School (1 programme)
Kensington Town Hall (1 programme)
London Hospital Library (1 programme)
National Gallery (38 programmes) (these concerts were part of the wartime National Gallery Concert series; some programmes feature Myra Hess (piano) and some feature the Menges String Sextet)
Mary Ward Settlement Theatre (1 programme)
Royal College of Music (3 programmes)
Royal Exchange, Concert Hall (1 programme)
Sadler’s Wells (1 programme)
Savoy Hotel (1 programme)
Wigmore Hall (30 programmes) (includes programmes from string quintet and string sextet concerts; includes programmes from “The complete string quartets of Beethoven” 1938; includes one concert with Leon Goosens, oboe)

Rest of British Isles:
Bedford: High School Hall, Bedford (1 programme)
Bournemouth: St. Peter’s Hall (1 programme)
Brentwood: Brentwood School Memorial Hall (1 programme)
Bristol: Colston Hall (1 programme)
Bryanston: (1 programme)
Cambridge: Guildhall (1 programme)
Chadderton: Town Hall (1 programme)
Derby: (1 programme)
Dorking: Dorking Halls (1 programme); Oddfellows’ Hall (1 programme)
Dublin: Member’s Hall, Royal Dublin Society (4 programmes)
Dursley: Lister Hall (1 programme)
Edinburgh: Freemasons’ Hall (1 programme)
Exeter: Exeter Cathedral (1 programme)
Farnworth: Centenary Hall, Church Street (1 programme)
Glasgow: McLellan Galleries (2 programmes); Athenaeum Theatre (1 programme)
Grayshott Hall: (1 programme)
Guildford: (1 programme)
Haslingden: Hasllingden Arts Club (1 programme)
Hastings: White Rock Pavilion (4 programmes)
Ipswich: Girls’ Central School Hall (1 programme)
Leicester: Leicester Chamber Music Club (2 programmes)
Louth: Louth Music Club (1 programme)
Manchester: Houldsworth Hall, Deansgate (1 programme)
Middleton: Co-operative Hall (1 programme)
Oxford: Balliol College (1 programme); Holywell Music Room (4 programmes; programmes for complete Beethoven quartet series); Sheldonian Theatrs (2 programmes); Town Hall (5 programmes)
Sherborne: Sherborne Girl’s School (1 programme)
Winchester: Guildhall (2 programmes)
Unknown place: (1 programme)

Liége: Salle du Conservatoire Royal de Liége (1 programme)
The Netherlands:
The Hague: Diligentia (2 programmes)
Unknown location: (1 programme)

Press reviews associated with Menges Quartet (8 booklets)

Isolde Menges concerts; Menges String Quartet concerts. “Isolde Menges concerts” sorted first into European then American countries, then by alphabetical order of country. Then they are sorted by alphabetical order of city name, then alphabetical order of concert venue, then by date. “Menges String Quartet concerts” sorted into London, rest of British Isles, Europe then America. Europe is further sorted into alphabetical order of country name. Then, British Isles, European and American programmes are sorted by alphabetical order of city/place. Then all of the quartet programmes are sorted by alphabetical order of city then chronological date. Booklets of press opinions follow the sequence.
Date range 1908 - 1956
Associated People and Organisations Goossens, Léon - De Reyghere, Alfred - Carrelle, Beatrice - Hess, Myra - Stewart, Jean - National Gallery Wartime concerts - Menges, Isolde 1893 - 1976 Menges String Quartet -
Associated Places Sherborne Girl's School Sheldonian Theatre Balliol College, University of Oxford Co-operative Hall, Middleton Louth Music Club Leicester Chamber Music Club Ipswich Girls' School Central Hall Haslingden Arts Cub Grayshott Hall Athenauem Theatre, Glasgow Centenary Hall, Farnworth Lister Hall, Dursley Royal Dublin Society, Ballsbridge Oddfellows' Hall, Dorking Town Hall, Chadderton Brentwood School Memorial Hall Sadler's Wells Royal Exchange Concert Hall London Hospital Library Hotel Biltmore, New York Brick Church, New York Aeolian Hall, New York Kewanee High School Geo M. Cohen's Grand Opera House, Chicago Orchestra Hall, Chicago Symphony Hall, Boston T.M. Sinclair Memorial Chapel, Coe College Lyric Theatre, Baltimore Rotterdamsche Kunstkring Van Ouwenlaan 1 Pulchri Studio, Den Haag Muzieklyceum, The Hague Diligentia Kurhaus zu Wiesbaden Saale des Musik-Vereins Salle du Conservatoire Royal de Liege Guildhall, Winchester Town Hall, Oxford Houldsworth Hall White Rock Pavilion, Hastings McLellan Galleries, Glasgow Exeter Cathedral Freemasons' Hall, London Dorking Halls Guildhall, Cambridge Colston Hall St. Peter's Hall, Bournemouth Bedford School Hall Wigmore Hall Savoy Theatre Royal College of Music National Gallery Town Hall, Kensington Harrow School, London Crosby Hall (after 1910) Aeolian Hall, London
Associated Times 20th century - early 1900-1930 World War II 1939-45 20th century - mid 1931-1970
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