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Collection name Sir Arthur Bliss Archive concert programme collection: 1929 - 1936
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Description Concert programmes featuring performances of single works by Arthur Bliss. The collection is arranged in chronological order of composition and information is presented to reflect the physical storage of the material.

Section 2: 1929 - 1936


Serenade, 1929
12/01/1956, Chelsea Town Hall, Chelsea Chamber Orchestra, John Cameron, Arthur Bliss
20/11/1959, ?ód?, Orkiestra Symfoniczna Filharmonii ?ódzkiej, Stefan Marczyk, Alfred Orda
21/11/1970, North-East Essex Technical College, Department of Music, College Orchestra and Choir, Norman Tattersall. Sir Arthur and Lady Bliss guests of honour

Morning Heroes, 1930
11/11/1934, Colston Hall, Bristol. Bristol Choral Society, Bristol Symphony Orchestra, Basil Maine, Sir Arthur Bliss conducting. Handbill only.
23/03/1941, Odeon Theatre, Oxford Street, Manchester, Halle Orchestra, Halle Chorus, John Gielgud, Malcolm Sargent
24/03/1945, Town Hall, Huddersfield, Huddersfield Choral Society, Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent, Basil Maine. Programme donated by Professor Frank Thistlethwaite
06/11/1949, Royal Albert Hall, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Choral Society, Ralph Richardson, Arthur Bliss
25/03/1960, Ulster Hall, Belfast, City of Belfast Orchestra, Belfast Philharmonic Chorus, James Parr, Maurice Miles
03/06/1961, St Andrew's Hall, Norwich, Norwich Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra, Basil Maine, Arthur Bliss. Concert in 1961 Norwich Festival [Supplementary box]
30/06/1967, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Centennial Festival Choir, John Stride, Arthur Bliss
16/08/1968, Royal Albert Hall, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Croydon Philharmonic Society, BBC Chorus, BBC Choral Society, Alexandra Choir, Donald Douglas, Arthur Bliss
27/05/1971, Royal College of Music, RCM First Orchestra, The Choral Class, Vernon Handley. Performance commemorating Bliss's 80th birthday. Handbill
23/11/1971, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Alvar Lidell, Charles Groves. Bliss present at the performance
18/03/1977, St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, St George's School for Girls Choir, Fettes College Choir, The Occasional Orchestra, Robert Schmidt, Michael Lester-Cribb
19/11/1977, Victoria Hall, Bolton, Bolton Choral Union, Manchester Mozart Orchestra, Geoffrey Banks, Michael Greenhalgh
08/06/1979, Bristol Cathedral, Bristol Cathedral School Choir, Bristol Cathedral School Parents' Choir, James Cairncross, Alistair Jones
14/11/1982, Winter Gardens, Bournemouth, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, Robert Hardy, Bernard Keeffe
20/11/1983, Harlow Sportcentre, Harlow Chorus, Alberni Symphony Orchestra, Richard Baker, Michael Kibblewhite
17/11/1984, Derngate, Northampton, Northampton Bach Choir, East of England Orchestra, Richard Baker, Malcolm Tyler
29/03/1985, BBC, Maida Vale, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Chorus, Richard Baker, Charles Groves
20/11/1985, Royal Festival Hall, Hatfield Philharmonic Chorus, Robert Hardy, NELP Chorus, Harlow Chorus, Nemano Orchestra of London, Michael Kibblewhite. Programme notes by George Dannatt [Supplementary box]
16/11/1988, Watford Town Hall, Watford Philharmonic Society, Richard Baker, Graham Garton
29/04/1989, Civic Hall, Guildford, Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra, Guildford Philharmonic Choir, Richard Baker, Charles Groves
09/09/1991, Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, Oxford Bach Choir, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Richard Baker, Christopher Robinson
18/07/1991, St James's Church, Sussex Gardens, Trinity College of Music Symphony Orchestra and Choir, Nicholas Garrett, Christopher Fifield
10/11/1991, Royal Festival Hall, Hatfield Philharmonic Chorus, East London Chorus, Harlow Chorus, Brian Blessed, London Philharmonic, Michael Kibblewhite. Programme notes by George Dannatt. Programme and handbill
18/03/1995, Hereford Cathedral, Hereford Choral Society, Richard Baker, Orchestra da Camera, Roy Massey. Programme signed by the performers [Supplementary box]
27/04/2002, Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Chorus of the Plymouth Music Series and orchestra, James Earl Jones, St Olf Cantorei, Philip Brunelle. U.S premiere

Fanfare for heroes, 1930
26/05/1932, Royal Albert Hall, Students of the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, Captain H. E. Adkins. Photocopy of part-programme
30/11/1974, Royal Festival Hall, Band and Trumpeters of the Royal Military School of Music, Lt-Col. Trevor Sharpe. Photocopy of programme
18/11/1975, Royal Festival Hall, Kneller Hall Trumpeters, Trevor Sharpe. Part of Royal concert 1975 [Supplementary box]
23/11/1976, Royal Albert Hall, Kneller Hall Trumpeters, Trevor Sharpe
27/11/1977, St John's Smith Square, Marlborough College Trumpeters
12/07/1982, St Paul's Cathedral, Members of the various BBC house orchestras, Charles Groves. Fanfare a part of the music played during a service of celebration and thanksgiving to mark 60th anniversary of the BBC
29 Sept - 01 Oct 1993, Poole, Bristol, Exeter, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Litton [Supplementary box]
20/11/1985, Royal Festival Hall, Band of the Grenadier Guards. Programme notes by George Dannatt [Supplementary box]
11/10/1992, {Brentwood], Brentwood Youth Orchestra, brass section, Frank Stevens. Lady Bliss attended the concert
27/05/1995, St John's Smith Square, Royal College of Music brass players, Peter Maxwell Davies. Composers' Guild of Great Britain 50th anniversary concert

Quintet for clarinet and strings, 1932
19/12/1932, East Heath Lodge, Hampstead, Frederick Thurston, Kutcher Quartet. Invitation to first [private] performance
08/12/1975, Lancaster University, Delme String quartet, Jack Brymer
27/03/1977, Blythburgh Church, Hale Hambleton, Meridian String Quartet
30/05/1982, Purcell Room, Redcliffe Ensemble
[1989], [n.p.], Allegri String quartet, James Campbell
30/03/1989, Wigmore Hall, Gervase de Peyer, Allegri String Quartet
12/07/1991, Pitville Pump Room, Cheltenham, Coull String Quartet, David Campbell. Concert in 1991 Cheltenham Festival
01/12/1991, Old Big School, Rugby, Coull String Quartet, David Campbell
25/05/1995, Wigmore Hall, Britten Quartet, Michael Collins
02/07/1995, Watts Gallery, Compton, Leonora Ensemble
05/03/1997, National Portrait Gallery, Karen Fotherby, Eyselle Quartet
23/02/2001, Dorset County Museum, Arioso String Quartet, Walter Brewster
01/12/1991, Old Big School, Rugby, Coull String Quartet, David Campbell

Bach. Das alte Jahr vergangen ist; transcribed for piano, 1932 (in A Bach book, ed. Harriet Cohen)
10/11/1987, BMIC, Michael Finnissy

Viola sonata, 1933
17/08/1980, University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford, Gale Hess, Robin Bowman, Concert in 1980 International Music Festival of Oxford. Programme brochure
04/12/1980, Chelsea College, John Coulling, Salathiel Lindsay
15/11/1981, Stowe, State Music Room, Robert Secret, David Gatehouse
19/06/1982, Leighton House, Michael Ponder, Jennifer Purvis
06/07/1982, Royal Academy of Music, John Jezard, Juliet Howell
13/10/1983, Purcell Room, Harry Danks, Catherine Dubois
13/06/1985, Wigmore Hall, Harry Danks, Catherine Dubois
04/03/1986, Wigmore Hall, Emanuel Vardi, Kathron Sturrock
17/07/1986, BMIC, Leon King, Robert Keeley
28/04/1989, Royal Academy of Music, Emanuel Vardi, Kathron Sturrock
03/11/1990, Harlow, Nikos Zarb, Andrew Rapps. Concert in a viola festival in aid of the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition
21/06/1991, Christ Church, Spitalfields, Jane Atkins, Julian Dyson. Concert in 1991 Spitalfields Festival. Festival programme book
14/07/1991, Purcell Room, Nash Ensemble. Part of the Arthur Bliss centenary celebrations
22/04/1992, Purcell Room, Jane Atkins, Elizabeth Upchurch
06/07/1994, Pitville Pump Room, Cheltenham, Paul Siverthorne, John Constable. Concert in 1994 Cheltenham Festival brochure
17/12/1995, Wigmore Hall, Rivka Golani, John Lenehan
18/04/1997, Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music, Rivka Golani, John Lenehan
30/11/1997, Old First Church, San Francisco, Geraldine Walther, Roy Bogas
24/11/2004, Atelier de la Main d'Or, Paris, Matthew Jones, Michael Hampton

Things to Come: suite, 1934-5
27/02/1959, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Lehigh University Concert Band
15/07/1959, Granada Theatre,Harrow, London Syphony Orchestra, Arthur Bliss. LSO 12th anniversary concert
11/06/1960, Kenwood Lakeside, London Symphony Orchestra, Arthur Bliss
25/05/1971, Royal College of Music, RCM Second Orchestra, Harvey Phillips
21/01/1978, Fairfield Halls, Croydon Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. Handbill
08/07/1979, Kenwood Lakeside, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Stanley Black. Kenwood Lakeside season brochure
08/05/1982, Fairfield Halls, Croydon Symphony Orchestra, Arthur Davison
10/08/1982, Barbican Hall, London Symphony Orchestra, Harry Rabinowitz. Brochure fragment
19/05/1984, Temple Speech Room, Rugby School, Rugby School, Michael Tillett
25/06/1985, Barbican Hall, London Symphony Orchestra, Jane Glover. Movement: Ballet for children
20/02/1988, Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra, Michael Bell
18/02/1991, Barbican Hall, Chetham's Symphony Orchestra and Choir, Julian Clayton, 21st anniversary gala concert. No date given on programme
23/02/1991, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, Merseyside Youth Orchestra, Timothy Reynish
03/10/1991, Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra, Michael Bell
07/12/1991, West Road Concert Hall, CUMS II, James Morgan
08/07/1994, Hollywood Bowl, Ca, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, John Mauceri
19/08/1997, Hereford Cathedral, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Roy Massey. Concert in 1997 Three Choirs Festival. Festival brochure

Things to come. March, 1934
05/11/1980, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Marlborough College Wind orchestra, Robert Peel

Things to come. March; arr. Pf, 1934
22/06/1945, University of Edinburgh, McEwen hall, Eric Smith, arr. organ. Music preceding Honorary degree ceremony: Bliss awarded Honorary Dmus.
06/10/1977, Fairfield Halls, William Davies, arr. organ

Three Jubilant and Three Solemn Fanfares, 1935/1943
06/12/1963, University of Bristol, Great Hall, Kneller Hall Trumpeters, Willis Grant. Formal re-opening of the University Great Hall and conferment of honorary degrees. Bliss conferred as Honorary Doctor of Music
09/04/1981, University of California, Hearst Greek Theatre, Berkeley. Programme for the inauguration of Ira Michael Heyman as Chancellor

Music for strings, 1935
11/08/1935, Mozarteum, Salzburg, Vienna Philharmonic, Adrian Boult. Photocopy of programme of first performance
01/09/1958, Royal Albert Hall, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Arthur Bliss
07/02/1969, Ulster Hall, Belfast, Ulster Orchestra, Arthur Bliss
01/08/1971, Victoria and Albert Museum, Philomusica of London, David Littaur
01/08/1971, Queen Elizabeth Hall, RAM professors and former students, Arthur Bliss. RAM 150th anniversary year concert
15/08/1976, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Neville Marriner
17/11/1976, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London Mozart Players, Yuval Zaliouk
05/02/1977, Civic Hall, Guildford, Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley. Programme and season brochure,
02/08/1977, Royal Albert Hall, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Adrian Boult
13/05/1978, City of London Freemen's School, Ashtead Park, Surrey Philharmonic Orchestra, Michael Lankester
28/11/1979, St John's Smith Square, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Gennady Rozhdestvensky
19/05/1982, St John's Smith Square, Wren Orchestra of London, Vernon Handley
25/03/1983, Royal Festival Hall, BBC Symphony Orchestra, John Pritchard
13/11/1994, St John's Smith Square, Cambridge Strings, Orlando Jopling

Music for Strings, Diversions (ballet), 1935/1961
[05/06/1999], Sadler's Wells Theatre. Photocopy of event information
30/09/1961, Royal Opera House, Royal Ballet, Covent Garden Orchestra, John Lanchberry
1935/1961, 07/07/1978, Royal Opera House, Royal Ballet, ROH Orchestra, Anthony Twiner
1935/1961, 15/03/1979, Royal Opera House, Royal Ballet, ROH orchestra, Ashley Lawrence
24/03/1979, Royal Opera House, Royal Ballet, ROH Orchestra, Anthony Twiner
1935/1961, 28/03/1979, Royal Opera House, Royal Ballet, ROH Orchestra, Anthony Twiner
1935/1961, 28/04/1979, Royal Opera House, Royal Ballet, ROH orchestra, Ashley Lawrence

Kenilworth, 1936
14/07/1973, Town Hall, Cheltenham, Black Dyke Mills Band, Geoffrey Brand. Part of 1973 Cheltenham Festival [Supplementary box]
13/09/1975, Royal Albert Hall, Black Dyke Mills Band, Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Elgar Howarth
08/08/1987, [n.p.], Britannia Building Society Foden Band, Desford Colliery Dowty Band, Howard Snell
29/08/1987, Royal Albert Hall, John Foster Black Dyke Mills Band, Peter Parkes
18/07/1993, Marble Hill, Twickenham, Britannia Building Society Band, Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Howard Snell
27/03/1999, Students' Union, Bristol. Test piece for West of England area 1999 National Brass Band Championships

Date range -
Associated People and Organisations Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields - Alberni Symphony Orchestra - Alexandra Choir - Allegri String Quartet - Arioso String Quartet - Baker, Richard - Royal Military School of Music - Band of the Grenadier Guards - Banks, Geoffrey - BBC Choral Society - BBC Chorus - BBC Symphony Orchestra - Belfast Philharmonic Chorus - Bell, Michael - Black Dyke Mills Band - Black, Stanley - Blessed, Brian - Bliss, Arthur - Bogas, Roy - Bolton Choral Union - Boult, Adrian - Bournemouth Symphony Chorus - Bowman, Robin - Brand, Geoffrey - Brewster, Walter - Britten Quartet - Brunelle, Philip - Brymer, Jack - Cambridge Strings - Cameron, John - Campbell, David - Cambell, James - Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra - Chelsea Chamber Orchestra - Chetham's Chamber Choir - City of Belfast Orchestra - Clayton, Julian - Collins, Michael - Constable, John - Coull String Quartet - Covent Garden Orchestra - Croydon Philharmonic Society - Croydon Symphony Orchestra - Croydon Youth Philharmonic Orchestra - Cambridge University Music Society - Arthur Davison - Delmé String Quartet - Douglas, Donald - Dubois, Catherine - Dyson, Julian - East of England Orchestra - Elkus, Jonathan - Vardi, Emanuel - Smith, Eric - Fettes College Choir - Fifield, Christopher - Thurston, Frederick - Garrett, Nicholas - Garton, Graham - Gatehouse, David - De Peyer, Gervaise - Glover, Jane 1949 - Grant, Willis - Greenhalgh, Michael - Grimethorpe Colliery Band - Grove, Charles - Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra - Hambleton, H. - Hallé Chorus - Hallé Orchestra - Hampton, Michael - Handley, Vernon - Hardy, Robert - Harlow Chorus - Danks, Harry - Hatfield Philharmonic Chorus - Hollywood Bowl Orchestra - Howarth, Elgar - Howell, Juliet - Huddersfield Choral Society - Atkins, Jane - Coulling, John - Jezard, John - Jones, Alistair - Jones, James Earl - Jopling, Orlando - Fotherby, Karen - Keefe, Bernard - Keeley, Robert - Kibblewhite, Michael - Trumpeters of the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall - Kutchner Quartet - Lanchbery, John - Lankester, Michael - Lawrence, Ashley - Lehigh University, Concert Band - Lenehan, John - King, Leon - Leonora Ensemble - Lester-Cribb, Michael - Lidell, Alvar - Lindsay, Salathiel - David Littaur - Litton, Andrew - Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - London Mozart Players - London Symphony Orchestra - Maine, Basil - Manchester Mozart orchestra - Marriner, Neville - Massey, Roy - Jones, Matthew - Mauceri, John - Davies, Peter Maxwell - Meridian String Quartet - Merseyside Youth Orchestra - Finnissy, Michael - Ponder, Michael - Miles, Maurice - Morgan, James - Nash Ensemble - National Philharmonic Orchestra - NELP Chorus - Nemano Orchestra - Northampton Bach Choir - Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra - Orchestra da Camera - Oxford Bach Choir - Parkes, Peter - Parr, James - Silverthorne, Paul - Peel, Robert - Philomusica of London - Pritchard, John - Purvis, Jennifer - Rabinowitz, Harry - Rapps, Andrew - Redcliffe Ensemble - Reynish, Timothy - Richardson, Ralph - Golani, Rivka - Secret, Robert - Robinson, Christopher - Royal Ballet - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Royal Opera House Orchestra - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Rozhdestvensky, Gennady - Sargent, Malcolm - Schmidt, Robert - Sharpe, Trevor - Snell, Howard - Stevens, Frank - Stride, John - Sturrock, Kathron - Surrey philharmonic orchestra - Tattersall, Norman - Tillet, Michael - Trinity College of Music Symphony Orchestra - Twiner, Anthony - Tyler, Malcolm - Ulster orchestra 1966 - Upchurch, Elizabeth - Vancouver Symphony Orchestra - Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra - Watford Philharmonic Society - Davies, William - Williamson, Malcolm - Wren Orchestra of London - Zaliouk, Yuval - Zarb, Nikos -
Associated Places Atelier de la Main d'Or, Paris Banqueting House, Whitehall Barbican Hall Maida Vale Studio Blythburgh Church British Music Information Centre Bristol Cathedral Chelsea College Christ Church, Spitalfields City of London Freemen's School, Ashtead Park Civic Hall, Guildford Derngate, Northampton Dorset County Museum Royal Academy of Music: Duke's Hall East Heath Lodge, Hampstead Fairfield Halls, Croydon Granada Theatre, Harrow Harlow Sportcentre Hereford Cathedral Hollywood Bowl Kenwood Lakeside Lancaster University Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa Leighton House Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff Marble Hill House, Twickenham Mozarteum, Salzburg National Portrait Gallery Odeon Theatre, Manchester Old Big School, Rugby Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham Purcell Room Queen Elizabeth Hall Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver Royal Academy of Music Royal Albert Hall Royal College of Music Royal Festival Hall Royal Opera House Sadler's Wells Sheldonian Theatre St. Andrew's Hall, Norwich St. Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh St. John's Smith Square St. Paul's Cathedral Stowe, Buckinghamshire Temple Speech Room Town Hall, Chelsea Town Hall, Cheltenham Town Hall, Huddersfield Ulster Hall, Belfast University Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Oxford University of Bristol: Great Hall University of Edinburgh Victoria and Albert Museum Victoria Hall, Bolton Town Hall, Watford Concert Hall, West Road, Cambridge Colston Hall, Bristol
Associated Times 20th century - early 1900-1930 20th century - mid 1931-1970
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