Select Bibliography and Sources


This site has been set up simply to provide details of festivals and performers as a “quick guide”. For those interested in more detail about the festivals I can recommend the following books which I have found most helpful during my research into the festivals.


Bound volumes of programmes held at Birmingham Library and the Cadbury Research Library


A History of the Birmingham General Hospital and the Musical Festivals – John Thackray Bunce. Cornish Brothers, Birmingham 1873


Sounds Unlikely. Six Hundred Years of Music in Birmingham. - Margaret Handford. Brewin Books 1992 & 2006.


The Provincial Music Festival in England 1784 – 1914 – Pippa Drummond. Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2011.


The Best of Me - A Gerontius Centenary Companion. Edited by Geoffrey Hodgkins - The Elgar Society 1999.


The Story of Music in Birmingham – J Sutcliffe Smith. Cornish Brothers, Birmingham 1945.


A Sense of Occasion. Mendelssohn in Birmingham 1846 – Audrey Duggan. Brewin Books 1998.


The Music Makers. A Brief History of the Birmingham Triennial Musical Festivals. - Anne Elliott. Birmingham Library Services 2000.


The History of Mendelssohn's Elijah. - F G Edwards. Novello & Co 1896.


An Account of the Grand Musical Festival Held in 1823 in York Cathedral - John Crosse. John Wolstenholme, York 1825.


I am particularly grateful to the staff at the Special Collections department of the Cadbury Research Library at Birmingham University. The archive there proved invaluable in assisting me with compiling the lists etc on this site. The staff there have been excellent in assisting me during my visits to the archive.


I am also grateful to the staff at Birmingham Public Library who were very helpful to me when I started out on this venture.

I can also  thoroughly recommend a website dedicated to Old Ladywood which contains a huge amount of information about the area near to where the festivals took place.


Birmingham Triennial Music Festivals