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Detailed Lists Of Festivals Year By Year.

 

This section contains a chronological list of all the festivals. I have grouped festivals according to conductor. Details for years prior to 1817 can be found under "Early Years". Names of conductors for these years cannot be established.

 

The festivals were initially over three days with morning and evening performances but from the 1820 festival onwards they were extended to four days.

 

The morning performances relied primarily on Oratorio compositions, typically with one work per concert but with a growing number of ‘selections’ in later years. The evening events began as two-part ‘miscellaneous concerts’ but increasingly came to include some oratorio compositions. Occasionally in the early years a fancy dress ball took place on the last evening.

Until the end of the 1829 season, morning performances were held in St. Philip’s Church (now the Cathedral) and the evening concerts in the Theatre Royal on New Street. Unless otherwise shown, all performances from 1834 were given in the Town Hall. As a result of the building of the Town Hall there was no festival in 1832.

 

The Theatre Royal, originally the New Theatre, was a 2000-seat theatre located on New Street. It was erected in 1774 and demolished in 1956.The theatre was damaged by fire (arson) in 1792 and again in 1820, after which it was rebuilt. The theatre was rebuilt again in 1902. This building lasted until 1956 when it was closed and demolished. The Woolworth Building was then constructed on the site. Today it’s the location of a branch of Boots and Bella Italia.

 

In respect of each festival I have shown the dates of the festival, solo vocal and instrumental performers and the major works performed. Time constraints have prevented me from listing all songs and arias performed. I have also included notes below each festival listing of any points of interest concerning the festival.

 

Considerably more information about the festivals can be found in the publications I have listed under "Sources/Credits".

 

The list of conductors is as follows:

 

Early Years

Thomas Greatorex (1817–29)

William Knyvett (1834–43)

Ignaz Moscheles (1846)

Felix Mendelssohn (1846)

Michael Costa (1849–82)

Hans Richter (1885–1909).

Henry Wood (1912)

 

Dates of festivals, artists and works performed.

 

7 - 9 September 1768

 

Vocal: Mrs Pinto, Mr Norris, Mr Matthews, Mr Price

 

Instrumental: Messrs Pinto, Bond (trumpet), Millar, Adcock.

 

Conductor: Mr Capel Bond, Coventry.

 

Principal works: Handel's L'Allegro, Alexanders Feast and Messiah

 

2 – 4 September 1778

 

Vocal: Miss Mahon, Miss Salmon, Messrs Norris, Matthews, Price and Salmon

 

Instrumental: Messrs Cramer, Carvetto, Park, Ashley, Storacci, Jenkins and Mahon.

 

Morning: St Philips Church

2 September 1778 Handel: Dettingen Te Deum, Coronation Anthem

3 September 1778 Handel: Judas Maccabeus

4 September 1778 Handel Messiah

 

Evening: Theatre Royal, New Street

2 September 1778 Miscellaneous Concert

3 September 1778 Serenata Acis and Galatea

4 September 1778 Miscellaneous Concert.

 

September 1780

 

Vocal: Mrs Wrighten, Miss Mahon, Mr Parke, Mr Crosdill (Violin), Mr Cramer (Violin.


? September 1780 Handel: Jeptha

20 September 1780 Grand Miscellaneous Concert. Theatre Royal, New Street.

 

Works performed included: recitative Mrs Wrighten, song Mrs Wrighten, Concerto Mr Cramer, Concerto Mr Parke, Solo Mr Crosdill, Bertoni Miss Mahon, Terradelas Miss Mahon, Symphony 6th Abel

 

22 - 24 September 1784

 

Vocal: Mr Parke, Miss Abrams, Master Bartleman, Norris, Price, Walton and Matthews.

 

Instrumental: Messrs Wilson, Ashley, Gariboldi, Clarke, Sargent, Crosdil, Mahon (Clarinet)

 

Morning
23 September 1784 Performance at St Philip’s Church of works by Handel

Part 1 - Overture Esther, The Dettingen Te Deum.

Part 2 - Overture Tamerlane, With the Dead March in Saul, Glori Patri Jubilate

Part 3 - First Grand Concerto, Chorus Gird on thy Sword Saul, Anthem O Sing to the Lord, chorus The Lord Shall Reign Israel in Egypt, Zadock the Priest.

24 September 1784 Performance at New Street Theatre .A miscellaneous concert.

Overture Haydn, Clarinet Concerto Mr Mahon, Violin Concerto Mr Wilton

 

Evening

23 September 1784 Goliath, an Oratorio, New Street Theatre

 

22 - 24 August 1787

 

Vocal: Miss Harwood, Master Ashley, Messrs Harrison, Saville, Matthews and Sale, Mrs Billington,

 

Instrumentalists: Mr Crosdil, Mr Parke, Mrs Griffiths, Mr Cramer

 

Morning:
22 August 1787 Grand miscellaneous concert, at the Theatre.

23 August 1787 Israel in Egypt, Third performance at St. Philip’s Church
24 August 1787 The Messiah, St Philip’s Church

 

Evening:

23 August 1787 Fourth performance at the Theatre. Miscellaneous concert including Cello Concerto with Crosdil as soloist, Overtures Iphigenie and Saul. Various airs and songs by Handel, Purcell and anon.

24 August 1787 Sixth performance at the Theatre (miscellaneous concert)

 

25 - 27 August 1790

 

Vocal: Mr Reinhold, Mr Saville, Madame Mara, Miss Mahon, Miss Abrams, Mr Knyvett, Mr Norris.

 

26 August 1790 Handel: Messiah

27 August 1790 Acis and Galatea, The Theatre, New Street

27 August 1790 Miscellaneous Concert St Philip's Church.

 

1793 – No festival as theatre burned down.

 

31 August - 2 September 1796


Vocal: Madame Mara, Mr Kelly, Miss Fletcher, Mr Bartleman, Mr Nield. Mrs Second.

 

Instrumental: C Ashley (cello), Mr Erskine (Oboe). Mr Cramer (Violin),Mr Mahon (Clarinet)

 

Morning:

1 September 1796: No information.

2 September 1796: Messiah at St Philips Church.

 

Evening:

1 September 1796: L’Allegro ed il Pensiero, The Theatre in New Street
2 September 1796 : A Grand Miscellaneous Concert, The Theatre, New Street

 

18 – 20 September 1799

 

Vocal: Madame Mara, Miss Poole. Messrs Harrison, Bartleman and W Knyvett.

 

Principal Works: The Messiah, L'Allegro and Il Peseroso. Selections from Handel, Corelli and Germaniani.

 

22 - 24 September 1802

 

Vocal: Mr Denman, Miss Tennant, Madame Dusseck, Mr Braham, Mrs Mountain.

 

Instrumental: Mr Lindley (cello), Mr Ashe (flute), Miss Cantelos (Pedal Harp) Messrs Leanders (French Horns)


22 September 1802: A Grand Miscellaneous Concert, The Theatre, New Street

23 September 1802: No information.

24 September 1802: A Grand Miscellaneous Concert, The Theatre, New Street

 

2 - 4 October 1805

 

Vocal: Mr Harrison, Mr Bartleman, Mr W Knyvett, Mrs Billington, Mr and Mrs Vaughan, Miss S R Melville

 

Instrumental: Mr Cramer (violin), Mr Moralt (violin) Mr Holmes (Basoon), Messrs Petrides (French Horns).


3 October 1805: A Grand Miscellaneous Concert, The Theatre, New Street
4 October 1805: A Grand Selection of Sacred Music, principally from the works of Handel & Haydn, at St. Philip’s Church including The Messiah

 

5 - 7 October 1808

 

Vocal: Mrs Billington, Mr Braham, Miss Hawkins, Mr & Mrs Vaughan, Signor Naldi, Mr Machin, Master Buggins, Mr Elliott, Mr Goss.


 

Instrumental: Signor Anfossi (Double Bass), Mr Ashe (Flute), F Cramer, Moralt, R Lindley, Ashley.


 

5 October 1808: No information.:
6 October 1808: A Grand Miscellaneous Concert, The Theatre, New Street including Overture Mozart, Double Bass concerto, various songs/arias, Concertanti for violin, tenor, cello, oboe, clarinet and bassoon, Scene form the opera Argonide E Serse by Braham.

7 October 1808: No information.

 

2 - 4 October 1811

 

Vocal: Miss Catalani, Mr Braham, Mr Lacy, Mr Knyvett, Mr Vaughan, Mr Bellamy, Miss Melville, Signor Tramezzani, Mrs Bianchi.

 

Instrumental: Mr Erskine (Oboe), Mr Holmes (Basoon), R Lindley (Cello), Mr Ashe (Flute), Mr Petrides & Mr Sharp (French Horns), S Wesley (Organ)

 

Morning:
2 October 1811: A sacred concert, St. Philip’s Church. Overture Esther by Handel and Purcell's Te Deum.
3 October 1811: The Messiah, St Philip's Church

4 October 1811: A sacred concert, St. Philip’s Church. Overture Iomelli, various songs/arias by Handel, Haydn etc.

 

Evening:

All Concerts shown as Grand Miscellaneous Concert, Theatre Royal, New Street

2 October 1811: No information.

3 October 1811 Overture Mozart, Flute Concerto with Ashe as soloist, Overture Iphigenia by Gluck. Various songs/arias.

4 October 1811: No information.

 

5 - 7 October 1814

 

Vocal: Mr & Mrs Vaughan, Mr Bartleman, Mr Bellamy, Miss Catalani, Mr Bellamy, Mr W Knyvett, Miss Stephens, Miss Travis, Miss Smethurst, Miss Stott, Miss Russell, W Elliott, Mr Evans, J Elliott, S Buggins, Mr Denman, Mr Tett.

 

Instrumental: Mr R Lindley (Cello), Mr Holmes (Basoon), Messrs Petrides (Horns), Mr Ireland (Flute).
 

Morning:
5 October 1814: A sacred concert, St. Philip’s Church. Overture Esther, The Dettingen Te Deum and Grand Coronation Anthem by Handel. Various songs/arias.
6 October 1814: The Messiah, St Philip’s Church
7 October 1814: A sacred concert, St. Philip’s Church including Overture Saul by Handel and various songs/arias. In Part II Grand Chorus from La Tempesta and Part I of The Creation by Haydn. In Part III Oboe Concerto by Handel and various songs/arias.

 

Evening:

All Concerts shown as Grand Miscellaneous Concert, Theatre Royal, New Street

5 October 1814: Part I Anacreon Overture by Cherubini, scene for Mozart's Don Juan and various songs/arias. Part II Overture Mozart, Cello Concerto R Lindley and various songs/arias.

6 October 1814: Part I Les Deux Journees Overture by Cherubini, Bassoon Concerto Mr Holmes, The Frost Scene from King Arthur by Purcell and various songs/arias. In Part II Overture Iphingenia by Gluck, Echo Concerto for French Horns Messrs Petrides and various songs/arias.

7 October 1814: Part I Overture Lodoiska by Cherubini, Flute Concerto Mr Ireland and various songs/arias. In Part II Overture (not named) by Cherubini, Cello Concerto R Lindley and various songs/arias

 

1 - 3 October 1817

 

Vocal: Madame Camporse, Mr Bartleman, Mr Bellamy, Mrs Salmon, Mr W Knyvett, Mr & Mrs Vaughan, Mr Braham, Miss J Fletcher, Miss Travis, Miss Stephens, Mr Hobbs, Mr J Elliott, Miss Williams, Mr Evans, Mr King, Mrs Tett, Mrs Byers

 

Instrumental: Mons Drouet (Flute), Mr Weichsel (Violin), Mr R Lindley (Cello)

 

Morning:
1 October 1817: A sacred concert, St. Philip’s Church including Overture Esther and Coronation Anthem by Handle, Purcell's Te Deum Laudamus and various songs/arias.

2 October 1817 The Messiah, St Philip's Church
3 October 1817 A sacred concert, St. Philip’s Church. Part I Handel's Grand Concerto and various songs/arias. Part II Selection from Haydn's Creation and various songs/arias. Part II various songs/arias mainly by Handel.

 

Evening:

All Concerts shown as Grand Miscellaneous Concert, Theatre Royal, New Street

1 October 1817: Part I Mozart's Jupiter Symphony, Violin and Cello Concerto Messrs Weischel and Lindley and various songs and arias. Part II Overture Anacreon Cherubini and various songs/arias.

2 October 1817: Part I Haydn's Grand Symphony (No 10), Violin Concerto Mr Weischel and various songs/arias. Part II Beethoven's Fidelio Overture and various songs/arias.

3 October 1817:Part I Grand Symphony by Beethoven and various songs/arias. Part II Ulysses Overture by Romberg, Cello Concerto R Lindley and various songs/arias.


3–6 October 1820

 

Vocal: Mrs Salmon, Miss D. Travis, Madame Vestris, Signora Corri, Miss Symonds, Miss J. Fletcher, Miss Stephens, Mr Vaughan, Mr W. Knyvett, Messrs. Beale, Evans, Whall , Signor Begrez, Mr Bellamy, Messrs King, Goulding and Signor Ambrogetti.

 

Morning:
3 October 1820: Grand Opening Service.
4 October 1820: Haydn, The Seasons Spring and Summer, Grand Selection of Sacred Music all by Handel.
5 October 1820: Handel, The Messiah
6 October 1820: A Grand Selection of Sacred Music.

Evening:

All Concerts shown as Grand Miscellaneous Concert, Theatre Royal, New Street.
3 October 1820: Part I Haydn's Symphony No 7, Finale from Mozart's Figaro and various songs/arias. Part II Overture Zauberflotte Mozart, Cello Concerto Mr Lindley, Finale from Mozart's Cosi fan tutti and various songs/arias.

4 October 1820: Part I Beethoven's Symphony in C (No 5), various songs/arias. Part II Overture Idomeneo Mozart, vioin concerto Mr Mori, Final Scene Cosi fan tutti Mozart and various songs/arias.

5 October 1820: No programme details. Possibly Grand Dress Ball in the Theatre.

6 October 1820: Part I Beethoven's Symphony No 2 and various songs/arias. Part II Overture Anacreon Cherubini and various songs/arias.


7–10 October 1823


Vocal: Madame Catalani, Mrs Salmon, Miss Stephens, Miss Travis, Miss Symonds, Miss Fletcher, Miss Heaton, Mr Braham, Mr Vaughan, Signor Placci, Mr Knyvett and Mr Bellamy.


Leader Paulo Spagnoletti.


Morning:

7 October 1823: Full Cathedral Service.
8 October 1823: Grand Selection of Sacred Music in three parts including selections from Mozart's Requiem, The Triumph of Gideon (arranged expressly for the Festival) and works by Haydn and Handel.
9 October 1823: Handel, The Messiah.
10 October 1823: Grand Selection of Sacred Music. Part I Grand Coronation Anthem by Attwood and various songs/arias by Handel, Mozart etc. Part II Spring and Summer from The Seasons by Haydn. Part III Symphony by Gluck and songs/arias by Handel.


Evening:

All Concerts shown as Grand Miscellaneous Concert, Theatre Royal, New Street.
7 October. 1823: Part I Haydn's Grand Symphony No 5 and various songs/arias. Part II Egmont Overture Beethoven, Cello Concerto Mr Lindley and various songs/arias by Bach, Rossini, Mozart etc.

8 October 1823: Part I Beethoven's Fidelio Overture, Violin Concerto Mr Mori and various songs/arias by Purcell, Mozart, Rossini etc.

9 October 1823: Grand Dress Ball in the Theatre.

10 October 1823: Part I Symphony No 2 by Mozart, Fantasia Corno di Bassetto Mr Willman and various songs/arias by Arne, Rossini, Facci etc. Part II Overture Anacreon Cherubini and various songs/arias.


3–6 October 1826


Vocal: Madame Caradori, Miss Stephens, Miss Paton, Miss D. Travis, Miss Bacon, Miss Heaton, Miss S. Travis, Miss Clough, Mrs Wilde; Mr Braham, Mr Knyvett, Mr Bellamy, Mr Phillips, Mr Vaughan, Messrs J. Evans, Goulden, T. Greatorex, Whall, Signor Curioni and Signor de Begnis.


Instrumental: Mr J.B. Cramer (piano), Mr Lindley (cello) and Mr Nicholson (flute) with Messrs Kiesewetter and De Beriot (additional leaders).


Morning:
3 October 1826: Full Cathedral Service.
4 October 1826: Grand Selection of Sacred Music.
5 October 1826: Handel, The Messiah.
6 October 1826: Grand Selection of Sacred Music. Part I selections from Judas Maccabeus by Handel. Part II The Triumph of Gideon by Winter (2nd time of performance). Part II various songs/arias by Handel, Haydn and Mozart.

Evening:

All Concerts shown as Grand Miscellaneous Concert, Theatre Royal, New Street.

3 October 1826: Part I Mozart's Jupiter Symphony and various songs/arias. Part II Overture Der Freischutz Weber, Violin Concerto M De Beriot, Finale Act I Don Giovanni by Mozart and various songs/arias by Weber, Rossini etc.

4 October 1826: Part I Overture Anacreon Cherubini, Violin Concerto Mr Kiesewetter and various songs/arias by Mayerbeer, Mozart etc. Part II Overture La Gazza Ladre Rossini, Cello Concerto Mr Lindley, various songs/arias by Rossini, Bishop and Spofforth.

5 October 1826: No programme details. Possibly Grand Dress Ball in the Theatre.

6 October 1826: Part I Beethoven's Symphony in C Minor, Piano Concerto Mr Cramer and various songs/arias including Purcell's Frost scene. Part II Overture Euryanthe Weber, Violin Fantasia M de Beriot and various songs/arias.


6–9 October 1829


Vocal: Madame Malibran Garcia, Miss Paton, Mrs Knyvett, Miss Fanny Ayton, Mademoiselle Blasis; Mr Braham, Mr Knyvett, Mr Vaughan, Signor Costa, Signor Giubilei, Signor de Begnis, Mr Bellamy and Mr Phillips.


Instrumental: Mon. De Beriot (violin), Mrs Anderson (piano), Mr Lindley (cello), Mr Nicholson (flute), Mr Weichsel (violin) and Mr Cramer (violin).


Morning:
6 October 1829: Full Cathedral Service.
7 October 1829: Grand Selection of Sacred Music. Three parts including The Triumph of Gideon (third time of performance), Cantata Sacra by Zingarelli composed expressly for the Festival and songs/arias by Handel, Cimarosa, Mozart etc.
8 October 1829: Handel, Messiah.
9 October 1829: Grand Selection of Sacred Music. Part I Jubilee Anthem by Cherubini and various songs/arias mainly by Handel. Part II Joseph by Mehul and various songs/arias by Handel, Mozart and a selection from The Creation by Haydn with Malibran.


Evening:
6 October 1829: First Operatic Selection. Part I Overture and scene from La Gazza Ladra Rossini, scene from La Donna del Largo Rossini and scene from Freischutz Weber. Part II Violin Concerto M de Beriot, Act III of Romeo et Giuletta Zingarelli with Malibran and Ayton in character and scene from Freischutz Weber.
7 October 1829: First Miscellaneous Concert. Part I Symphony in C Beethoven, Violin and Cello Concerto Messrs Weichsel and Lindley and various songs/arias. Malibran singing in two by Mozart and one by Rossini. Part II Overture Oberon by Weber, Violin Fantasia M de Beriot and various songs/arias. Malibran sang a Spanish song.

8 October 1829: Second Operatic Selection. Part I Cello Concerto Mr Lindley, scenes from Il Turco in Italia, La Donna del Largo Rossini and Oberon Weber. Part II Flute Concerto Mr Nicholson, scene form Otello Rossini, scene from Il Fanatico Sacchini and Act III of Romeo et Giuletta Zingarelli with Malibran and Ayton in character.

9 October 1829: Second Miscellaneous Concert. Part I Symphony in D by Beethoven, Piano Concerto by Hummel/Herz with Mrs Anderson as soloist and various songs/arias by Bishop, Rossini etc. Part II Overture Euryanthe Weber and songs/arias by Bishop, Bellini, Handel and Rossini. Malibran sang Provencal Airs (composer not shown).

 

No Festival in 1832 as a consequence of the construction of the Town Hall.

 

7–10 October 1834


Vocal: Madame Caradori, Madame Stockhausen, Mrs Knyvett , Miss Clara Novello, Mr Braham, Signor Curioni, Mr Vaughan, Mr Horncastle, Mr Hawkins, Mr Terrail, Mr Phillips, Mr Machin, Mr Bellamy and Mr Taylor.

 

Instrumental: Mr Moscheles (piano), Mr Lindley (cello), The Chevalier Neukomm (organ) and Mr Stockhausen (harp), led by Messrs Mori and Loder.

 

Morning:

7 October 1834: Grand Selection of Sacred Music including a selection from Mount Sinai by Neukomm and in Part II The Last Judgement by Spohr.
8 October 1834: David by Neukomm (composed for the Festival).
9 October 1834: Handel, Messiah.
10 October 1834: Grand Selection of Sacred Music including in Part II Israel in Egypt by Handel.


Evening:
7 October 1834: First Miscellaneous Concert including Pastoral Symphony Beethoven and works by Moscheles with himself as soloist.
8 October 1834: Theatre Royal: Operatic Selection including in Part I Act III of Otello by Rossini with Caradori as Desdemona, Castelli as Emilia and Curioni as Otello. In Part II Act III of Anna Bolena by Donnizetti with Caradori in character.
9 October 1834: Second Miscellaneous Concert including works by Mendelssohn (MND Overture) and Symphony in Eb Mozart.

 

19–22 September 1837


Vocal: Madame Grisi, Madame Albertazzi, Signor Tamburini, Signor Curioni, Signor Giubilei; Mrs Knyvett, Mrs A. Shaw, Miss C. Novello, Mr Bennett, Mr Hobbs, Mr Vaughan; Mr H. Phillips, Mr Machin, Mr Hawkins and Mr J.A. Novello.


Instrumental: Mon. Mendelssohn (piano/organ), Mr Lindley (cello), Master Giulio Regondi (concertina), with Mr Mori (additional leader).


Morning:
19 September 1837: Chevalier Neukomm, the Ascension (first English performance, conducted by the composer).
20 September 1837: Mendelssohn, St Paul. Conducted by Composer and in Part II a miscellaneous selection of sacred music.
21 September 1837: Handel, The Messiah.
22 September 1837: A.F. Haeser, The Triumph of Faith (first English performance). In Part II a miscellaneous selection of sacred music including works by Bach, Handel, Haydn etc.

Evening:
19 September 1837: First Miscellaneous Concert. Symphony in D Mozart (first movement), Mendelssohn organ performance and various songs/arias by Rossini, Bellini, Mozart and Beethoven.
20 September 1837, Theatre Royal: The Opera of Semiramide and a miscellaneous selection including Egmont Overture and various arias by Haydn, Rossini etc.

21 September 1837: Second miscellaneous concert. Including various songs/arias by Mozart, Bellini, Rossini etc and Euryanthe Overture by Weber.


22–25 September 1840


Vocal: Madame Julie Dorus Gras, Madame Caradori Allan, Mrs Knyvett; Miss Birch, Miss Maria B. Hawes, Signor Lablache, Mr Braham, Mr H. Phillips, Signor Musatti, Mr Vaughan; Mr Machin, Signor F. Lablache, Mr Pearsall and Mr Young.


Instrumental: Signor Emiliani (violin), Dr Mendelssohn (piano and organ) and Mr Lindley (cello)

 

Morning:
22 September 1840: Part 1: Handel, Israel in Egypt. Part II Various songs/arias and Choruses.
23 September 1840: Part 1: Handel, Joshua (selection) Part II Mendelssohn, Lobgesang followed by various songs/arias.
24 September 1840: Handel, The Messiah.
25 September 1840: Oratorio of Jeptha.


Evening:
22 September 1840: First miscellaneous Concert including violin Concertino by Emiliani with him as soloist, Sinfonia in F No 8 by Beethoven and various songs/arias.
23 September 1840, Theatre Royal: Operas Rossini, La Gazza Ladra and Gnecco, La Prova D'un Opera Seria.

24th September 1840: Second miscellaneous Concert. Mozart, Sinfonia In Eb. Mendelssohn, Midsummer Night's Dream Overture and various songs/arias.

 

19–21 September 1843

 

Vocal: Miss C Novelllo, Miss Rainforth, Signor Mario, Signor Fornasari, Mrs Shaw, Mrs Knyvett, Mr Phillips, Miss Maria B Hawes, Mr Giubilei, Mr Bennett, Mr Machin, Mr Manvers, Mr Morgan.


Instrumental: Mr Lindley (Cello)

 

Morning
19 September 1843: Rossini, Stabat Mater and Handel, Deborah.

20 September 1843: Dr Croft [Crotch?], Palestine, and a selection of sacred music
21 September 1843: Handel, The Messiah.

Evening (all at the Theatre Royal)
19 September 1843: Rossini, The Lady of the Lake, and a miscellaneous selection including arias by Beethoven, Rossini and Mozart.
20 September 1843: Part I Bellini, Norma. Part II a miscellaneous selection including Fingals Cave by Mendelssohn and various songs/arias.
21 September 1843: Grand Miscellaneous Concert. Part I Mozart Magic Flute Overture and various songs/arias. Part II Weber's Jubilee Overture and various songs/arias.

 

25 - 28 August 1846


Vocal: Madame Grisi, Madame Caradori Allan, Miss Bassano, Miss A Williams, Miss Maria B Hawes, Miss M Williams, Signor Mario, Mr Braham, Mr Hobbs, Mr Lockey, Herr Staudigl, Mr H Phillips, Signor F Lablache, Mr Machin.

 

Instumental: Mon Mendelssohn, Mr Moscheles (Piano), Dr Gauntlett (Organ)


Morning:
25 August 1846: Haydn, The Creation and four Rossini arias
26 August 1846: Mendelssohn, Elijah. First performance composed expressly for the Festival. In Part III Handel's Coronation Anthem and arias by Mozart and Cimaroso.
27 August 1846: Handel, The Messiah
28 August 1846: Part I Beethoven, Grand Mass in D. Part II Various organ works performed by Dr Gauntlett and arias.

Evening:
26 August 1846: Grand Miscellaneous Concert including in Part I Beethoven's Symphony in A, Moscheles Fantasia Piano Forte with himself as soloist and various songs/arias. In Part II Spohr's Faust Overture and various songs/arias.
27 August 1846: Second Miscellaneous Concert. Part I various songs/arias and overtures by Verdi, Donizetti, Mozart and Rossini. In Part II The music to Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream and various songs/arias.

 

4 - 7 September 1849


Vocal: Madame Sontag, Madame Castellan, Miss A. Williams, Miss Stevens, Mlle Jetty de Treffz, Miss Catherine Hayes; Mlle Alboni, Mlle de Meric, Miss M. Willams; Signor Mario, Signor Calzolari, Mr T. Williams, Mr Sims Reeves; Herr Pischek, Signor F. Lablache, Mr Machin and Signor Lablache.

 

Instumental: Monsieur Thalberg (piano), Messrs Wesley, Stimpson, Simms and E. Chipp (organ).

 

Morning
4 September 1849: Mendelssohn, Elijah.
5 September 1849: Part I Mendelssohn, Athalie (Selection). Part II Various songs/arias and a performance at the organ by Dr Wesley.
6 September 1849: Handel, The Messiah.
7 September 1849: Part I A miscellaneous selection including Mendelssohn's MND Overture and organ sonata and various songs/arias. Part II Handel, Israel in Egypt.


Evening

4 September 1849. Miscellaneous Concert. Part I included Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony and various songs/arias. Part II included an Overture by Weber and various songs/arias.

5th September 1849: Miscellaneous Concert. Part I included Mendelssohn's Symphony in A Minor and various songs and arias. In Part II Beethoven's Leonora Overture and various songs songs/arias.

6th September 1849: Miscellaneous Concert. Part I included Beethoven's Symphony in C Minor, Rossini's William Tell Overture and various songs/arias. Part II included Mendelssohn's First Walpurgis Night and various songs/arias.

 

7–10 September 1852


Vocal: Madame Viardot Garcia, Madame Castellan, Mademoiselle Anna Zerr, Miss Dolby, Mademoiselle Bertrandi, Miss M. Williams, Madame Clara Novello; Signor Tamberlik, Herr Formes, Mr Lockey, Mr Weiss, Mr T. Williams, Signor Polonini, Mr Simms Reeves and Signor Belletti.


Instrumental: Signor Piatti (cello), Signor Bottesini (double bass), Herr Kuhe (piano) and Mr Stimpson (organ).

Morning:
7 September 1852: Mendelssohn, Elijah.
8 September 1852: Mendelssohn, Saviour of Sinners (motett) & Christus (unfinished oratorio first time of performance) Wesley, Anthem (first time of performance conducted by the composer) and Haydn, The Creation.
9 September 1852: Handel, The Messiah.

10 September 1852: Handel, Samson.

Evening:
All were described as Miscellaneous Concerts
7 September 1852: Parts I & II Mendelssohn, First Walpurgis Night. Part III Sainton and Piatti Duo for violin and cello (no composer details), Rossini's William Tell overture and various songs/arias.
8 September 1852: Part I Mozart's Jupiter Symphony, various songs/arias Mendelssohn, Loreley (unfinished posthumous oratorio first time of performance). Part II Weber's Die Freischutz Overture and various songs/arias. Duo for cello and double bass by Piatti and Bottesini.
9 September 1852: Part I Beethoven, Grand Choral Symphony in D minor. Part II Herold Zampa Overture and various songs/arias.

 

28–31 August 1855


Vocal: Madame Grisi, Mme Angiolina Bosio, Madame Rudersdorff, Madame Castellan; Miss Dolby, Madame Viardot Garcia; Signor Mario, Signor Gardoni, Herr Reichardt, Mr Sims Reeves; Signor Lablache, Mr Weiss and Herr Formes.


Morning:

28 August 1855 Mendelssohn Elijah

29 August 1855 Costa Eli

30 August 1855 Handel The Messiah

31 August 1855 A Grand Selection including Beethoven, Mount of Olives; Mozart, Requiem; and Handel, Israel in Egypt (selection).

Evening

All evening performances were described as Grand Miscellaneous Concerts.

28 August 1855: Part I G.A. Macfarren, Lenora. Parts II & III various songs/arias and overtures by Mendelssohn and Auber.

29 August 1855: Part I Mendelssohn, Italian Symphony, Loreley and various songs/arias. Part II Beethoven's Leonora Overture and various songs/arias.

30 August 1855: Part I Beethoven, Pastoral Symphony and various songs/arias. Part II Rossini's William Tell Overture, Weber's Ruler of the Spirits Overture and various songs/arias.

31 August–3 September 1858


Vocal: Madame Clara Novello, Mademoiselle Victoire Balfe, Madame Castellan; Madame Alboni, Miss Dolby, Madame Viardot Garcia; Mr Sims Reeves, Mr Montem Smith, Signor Tamberlick; Signor Ronconi, Mr Weiss and Signor Belletti.


Morning:

31 August 1858 Mendelssohn Elijah

I September 1858 Costa Eli

2 September 1858 Handel The Messiah

3 September 1858 A Grand Selection including Henry Leslie, Judith; Mendelssohn, Lauda Sion; Beethoven, Service in C.

Evening

31 August 1858  Handel, Acis and Galatea and various arias by Rossini, Verdi, Donizetti etc.

1 September 1858 Mendelssohn, The Sons of Art. Mozart's Jupiter Symphony and various songs/arias by Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi.

2 September 1858 Costa, The Dream. Mendelssohn's Scottish Symphony and various songs/arias by Rossini, Mozart, Donizetti etc.


27–30 August 1861


Vocal: Mademoiselle Titiens, Madame Lemmens Sherrington, Madame Sainton-Dolby, Mr Sims Reeves, Mr Santley Madame Rudersdorff, Mademoiselle Adelina Patti, Miss Palmer, Mr Montem Smith, Signor Giuglini and Signor Belletti.

 

Instrumentalist: Arabella Goddard


Morning:
27 August 1861: Mendelssohn, Elijah.
28 August 1861: Handel, Samson.
29 August 1861: Handel, The Messiah.
30 August 1861: Beethoven, Grand Service in D; Hummel, Alma Virgo; Handel, Israel in Egypt.

 

Evening:

27 August 1861: First miscellaneous Concert. Mendelssohn's G Minor Concerto with Goddard as soloist. Various songs/arias by Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi, Mozart etc.
28 August 1861: Haydn, The Creation.

29 August 1861 Second miscellaneous Concert. Beethoven's E Flat Concerto with Goddard as soloist. Various songs/arias.
30 August 1861: Handel, Judas Maccabeus.


6-9 September 1864


Vocal: Mademoiselle Titiens, Madame Lemmens Sherrington, Madame Sainton-Dolby, Mr Sims Reeves, Mr Santley Madame Rudersdorff, Mademoiselle Adelina Patti, Miss Palmer, Mr W.H. Cummings, Signor Mario and Mr Weiss.

 

Instrumentalists: Arabella Goddard Piano and M Sainton Violin


Morning:
6 September 1864: Mendelssohn, Saint Paul.
7 September 1864: M. Costa, Naaman (composed expressly for the occasion).
8 September 1864: Handel, The Messiah.
9 September 1864: Beethoven, Mount of Olives; Handel, Solomon (selection).


Evening:
6 September 1864: First miscellaneous Concert. Henry Smart The Bride of Dunkerron. Composed expressly for the Festival.
7 September 1864: A Grand Classical Concert. Mendelssohn Hymn of Praise and various songs/arias.

8 September 1864: Miscellaneous Concert: Sullivan Kenilworth composed expressly for the Festival. Various songs/arias
9 September 1864: Mendelssohn, Elijah.


27-30 August 1867


Vocal: Mademoiselle Titiens, Madame Lemmens Sherrington, Madame Sainton-Dolby, Mr Sims Reeves, Mr Santley Mademoiselle Christine Nilsson, Madame Patey Whytock, Mr W.H. Cummings and Mr Weiss.

 

Instrumentalists: Arabella Goddard Piano. M Sainton Violin.

 

Morning
27 August 1867: Mendelssohn, Elijah.
28 August 1867: W.S. Bennett, The Woman of Samaria. Composed expressly for the Festival. Handel, Judas Maccabeus.
29 August 1867: Handel, The Messiah.
30 August 1867, Town Hall: Gounod, Messe Solennelle; Handel, Israel in Egypt.


Evening
The first three evening performances were described as Miscellaneous Concerts, including the following works:


27 August 1867, Town Hall: Handel, Alexander’s Feast. Beethoven's Concerto in E Flat. Various songs/arias.
28 August 1867, Town Hall: J. Benedict, The Legend of St. Cecilia. Piano Concerto No 4 in F Minor by W S Bennett.
29 August 1867: John Francis Barnett, The Ancient Mariner. Composed expressly for the Festival. Various songs/arias.
30 August 1867: Mendelssohn, St. Paul.


30 August-2 September 1870

 

Vocal: Mademoiselle Tietiens, Madame Lemmens Sherrington, Madame Patey, Mr Sims Reeves, Mr Vernon Rigby, Mr W.H. Cummings, Mr Santley, Signor Foli, Miss Edith Wynne, Mademoiselle Ilma de Murska and Mademoiselle Drasdil.

 

Instrument: Arabella Goddard (Piano) and M Sainton (Violin).


Morning
30 August 1870: Mendelssohn, Elijah.
31 August 1870: Costa, Naaman.
1 September 1870: Handel, Messiah.
2 September 1870: Julius Benedict, St Peter (first time of performance. Conducted by the composer ), Mozart, Requiem.


Evening

The first three evening performances were described as Miscellaneous Concerts, including the following works:


30 August 1870: John Francis Barnett, Paradise and the Peri (composed expressly for this Festival). Mendelssohn's Concerto in G Minor. Various songs/arias.
31 August 1870: Prof. R.P. Stewart, Ode to Shakespeare. Composed expressly for the festival. Part II was given over to the works of Beethoven with arias from Fidelio, Egmont overture and the E Flat concerto with Goddard as soloist.
1 September 1870: Ferdinand Hiller, Nala and Damayanti (new cantata). Composer conducted.
2 September 1870: Handel, Samson.

26-29 August 1873

 

Vocal: Mademoiselle Tietiens, Madame Lemmens Sherrington, Madame Patey, Mr Sims Reeves, Mr Vernon Rigby, Mr W.H. Cummings, Mr Santley and Signor Foli, Mademoiselle Albani and Madame Trebelli Bettini.


Morning
26 August 1873: Mendelssohn, Elijah.
27 August 1873: Arthur S. Sullivan, The Light of the World (first performance).
28 August 1873: Handel, The Messiah.
29 August 1873: Spohr, God, Thou Art Great; Haydn, Mass No. 3; Handel, Israel in Egypt (selections). Also, first performances of two choral pieces by Rossini. Ave Maria and Cantemus.

Evening

The first three evening performances were described as Miscellaneous Concerts, including the following works:


26 August 1873: F. Schira, The Lord of Burleigh (new cantata, composed for the Festival). Beethoven Leonora Overture and various arias.
27 August 1873: Beethoven, Symphony in C minor; Rossini, National Hymn (first English performance).
28 August 1873: Alberto Randegger, Fridolin. Composed expressly for the festival. Various arias and overtures by Rossini, William Tell and Mendelssohn, Ruy Blas.
29 August 1873: Handel, Judas Maccabeus.


29 August–1 September 1876


Vocal: Madame Lemmens Sherrington, Madame Trebelli Bettini, Mr Vernon Rigby, Mr Edward Lloyd, Mr Santley,  Mademoiselle Titiens, Mademoiselle Albani, Madame Patey, Mr Cecil Tovey and Signor Foli.

 

Morning
29 August 1876: Mendelssohn, Elijah.
30 August 1876: Mendelssohn, Hear My Prayer; Hummel, Alma Virgo; G.A. Macfarren, The Resurrection (composed for the Festival. Conducted by W Macfarren).
31 August 1876: Handel, The Messiah.
1 September 1876: Spohr, The Last Judgement; Wagner, Scriptural Scene; Beethoven, Grand Service in C.

Evening

The first three evening performances were described as Miscellaneous Concerts, including the following works:


29 August 1876: F.H. Cowen, Dramatic Cantata, The Corsair (composed expressly for the Festival). Wagner Tannhauser March. Various songs/arias.
30 August 1876: Niels W. Gade, Cantata ‘Zion’ Composed expressly for the Festival.
31 August 1876: Niels W. Gade, The Crusaders conducted by the composer. Wagner Lohengrin Act III Prelude. Various songs/arias.
1 September 1876: Mendelssohn, St. Paul.

 

Cadbury Research Library has a copy of the score of “The Crusaders”. On the title page it is inscribed “In rememberance of the pleasant days at Copeley and the first performance of The Crusaders. To Mrs Ada Harding from Neils Gade 1876”

26-29 August 1879

 

Vocal: Madame Lemmens Sherrington, Madame Trebelli Bettini, Mr Vernon Rigby, Mr Edward Lloyd, Mr Santley, Miss Anna Williams, Madame Gerster, Madame Patey, Mr Joseph Maas, Mr W.H. Cummings and Herr Henschel.


Morning:
26 August 1879: Mendelssohn, Elijah.
27 August 1879: Rossini, Moses in Egypt.
28 August 1879: Handel, The Messiah.
29 August 1879: Cherubini, Requiem; Mendelssohn, Hymn of Praise.


Evening:

The first three evening performances were described as Miscellaneous Concerts, including the following works:


26 August 1879: Max Bruch, Cantata, The Lay of the Bell.
27 August 1879: Beethoven, Symphony No.7. Various arias.
28 August 1879: Saint Saens, The Lyre and the Harp. Various arias including one from Wagner's Flying Dutchman.
29 August 1879: Handel, Israel in Egypt.


29 August–1 September 1882

 

Vocal: Madame Albani, Miss Anna Williams, Madame Patey, Madame Trebelli, Mr Edward Lloyd, Mr Joseph Maas, Mr Santley, Mr F. King, Signor Foli, Miss Eleanor Farnol, Madame Marie Roze and Mr W.H. Cummings.


Morning:
29 August 1882: Mendelssohn, Elijah.
30 August 1882: Gounod, The Redemption. First performance. Composer conducted.
31 August 1882: Handel, The Messiah.
1 September 1882: Mozart, Symphony in G minor; Cherubini, Fourth Mass; Beethoven, The Mount of Olives.


Evening:
29 August 1882: J. Benedict, Graziella Various songs/arias.
30 August 1882: Gaul, The Holy City. Various songs/arias.
31 August 1882: Gade, Psyche. First performance conducted by the composer.
1 September 1882: Gounod, The Redemption.

 

1885 to 1909 Conducted by Richter. See spreadsheet for details of major works performed.

25-28 August 1885

 

Vocal: Madame Albani, Miss Anna Williams, Madame Patey, Madame Trebelli, Mr Edward Lloyd, Mr Joseph Maas, Mr Santley, Mr F. King and Signor Foli, Mrs Hutchinson, Mr C. Wade and Mr Watkin Mills.

 

Senor Sarasate (violin)


Morning:
25 August 1885: Mendelssohn, Elijah.
26 August 1885: Gounod, Mors et Vita.
27 August 1885: Handel, The Messiah.
28 August 1885: Stanford, The Three Holy Children; Beethoven, Symphony No.9.


Evening:
25 August 1885: Cowen, Sleeping Beauty.
26 August 1885: Anderton, Yule Tide. Also, Prout, Symphony No. 3 in F major (composed for the Festival).
27 August 1885: Dvorak, The Spectre’s Bride.
28 August 1885: Gounod, Mors et Vita.


28-31 August 1888

 

Vocal: Madame Albani, Miss Anna Williams, Mr Edward Lloyd, Mr Santley, Mr Brereton, Miss Ambler, Madame Patey, Madame Trebelli, Mr Piercy, Mr Banks and Signor Foli.

 

Instrumental: Miss Fanny Davies (piano).


Morning:
28 August 1888: Mendelssohn, Elijah.
29 August 1888: Parry, Judith.
30 August 1888: Handel, The Messiah.
31 August 1888: J.S. Bach, Magnificat.

 

Evening:
The first three evening performances were described as Miscellaneous Concerts, including the following works:


28 August 1888: Dvorak, Stabat Mater.
29 August 1888: A. Sullivan, The Golden Legend.
30 August 1888: J.F. Bridge, New Cantata ‘Callirhöe’.
31 August 1888: Handel, Saul.


6-9 October 1891

 

Vocal: Madame Albani, Miss Anna Williams, Mr Edward Lloyd, Mr Santley, Mr Brereton, Mrs Brereton, Miss Macintyre, Miss Hilda Wilson, Madame Hope Glenn, Mr Iver McKay, Mr Watkin Mills and Mr Henschel.

 

Note: Albani did not perform as a result of illness. Margaret MacIntyre took her place but was unable to sing in Messiah. Anna Williams took her place.

 

Instrumental: Dr Joachim (violin).


Morning:
6 October 1891: Mendelssohn, Elijah.
7 October 1891: J.S. Bach, St. Matthew Passion.
8 October 1891: Handel, Messiah.

9 October 1891: Dvorak, Requiem Mass (composed expressly for this Festival and conducted by the composer).

Evening:
6 October 1891: Miscellaneous, including A.C. Mackenzie, New Cantata, Veni Creator Spiritus (composed for this Festival).
7 October 1891: Stanford, New Dramatic Oratorio, Eden (first performance).
8 October 1891: Miscellaneous Concert.
9 October 1891: Berlioz, Faust.

 

2-5 October 1894

 

Vocal: Madame Albani, Miss Anna Williams, Miss Marie Brema, Mr Edward Lloyd, Mr Andrew Black, Mrs Henschel, Miss Hilda Wilson, Madame Marian McKenzie, Mr Iver McKay, Eugene Oudin, Mr Brereton and Mr Henschel.


Morning:
2 October 1894: Mendelssohn, Elijah.
3 October 1894: Parry, King Saul (composed expressly for this Festival).
4 October 1894: Handel, The Messiah.
5 October 1894: Cherubini, Mass in D minor; selections.


Evening:
2 October 1894: First Miscellaneous Concert, including Berlioz, Te Deum (first Birmingham performance).
3 October 1894: Goring Thomas, The Swain and the Skylark (first performance); Sullivan, Overture ‘In Memoriam’; Mendelssohn, Hymn of Praise.
4 October 1894: Miscellaneous Concert, including G. Henschel, Stabat Mater (first performance).
5 October 1894: Wagner, Overture ‘Tannhauser’; Schumann, Faust – Part III; Beethoven, Symphony No.9.

5-8 October 1897

 

Vocal: Madame Albani, Miss Anna Williams, Miss Marie Brema, Mr Edward Lloyd, Mr Andrew Black, Miss Evangeline Florence, Miss Hilda Foster, Miss Ada Crossley, Mr George May, Mr Ben Davies, Mr Plunket Greene and Mr Bispham.


Morning:
5 October 1897: Mendelssohn, Elijah.
6 October 1897: C.V. Stanford, Requiem (first performance); Bach, O Light Everlasting.
7 October 1897: Handel, The Messiah.
8 October 1897: Schubert, Mass in E flat; C.H.H. Parry, Job.

Evening:
5 October 1897: Miscellaneous Concert, including E. German, Symphonic Poem ‘Hamlet’ (first performance).
6 October 1897: Purcell, King Arthur; selection.
7 October 1897: Miscellaneous Concert, including Arthur Somervell, An Ode to the Sea (composed expressly for the Festival).
8 October 1897: Berlioz, Faust.


2-5 October 1900


Vocal: Madame Albani, Madame Clara Butt, Mr William Green, Mr Ben Davies, Mr Andrew Black, Miss Evangeline Florence, Miss Esther Palliser, Miss Marie Brema, Miss Ada Crossley, Mr Edward Lloyd, Mr Plunket Green and Mr Bispham.

 

Morning:
2 October 1900: Mendelssohn, Elijah.
3 October 1900: Elgar, The Dream of Gerontius (composed for the Festival); Schubert, Symphony ‘Unfinished’; Handel, Israel in Egypt (selections).
4 October 1900: Bach, St. Matthew Passion.
5 October 1900: Brahms, A German Requiem; selections.


Evening:
2 October 1900: Miscellaneous Concert.
3 October 1900: S. Coleridge-Taylor, Song of Hiawatha.
4 October 1900: Miscellaneous Concert, including Dvorak, The Spectre’s Bride.
5 October 1900: Handel, The Messiah.

13-16 October 1903

 

Vocal: Madame Albani, Madame Clara Butt, Mr William Green, Mr Ben Davies, Mr Andrew Black, Miss Agnes Nicholls, Miss Muriel Foster, Madame Kirkby Lunn, Mr John Coates, Mr Kennerley Rumford and Mr Ffrangcon-Davies.


Morning:
13 October 1903: Mendelssohn, Elijah.
14 October 1903: Elgar, The Apostles (first performance, conducted by the composer).
15 October 1903: Handel, The Messiah.
16 October 1903: Bach, Mass in B minor.


Evening:
All miscellaneous concerts, including:
13 October 1903: Stanford, Ballad for Solos, Chorus and Orchestra, ‘The Voyage of Maeldune.
14 October 1903: Sullivan, The Golden Legend.

15 October 1903: Berlioz, Harold in Italy, Strauss, Don Juan & Wagner, Meistersinger Overture.
16 October 1903: Bruckner, Te Deum (first performance in England), Beethoven's Choral Symphony.

 

2–5 October 1906


Vocal: Madame Albani, Miss Gleeson-White, Miss Agnes Nicholls, Madame Ada Crossley, Miss Muriel Foster, Mr John Coates, Mr John Harrison, Mr William Green, Mr Ffrangcon Davies, Mr William Higley, Mr Dalton Baker, Mr Charles Clark and Mr Robert Radford.

 

Instrumental: Mischa Elman (violin).


Morning:
2 October 1906: Mendelssohn, Elijah.
3 October 1906: Elgar, The Kingdom (first performance, conducted by the composer).
4 October 1906: Handel, The Messiah.
5 October 1906: Beethoven, Mass in D; selection including Christian Ritter, Alto Cantata, O amantissime sponse Jesu (first English performance).


Evening:

All except 2nd October were described as Miscellaneous Concerts, including the following works:
2 October 1906: Elgar, The Apostles (conducted by the composer).
3 October 1906: including the first performance of Josef Holbrooke, The Bells and Percy Pitt, Sinfonietta in G minor.
4 October 1906: Granville Bantock, Omar Khayyam.

5 October 1906:

5–8 October 1909

 

Vocal: Miss Gleeson-White, Miss Agnes Nicholls, Perceval Allen, Madame Donalda, Madame Ada Crossley, Phyllis Lett, Madame Kirkby Lunn, Mr John Coates, Mr John Harrison, Mr Walter Hyde, George Henschel, Dalton Baker, Frederic Austin and Robert Radford.


Morning:
5 October 1909: Mendelssohn, Elijah.
6 October 1909: Elgar, The Dream of Gerontius; selection.

7 October 1909: Handel, Judas Maccabaeus.
8 October 1909: Miscellaneous including Cherubini, Mass in C.

Evening:

All except 8th October were described as Miscellaneous Concerts, including the following works:
5 October 1909: including Rutland Boughton, Midnight (first performance).
6 October 1909: including Dvorak, Stabat Mater.
7 October 1909: including Granville Bantock, Omar Khayyam.
8 October 1909: Berlioz, Faust.


1–4 October 1912

 

Conducted by Henry Wood.


Vocal: Madame Donalda, Miss Ada Forrest, Miss Carrie Tubb, Mme Ackte, Mme Clara Butt, Mme Doris Woodall, Miss Muriel Foster, John McCormack, Gwynne Davies, Gervase Elwes, Clarence Whitehill, Wilfred Douthitt, Herbery Heyner, Thorpe Bates.

 

Instrumental: Moritz Rosenthal and Pablo Casals


Morning:
1 October 1912: Mendelssohn, Elijah.
2 October 1912: Bach, St. Matthew Passion
3 October 1912: Handel, The Messiah
4 October 1912: including Brahms, German Requiem, Beethoven Symphony 7, R Strauss, Final Scene from Salome

Evening:
1 October 1912: including Sibelius. New Symphony, No. 4 (first performance, conducted by the composer) and Elgar, The Music Makers (composed for the Festival, conducted by the composer).
2 October 1912: including Walford Davies, The Song of St. Francis (first performance, conducted by the composer) and Granville Bantock, Orchestral Drama, 'Fifine at the Fair' (first performance, conducted by the composer).
3 October 1912: Verdi, Manzoni Requiem, Delius, Sea Drift, Wagner, Wotans Abschied and Feuerzauber,
4 October 1912: Elgar, The Apostles (conducted by the composer).

 


 

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