Henry Wood as Conductor 1912


The last of the Festivals was held in 1912 and conducted by Henry Wood. The outbreak of war and other social reasons prevented the 1915 festival but, in any event, the profit from the 1912 festival was only £1,549.00. The lowest of any festival by a long way. The previous festival had produced a profit of £3,791.00.  More information on the income and profits generated by the festivals can be found here.


To my mind the 1912 festival was one of the most interesting in terms of music performed. On Tuesday evening the 1st October the concert included Elgar conducting the first performance of his "We Are The Music Makers", Sibelius conducting the first performance of his 4th Symphony and Moritz Rosenthal as soloist in the Liszt E flat concerto. Quite a concert!


A detailed list of the 1912 festival is as follows:


1–4 October 1912


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

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

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).


Birmingham Triennial Music Festivals