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Michael Costa as Conductor 1849 to 1882

 

Michael Costa conducted at twelve of the festivals from 1849 to 1882. The longest run of any conductor during the history of the Festivals.

 

Costa was born in Naples in 1808 and first appeared at a Birmingham Festival in 1829 as a singer. He then spent 20 years in London as director of the Philharmonic Orchestra, the Italian Opera at Covent Garden and the Sacred Harmonic Society before returning to Birmingham as conductor in 1849.

 

Apart from conducting at the festivals he also composed works which were performed at the festivals as follows:

 

Date sonitum (a work forChoir and Bass) - 1849

Eli (An Oratorio) - 1855 and 1858

The Dream (A Cantata) - 1858

Naaman (An Oratorio) - 1864 and 1870

 

Details of the festivals conducted by him are as follows:

 

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.

 

Instrumental: 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.

 

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.

 

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