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Thomas Greatorex as Conductor 1817 to 1829.

 

Thomas Greatorex was born on 5th October 1758. He was a composer. astronomer, mathematician, organist at Westminster Abbey and fellow of the Royal Society. He was conductor at the Concerts of Ancient Music and also at festivals in Birmingham, York and Derby. He died in 1831 and William Knyvett took over his role as conductor at the Concerts of Ancient Music and various festivals.

 

All programmes are available for these years.

 

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

2 October 1817 The Messiah.
3 October 1817 A sacred concert. 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: Theatre Royal, New Street.

All Concerts shown as Grand Miscellaneous Concert.

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.

 

Birmingham Triennial Music Festivals

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