William Knyvett as Conductor 1834 to 1843.


William Knyvett was the third son of the musician Charles Kyvett. He was born on 21st April 1779. He was a singer and songwriter and for over forty years sang at many London concerts and music festivals around the country. When Thomas Greatorex died in 1832 he became conductor of the Birmingham Festivals and held the post until 1843. He also conducted at the York Festival in 1835. He married the singer Deborah Travis who appeared at every Birmingham Festival between 1820 and 1843. From 1820 to 1829 she appeared as Miss Travis and thereafter as Mrs Knyvett.


All programmes are available for these years.


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.



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.

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 (Midsummer Nights Dream 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).

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.

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. Mendelssohn as soloist in the first performance of his 2nd Piano Concerto and also 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)


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.


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)


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.


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