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28th November 2013, 7.30pm at St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate, London
BRITTEN Matinées Musicales Op. 24 (Excerpts)
DELIUS Intermezzo From Fennimore And Gerda
MILFORD Violin Concerto
ALWYN Symphony No. 4 (1959)
James Dickenson (violin)
Adam Johnson (piano)
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Auction of Henschel archive
A small unrecorded archive of manuscripts and letters by singer, conductor and composer Sir George Henschel, one of the leading English musicians of his day, is to be auctioned by Shropshire’s leading fine art auction house next month.
The manuscripts and letters have been consigned in two lots to the Christmas collective auction at Halls in Shrewsbury on December 4 on behalf of an Irish vendor with family connections to Henschel (1850-1934).
Halls’ books specialist Aaron Dean is anticipating interest in the lots from across the UK and America.
Born on February 18, 1850 in Breslau, Prussia, Henschel began his career as a pianist but later found great success as a baritone and became a friend of Johannes Brahms. Moving to England in 1877, he became a British citizen in 1890.
He was first conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (1881–84) and later conducted the Scottish Orchestra at Glasgow (1893–95) and taught at the Institute of Musical Art in New York, where he met his second wife, Amy Louis, who was one of his students.
Knighted in 1914, his compositions include two operas, a Stabat Mater, a requiem mass, and songs. In 1907, he published a collection of his journals and correspondence in ‘Personal Recollections of Johannes Brahms’ and in 1918 an autobiography, ‘Musings and Memories of a Musician’.
One of the auction lots, which is valued at around £2,000, comprises a three page manuscript titled ‘Little Lamb, who made thee’, described as “a Song of Innocence (for the little children to sing), humbly set to William Blake's beautiful words by George Henschel”.
With it are two pages of handwritten music dedicated to “Georgina and Peter” – believed to be Georgina Henschel, the composer’s daughter by his second wife and Peter Cloughton (1915-1968), Henschel's grandson - and initialled and dated Jan 18th 1918.
In addition, there’s a second manuscript titled 'The Knight of Bethlehem, set by George Henschel', two pages of handwritten music initialled and dated Nov 20th 1918, both within a 'Keepsake Cover' titled and signed by Henschel and enclosing three printed copies of his music.
Accompanying the manuscripts are two letters to Miss Janet Dunlop Smith (1888-1984), the vendor’s godmother, on Aviemore headed paper and dated June 19th 1914 and Nov 23rd 1914.
There’s also a three verse sonnet written and initialled by Henschel, dated November 22nd 1914 and a companion postcard, upon which he writes a new final verse stating "I think the following distribution of the last six lines is better".
“Miss Dunlop Smith was the daughter of Lieutenant Colonel Sir James Dunlop Smith, private secretary to Lord Minto while he was Viceroy of India,” said Mr Dean. “She was a singer under the professional name Janet Christopher and it is presumed that her close friendship with Henschel developed through their professional careers sometime around 1913.”
The first letter talks of a previous sonnet that Henschel had sent, mentions that he would be travelling to London for a concert at The Queens Hall and hoped that they could meet for tea. The second refers to Miss Dunlop Smith as his "grateful public" in regard to his prior verses, as well as general news and what had occupied his time in Scotland.
Also included in the lot is a programme for 'Dr George Henschel's concert in aid of the funds of the Alvie Boy Scouts Association', dated September 4th 1913, signed by him, five of the other singers and initialled by Miss Dunlop Smith.
The second lot, valued at around £500, includes a Christmas Day dinner programme from the Viceroy and Governor General's residence, Barrackpore dated December 25th 1907, signed by Lord Minto - 17th Viceroy, Field Marshall Horatio Kitchener, Lord and Lady Warrender, Mme Albani and Violet and Ruby Elliot, daughters of Minto.
In addition there is a programme for Madame Albani O.M. at The Town Hall Calcutta, 24th December 1907 and a photocopy of Miss Dunlop Smith's diary for Christmas 1907. The diary entry states: "Then everyone signed our hand programmes - I have Kitchener, The Viceroy, Albani's, Sir George and Lady Maud Warrender & several others - it was quite a wonderful evening."
For more information about the manuscripts and letters contact Mr Dean at Halls’s Battlefield headquarters in Shrewsbury on Tel: 01743 450700.
One of Sir George Henschel’s manuscripts.
A Christmas Day dinner programme from the Viceroy and Governor General's residence, Barrackpore dated December 25th 1907, signed by Lord Minto - 17th Viceroy, Field Marshall Horatio Kitchener and others.
For more information please contact Jeremy Lamond, Halls’ fine art director, on Tel: 01743 450700 or Duncan Foulkes, public relations adviser, on 01686 650818.
Copland House announces CULTIVATE 2014, an annual, intensive creative workshop and mentoring program for American composers in the initial stages of their professional careers. Six Fellowships are awarded to American citizens or permanent residents to participate in this weeklong emerging composers institute, which takes place June 16-22, 2014 at Aaron Copland’s National Historic Landmark home and its satellite venue at the historic Merestead estate, near New York City. Fellows each compose one 5- to 7-minute, small-ensemble composition (any combination of flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and/or piano), which serves as the core of their work at the institute. CULTIVATE consists of daily individual and collective sessions exploring and refining the new works with composer-clarinetist and program director Derek Bermel and the Music from Copland House ensemble; informal discussion sessions with prominent music executives and arts leaders about practical, professional, and career matters; and a final public concert and live recording premiering all the Fellows’ new compositions written for CULTIVATE. All expenses (round-trip transportation within the continental U.S., session participation, accommodations, food) are covered.
FOR YOUNG WESTCHESTER COMPOSERS: Thanks to the generosity of a special Westchester Community Foundation Fellowship, CULTIVATE encourages applications from gifted young composers born, raised, studying, living, and/or working in Westchester County, NY, who have completed their undergraduate studies and are now beginning to embark on their professional careers. Composers must submit a CULTIVATE application form (downloadable), three representative works and recordings, and 1- to 2-page resume. For program guidelines, application form, and further information, please contact:
P.O. Box 2177
Peekskill, NY 10566
tel: (914) 788-4659
fax: (914) 788-8686
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You may have heard that the conductor Leslie Head has died at the age
Many will have memories of Leslie’s varied London concerts in
the 1960s and 1970s – he retired in 1985 – including such
British premieres and revivals as Bax's Spring Fire, Havergal
Brian, William Baines, Delius, Elgar, Howells, Parry and Stanford –
as well as dozens of notable operatic performances with leading artists
and the only stage production of a Stanford opera in modern times.
Leslie Head's funeral will take place on Tuesday, October 1st at 2.15pm
at The Downs Crematorium, Bear Road, Brighton BN2 3PL .
It would be very helpful if any recipients of this e-mail who are intending
to attend please confirm to Yvonne@pigotts.org.uk.
'Cotswold Connection' Will Showcase Beauty
Of English Music
The English Music Festival (EMF) is expanding to include an Autumn Festival
in the beautiful countryside of the Cotswolds as part of the EMF UK
& European concert series. To be held on Friday 20th and Saturday
21st September 2013, The Cotswold Connection will showcase the brilliance,
innovation and beauty of works by British composers from mediaeval times
to the present day, with a strong focus on the Golden Renaissance of
The festival will open with a violin recital, A Cotswold Connection
by Rupert Marshall-Luck (violin) and Matthew Rickard (piano) at Cheltenham’s
prestigious Pittville Pump Room. The concert will feature the world
première performance of Howells’s Violin Sonata in B minor
as well as Vaughan Williams’s Concerto Accademico (in Constant
Lambert’s arrangement for violin and piano), Bliss’s Sonata
for Piano and Violin and Holst’s Five Pieces for Violin and Piano.
The Saturday begins with a morning organ recital, By Cotswold, Severn
and Wye: A Sequence of English Organ Music by Duncan Honeybourne in
St Laurence’s Church, Wyck Rissington, where Gustav Holst was
organist. The programme will include music by some of the finest British
composers, Darke, Finzi, Holst, Howells, Ireland, Moeran, Parry, Stanford
and Vaughan Williams.
A bespoke English lunch will be held at the Slaughters Country Inn,
comprising a two-course menu and wine. [Places are strictly limited
and must be pre-booked; early booking is recommended.]
In the afternoon, the Oxford Liedertafel will perform a selection of
neglected English part-songs in The Soul of the Age, including several
anthems by Thomas Tallis and beautiful choral music by Vaughan Williams
inspired by the beauty of nature.
The closing concert on the Saturday evening is a collaboration between
the Holst Birthplace Museum and the English Music Festival to celebrate
Gustav Holst’s Birthday (September 21st 1874). The first half
will feature St Paul’s Girls’ School Choir and Orchestra
and the second half will feature the Flowers Brass Band conducted by
Paul Holland at All Saints’ Church in Cheltenham.
Full details of all these programmes can be found at the English
Music Festival website or by emailing Festival Director Em Marshall-Luck
Tickets can be booked online
at or by contacting Em Marshall-Luck (firstname.lastname@example.org or
07808 473898) to request a programme and booking form.
Ivor Gurney day in Gloucester
The Ivor Gurney Society's event at St Andrew's Church Centre (Station
Road, Churchdown, Gloucestershire GL3 2JT) is on Saturday 11 May,
and we have a poetry recital by Philip Gross, a talk on Sir Hubert
Parry by Jeremy Dibble, and a piano recital by Jonathan Musgrave (RCM).
It starts at 12.30 with lunch (optional £7.50 for sandwiches/cake/fruit/soft
drink - or bring your own!), and the first speaker is at 1.30. The
recital is at 3.45. A ticket for the speakers, afternoon tea and cakes,
and the recital is £15.
All are welcome. If wishing to book in advance contact John Phillips
on 01432 363103 or email@example.com - this is essential if ordering
lunch. Cheques to 'The Ivor Gurney Society' or drop a line to me to
pay using Paypal. For those bringing their own lunch, feel free to
turn up on the day and pay at the door!
There is also a poetry walk on Sunday 12 May around Gurney's Maisemore,
led by Eleanor Rawling - meet at Maismore Village Hall at 10.45 (no
March 1st 2013
I am presently researching the late Victorian / Edwardian composer,
arranger and teacher, Wilfred Ellington Bendall (1850-1920), who was
friend and secretary to Sir Arthur Sullivan, and professor of piano
at the recently formed Guildhall School of Music (from c.1888-c.1905).
I shall be interested to hear anything that anybody has to tell me
about Bendall, particularly anything relating to autograph manuscripts
of his music, or the whereabouts of band parts, vocal score material
etc for any of his stage shows.
I am especially keen to find photographs of Wilfred Bendall, and would
also be thrilled to discover any living relations.
Please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions concerning Bliss’s Things to Come (TTC) film score
and concert suite:-
1. According to the BBC John Curwen & Sons Ltd. provided the orchestral
parts for the Proms premiere Sept 12 1935. Why Curwen and not Chappell
& Co? Did Chappell outsource parts to Curwen and was this common
with Bliss’s scores?
2. Given the above, have Curwen ever been contacted about Bliss’s
TTC score? What happened to Curwen’s archive and music plates?
3. I own a rare score, the full symphonic edition of the March by
Novello. The year of publication is 1939 (Lewis Foreman catalogue
lists 1937?). The remaining five movements of Bliss’s definitive
concert suite are copyright dated 1940. Why the difference in years?
Also, the back cover of the March Novello full score lists seven movements
including World in Ruin and Machines . As the definitive suite does
not include World in Ruin was this simply a typo error by Novello?
If not, could Novello still hold a plate for World in Ruin? Altogether
I have counted four different versions of the concert suite: Proms
1935, Proms 1936, the Novello full symphonic edition from 1939/40
and Bliss’s recording 1957.
4. A letter (April 6 1938) from Doris Silver, London Films to Basil
Gray, BBC lists eight movements to the film score but for some reason
omits completely the March. Any views why and is there any possible
connection here with the year 1939 mentioned above and transfer of
the rights for the March from Chappell to Novello?
5. Following on from this, what exactly was the arrangement over the
score rights between Chappell & Co. and Novello?
6. With regard to the Idyll movement, is there any physical evidence
this music was later recycled by the composer?
7. Does anyone own a copy of Decca matrix TA 1734 (untitled, possibly
Bliss’s abandoned Idyll music).
8. Have any BMS members spoken to Bliss in person about the missing
film score and why only Attack on the Moon Gun survived?
9. Did Bliss sanction use of his No.1 of 3 Jubilant Fanfares (or a
variant thereof) in the film?
10. Does anyone have knowledge of the so-called Utopian Hymn recorded
& discarded by Denham Film Studios (78 rpm recording owned by
the late John Huntley).
Thank you for any help or suggestions you are able to offer
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Rupert Marshall-Luck email@example.com
has been investigating the Violin Sonatas of David Moule-Evans, the
manuscripts of which were tracked down to the National Library of
Wales. Both are extremely interesting works, although they have never
been published. Rupert would like to take them on for the EMF (English
Music Festival) and possibly for EM Records and EM Publishing, too.
The problem is that Moule-Evans's works are still in copyright. This
appears to be held by a Miss Mary Mitchison who, it seems, lived in
or near Canterbury in 1988 at the time she gifted the manuscripts
to the Library. Does anyone have contact details for Miss Mitchison.
If so, or if you can think of any other avenues we might explore,
Rupert and Em Marshall-Luck would be hugely grateful! With many thanks,
and all best wishes,
Rupert G. Marshall-Luck · MA (Cantab) MMus (Distinction)
VIOLINIST · VIOLIST · MUSICOLOGIST
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