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Collection name Francis Chagrin collection (1955-72)
Unique identifier MS Mus 72
Description A collection of programmes for theatrical and musical performances involving the composer and conductor Francis Chagrin (1905-72) given at various venues in London, in Birmingham, Bournemouth and Manchester and in New York and Los Angeles between 1955 and 1972, arranged chronologically in one of 82 volumes containing the music manuscripts and papers of Francis Chagrin.

The items are arranged here by venue, with the London venues followed by the English provincial ones and then by American locations.

1. London venues
In addition to the programmes listed below, the collection includes a prospectus for the Commonwealth Arts Festival given in London, Cardiff, Glasgow and Liverpool between 16 September and 2 October 1965 and featuring performances by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra; Christchurch Harmonic Choir, New Zealand; Royal Choral Society; National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain; Musicians of the Continent; English Chamber Orchestra; BBC Symphony Orchestra; BBC Choral Society; London Philharmonic Orchestra; Music of India; and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

- Bishopsgate Hall
1 June 1971: International Society for Contemporary Music Festival concert, given by the Gaudeamus String Quartet and the Francis Chagrin Ensemble, conducted by Chagrin, including works by Carel Brons, Agustin Bertomeu, Joji Yuasa and Jurg Baur, all of which were being performance for the first time in England (with historical, descriptive and biographical notes and photographs).

- British Institute of Recorded Sound, 29 Exhibition Road
25 June 1972: Quartets in the Round, given by the Romanian String Quartet and present by the Park Lane Group. Only a text description of the programme is given but this included Francis Chagrin, Elegy.

- Commonwealth Institute Theatre
21 September 1965: Tuesday Invitation Concert presented by the BBC Third Programme and featuring Josephine Nendick and Barbara Elsy (vocal), Malcolm Troup and Malcolm Williamson (piano) and the Francis Chagrin Ensemble, including the first English performances of: Bruce Mather, Orphée, for voice, piano and percussion; Gilles Tremblay, Two piano pieces; and Serge Garant, Anerca, for voice and eight instruments.

- Friends House, St. Pancras
17 March 1962: The Francis Chagrin Ensemble (conducted by Chagrin) as part of the St. Pancras Festival, including the first English performance of Niels Viggo-Bentzon, Chamber Concerto op. 52 and Malcolm Arnold, Quintet for Brass.

- Gaumont Theatre, Haymarket
27 January 1955: The Colditz Story (world premiere), with music composed and conducted by Francis Chagrin (invitation, announcement and programme).

- Morley College, Emma Cons Hall
26 November and 10 December 1961: Francis Chagrin with The Virtuoso Ensemble, the second concert including the first English performance of Fricker, Serenade No 1 for six instruments (single document, plus a second flyer with programmes for performances on 25 February and 25 March 1962).

- Odeon Theatre, Swiss Cottage
15 March 1966: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, with Pnina Salzman (piano), conducted by Moshe Atzmon and Francis Chagrin, including the first public performance of Chagrin, Symphony (with historical, analytical and biographical notes, a list of the orchestral ensemble and photographs).

- Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue
14 November 1955 (and thereafter): Ballet Español de Pilar Lopez, with orchestral direction by Jose Maria Franco and Francis Chagrin.
[no date]: Antonio and his Spanish Ballet Company with Rosita Segovia, conducted by Angel Curras and Francis Chagrin.
[1956]: Peter Daubeny productions, with orchestral direction by Francis Chagrin [multiple flyers].

- Purcell Room
21 May 1972: Malcolm Messiter (oboe) and Howard Shelley (piano), including the first London performance of Chagrin, Sonata for oboe solo (with very brief biographical notes).

- Queen Elizabeth Hall
17 May [1972]: An Evening of Serenades given by the Francis Chagrin Ensemble and presented by the Park Lane Group, including the first performance of Hugo Cole, Serenade.

- Royal Albert Hall
29 May 1970: Music for You, given by the Concert Orchestra (conducted by Stanford Robinson) with Larry Adler (harmonica), Owen Brannigan and Elizabeth Harwood (vocal), including Chagrin, Rumanian Fantasy (with biographical notes and photographs).

- Royal Festival Hall
9 June 1956: The Light Programme Music Festival, given by the BBC Concert Orchestra with Larry Adler (harmonica), John Hauxvell (baritone) and Michael Krein (saxophone), the Orchestre Elegant, the BBC Chorus and The Silver Strings, conducted by the Vilem Tausky with Francis Chagrin and Robert Farnon as 'composer conductors' (Souvenir Programme with historical, descriptive and biographical notes and photographs). This was a two-part concert of popular orchestral repertory, including the first performances of Ronald Binge, Concerto for saxophone, chorus, string choir and concert orchestra and Francis Chagrin, Roumanian Rhapsody for Harmonica and Orchestra (both BBC commissions).

- Saville Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue
[undated]: The White Countess, incorporating a Sonata for Clarinet and Piano composed by Francis Chagrin.
[undated]: Antonio and his Spanish Ballet Company with Rosita Segovia, conducted by Pablo Sorozabal with Francis Chagrin (associate conductor).

- Wigmore Hall
6 February 1970: Recital by the Dolmetsch-Schoenfeld Ensemble, including the first performance of Francis Chagrin, Preludes for 4 (flyer plus programme with biographical notes).

2. English provincial venues
- Birmingham, Town Hall
13 October 1956: Saturday Popular Concert given by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, with Larry Adler (harmonica), conducted by Rudolf Schwarz, including Francis Chagrin, Roumanian Fantasy for Harmonica and Orchestra (with historical, descriptive/analytical and biographical notes, a list of the orchestral ensemble and photographs).

- Bournemouth, Winter Gardens
20 May 1971: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by George Hurst, including the first performance of Chagrin, Symphony No. 2, conducted by the composer (with historical, analytical and biographical notes and photographs).

- Manchester, Free Trade Hall
1953-54: Hallé Orchestra (prospectus with biographical notes and photographs). This document contains a programme for the concert on 5/6 May which included the first concert performance of Francis Chagrin, Lamento Appassionato for String Orchestra.

3. American venues
- New York, Philharmonic Hall, Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts
30 May 1967 [and repeated on 31 May and 1 and 3 June 1967: Ports of Call Promenade, with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Andre Kostelanetz, including the first New York performance of Chagrin, Romanian Fantasy for Harmonica and Orchestra (with historical and analytical notes). The collection also includes a prospectus for the complete sequence of New York Philharmonic Promenades (24 May-17 June 1967).

- New York, Schenectady Museum, Memorial Chapel
24 January 1969: Union College Concert Series, including Chagrin, Lamento appassionato (with notes).

- Los Angeles, Wilshire Ebell Theatre
21 October and 18 November 1970 and 20 January, 3 February, 9 and 28 March and 12 May 1971: Music Guild (26th season), the concert on 18 November 1970 including Chagrin, Preludes for recording, violin, cello and harpsichord, performed by the Dolmetsch-Schoenfeld Ensemble (prospectus).
Date range 1955 - 1972
Associated People and Organisations Yuasa, Joji - Williamson, Malcolm - Virtuoso ensemble of London - Troup, Malcolm - Tremblay, Gilles - Tausky, Vilem - Sydney symphony orchestra 1932 - St. Pancras Arts Festival - Sorozabal, Pablo - Shelley, Howard - Segovia, Rosita - Schwarz, Rudolf - Salzman, Pnina - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Royal Choral Society - Romanian String Quartet - Robinson, Stanford - Park lane group - Orchestre Elegant - Nendick, Josephine - National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain - Messiter, Malcolm - Mather, Bruce - London Philharmonic Orchestra - Krein, Michael - Kostelanetz, Andre - International Society for Contemporary Music - Hurst, George - Hauxvell, John - Harwood, Elisabeth - Hallé Orchestra - Gaudeamus String Quartet - Garant, Serge - Fricker, Peter Racine - Franco, Jose Marie - Francis Chagrin Ensemble - Farnon, Robert - English Chamber Orchestra - Elsy, Barbara - Dolmetsch-Schoenfeld Ensemble - Daubeny, Peter - Curras, Angel - Commonwealth Arts Festival - Cole, Hugo - City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Christchurch Harmonic Choir, New Zealand - Chagrin, Francis - Brons, Carel - British Broadcasting Corporation - Brannigan, Owen - Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Binge, Ronald - Bertomeu, Agustin - Bentzon, Niels Viggo - BBC Third Programme - BBC Symphony Orchestra - BBC Light Music Festival - BBC Concert Orchestra - BBC Chorus - BBC Choral Society - Baur, Jurg - Atzmon, Moshe - Arnold, Malcolm - Adler, Larry -
Associated Places Bishopsgate Hall British Institute of Recorded Sound Commonwealth Institute Free Trade Hall Friends House, Euston Road Gaumont Theatre, Haymarket Lincoln Center Morley College Odeon, Swiss Cottage Palace Theatre Purcell Room Queen Elizabeth Hall Royal Albert Hall Royal Festival Hall Saville Theatre Schenectady Museum, New York Birmingham Coliseum (afterwards Gaiety)
Associated Times 20th century - late 1971-1999 20th century - mid 1931-1970
Associated Content Brochures Flyers Photographs Analytical Notes First performances List of orchestral players Programme notes
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