Reference code(s): O/466
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
Title: HANDEL AND MENDELSSOHN FESTIVALS
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.01 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Handel-Mendelssohn Festival | The Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace was not designed as a concert venue but soon developed this role. Beginning with the "Great Handel Festival" of 1857, which was organised by the Sacred Harmonic Society, an organisation run by the then manager of the Palace, the huge Central Transept proved an ideal venue for such events. Many varieties of music were accommodated, especially after the fire of 1866 when a redesign of the layout resulted in a purpose built concert hall being included.
The Handel festivals became regular events staged every three years from 1859 to 1926 in what became known as the Handel Auditorium. By the 1920s Handel was out of fashion, being considered too Victorian, and despite Henry Wood modernising the 1926 event it proved to be the last.
Scope and content/abstract:
Items from the Crystal Palace Handel-Mendelssohn Festival including admission ticket, to Orchestra, for Miss M. Bruin, 1909; admission ticket to South Area Stall, 1909; photograph of orchestra and choir, 1909 and label for instrument case, 1912.
ACCESS AND USE
Language/scripts of material: English
System of arrangement:
Conditions governing access:
Available for general access
Conditions governing reproduction:
Copyright: City of London
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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:
Immediate source of acquisition:
Deposited in 1977 (AC/77/035).
Existence and location of originals:
Existence and location of copies:
The Royal College Of Music, Centre for Performance History holds similar papers relating to the Crystal Palace Triennial Handel Festival (1859-1926).
Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.
Date(s) of descriptions: April to June 2009