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Bygone concert venues: the Aeolian Hall

It’s been quite a while since we visited one of the many venues represented in our concert programmes collections here at the University Library: browsing amonst them recently, I came across our modest collection for the Aeolian Hall. Only a … Continue reading

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Bygone concert venues 7: St. James’s Hall

This is the post that should have come along before Treasure Grove and Wot no ice cream?. Why? Because St. James’s Hall is the venue where these concerts all took place. We have a small, but fascinating collection of about … Continue reading

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Black Bear Music Club: more glum than glee

Opening my favourite volume of concert programmes at random, those for the Black Bear Music Club here in Cambridge, in search of something else, my eye was caught by one of the glees performed at violinist Mr. Wagstaff’s Benefit Night on … Continue reading

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Fifty gradations of tone: concert life at St. James’s Hall

In amongst the runs of programmes for Monday and Saturday Popular concerts and the Richter concerts at St. James’s Hall, the University Library also has a box of some fifty miscellaneous programmes for concerts between 1876 and 1901. They are … Continue reading

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Bygone concert venues 6.1: Black Bear Inn. Mr. Incledon comes to Cambridge

In my previous post on the Black Bear Inn, I promised to take a more in-depth look at some of the programmes. What better way to do this than through the annual benefit concerts held for some of the leading … Continue reading

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Bygone concert venues 6: The Black Bear Inn, Cambridge

The Black Bear Inn here in Cambridge was notable for its concerts held from the 1770’s to the 1800’s under the auspices of its Music Club. Black Bear? Sadly, like so many of the fascinating old inns of this City … Continue reading

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Bygone concert venues no. 5: Willis’s Rooms

Willis’s Rooms began life in 1765 as Almack’s, a suite of fashionable Assembly Rooms in King Street, St. James’s (not far from the St. James’s theatre demolished in the 1950s) built for the eponymous William Almack. They included a ballroom … Continue reading

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