The Concert Club has recently been given a copy of the original programme for its 21st Concert, performed by the Walenn Quartet in 1909. The donor, Mr Robert Green, is a former conductor of the Herefordshire Orchestral Society which included amongst its members several former pupils of our founder Sir Edward Elgar. Mr Green’s other Elgarian association, he says, is that he once lived in Harley House, the property that Elgar took for the 1909 Three Choirs Festival in Hereford, leaving his wife and daughter at ‘Plas Gwyn’ as the latter was suffering from scarlet fever.
Of the three works played by the Walenn, Beethoven’s Op.59/3 is a hardy perennial, but Glazunov’s Suite, Op.35, has never been heard again at the Club, and Dittersdorf’s Quartet was last played for us in 1949 by the Quartet led by Canadian violinist David Martin.
The Club is extremely grateful to Mr Green for the gift, and would like to remind members that it is always on the lookout for pre-war programmes to add to its collection. While the later years are complete (with the single exception of the 1955 programme by the Cheltenham Madrigal Singers), there are still a number of gaps for the earlier years.