Records of the Yorkshire Music Festival

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Documents relating to the planning and organisation of the festivals, including programmes, finances, correspondence, tickets and advertisements. Also includes various additional documents including lists of performers and those attending and running the festivals.

Administrative / Biographical History

The first Yorkshire Music Festival was held in 1823, with the main performances given in the minster and additional evening concerts in the Assembly Rooms. As the Assembly Rooms turned out to be too small for this purpose, the following year a group of interested parties purchased adjoining property for the erection of a new concert room. It was decided that a second music festival should be held in order to meet the cost of this new space, and that any profit from future concerts should benefit of the York County Hospital and the Leeds, Hull and Sheffield infirmaries. In 1829 the directors of the concert room received about £2,550 from the proceeds of the third music festival of the previous year. The final music festival was held in 1835, when the concert room was again used for evening concerts.

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Archivist's Note

Compiled by Francesca Taylor, Community Collections Assistant, November 2014.

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