"Victorian Era Exhibition, 1897"
(Jan. 29, 1897, Issue 35113, pg. 10 col B)
Sir,— May I, on behalf of music, ask the same liberality as that extended by
you to the Duchess of Devonshire, in regard to women's work, and to Sir
Henry Irving in reference to the drama, in connection with the Victorian
Era Exhibition, which is to be held at Earl's Court in May, and beg, as
chairman of the music section, the favour of your space in which to briefly
explain what share the illustration of the art will take in this important
It should be pointed out that in no other great exhibition has music played
so prominent a part as that alloted to it in the forthcoming celebration of
the Queen's reign — a period during which the English people have encouraged
the art to an extent unprecedented in the history of the United Kingdom.
We, therefore, appeal for the loan of all articles which will help to
illustrate this portion of the Exhibition and the Committee will gladly
receive such exhibits as portraits of famous composers, singers, impresarios,
musical conductors and others connected with this noble art; also autograph
letters, photographs, original MSS., scores and libretti; musical instruments
of early and late manufacture, as well as models of scenes of operas,
operettas, &c., produced during the period of her Majesty's reign, and any
other objects which may help to make this section complete in every possible
The colossal "Empress Theatre" will be largely devoted to special musical
festivals, competitions of choral and orchestral societies, military and wind
bands, vocal and instrumental concerted music, soloists, &c., for important
prizes, and we cordially invite the co-operation of the various societies
throughout the kingdom who have not been communicated with already.
In reference to loan exhibits every possible protection will
be afforded in the way of insurance against loss by fire or otherwise,
police supervision, &c.
I append the names of the gentlemen who form the honorary committee of the
Sir Alexander C. Mackenzie, Mus. Doc. (Principal of the Royal Academy of
Music), Vice-Chairman; W. Bendall, Esq., J. F. Bridge, Esq., Mus. Doc.,
Gresham Professor; C. I. Boosey, Esq., F. H. Cowen, Esq., Hon. R.A.M.,
F. Cellier, Esq., T. Chappell, Esq., R. M. Cocks, Esq., W. H. Cummings, Esq.,
F.S.A., Hon. R.A.M. (Principal of the Guildhall School of Music),
J. Spencer Curwen, Esq., F.R.A.M. (President Tonic-Sol-Fa College),
H. Enoch, Sq., Edward German, Esq., Otto Goldschmidt, Esq., Hon. R.A.M.,
R.C.O., Arthur G. Hill, Esq., M.A., F.S.A., Arthur Frederick Hill, Esq.,
Alfred Littleton, Esq., Hamish Maccunn, Esq., Hubert Parry, Esq., Mus. Doc.
(Director of the Royal College of Music), Cavaliere Alberto Randegger,
Hon. R.A.M., George Rose, Esq. (Messrs. John Broadwood and Sons),
C. Villiers Stanford, Esq., Mus. Doc. (Professor of the University of
Cambridge), Albert Visetti, Esq., Henry J. Wood, Esq.
All who may be willing to help us in our endeavour to make the music
section interesting, educationally valuable, and worthy of the high place
and influence which, at the present day, music holds in our midst, will
oblige by communicating with our Hon. Secretary, Mr. Pelluet Delsart,
Exhibition-buildings, Earl's-court, London, S.W., from whom also any further
information may be obtained.
Chairman of the Music Section.
Earl's Court, S.W.
19 July, 2009