Patron: HRH The Prince of Wales
Chorus Master: Gavin Carr
Accompanist: Timothy End
Arts Council England

Concerts & Recordings 1964

7:30pm Sunday 12 January 1964

Haydn - Paukenmesse
Mozart - Requiem

Royal Festival Hall, London

Heather Harper - soprano
Anna Reynolds - alto
Ronald Dowd - tenor
Franz Crass - bass

Philharmonia Chorus
Chorus Master - Wilhelm Pitz

Philharmonia Orchestra
conducted by Colin Davis

Monday 24 February 1964

Handel - Messiah

Kingsway Hall, London

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf - soprano
Grace Hoffman - contralto
Nicolai Gedda - tenor
Jerome Hines - bass

Philharmonia Chorus
Chorus Master - Wilhelm Pitz

Philharmonia Orchestra
conducted by Otto Klemperer

Further recording sessions on 9-19 March, 22 July, 28-29 September, 1-2 and 8-9 October, and 2-3 November 1964

Recording Engineer - Nevile Boyling

Recorded by EMI

7:30pm Sunday 1 March 1964

Verdi - Quattro Pezzi Sacri

Royal Festival Hall, London

Elizabeth Vaughan - soprano

Philharmonia Chorus
Chorus Master - Wilhelm Pitz

Philharmonia Orchestra
conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini

7:30pm Monday 23 March 1964

Holst - Hymn of Jesus

Royal Festival Hall, London

Philharmonia Chorus
Chorus Master - Wilhelm Pitz

Philharmonia Orchestra
conducted by Sir Adrian Boult

Tuesday 24 March 1964

Mozart - Die Zauberflöte

Kingsway Hall, London

Tamino - Nicolai Gedda
Pamina - Gundula Janowitz
Papageno - Walter Berry
Königin der Nacht - Lucia Popp
Sarastro - Gottlob Frick
Speaker - Franz Crass
Erste Dame - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
Zweite Dame - Christa Ludwig
Dritte Dame - Marga Höffgen
Papagena - Ruth-Margret Pütz
Monostatos - Gerhard Unger
Erster Geharnischter - Karl Liebl
Zweiter Geharnischter - Franz Crass
Erster Priester - Gerhard Unger
Zweiter Priester - Franz Crass
Erster Knabe - Agnes Giebel
Zweiter Knabe - Anna Reynolds
Dritter Knabe - Josephine Veasey

Philharmonia Chorus
Chorus Master - Wilhelm Pitz and Douglas Robinson

Philharmonia Orchestra
conducted by Otto Klemperer

Further recording sessions on 25, 26 and 31 March, 1-4, 6-8 and 10 April 1964

Recording Producer - Peter Andry

7:30pm Sunday 26 April 1964

Verdi - Messa da Requiem

Royal Festival Hall, London

Ilva Ligabue - soprano
Grace Bumbry - mezzo soprano
Sándor Kónya - tenor
Raffaele Arié - bass

Philharmonia Chorus
Chorus Master - Wilhelm Pitz

Philharmonia Orchestra
conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini

BBC2 'Music 625' live relay. This was the first big music programme on the new channel, the first live television relay of a public concert, and the first simultaneous broadcast on radio and television (BBC Radio Third Programme and BBC2 television). An extract was used in the Royal Festival Hall's 25th anniversary programme on BBC TV in 1976, and in a programme marking 25 years of BBC2 in 1989.

Recording available on DVD

8:00pm Wednesday 27 May 1964

Mahler - Symphony No.2 'Resurrection'

Royal Festival Hall, London

Erna Spoorenberg - soprano
Janet Baker - contralto

Philharmonia Chorus
Chorus Master - Wilhelm Pitz

Hallé Orchestra
conducted by Sir John Barbirolli

Halle Concerts Society Promotion

Last public appearance of the Philharmonia Chorus under Walter Legge's management

7:30pm Friday 25 September 1964

Beethoven - Symphony No.9 'Choral'

Royal Albert Hall, London

Agnes Giebel - soprano
Marga Höffgen - mezzo-soprano
Ernst Haefliger - tenor
Gustav Niedlinger - bass-baritone

New Philharmonia Chorus
Chorus Master - Wilhelm Pitz

New Philharmonia Orchestra
conducted by Otto Klemperer

BBC Third Programme live relay

Probably also broadcast on BBC2 television, as a DVD is available from EMI Classics

7:30pm Tuesday 27 October 1964

Beethoven - Symphony No.9 'Choral'

Royal Albert Hall, London

Agnes Giebel - soprano
Marga Höffgen - mezzo soprano
Ernst Haefliger - tenor
Gustav Neidlinger - bass

New Philharmonia Chorus
Chorus Master - Wilhelm Pitz

New Philharmonia Orchestra
conducted by Otto Klemperer

Gala concert opening the first season of the New Philharmonia Orchestra and the New Philharmonia Chorus

7:30pm Sunday 6 December 1964

Verdi - Messa da Requiem

Royal Albert Hall, London

Teresa Stich-Randall - soprano
Marga Höffgen - mezzo soprano
Richard Lewis - tenor
Carlo Cava - bass

New Philharmonia Chorus
Chorus Master - Wilhelm Pitz

New Philharmonia Orchestra
conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini