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Sixth Concert
Relayed from THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL
IN MEMORIAM, LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
MASS IN D
: Conductor, Sir HUGH B. ALLEN
: ROSINA BUCKMAN
; MURIEL BRUNSKILL
PARRY JONES i NORMAN ALLIN
Assisted by THE ROYAL CHORAL SOCIETY
At every concert of the Royal Philharmonic Society there is a reminder of its honourable connection with Beethoven, for his bust, by Scheller. is always placed in front of the platform. That connection began early in the history of this hundred-and-fourteen-years-old Society; at its very first concert, on March 8, 1813, a Beethoven Symphony was performed, and since then the Composer's works have never long been absent from its programmes.
Two years later, in 1815, the Society honoured itself in becoming a patron of the Composer, purchasing the right of first performance of three of his Overtures (the manuscripts of which may be seen in the British Museum).
In 1817 the Philharmonic invited Beethoven to compose for its concerts two Symphonies, and to come to London to conduct them. Unfortunately the arrangement fell through; Beethoven could not come, and we in this country I never had the privilege of welcoming him.
Later he composed expressly for the Society his Ninth (and last) Symphony.
The most honourable act of all in the association of the Philharmonic with the great Composer is its succouring him in his last days of illness and restricted means. Early in 1827 his need was made known to the Society, and a hundred pounds were at once sent to him. In a letter, written a week before his death, he speaks of 'the noble liberality' of the Society, 'which,' he says, 'has touched me to my inmost soul.' He promised, if restored to health, to write for the Society a new work ; but it was not to be, for a week later Beethoven was dead.

Contributors

Unknown:
Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:
Sir Hugh B. Allen
Conductor:
Rosina Buckman
Unknown:
Muriel Brunskill
Unknown:
Norman Allin

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