Edinburgh Orchestral Festival: Reid Concert 1888

Monday, February 13, 1888

The Reid Concert of 1888 is the twenty-third of the present Professor.  The injunction annually to commemorate the Founder of the Music Chair by performance by "a select band" of some of his compositions has for the forty-eighth time been obeyed.  And in the belief that the General's name is far more widely made known by annually placing before the University and the public the best orchestral music, worthily rendered, a specimen thereof has been given by some great masters born during the last two centuries, during which period the youngest of the Arts has been most cultivated and has most fourished.  H.S.O.


Principal Artistes

Madame Nordica - soprano
Mr Watkin-Mills - baritone
Madame Norman-Neruda - violin
Mr Charles Hallé, LLD. - solo pianist and conductor

Work(s) / Composer(s) / Opus No(s): 

Part I
Introduction, Pastorale, Minuet and March ... General Reid
  (Scored by Anschütz)
(1) Overture, "Anacreon," ... Cherubini
(2) Air, "Let the Bright Seraphim," (Samson) ... Handel
  Madame Nordica
(3) Concertstück in F minor, Op.79 ... Weber
  Mr Charles Hallé (With his Orchestra)
  Herr Straus - conductor
(4) Recit and Air, "She alone charmeth my sadness" (Irene) ...Gounod
  Mr Watkin Mills
(5) Sinfonia, "Eroica," No.3 ... Beethoven
  (Introduced at the Reid Concert of 1870)

Interval of ten minutes

Part II
(6) Overture, "Fingal's Cave," ... Mendelssohn
  (First played here 1867)
(7) Aria, "Una voce poco fà," (Il Barbiere di Seviglia) ... Rossini
  Madame Nordica
(8) Solos, Violin, (a) Romance in F ... Beethoven
  (b) "Le Mouvement Perpetuel," ... Paganini
  Madame Norman-Neruda and Orchestra
(9) Songs (a) "For ever and for ever,"  (b) "The Troubadour," ... Oakeley
  Mr Watkin Mills
(10) Menuetto e Trio, for muted strings ... Boccherini
(11) Overture, "Lustpiel," ... Smetana
  (First time in Scotland)

Publicity and Reviews: 

Review:  The Musical Times and Singing Class Circular, Vol.29. No.541 (Mar.1 1888) - Music in Edinburgh