Reid Orchestral Concert

Thursday, October 21, 1937
8.00 pm.
75th session, 22nd season, 1st concert

This opening concert of the twenty-second season of the Reid Orchestra was described by Professor Tovey as a 'Coming of Age Celebration'.  The event marked the 21st birthday of the orchestra and was followed by a civic reception in the City Chambers given by the Lord Provost and Edinburgh Corporation.   The concert opened with "God Save the King" and in the interval Professor Sir Donald Tovey was presented by Kenneth Anderson, leader of the orchestra speaking on behalf of his colleagues, with a celebratory baton.




Sir Donald Tovey - solo pianoforte and conductor
Dr Mary Grierson - conductor
Kenneth Anderson - leader of the orchestra

Work(s) / Composer(s) / Opus No(s): 

The National Anthem, "God Save the King"

1. Crown Imperial, a coronation march (1937) ... Walton

2. Pianoforte concerto in A (K. 488) ... Mozart

3. "Academic" overture ... Brahms


4. Prelude to "The Bride of Dionysus" ... Tovey

5. Symphony no. 5, in C minor ... Beethoven

Performance Type:

20-page booklet
Programme Notes: 

By D.F.T.

The programme contained good wishes from Sir Adrian Boult, Dr Fritz Busch and Dame Ethel Smyth.

In addition to these Mr Douglas Dickson, chairman of the Reid Orchestra, read messages of congratulation from Mr Henry Temianka, the new leader of the Scottish Orchestra, from Dr McManus, an American musical graduate of Edinburgh University and from Madame Adila Fachiri and Miss Jelly d'Aranyi.  Sir Donald Tovey spoke also of messages from Dr Sophie Weisse.

Ticket and/or Programme Price(s): 
Programme Price: one shilling
Publicity and Reviews: 

Pages 3-5 provide a summary of the history of the Reid Orchestra, plus three congratulatory notes from Adrian Boult, Fritz Busch and Ethel Smyth regarding its 21st anniversary.

On the inside back page - list of Thursday concert for the remainder of the season.

David Macdonald Ltd., Edinburgh

This first concert of the 1937-38 season was a celebration of the 21st anniversary of the orchestra, postponed from the end of the previous season in view of arrangements for Coronation Festivities.  This programme featured the Coronation March written by William Walton written in 1937 to mark the Coronation of the King.

First Performance in Edinburgh: 
Coronation March, "Crown Imperial"