76 autographs in 5 inch x 6 inch Hardback Autograph Album collected at the Birmingham Town Hall between 1967 and 1972
Single autographs on one side only: HUGO RIGNOLD; JOHN OGDON; ALAN LOVEDAY; SERGIO VERELLA CID; JIRI WALDHANS; MAURICE HANDFORD
and unknown signature; DAVID HUGHES
Back to back autographs: JULIUS KATCHEN/BALINT VAZSONYI; JOHN FUEST
and unknown signature/FELIX KOK, RUDOLF SCHWARZ & ALFREDO CAMPOLI; JOAN HAVILL & ANDREAS ROHN/MARLENE FLEET; JEAN ALLISTER & LIVIA REV/WANDA WILKOMIRSKA; CYRIL SMITH & PHYLLIS SELLICK/JAN KRENZ; HAROLD GRAY & WLADYSLAW WOCHNIAK/RALPH HOLMES; WILHELM KEMPF/HANS RICHTER-HAASER; MICHELE BOEGNER/FOU TS’ONG; EDGAR COSMA/ENDRE WOLF; ANTAL DORATI & TAMAS VASARY/DAVID ZINNMAN; GARY GRAFFMAN/STEPHEN BISHOP; COLIN HORSLEY/
unknown; CLIFFORD CURZON/VILEM TAUSKY; JASCHA HORENSTEIN/IVAN MORAVEC; DR. VACLAV SMETACEK/STEFAN CZAPARY; HARRY DATYNER/NERINE BARRETT & JOHN OGDON; ANDREW CRUICKSHANK & ANN SCHEIN/
unknown; GYORGY LEHEL
& unknown/JOHN WILLIAMS; PETER FRANKL/PETER KATIN & CARLOS VILLA; DANIEL BARENBOIM & JAQUELINE DUPRE/NATHAN MILSTEIN; LOUIS FREMAUX/YALTHA MENUHIN RYCE;
unknown/FERDINAND LEITNER; GYORGY CZIFFRA/WOLFGANG SCHNEIDERHAN; STANISLAW SKROWACZEWSKI; VLADIMIR ORLOFF & WALTER SUSSKIND; HENRY KRIPS & CLAUDE FRANK/DENIS MATTHEWS; JOHN BROWNING/ELISABETH SCHWARZKOPF; EMIL GILELS/GINA BACHAUER;
- HUGO HENRY RIGNOLD (15 May 1905 – 30 May 1976) was an English conductor and violinist, who is best remembered as Musical Director of the Royal Ballet (1957-1960) and conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (1960-1968).
- JOHN ANDREW HOWARD OGDON (27 January 1937 – 1 August 1989) was an English pianist and composer
- ALAN LOVEDAY British violinist born 1928
- SERGIO VERELLA CID was born in Lisbon on 5 October 1937. He was the son of Lorenzo Varela Cid pianist and professor at the conservatory, also from Lisbon and Dora Smith Varela Cid violinist natural Pará
- JIRI WALDHANS was born in Brno in 1923, where he studied conducting at the Brno Conservatory. He became Musical Director and Chief Conductor of the Czech State Orchestra in 1961.
- MAURICE HANDFORD British musician HANDFORD (1929-1986) was principal horn (1949-1961) and conductor (1966-1971) of the Hallé Orchestra, as well as principal conductor of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (1971-1975).
- DAVID HUGHES (born Geoffrey Paddison, 11 October 1929 - 19 October 1972) was an English-born popular singer of Welsh extraction who became an opera singer
- JULIUS KATCHEN
- BALINT VAZSONYI (7 March 1936 - 17 January 2003) was a Hungarian pianist, international recitalist, soloist with leading orchestras, and political journalist. He made performance history in playing chronological cycles of all 32 piano sonatas by Beethoven over two days in New York, Boston, and London. During the last 6 years of his life, he became a commentator in Washington, D.C. on the state of American politics
- JOHN FUEST clarinetist for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
- FELIX KOK leader of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from 1965 to 1988
- RUDOLF SCHWARZ CBE (29 April 1905 – 30 January 1994) was an Austrian-born conductor of Jewish ancestry. He became a British citizen and spent the latter half of his life in England.
- ALFREDO CAMPOLI (20 October 1906 – 27 March 1991) was an Italian-born English violinist. He was noted for the beauty of the tone he produced from the violin
- JOAN HAVILL was born in New Zealand where she began her musical studies giving concerts and broadcasts from early childhood
- ANDREAS ROHN Violinist
- MARLENE FLEET Pianist
- LIVIA REV (born 1916) is a classical concert pianist.
- JEAN ALLISTER Mezzo-Soprano born in 1932
- WANDA WILKOMIRSKA (b. 11 January 1929) is a noted Polish violinist and teacher. She is known for both the classical repertoire and for her interpretation of 20th century music, having received two Polish State Awards for promoting Polish music to the world and also other awards for her contribution to music. She has given world premiere performances of numerous contemporary works including Tadeusz Baird and Krzysztof Penderecki. She now lives and teaches in Australia. Wanda Wilkomirska performs on a violin crafted by Pietro Guarneri in 1734 in Venice
- CYRIL SMITH OBE (born Middlesbrough, England, August 11, 1909; died London, August 2, 1974) was a virtuoso concert pianist of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s and piano teacher
- PHYLLIS SELLICK OBE (16 June 1911 – 26 May 2007) was a British pianist and teacher, best known for her partnership with her pianist husband Cyril Smith
- JAN KRENZ Jan Krenz (born 14 July 1926 in Wloclawek ), conductor, composer. During the occupation, was a disciple of Zbigniew Drzewiecki (piano) and Kazimierz Sikorski (composition). Musical education earned in conducting Casimir Wilkomirski and studied composition with Kazimierz Sikorski at the State Academy of Music in Lodz, where he graduated with honors in 1947
- HAROLD GRAY was appointed associate conductor to the City of Birmingham Orchestra in 1932, a post he held for 50 years.
- WLADYSLAW WOCHNIAK Polish violinist
- RALPH HOLMES (b Penge, 1937; d Beckenham, 1984). English violinist. London début 1951 with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. American début 1966. Professor of violin, Royal Academy of Music, from 1964. Had all major 20th-century violin concerts in his repertoire.
- WILHELM KEMPF (25 November 1895 – 23 May 1991) was a German pianist and composer. Although his repertory included Bach, Liszt, Chopin, Schumann, and Brahms, Kempff was particularly well-known for his interpretations of the music of Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert, both of whose complete sonatas he recorded at least once
- HANS RICHTER-HAASER (6 January 1912 – 13 December 1980) was a noted German classical pianist, who was known for his interpretations of Beethoven, Schubert and Schumann. He was also a teacher, a conductor, and a composer
- MICHELE BOEGNER Pianist
- FOU TS’ONG (born 10 March 1934) is a Chinese pianist. Born in Shanghai in 1934 to a family of intellectuals (his father was the translator Fu Lei), Fou first studied piano with Mario Paci, the Italian founder of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. In 1953, Fou moved to Europe to continue his training at the Warsaw Conservatory, where he amazed his professors with his intuitive grasp of the mazurka rhythm. His mastery was confirmed when he won the special Mazurka Prize at the 1955 Chopin Piano Competition
- EDGAR COSMA (b Bucharest, 1925). Romanian conductor and composer. Conductor Romanian film music orchestra 1950–8; Ulster Orchestra 1969–74.
- ENDRE WOLF Violinist
- ANTAL DORATI KBE (April 9, 1906 – November 13, 1988) was a Hungarian-born conductor and composer who became a naturalized American citizen in 1947
- TAMAS VASARY (born August 11, 1933, Debrecen, Hungary) is a Hungarian pianist. Vásáry gave his first public performances at the age of 8. He studied with Erno Dohnányi and Józef Gát at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, and was later assistant there to Zoltán Kodály, who made him a gift of a Steinway grand piano
- DAVID ZINMAN (born New York City, U.S., 9 July 1936) is an American conductor and violinist
- GARY GRAFFMAN (born 14 October 1928) is an American classical pianist, teacher of piano and music administrator
- STEPHEN BISHOP (born October 17, 1940), who has also been known as Stephen Kovacevich and Stephen Bishop-Kovacevich is an American classical pianist and conductor
- COLIN HORSLEY He was born in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1920. Through the Associated Board, he won a scholarship to study in England arriving in London in 1936 and studied at the Royal College of Music
- CLIFFORD CURZON CBE (18 May 1907 – 1 September 1982) was an English pianist. Clifford Michael Siegenberg was born in London to Michael and Constance Mary Siegenberg (née Young). The family soon afterwards changed their name to Curzon
- VILEM TAUSKY CBE (born 20 July 1910, Prerov, Moravia; died 16 March 2004, London) was a Czech conductor and composer. His family was musical: his Viennese mother had sung Mozart at the Vienna State Opera under Gustav Mahler, and his uncle was the operetta composer Leo Fall
- JASCHA HORENSTEIN [24 April] 1898 - April 2, 1973, in London) was a Russian-born American conductor
- IVAN MORAVEC (born 9 November 1930) is a Czech concert pianist whose performing and recording career, spanning nearly half a century, has gained him a worldwide following
- VACLAV SMETACEK (30 September 1906 in Brno – 18 February 1986 in Prague) was a Czech conductor, composer, and oboist
- STEFAN CZAPARY Polish violinist
- HARRY DATYNER (La Chaux-de-Fonds, 4 February 1923 – Fribourg, 23 March 1992) was a Swiss classical pianist who taught for many years at the Geneva Conservatory
- NERINE BARRETT was born in Jamaica and studied piano with Ilona Kabos in London. A prize-winner at the Casella Competition (Naples) and the Young Concert Artists Auditions (New York), Barrett also won the Mozart Memorial Prize (London) and the first Michaels Award (New York). She gave her widely noted debut recitals at London's Wigmore Hall and New York's Carnegie Recital Hall in 1966/67.
- ANDREW CRUICKSHANK (25 December 1907 Aberdeen, Scotland – 29 April 1988 London, England) was a Scottish supporting actor, most famous for his portrayal of Dr Cameron in the long-running UK BBC television series, Dr Finlay's Casebook, which ran for 191 episodes from 1962 until 1971
- ANN SCHEIN Carlyss was born on November 10th 1939 in White Plains, New York, United States, to a violinist mother and an attorney father. She is a Master Teacher and Concert Pianist who has performed with many conductors, including George Szell, James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, Stanislaw Skrowacewski, and Sir Colin Davis. She has also performed with many orchestras worldwide, including the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony, the London Philharmonic, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra
- GYORGY LEHEL (Budapest, Hungary February 10, 1926 - September 26, 1989) The Hungarian conductor was a student in Budapest of Kadosa (composition) and Somogyi (conducting). From 1950 he was a conductor with the Hungarian Radio in Budapest, serving as chief conductor of its radio and symphony orchestra from 1962. As a guest conductor, he made appearances in Europe, the USA, and Japan. He was honored with thew Liszt (1955, 1962) and Kossuth (1973) prize, and was made an Artist of Merit (1967) by the Hungarian government for his services to the music of his homeland
- JOHN WILLIAMS (born 24 April 1941) is a Grammy Award-winning Australian classical guitarist, widely regarded as one of the finest guitarists of his generation. He is a long-term resident of the United Kingdom
- PETER FRANKL made his name on the international circuit as a young pianist in the 1960s and, since that time, he has appeared with many internationally renowned conductors
- PETER KATIN (born 14 November 1930, London) is a British pianist. He attended Whitgift School in South Croydon and was admitted to the Royal Academy of Music at the age of 12, four years younger than the official entry age, where he studied under Harold Craxton. Katin made his debut at the Wigmore Hall on 13 December 1948 where the programme included works by Scarlatti, Mozart, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin and Chopin. He went on to give concerts in England, Europe, Africa, the USA, and Japan
- DANIEL BARENBOIM (born 15 November 1942) is an Argentine-born pianist and conductor. He lives in Berlin and holds citizenship in Argentina, Israel, and Spain. He also holds a passport issued by the Palestinian Authority. Barenboim first came to prominence as a pianist but is now perhaps better known as a conductor. Barenboim is often considered to be one of the greatest pianists in both the 20th and 21st centuries, and has been central to bringing classical music to a much wider audience
- JAQUELINE DU PRE OBE (26 January 1945 – 19 October 1987) was a British cellist, acknowledged as one of the greatest players of the instrument. She is particularly associated with Elgar's Cello Concerto in E Minor; her interpretation of that work has been described as "definitive" and "legendary". Her career was cut short by multiple sclerosis, which forced her to cease performing at the age of 28, and led to her premature death. Following her death, her older sister Hilary du Pré and younger brother Piers wrote a book about their family life, A Genius in the Family. It was the basis for the movie Hilary and Jackie, and both aroused fierce controversy.
- NATHAN MILSTEIN (January 13, 1904 (Old Style: December 31, 1903) – December 21, 1992) was a Russian-born American virtuoso violinist. Widely considered one of the finest violinists of the 20th century, Milstein was known for his interpretations of Bach's solo violin works and for works from the Romantic period. He was also known for his long career: he performed at a high level into his mid 80s, retiring only after suffering a broken hand
- LOUIS FREMAUX (b. August 13, 1921, Aire-sur-la-Lys, France) is a French conductor. Frémaux worked with the orchestra of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, after having been released from the French Foreign Legion at the request of Prince Rainier. He was the first music director of the Orchestre Philharmonique Rhône-Alpes (later the Orchestre National de Lyon), from 1969 to 1971. In the UK, Frémaux was principal conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) from 1969 to 1978. During his CBSO tenure, he formed the CBSO Chorus, with Gordon Clinton as its chorus master. However, his CBSO tenure ended in controversy after the relationship between Frémaux and the orchestra players had broken down
- YALTHA MENUHIN RYCE (7 October 1921 – 9 June 2001) was an American pianist, artist and poet. Yaltah was born of Russian Jewish parents in San Francisco, the youngest of three extraordinarily musical children. Her siblings were Yehudi Menuhin and Hephzibah Menuhin
- FERDINAND LEITNER (4 March 1912 in Berlin – 3 June 1996 in Zürich) was a German conductor. Leitner studied under Franz Schreker, Julius Prüwer, Artur Schnabel and Karl Muck. He also was a composition student with Robert Kahn. Starting as a pianist, through the help of Fritz Busch, he became a conductor in the 1930s. He was conductor of the Nollendorfplatz Theater in Berlin from 1943 to 1945; in Hannover from 1945 to 1946; in Munchen from 1946 to 1947; and starting in 1947 the General Music Director of the Württemberg State Opera in Stuttgart
- GYORGY CZIFFRA (November 5, 1921 - January 15, 1994) was a Hungarian virtuoso pianist. He became a French citizen in 1968. A son of Hungarian Roma (his father, György Cziffra Sr., was a cimbalom player and played in cabaret halls and restaurants in Paris in the 1910s), born in Budapest, Cziffra became noted at the age of five, improvising on popular tunes in bars and circuses. His teachers at the Franz Liszt Academy included Erno Dohnányi and István Thomán
- WOLFGANG SCHNEIDERHAN (May 28, 1915 – May 18, 2002) was an Austrian classical violinist. Schneiderhan was born in Vienna. After briefly studying with Otakar Ševcík in Pisek, he studied with Julius Winkler in Vienna. At age 10 he publicly performed Bach's Chaconne in D minor. The next year he made his debut in Copenhagen playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. He lived in England for some time from 1929, where he appeared in concerts with artists such as Maria Jeritza, Feodor Chaliapin, Jan Kiepura and Paul Robeson
- STANISLAW SKROWACZEWSKI The classical music conductor and composer Stanislaw Skrowaczewski (born October 3, 1923) was born in Lwów, Poland (now Lviv, Ukraine), and became best known for his work with the Minnesota Orchestra
- VLADIMIR ORLOFF (Odessa, Ukraine 26 May 1928) Cellist, teacher, naturalized Canadian 1977; first prize (Bucharest Cons) 1947. He took his first lessons with his father, a cello teacher, and then studied in Rumania at the Bucharest Cons, making his debut with the Bucharest Philharmonic in 1947.
- WALTER SUSSKIND (1 May 1913 – 25 March 1980), was a Czech-born British conductor. Susskind was born in Prague, Austria–Hungary, now the Czech Republic. His father was a Viennese music critic and his Czech mother was a piano teacher. At the State Conservatorium he studied under composer Josef Suk, the son-in-law of Antonín Dvorák. He later studied conducting under George Szell
- HENRY KRIPS MBE (10 February 1912 in Vienna; 25 January 1987 in Adelaide) was an Austrian-Australian conductor and composer, best known for his 23-year record term (1949-72) as principal conductor of the South Australian Symphony Orchestra (it had been founded in 1936 as the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and reverted to that name in 1975). He is credited with introducing the works of Gustav Mahler to Australian audiences
- CLAUDE FRANK is a German-born, American Jewish pianist whose career has included appearances with highly reputed orchestras, at major festivals, and in major recital halls around the world. Born December 24, 1925 in Nuremberg, Germany, Frank studied at the Paris Conservatoire; worked with Artur Schnabel in New York, for whom he first played in Europe; studied with Schnabel's last and favourite pupil, Maria Curcio and studied composition and conducting at Columbia University. At Tanglewood he studied with Serge Koussevitzky. He has performed worldwide as a soloist with distinguished orchestras, touring the Orient, Australia, Europe, Israel and South America, and in chamber music concerts. A milestone in his career was RCA's release of his recordings of the 32 Beethoven piano sonatas and his worldwide performances of the cycle
- DENIS MATTHEWS (27 February 1919 – 25 December 1988) was an English pianist and musicologist. Denis James Matthews was born in Coventry, the son of a motor salesman. He attended Arnold Lodge School, Leamington Spa, from 1927 to 1932 and Warwick School from October 1932 to the summer of 1936, when he left to study at the Royal Academy of Music. While there, he lodged with Harold Craxton and his wife Essie in St John's Wood. He made his professional début in 1939 before joining up in 1940 and serving with the RAF until 1946
- JOHN BROWNING (May 23, 1933 – January 26, 2003) was an American pianist known for his reserved, elegant style and sophisticated interpretations of Bach and Scarlatti, and for his collaboration with the American composer Samuel Barber
- ELISABETH SCHWARZKOPF DBE (9 December 1915 – 3 August 2006) was a German-born Austrian/British opera singer and recitalist. She was among the most renowned (and beautiful) opera singers of the 20th Century, much admired for her performances of Mozart, Schubert, Strauss, and Wolf
- EMIL GILELS (Ukrainian: October 19, 1916 – October 14, 1985) was a Soviet pianist, widely considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century. His last name is sometimes transliterated Hilels
- GINA BACHAUER (May 21, 1913 - August 22, 1976), was a Greek classical pianist who toured extensively in the United States and Europe
- VACLAV HUDECEK (born June 7, 1952 in Rožmitál pod Tremšínem) is a Czech violinist. He studied at the Prague Conservatory. While he was still only fifteen, he performed in concert on 12 November 1967 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. One day later he was heard by the legendary David Oistrach. Hudecek was the pupil of this great master from 1970 to Oistrach's death in 1974. His wife is actress Eva Hudecková
The album is in very good condition although the spine has worn. The John Ogdon autograph with the picture is very slightly smudged. The original owner’s name is in the inside cover.