Musical mementos track society’s star-studded heritage

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A SOCIETY that has bought pleasure to audiences and musicians since 1881 is celebrated in a new display.

Hull History Centre has catalogued thousands of documents from Hull Philharmonic Society over the past two years, which are now available to researchers.

Founded in 1881, the society has attracted performers including Artur Rubinstein, Shura Cherkassky, Andres Segovia, and Vladimir Ashkenazy.

The display at the centre, until the end of November, includes details of the society’s first orchestra concert, the score of a fanfare composed for the society by the founder of the Proms Sir Henry J Wood, and photographs featuring concerts and other events. Sir Henry – who was as famous in his day as Sir Simon Rattle – conducted three concerts a year for 16 years.

Musical director Andrew Penny, who has been in post for three decades, said: “I would say the society is as successful as it has ever been. Its concert series is well attended and we are regularly commissioning new music.”