Performance TitleBelgian Independence Day Concert, in aid of Various Belgian Charity Funds
Performance Date21 July 1916
Performance DayFriday
Performance Time15:30
Main PerformersThe Right Hon. H H Asquith (Prime Minister),
Paul Hymans (Belgian Minister),
M Standaert (Membre de la Chambre des Representatants) - speakers

Clara Butt - vocal,
Eugene Ysaye - violin,
Arthur De Greef,
Louis Delune,
Theo Ysaye - pianoforte,
Guy Weitz,
P Mavon Ibbs - organ,
De Ceuninck - flute,
Bievelez - hautbois (oboe)
Secondary PerformersHarold Craxton,
Theo Ysaye
Orchestra or BandMilitary Band of HM King Albert,
La Musique du 1er Regiment de Guides
ConductorsTheo Ysaye,
Leon Walpot
Set ListOrgan Solo: 'Rapsodie Wallonne' (1ere execution), G Weitz (G Weitz),
'God Save the King', (The National Anthem) (Clara Butt),
Address (H H Asquith),
Address (Paul Hymans),
Address (Standaert),
Two Flemish Folk Songs (Arr for teo pianos): 'Hopsasa', Arthur de Greef (Arthur de Greef, Louis Delune),
'The Statue of the Duke of Alva', Arthur de Greef (Arthur de Greef, Louis Delune),
Aria: 'Mon Coeur S'ouvre A Ta Voix' from Samson et Delila, Saint-Saens (Clara Butt),
Solo Violin: 'Extase 5e Poeme', E Ysaye (Eugene Ysaye, Theo Ysaye),
'Finale du 2d Concerto' (re mineur), H Wieniawski (Eugene Ysaye, Theo Ysaye),
Two Choruses for Ladies' Voices:'Aurure sur la Mer', Theo Ysaye (Theo Ysaye),
'En passant par la Lorraine', Theo Ysaye (Theo Ysaye)
La Musique de 1er Regiment de Guides:
'Marche du Couronnement' (1ere execution), P Tchaikovsky (Leon Walpot, Bievelez, De Ceuninck),
'Danse Macabre' Poeme Symphonique, C Saint-Saens (Leon Walpot, Bievelez, De Ceuninck),
'Maia. Prelude' (1ere execution), Leoncavallo (Leon Walpot, Bievelez, De Ceuninck),
Vieux Airs Flammands de l'Opera 'Kaajte', V Buffin (Leon Walpot, Bievelez, De Ceuninck),
'Ouverture de Guillaume Tell', Rossini (Leon Walpot, Bievelez, De Ceuninck),
'La Brabanconne',
Belgian National Anthem 'Hymne National Belge'
Performance Notes"The Albert Hall was crowded for the afternoon meeting, Belgians predominating in the audience , though there were many French as well as English people present . In addition to Mr Asquith, speeches were made by the Belgian Minister, who presided, and by M Standaert, member for Bruges in the Chamber of Representatives. The President of the Local Government Board was also present. The musical programme included songs by Mme Clara Butt, violin solos by Eugene Ysaye, organ solos by Guy Weitz, pianorforte solos by Arthur de Greef and Louis Delune, and selections by King Albert's Band".
(The Times, 22 July 1916)
Related Archival MaterialProgramme (RAHE/1/1916/30),
Handbill (RAHE/6/1916/10),
Digital Poster (IWM),
Poster (RAHE/2/1916/1)
RAHE/1/1916/30Belgian Independence Day Concert21 July 1916
RAHE/6/1916/10Belgian Independence Day Concert21 July 1916
RAHE/2/1916/1Belgium Night - Belgian Independence Day Concert, in aid of Various Belgian Charity Funds21 June 1916
Ref NoTitleNo of Performances
IegabidoritefBelgian Independence Day Concert, in aid of Various Belgian Charity Funds1
CodeName of Performer(s)
DS/UK/2983Asquith; 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith, Lord; Herbert Henry (12 September 1852-15 February 1928); KG PC KC FRS; British statesman and Liberal politician
DS/UK/286Ysaye; Mons Eugene (16 July 1858-12 May 1931); Belgian violinist, composer
DS/UK/5270Ysaye; Theo (2 March 1865-24 March 1918); Belgian composer and pianist
DS/UK/2706De Greef; Arthur (1862-1940); Belgian pianist, composer
DS/UK/167Butt; Dame; Clara (1 February 1872-23 January 1936); DBE; English contralto singer
DS/UK/5349Hymans; Paul (1865-1941); Belgian politician
DS/UK/2350Ibbs; P. Mavon- (fl 1913-1923); British organist
DS/UK/5276Weitz; Guy (1883-1970); Belgian organist, composer
DS/UK/5350Delune; Louis (1876-1940); Belgian composer, conductor, pianist
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