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Snapshot of the Royal Albert Hall, June 1935. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912).  Royal College of Music, London. Thomas Charles Fairbairn (1874-1978), producer. Three of the four programme cover designs.  That by the Australian artist Fred Leist - the production's original designer - was the one most frequently used.  It was the image for the first and last seasons and for at least seven others in between.  Royal College of Music, London. Coleridge-Taylor: Scenes from the Song of Hiawatha, Op.30.  First edition of the vocal score of the complete work.  London, 1900.  Royal College of Music, London. Coleridge-Taylor: Suite from the Hiawatha Ballet Music.  [Arranged and orchestrated by Percy E.Fletcher.]  Piano score.  London, 1919. Coleridge-Taylor: Minnehaha.  Suite from the Hiawatha Ballet Music.  [Arranged and orchestrated by Percy E.Fletcher.]  Piano score.  London, 1925. Hiawatha Brian Coleridge-Taylor (1900-1980), the composer's son, who edited and conducted the ballet music for the 1924 season.  Royal College of Music, London. Synopsis from the 1925 programme. Euphan MacLaren, choreographer to the production from 1925. Chief Os-Ke-Non-Ton singing at the Wedding Feast (Act I). The 'Heavenly Ballet' in Act I.  Myrtle Farquharson as Gitche Manito, the Great Spirit; Alison MacLaren and Errol Addison as the Lovers, 1934. The end of Act I - after the Totem Dance.  Chief Os-Ke-Non-Ton with Harold Williams as Hiawatha and Elsa Macfarlane (?) as Minnehaha. The Spring Ballet at the beginning of Act III.  Hermione Darnborough and Errol Addison, 1936. Hermione Darnborough as Flora with Errol Addison in the Spring Ballet.  [1934?]. The penultimate scene in Act III - the arrival of the missionaries and the 'black-robed chief'.  T.C.Fairbairn can be seen at the back of this rehearsal photograph. Anita Desmond as Spring in Act III.  Desmond was the first to sing this important soprano role in 1924 and in many subsequent seasons. Anita Desmond as Nokomis, 1925. Frank Webster as Chibiabos.  Webster sang this leading tenor role in 1925 and in subsequent seasons. Aubrey Hitchins as the Spirit of Montezuma (the Young Chief) in the 'Heavenly Ballet' in Act I. Phyllis Bedells as the Spirit of the Indian Maiden with Leighton Lucas as the Young Chief in Act I. Harold Williams (?) as Hiawatha in Act II. Henry Wendon in costume as Chibiabos, 1934. Dr Malcolm Sargent signing programmes, June 1935. Stanley Judson in costume as the Young Chief (Act I), 1936.