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Our collections

Anne Boleyn Music Book
The Royal College of Music Library is proud to hold a range of historically and internationally significant items in addition to its comprehensive lending collection.

Highlights include manuscripts of Mozart’s C minor Piano Concerto K491, Elgar’s Cello Concerto and Chopin’s Minute waltz. In addition to these, the library houses the Anne Boleyn Music Book—one of the most significant manuscripts of the early 16th century, believed to have been owned by Anne Boleyn.

At present there is no single, integrated catalogue of the library’s manuscripts, early printed music and books, programmes and archives. Some of this material is fully catalogued and can be searched in the library catalogue.

Uncatalogued manuscripts are regularly being added to the Additional manuscripts list.

A card catalogue of the remaining early printed music and books can be consulted in the library. 

The programme collection is included on concertprogrammes.org.uk.

Named collections

The remaining collections are unlisted and stored as named collections. A comprehensive list of the named collections held in the RCM Library is outlined below. Please note that at least a week’s notice is required to consult any material held off site.

A-C

Herbert Kennedy Andrews

  • Collection of autograph manuscripts and research materials (relating to his publications on 16th century music) of 20th-century composer and organist who taught at the RCM.
  • Collection size: eight boxes.

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list.

Artists' brochures

  • Both individuals' and agents' brochures. Approximately 2,000 items arranged by size and then alphabetically.
  • Collection size: three boxes.
  • Stored off site.

No comprehensive handlist or catalogue, but list of contents for agent's brochures available.

Australian Music Centre

This collection is fully catalogued in the main library catalogue.

John Francis Barnett

  • Music manuscripts of 19th-century composer and pianist (1839-1916) who taught at the RCM for 30 years.

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list.

Stanley Bate

  • Large collection of autograph manuscripts of former RCM student (1913-1959) who later studied with Boulanger and Hindermith.

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list.

Bechstein Company & Bechstein Hall

  • Ledgers recording the bookings of the hall (now Wigmore Hall) and the sale of pianos by the London branch of the German firm. Late 19th- to mid-20th-centuries.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

New Berlioz Edition

  • An archive comprising both copies of the original sources used in the preparation of the New Berlioz Edition and the administrative records of the Edition.

Search archive

James Bernard

  • Collection of scores by celebrated composer of film music (1925-2001) who had been a pupil of Howells at the RCM.
  • Collection size: nine boxes.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Boosey & Hawkes Collection

  • Royalty ledgers, hire library and production department records.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Leonard Borwick

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list. Catalogued and published works are available in the main library catalogue.

Adrian Boult

  • Printed full scores, letters and other papers.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

John Braham

  • Autograph scores of vocal works, late 18th- and early 19th-centuries.
  • Collection size: one box.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

David Branson

  • Music manuscripts and research papers on Field.
  • Collection size: five boxes.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Alexander Brent-Smith

  • Loan
  • Music manuscripts, inlucing orchestral parts, and some diaries.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Havergal Brian

  • Large collection of autograph manuscripts of idiosyncratic 20th-century composer (1876-1972) including full scores and/or drafts of symphonies 2-32, concertos, other orchestral works. operas and choral works.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Frank Bridge

  • Largest single collection of autograph manuscripts of 20th-century composer (1879-1941) who studied at the RCM. Also includes a small number of letters to members of the Speyer family and others.

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list. Catalogued and published works are available in the main library catalogue.

Leslie Bridgewater

  • Small collection of manuscript arrangements and transcriptions for small orchestra by theatre music director (born 1893).
  • Collection size: one box.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

James & Sebastian Brown

  • Autograph compositions, arrangements and editions (especially for violin) by father and son.
  • Collection size: 21 boxes.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Frank Bury

  • Three slim bound manuscripts of instrumental music and songs by former RCM student.
  • Collection size: one box.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Victor Butler

  • Small collection of manuscripts of vocal and instrumental music.
  • Collection size: one box.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Jack Byfield

  • Small collection of manuscripts of chamber and orchestral music by former RCM student (1902-1977) who achieved fame as a light music pianist, composer and arranger.

Partly catalogued in the Additional manuscripts list. Remainder uncatalogued.

Margaret Campbell [Dolmetsch]

  • Research papers of Margaret Campbell relating to the Dolmetsch family.
  • Collection size: 10 boxes.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Capricorn Ensemble

  • Collection of performing material used by the Capricorn Ensemble (founded 1973), presented in memory of its founder Timothy Mason (died 1997).

Not kept as a discrete collection, but contents fully catalogued in the main library catalogue.

Clive Carey

  • Music manuscripts, articles, letters, lecture notes (part)

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list.

Mora Carroll

  • Made up of late 18th- and 19th-century music and books. There is a strong emphasis on early editions of Dussek's music and a large number of albums of music created by 19th-century owners. The collection also includes Mrs Carroll's dissertation JL Dussek and his role in the development of the piano repertory.
  • Collection size: 11 boxes.
  • Eight boxes stored off site, the remaining three are stored at the RCM.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Cavendish collection

  • A substantial collection of light orchestral music published by Boosey & Hawkes and used by the firm for its Cavendish Music Company series of gramophone recordings in the 1930s.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Certificates

  • A small collection of 19th- and 20th-century designs.
  • Collection size: one box.
  • Stored off site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Joan Chissell

  • Papers relating to her work as a music critic and her research into Robert and Clara Schumann as well as other figures.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Eric Coates

  • Comprehensive collection of autograph manuscripts of important composer of light music (1886-1957).

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list.

Avril Coleridge-Taylor

  • Collection of autograph manuscripts of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's daughter (1903-1998).
  • Collection size: five boxes.

Handlist available. Downloadable version to follow.

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

  • Comprehensive collection of autograph manuscripts of one of the RCM's earliest student composers.
  • Collection size: one box

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list. Catalogued and published works are available in the main library catalogue.

Lawrance Collingwood

  • Collection of autograph manuscripts of conductor and composer (1887-1982).

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list.

Gertrude Collins

  • Sets of parts of 'school orchestra' music by mid 20th-century violinist and educationalist.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Concert, opera & ballet programmes

  • About 600,000 programmes, covering the whole world, but with a strong emphasis on Great Britain.

The programme collection is included on concertprogrammes.org.uk. Some handlists are available.

Concerts of Ancient Music Library

  • Large collection of programmes and printed and manuscript scores used by aristocratic concert-giving society (1776-1848), which only performed works at least 20 years old, favouring Italian and English vocal and instrumental music from the 17th and 18th centuries.

The Society’s printed catalogue (1791) is available in the Donaldson Room, and the contents of the collection were included in the Catalogue of Printed Music (1909), typescript Manuscript Catalogue and (in part) in the library catalogue.

Benjamin Cooke

  • Collection of autograph manuscripts by 18th-century composer, organist, conductor and theorist (1734-1793) along with copies of his works by other composers.

This collection is fully catalogued in the main library catalogue.

Cowden-Clarke and Novello families

  • Small collection of archival material relating to the Cowden-Clarke and Novello families.

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list.

Alfred Redgrave Cripps

  • A small collection of manuscript and printed music by former RCM scholar (born 1882)
  • Collection size: two boxes.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Peter Crossley-Holland

  • Comprehensive collection of manuscripts of 20th-century composer and teacher, together with a small number of letters.

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list.

Adrian Cruft

  • Complete archive of manuscripts, correspondence and business papers.
  • Stored off site

Initial deposit of manuscripts catalogued on the Additional manuscripts list. Papers not yet catalogued.

Crystal Palace programmes

  • Incomplete set of programmes for the Saturday orchestral concerts (1856-1901), the majority owned and annotated by Grove.
  • 1856-1860 stored off site. 1861-1901 stored on site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Curwen Collection

  • Small collection of manuscripts formerly in the Curwen hire library [MSS 4834-53, 4856-59, 5820-40, 7518, 7732, 7981, 7982D, 8300b-c, 8580-81, 8578].

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Cuttings collection

  • Reviews, programme notes, periodical articles, newspaper cuttings, albums and scrapbooks dating from 1870 to the present day. Arranged and indexed by subject.
  • Stored off site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

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Edward Dannreuther

  • Pianist, writer and composer who studied in Leipzig before settling in London.  A noted performer, he was the soloist for several first London performances of the piano concerto repertoire.  He published extensively on Wagner, and was President of the London Wagner Society between 1895 and 1905, during which time he was also Professor of Piano at the RCM.  He edited editions of piano music by various composers, and composed a number of songs.
  • Music manuscripts and writings.
  • Collection size: five boxes.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Harold Darke

  • Collection of autograph manuscripts and collection of concert and recital programmes of 20th-century composer and organist.

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list except the concert and recital programmes, which are to be accessioned.

Fanny Davies

  • Collection of annotated scores of chamber music by Brahms and Schumann from the collection of celebrated pianist (1861-1934), together with private papers and correspondence, including letters to and from Clara Schumann and her family. Further material relating to the administration of Davies’ estate is to be found in the Marion Scott collection.

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list

Henry Walford Davies

  • An almost-complete collection of autograph manuscripts by this underestimated composer (1869-1941), together with a large collection of papers and correspondence relating to his important work in music education, as a pioneer broadcaster, and as a composer, editor and conductor.

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list

Kenneth Frederic Day

  • Organist and choirmaster, based in South London and West Sussex. 
  • Collection of his correspondence with Keith Falkner (between 1931 and 1993) and David Willcocks (1966-1982). Includes some concert programmes.
  • Collection size: 2 boxes.

Norman Del Mar

  • Collection of orchestral parts for his own compositions and programme notes by this well-known conductor (born in 1919) who taught for many years at the RCM. The College's orchestral library also contains material from Del Mar's own collection of orchestral parts.
  • Collection size: 20 boxes.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Dewar / Sevcik

  • Violinist and composer Evelyn Dewar studied in Prague before returning to Scotland immediately prior to World War II.  Her collection of printed scores contains markings which may include those of her teacher, Otakar Sevcik.
  • Collection size: 10 boxes
  • Stored off site.

Spreadsheet available.

Bernard van Dieren

  • Extensive collection of manuscript editions by Denys ap Ivor of works by van Dieren. Presented by the editor.

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list.

Rudolph Dolmetsch

  • Extensive collection of autograph manuscripts of composer and early music enthusiast. Son of the early music pioneer Arnold Dolmetsch, his life (1906-42) was cut short by World War II.

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list.

George Dorlay

  • A small collection of manuscript compositions by early 20th-century British composer of French descent.
  • Collection size: three boxes.

See MSS 5348-53 & 5796-5807 on the Additional manuscripts list.

Madeleine Dring

  • Collection of autograph manuscripts of this mid-20th-century composer (1923-77) and actress.

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list.

Thomas Dunhill

  • Collection of autograph manuscripts, letters, diaries, lectures, notebooks, etc of this almost-forgotten 20th-century composer (1878-1946).
  • Collection size: 24 boxes.

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list.

George Dyson

  • Collection of autograph manuscripts by former RCM scholar who later returned as director (1883-1964).

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list.

Ruth Dyson

  • Collection of music from the library of this harpsichordist and fortepianist (1917-97), who studied and taught at the RCM.
  • Collection size: six boxes.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Rupert Erlebach

  • Small collection of manuscripts of this talented but almost-forgotten composer, who studied at the RCM with Stanford and later worked in the College's Parry Room Library and for the RCM Union.
  • Collection size: two boxes.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

John Farrell collection

  • Through a kind donation from Mr Tony Luker, RCM Library has acquired the John Farrell Collection of early jazz transcriptions and MIDI files.

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No catalogue or handlist yet available.

TP Fielden

  • Collection size: one box.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Herman Finck (ex Boosey & Hawkes)

  • Autograph manuscripts, principally of stage works, songs, and film scores. Some printed scores.
  • Collection size: 26 boxes.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Louis von der Finck (ex Boosey & Hawkes)

  • Autograph manuscripts & some printed scores. Uncle of Herman Finck.
  • Collection size: two boxes.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Maurice Frost

  • Loan
  • A collection of psalm and hymn books, both words and music, from the 16th-to the early 20th-centuries (but predominantly dating from the 16th-18th centuries), with some related literature, collected by the Reverand Maurice Frost (died 1961) and bequeathed by him to the Royal School of Church Music (who subsequently placed it on deposit at the RCM).
  • Collection size: 538 items.

Card catalogue available.

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Julian Gardiner

  • Collection of manuscript songs and stage works by a former RCM pupil of Vaughan Williams, who made his career as a singer.
  • Collection size: 14 boxes.
  • Stored off site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Geraldo collection

Handlist available in the library. Please ask the Orchestral Librarian.

Cecil Armstrong Gibbs

  • Collection of manuscripts by this mid-20th-century composer (1889-1960), some of them acquired from the former hire library of Messrs Curwen and Company.

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list.

Reginald Goodall

  • Collection of full and miniature scores, many heavily marked, from the library of celebrated Wagner conductor. Presented by the donor.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Oliver Horsley Gotch

  • Small collection of manuscripts by this early/mid 20th-century physician, artist and amateur composer. 

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts listSee MSS 5361, 5474 and 6285-89.

Ralph Greaves

  • Music manuscripts.
  • Collection size: one box.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Griffiths

  • Collection size: five boxes and one score.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

George Grove

  • A large part of Grove’s musical library, first Director of the RCM, who presented the first tranche in 1891. This includes:
    • Books, periodicals, pamphlets, manuscripts, letters & programmes. This is not kept as a discrete collection. About 250 items
    • A large collection of letters written by Grove, especially to Edith Oldham.
    • Crystal Palace Saturday concert programmes, with Grove’s annotations. (see Crystal Palace programmes above)
    • Letters, commonplace books, farewell address, desk, annotated programmes.

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list.

Inglis Gundry

  • Substantial archive of autograph manuscripts, performing material, and papers of RCM-trained mid-20th-century composer and lecturer (1905-2000).

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Ivor Gurney

  • Small collection of material by or relating to Ivor Gurney and including letters, autograph manuscripts. 

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list.

William Lewarne Harris

  • Loan
  • Collection size: four boxes.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Harrison sisters

  • Substantial part of the music library of the three sisters, Beatrice, Margaret and May, including works written for them and a considerable quantity of correspondence. Placed on deposit by the Harrison Sisters Trust. Of national importance about 4000 musical scores (including about 200 manuscripts); about 1000 letters, Subjects: Music; Violin music; Violoncello music, Formats: Letters; Printed and manuscript music scores Dates: 20th century. Printed and manuscrips music, letters.
  • Collection size: 37 boxes

Harrison Sisters handlist

Thomas Henderson

  • Collection of manuscripts of orchestral, chamber and instrumental music by former RCM student.
  • Collection size: three boxes.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Heron-Allen

  • Large collection of works on stringed instruments, their history, construction, players and place in fiction, etc, assembled by Edward Heron-Allen (1861-1943), principally in the last two decades of the 19th century. It includes proof copies of all Heron-Allen’s publications.

Heron-Allen collection on Cecilia

Heron-Allen Society website

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Leslie Heward

  • Collection of manuscripts by this composer and conductor (1897-1943).
  • Collection size: four boxes.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Gustav Holst

  • A small but important collection of manuscripts and letters by this leading early 20th-century composer (1874-1934), including a number of arrangements for piano duet or two pianos. Some are autograph, some are in the hands of his amanuenses Norah Day and Valley Lasker.

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list.

Herbert Howells

  • Outstanding collection of autograph manuscripts, letters, writings & other papers of the distinguished 20th-century composer who studied and taught at the RCM (1892-1983).

For the Herbert Howells manuscripts please see the Additional manuscripts list.

Herbert Howells papers handlist

Herbert Howells letters handlist

William Hurlstone

  • Collection of music manuscripts & papers of this remarkably promising but short-lived composer (1876-1906) who studied and taught at the RCM.
  • Collection size: four boxes

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list.

Hymn Society Library

  • Collection of Hymnals (both words only and full music editions) and related literature. On deposit from the Hymn Society.
  • Collection size: about 250 items

Card catalogue available.

Ibbs & Tillett Collection

  • Substantial archive, circa 1920-70, of this leading artists' agency. Contents include ledgers, programs, photograph, contracts and correspondence.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

John Ireland

  • Collection of letters from John Ireland to Peter Crossley Holland, together with other papers relating to Ireland and a handful of music manuscripts.

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list.

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Ifor James

  • (1931 –2004) Horn player and teacher, numbering among his pupils many future Principal Horns and horn professors at British music schools.
  • Collection size: one box.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Francis Jefferies

  • Music manuscripts.
  • Collection size: one box.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Alan Jefferson

  • Collection size: seven boxes.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Percy Kahn

  • (1880-1966) Comprehensive archive, including documents, letters, photographs, programmes, manuscripts, etc, of former RCM scholar  who achieved considerable fame as an accompanist and worked regularly with Caruso and Kreisler.
  • Collection size: 15 boxes and full scores package.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Basil Lam

  • (1914 - 1984) Collection of programme notes and scripts of radio talks by harpsichordist, early music scholar and BBC Radio 3 (Third Programme) producer (1914-84) who later became the Corporation's Head of Classical Music. He was best known for his contributions as a commentator on early and baroque music on BBC Radio 3.

See MSS 7322 & 7323 on the Additional manuscripts list.

John Lambert

  • (1926 –1995) Comprehensive collection of autograph manuscripts of important composer and teacher of composition, who numbered Julian Anderson, Simon Bainbridge, Oliver Knussen and Mark-Anthony Turnage among his pupils. Lambert studied at the Royal Academy of Music, and then at the Royal College of Music. He studied with Nadia Boulanger privately in Paris. At the Royal College he established a dedicated experimental music group. 
  • Collection size: 22 boxes plus full scores.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

CS Lang

  • Craig Sellar Lang (1891 –1971) was a New Zealand-born British organist, composer and music teacher. He was a pupil of Walter Parratt and Charles Stanford at the Royal College of Music, and was later Director of Music at Christ's Hospital.
  • Collection of autograph manuscripts, principally of unpublished works – orchestral, instrumental and choral.

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list.

Robert Langley

  • Collection of research materials, including many photocopies of manuscript and printed sources, for composers in whom he had an interest, notably Dussek, Field, Charles and Samuel Wesley.
  • Collection size: 55 boxes.

No catalogue or handlist yet available but boxed by subject matter.

Vally Lasker

  • (1885-19?) was educated at Morley College while Holst was director of music there, and later taught music at St Paul's Girls' School, Hammersmith, as assistant to Holst, who was also head of music. 
  • Music manuscripts of Holst, Vaughan Williams, etc. Not kept as a collection.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Remo Lauricella

  • (1912-2003) was a British composer and concert violinist. He obtained a scholarship to the Royal College of Music and became a friend of Benjamin Britten. He was first violinist for the London Philharmonic.
  • Collection size: 20 boxes plus LPs.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Early libretti

  • Collection of opera libretti and oratorio word-books dating from the end of the 17th century to the early 20th century.

A card index of early libretti has been scanned.

Samuel Liddle

  • (1867-1951) British composer and pianist. He studied with Stanford at RCM. Most of his compositions consisted of songs of the ballad type.
  • Small collection of manuscript and printed [?] music.
  • Collection size: one box.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Charles Thornton Lofthouse

  • (1895–1974) had a long career as professor at the Royal College of Music, London (1922–71), director of music at Westminster School and Reading University, founder and conductor of the University of London Music Society, music examiner, and researcher. 
  • Collection size: 27 boxes plus full scores.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Kathleen Long

  • English pianist and teacher. From 1910-1916 she studied with Herbert Sharpe at the Royal College of Music , and she taught at the RCM from 1920-1964
  • Piano transcriptions, both manuscript and printed.
  • Collection size: two boxes.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Joe Loss

  • (1909 –1990) was a British musician, popular during the British dance band era, and was founder of the Joe Loss Orchestra.
  • Collection of band music.

Some of this collection is available in the main library catalogue (select the collection tab). The original card catalogue is also available.

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August Manns and the Crystal Palace

  • Sir August Friedrich Manns (1825-1907) was a German-born conductor who made his career in England, where he became Director of the Crystal Palace.
  • Small collection relating to Manns, supplemented by programmes for the Crystal Palace Saturday Concerts.
  • Stored off site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Betty Matthews

  • Author of books and articles on the organ.
  • Research papers, relating to the organ, organists and church music, principally of the 18th and 19th centuries.
  • Collection size: 13 boxes.
  • Stored off site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

JH Maunder

  • John Henry Maunder (1858 -1920). English composer and organist, best known for his cantata "Olivet to Calvary".
  • Small collection of manuscript music.
  • Collection size: one box.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Graham Melville-Mason

  • Professor. The only non-Czech member of the artistic board of the Prague Spring International Music Festival; head of Britain's Dvorak Society for Czech and Slovak music. 
  • Basset-horn collection.
  • Stored off site.

Printed list from Access Database available.

RO Morris

  • Reginald Owen Morris, composer and theorist (1882-1948). He studied and taught at the RCM. Among his students were Gerald Finzi and Sir Michael Tippett.
  • Collection of manuscript scores (and orchestral parts) of works.

See the Additional manuscripts list.

Angus Morrison

  • (1902-1989) English pianist and teacher at RCM (1926–72). Début, London 1923.
  • Papers relating to Constant Lambert.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Mumford Collection

  • Collection of autograph manuscripts and orchestral parts by the Newcastle-based Charles E Mumford. Presented by Adrian Mumford.
  • Collection size: three folders.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Music Publishers' Catalogues

  • ca2,000 late 19th- and early 20th-century catalogues, for the most part presented by the late Major Cecil Hopkinson. Supplementary collection of publishing ephemera.
  • Stored off site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Stanley Myers

  • (1930 –1993) British film composer who scored over sixty films. He also wrote the guitar piece "Cavatina".
  • Film music manuscripts.
  • Collection size: 18 boxes.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

National Music Council (NMC) Archive

  • Collection size: two boxes and one oversize picture.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Nixon Collection

  • Henry Cotter Nixon (1842–1907) British pianist, organist and composer. 
  • Collection of printed and manuscript music and other papers of two generations of the Nixon family, Henry and Henry Cotter Nixon, 19th century Roman Catholic organists and composers.
  • Collection size: 18 boxes.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Novello

  • Large collection of manuscript full scores (some autograph) formerly in the Hire Library of Novello & Co. acquired in 1964 when the firm moved from its Wardour Street premises.  Principally choral works by 19th- and early 20th-century British composers, but also including a selection of orchestral works, operas and oratorios by continental composers.

See the Additional manuscripts list.

Obituaries

  • Newspaper obituaries - about 2,000 items, arranged alphabetically by subject.
  • Stored off site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Norman O'Neill

  • (1875-1934) Composer best known for his works for the theatre. Son of the Irish painter George Bernard O'Neill and Emma Stuart Callcott. He married Adine Berthe Maria Ruckert who was a celebrated pianist and music teacher in her own right.
  • Substantial collection of autograph manuscripts.
  • Collection size: three boxes.

See MSS 4351-4433 & 7344-74 on the Additional manuscripts list.

Opperby-Stokowski Collection

  • Leopold Stokowski (1882-1977) was a leading 20th-century conductor and one time RCM pupil. Preben Opperby was a Danish school teacher who collected Stokowskiana.

This collection is fully catalogued in the main library catalogue.

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Pamphlets

  • Collection of pamphlets, etc, mostly on musical subjects, many of which were collected by, or presented to, George Grove. 18th to early 20th centuries.

A card catalogue is available.

Clifton Parker

  • (1905 -1989) English composer, particularly noted for his film scores. During his career, he composed scores for over 50 feature films, as well as numerous documentary shorts, radio and television scores, over 100 songs and music for ballet and theatre.
  • Music manuscripts, including film scores.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Hubert Parry

  • (1848-1918) English composer, teacher and historian of music. Best known for the choral song "Jerusalem", his 1902 setting for the coronation anthem "I was glad". Second Director of the RCM.
  • Manuscripts of musical compositions, lectures and correspondence of Sir Hubert Parry (1848-1918), second Director of the RCM. Presented (or purchased) at various times between 1921 and the present.
  • Collection size: 11 boxes.

Parry manuscripts handlist

This collection also appears on the Additional manuscripts list, but not as a discrete collection.

Periodicals

  • Runs (mostly incomplete) of The Illustrated London News, Musica, The Musical Times, and other periodicals. Collected for their illustrative content.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Dora M Powell ('Dorabella')

  • Dora Mary Powell, ( Penny), 1874. She became acquainted with the Elgars and was to be characterised as 'Dorabella' (Variation X) of the Enigma Variations. 
  • Diaries and letters.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Mary Ramsay

  • Collection of 12 scrapbooks, containing programmes and newspaper cuttings, etc, charting the career of the singer and RCM alumna Mary Ramsay from 1912 to 1956.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

William H Reed

  • Collection of autograph manuscripts and a few scripts for talks of violinist and composer (1876-1942), who was a friend of Elgar, led the London Symphony Orchestra and taught at the RCM.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

William Leonard Reed

  • William Leonard Reed (known as Will Reed) (1910-2002) was an English classical composer and pianist. He studied composition with Herbert Howells and conducting with Constant Lambert.
  • Collection of autograph manuscripts. 
  • Collection size: eight boxes.

This collection also appears on the Additional manuscripts list.

Percy Rideout

  • Collection of autograph manuscripts, letters, programmes, articles, etc, of organist and composer (18-195-) who studied at the RCM and played at the West London Synagogue for over 50 years.

This collection also appears on the Additional manuscripts list.

Tony Roberts

  • Small collection of manuscript music by this Wolverhampton-based composer.
  • Collection size: one box.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Jasper Rooper

  • Small collection of autograph manuscripts by this former RCM student (1898-1981).
  • Collection size: four boxes plus sets.

This collection also appears on the Additional manuscripts list.

Dudley & Matilda Rothwell

  • Diaries, etc.
  • Collection size: seven boxes and eight books.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Frederick Rothwell Collection

  • (1853-1944) Rothwell was responsible for rebuilding many organs to which Walford Davies was connected.
  • Archive of the London organ-building firm of Frederick Rothwell & Co. (1890-1960), including details of orders, financial records, diaries, etc. 
  • Collection size: 24 boxes.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Royal College of Music History

  • Photographs and prints (views and events): ca600 items, from 1870s to the present day. Building plans, architects' correspondence, related literature, prospectuses, gift book. The RCM Institutional Archive also contains much information about the RCM's history, student records, etc. The library holds sets of programmes for RCM concerts.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Royal School of Church Music

  • No description available.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

S-U

Sacred Harmonic Society

  • Very large collection of printed and manuscript music, books, libretti, etc, dating from the 16th to the 19th centuries, presented to the RCM after the demise of the Society (1832-82).
  • Not housed as a discrete collection.

No catalogue or handlist yet available for the complete collection. Much of the printed music has been included in the main library catalogue.

Leonard Salzedo

  • Substantial collection of manuscripts, printed copies and performance material (including orchestral parts) of violinist and composer (1921-2000) who studied at the RCM.
  • Collection size: eight boxes and 22 folders.

Find out more about Salzedo

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list. The printed works are also included on the main library catalogue.

Albert Sammons

  • Music manuscripts and cadenza for Beethoven's violin concerto.
  • Collection size: one box.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Malcolm Sargent

  • The working collection of Sir Malcolm Sargent, comprising full scores, vocal scores and orchestral parts.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Neil Saunders

  • Music manuscripts.
  • Collection size: 10 boxes.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Cyril Scott

  • Collection size: one box.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Marion Scott

  • Collection of writings, including criticism, and early compositions. Research papers on Haydn, papers relating to Fanny Davies and Ivor Gurney, MS compositions.
  • Collection size: 11 boxes, 21 books and two scrapbooks.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Humphrey Searle

  • Letters, papers and photographs.
  • Collection size: six boxes and five scrapbooks.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Christopher Shaw

  • Collection size: two boxes and two scores.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Harold Watkins Shaw

  • Collection of research papers, family documents, photographs, etc, of editor, musicologist & Keeper of the RCM Parry Room Library (1971-81) 
  • Collection size: nine boxes plus books.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Victor Silvester

  • Collection of books, music and recordings.

An incomplete database is available on the main library catalogue.

Ethel Smyth

  • No description available.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Society of Women Musicians

  • Surviving archive of this pioneering society (1911-72) whose founders had close links with the RCM. The contents include minute books, lists of members, scrap books, etc.

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list.

Arthur Somervell

  • Small collection of autograph manuscripts of RCM-trained composer (1863-1937).

No catalogue or handlist yet available

John Stainer

  • Small collection of autograph manuscripts and papers of this composer, organist and educator (1840-1901), who had been Principal of the RCM’s predecessor, the National Training School for Music.

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list.

Charles Villiers Stanford

  • Collection of autograph manuscripts, principally full scores of operas, choral and orchestral works, of Anglo-Irish composer (1852-1924) who was the RCM's first professor of composition. Also includes letters to and from the composer.

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list.

Leopold Stokowski

See Opperby-Stokowski Collection above.

Edward Taylor

  • Collection of autograph manuscripts and lecture scripts of singer, writer and music editor (1784-1863).

Edward Taylor manuscripts handlist

CS Terry

  • Collection of research materials of historian and Bach scholar (1864-1936) relating to various members of the Bach family (including reproductions of several works destroyed in World War II), copies of his editions and translations, and scores from his library. 

A hard copy catalogue is available in the library.

Thames TV Archive

  • Large collection of scores and performing material for television programmes deposited by Thames TV. 
  • Collection size: approximately 10 shelves.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Ticket Design

  • A small collection of engraved tickets and original designs.
  • Stored off site

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Tonic Sol-Fa College

  • Surviving archive of the London-based college (founded 1869), including minute books, registers of exams, correspondence, accounts, etc, and collections of tonic sol-fa vocal scores and books on the history and theory of music, many of them published by Curwen.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

V-Z

Vaughan Williams

Vaughan Williams manuscripts handlist

Wesley Family

  • Collection of autograph manuscripts of Charles Wesley (1757-1834), his brother Samuel (1766-1837) and Samuel’s son Samuel Sebastian (1810-76), together with letters, note books, etc.

Charles Wesley manuscripts handlist

Samuel Wesley manuscripts handlist

Samuel Sebastian Wesley manuscripts, music and letters handlist

Wessex Philharmonic Collection

  • Collection of archival material relating to the orchestra, which was formed during World War II and conducted by Reginald Goodall.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

John Wilson Collection

  • Hymonology.

This collection is fully catalogued in the main library catalogue.

Stanley Wilson

  • Collection of autograph manuscripts by mid-20th century composer (18-195-) who studied at the RCM.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Nicanor Zabaleta harp collection

Zabaleta solos A-M handlist

Zabaleta solos M-Z handlist

Zabaleta orchestra handlist

Zabaleta various handlist

Zabaleta various solos handlist

Zabaleta various orchestra handlist