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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.

Our early printed collection is currently being added to the library catalogue. You can view a catalogue of the collection as it was in 1909.

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.

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Amadeus Quartet

  • Extensive collection of items relating to the Amadeus string quartet (active 1947-1987).
  • Correspondence, newspaper cuttings, recital agendas, recordings and other ephemera.
  • Collection size: c30 boxes and folders, stored on site.

No handlist or catalogue yet available.

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: 1 box of manuscripts stored on site and listed on the Additional manuscripts list. 7 boxes of research papers not yet catalogued and stored off site.

Artists' brochures

  • Both individuals' and agents' brochures. Approximately 2,000 items arranged by size and then alphabetically.
  • Collection size: 3 boxes, stored off site.

No comprehensive handlist or catalogue, but list of contents for agents' 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.
  • Collection size: 11 items, stored on site.

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list.

Stanley Bate

  • Large collection of largely autograph manuscripts (with some printed items) of former RCM student (1913–1959) who later studied with Boulanger and Hindemith.
  • Collection size: 9 boxes, stored on site.

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.
  • Collection size: 42 large volumes, stored on site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Harold Beck

  • Manuscript exercises for cello by and formerly belonging to Harold Beck, principal cellist of the Halle and then the London Symphony Orchestra.
  • Collection size: 1 box, stored off site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Sterndale Bennett

  • Manuscripts, copyist scores and printed editions of celebrated composer Sir William Sterndale Bennett (1816–75).
  • Collection size: 7 boxes, stored on site.
  • Printed editions and manuscripts of Sir William's grandson, TC Sterndale Bennett (1882–1944).
  • Collection size: 2 boxes, stored on site.
  • Collection gifted to RCM in 2006 by the Sterndale Bennett family.

No handlist or catalogue 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.

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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: 9 boxes, stored on site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Boosey & Hawkes Collection

  • Royalty ledgers, hire library and production department records.
  • Manuscripts from the hire library.
  • Collection size: 2 boxes, stored on site.

Manuscripts are listed on the Additional manuscripts list.

Adrian Boult

  • Printed full scores formerly owned and used by Sir Adrian Cedric Boult (1889–1983), eminent conductor and one-time RCM professor. Many scores marked with Boult's notes, dates of performance, and some including programmes.
  • Personal effects, including letters to and from Boult, tickets, ration books, passports and other such ephemera.
  • Collection size: 14 boxes, stored on site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Lionel Bradley

  • Lionel Bradley (1898–1953), librarian with a keen interest in music. Bradley attended 16 years' worth of London concerts (1936–1953) and wrote detailed reports on each of them to be circulated amongst friends in the north of England.
  • Handwritten notes on live performances and broadcasts, including the premiere of Britten's Peter Grimes.
  • Collection size: stored on site.

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list, with further detail available on request.

John Braham

  • Singer and composer, active early 19th century.
  • Autograph scores of vocal works, late 18th- and early 19th-centuries.
  • Collection size: 1 box, stored on site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

David Branson

  • Music manuscripts and research papers on John Field.
  • Collection size: 5 boxes, stored off site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Alexander Brent-Smith

  • Large collection of manuscript compositions by Alexander Brent-Smith (1889–1950), also an author and organist.
  • Collection size: 8 boxes and 50+ volumes, stored on site.
  • Additionally some diaries and other personal items, 5 boxes, stored off site.
  • Collection on loan from Christopher Brent-Smith.

Manuscripts are fully catalogued in the main library catalogue.  Other items not yet catalogued.

Havergal Brian

  • 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.
  • Collection size: 10 boxes, stored on site.
  • Collection on loan from the Brian estate.

Handlist available with the collection.

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.
  • Collection size: 21 boxes, stored on site.

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list

Leslie Bridgewater

  • Small collection of manuscript arrangements and transcriptions for small orchestra by Ernest Leslie Bridgewater, (1893–1975), pianist, conductor and composer of light music.
  • Collection size: 1 box, stored on site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

James & Sebastian Brown

  • Large collection of manuscripts, annotated proof editions, programmes, letters and other items relating to this father and son.  James Conway Brown (1838–1908) was a close friend of and collaborator with Arnold Bennett; Sebastian Hubert Brown (1903–1999) was a former student of the RCM.
  • Original compositions, arrangements and editions.
  • Also containing small amounts of material relating to Thomas Brown (unknown relation) and composer Christopher a Becket Williams (1890–1956).
  • Collection size: 21 boxes, stored off site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Victor Butler

  • Victor Butler, composer active early 20th century.
  • Manuscript collection of songs, choral and solo instrumental music, with some chamber works including a string quartet.
  • Collection size: 1 box, stored on site.

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.
  • Collection size: 1 box, stored on site.

Partly catalogued (MSS 7005-8) in the Additional manuscripts list. Remainder uncatalogued.

Margaret Campbell [Dolmetsch]

  • Research papers of Margaret Campbell (1917–2015) relating to the musical Dolmetsch family, a family with connections to the RCM.
  • Collection size: 10 boxes, stored on site.

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

  • Personal collection of manuscripts, articles, and lecture notes belonging to eminent baritone, composer and former RCM professor Francis Clive Savill Carey (1883-1968).
  • Autograph manuscripts of Coleridge-Taylor, Parry and Warlock amongst others, as well as Carey's own compositions.
  • Collection size: 5 boxes plus c20 volumes, stored on site.

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list.

Mora Carroll

  • Large collection of late 18th- and 19th-century music and books with 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 and her book A survey of English music printing and publishing from Caxton to 1800.
  • Collection size: 11 boxes; 8 boxes stored off site, 3 on site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Carter String Trio

  • Manuscripts formerly used by the Carter String Trio, donated by violinist Mary Carter.
  • Autograph manuscripts by Arnold Cooke, Georges Enesco and Gordon Jacob amongst others.
  • Collection size: 2 boxes, stored on site.

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list.

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.

Chaplin Trio

  • Collection of programmes, flyers, account books and other ephemera relating to this piano trio consisting of Nellie, Kate and Mabel Chaplin (active early 20th century).
  • Collection size: 3 boxes, stored on site.

This collection is listed at

Joan Chissell

  • Former RCM student Joan Chissell (1919–2007) was a writer and lecturer on music.
  • Collection contains books, letters and a distinct collection of papers relating to her work as a music critic and her research into Robert and Clara Schumann as well as other figures.
  • Collection size: 4 boxes, stored off site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Eric Coates

  • Comprehensive collection of autograph manuscripts of important composer of light music (1886–1957), as well as printed editions of his own works and other archival materials.
  • Collection size: 9 boxes and 9 volumes, stored on site.

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list.

Avril Coleridge-Taylor

  • Collection of autograph manuscripts of works composed by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's daughter Avril (1903–1998), with some arrangements of her father's works.
  • Collection size: 5 boxes, stored on site.

This collection is listed at

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

  • Comprehensive collection of autograph manuscripts of one of the RCM's earliest student composers (1875–1912).
  • Collection size: 1 box, stored on site.

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list

HC Colles (Grove's Dictionary)

  • Henry Cope Colles (1879-1943), former RCM student, revised Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians in the 3rd and 4th editions.
  • Large amount of correspondence relating to the 4th edition of Grove.  Letters from Colles requesting information, and letters to Colles providing information and suggesting amendments.
  • Collection size: 7 boxes, stored on site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Lawrance Collingwood

  • Collection of autograph manuscripts of conductor and composer Lawrance Collingwood (1887-1982).
  • Collection size: 7 boxes and 6 volumes, stored on site.

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 Benjamin Cooke (1734–1793) along with copies of his works by other composers.
  • Collection size: c30 volumes, stored on site.

This collection is fully catalogued in the main library catalogue.

Alfred Redgrave Cripps

  • Alfred Redgrave Cripps, former RCM Scholar (1882–1950).  Collection of original works (mostly songs) in manuscript, printed and proof form
  • Collection size: 2 boxes, stored on site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Adrian Cruft

  • Complete archive of manuscripts, correspondence and business papers from composer and former RCM student and professor Adrian Cruft (1921–1987).
  • Collection size: 30 boxes of manuscripts, stored on site.  Letters, diaries and other ephemera stored off site.
  • Stored off site

Manuscripts catalogued on the Additional manuscripts list.

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.

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Edward Dannreuther

  • Edward Dannreuther (1844–1905), 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: 5 boxes, stored on site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Harold Darke

  • Harold Darke (1888–1976), composer and organist who studied and taught at the Royal College of Music.
  • Collection of autograph manuscripts, presented to the College by his son, and a collection of concert and recital programmes.
  • Concert and recital programmes collection held off-site.

The manuscript collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list.

Fanny Davies

  • Collection of annotated scores of chamber music by Brahms and Schumann from the collection of celebrated pianist Fanny Davies (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 former RCM Directors Keith Falkner (between 1931 and 1993) and David Willcocks (1966–1982). Includes some concert programmes.
  • Collection size: 2 boxes, stored on site.

Norman Del Mar

  • Collection of orchestral parts for his own compositions and programme notes by this well-known conductor (1919-1994) 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, stored on site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Dewar / Sevcik

  • Violinist and composer Evelyn Dewar studied in Prague before returning to Scotland immediately prior to the Second World War.  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

  • Dutch composer (1887–1936) who worked in London, and a strong influence on composers such as Warlock, Moeran and Lambert.
  • Extensive collection of manuscript editions by Denis ApIvor, who presented the collection. 

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 the Second World War.

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: 3 boxes, stored on site.

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, stored on site.

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.
  • Includes manuscripts by Maconchy, Müller-Hartmann, Dodgson, Champion, Hobson and Somers-Cocks.
  • Collection size: manuscripts on site, plus 3 boxes of printed music, tape recordings and other printed material (including Leith Hill memorabilia) stored off site.

The manuscript collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list.

Rupert Erlebach

  • Rupert Erlebach (1894–1978), 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.
  • Small collection of manuscripts
  • Collection size: 1 box, stored on site.

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list.

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: 1 box, stored on site.

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, stored on site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Louis von der Finck (ex Boosey & Hawkes)

  • Autograph manuscripts & some printed scores. Uncle of Herman Finck.
  • Collection size: 2 boxes, stored on site.

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 Reverend Maurice Frost (1888–1961) and bequeathed by him to the Royal School of Church Music (who subsequently placed it on deposit at the RCM).
  • Collection size: 538 items, stored on site.

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 (1901–1990).

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Oliver Horsley Gotch

  • Small collection of manuscripts by this early/mid 20th-century physician, artist and amateur composer (1889–1974).

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

Ralph Greaves

  • Ralph Greaves (1889-1966), British composer and arranger.
  • Music manuscripts.
  • Collection size: 1 box, stored on site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Herbert Griffiths

  • Herbert Griffiths (1899-1969), British composer, arranger and organist
  • Music manuscripts.
  • Collection size: 5 boxes and 1 score, stored on site.

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).
  • Collection stored on site.

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
  • Cornish composer (1929-2013) of operas and chamber music, who studied at the RCM with Herbert Howells and Patrick Hadley.
  • Collection size: 4 boxes, stored on site.

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, stored on site.

Harrison Sisters handlist

Thomas Henderson

  • Collection of manuscripts of orchestral, chamber and instrumental music by former RCM student.
  • Collection size: 3 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

Handlist of miscellanea.

Leslie Heward

  • Collection of manuscripts by this composer and conductor (1897–1943).
  • Collection size: 4 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.

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: 4 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: c250 items

Card catalogue available.

Ibbs & Tillett Collection

  • Substantial archive, c1920–70, 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

  • Ifor James (1931–2004), horn player and teacher, numbering among his pupils many future principal horns and horn professors .
  • Collection size: 1 box, stored on site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Francis Jefferies

  • Music manuscripts.
  • Collection size: 1 box, stored on site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Alan Jefferson

  • Collection size: 7 boxes, stored on site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Percy Kahn

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

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Basil Lam

  • Basil Lam (1914 - 1984), harpsichordist, early music scholar and BBC Radio 3 (Third Programme) producer 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.
  • Collection of programme notes and scripts of radio talks

See MSS 7322 & 7323 on the Additional manuscripts list.

John Lambert

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

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, stored on site.

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

Vally Lasker

  • Vally Lasker (1885-1978) 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 Head of Music. 
  • Music manuscripts of Holst, Vaughan Williams, etc. Not kept as a collection.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Remo Lauricella

  • 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 Orchestra.
  • Collection size: 20 boxes plus LPs, stored on site.

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

  • Samuel Liddle (1867-1951), British composer and pianist who 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: 1 box, stored on site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Charles Thornton Lofthouse

  • 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, stored on site.

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: 2 boxes, stored on site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Joe Loss

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

This collection is listed in the main library catalogue

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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: 1 box, stored on site.

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

  • Angus Morrison (1902-1989) English pianist and teacher at RCM (1926–72). 
  • 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: 3 folders, stored on site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Music Publishers' Catalogues

  • c2,000 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

  • 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, stored on site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

National Music Council (NMC) Archive

  • Collection size: 2 boxes and 1 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, stored on site.

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

  • Norman O'Neill (1875–1934), composer best known for his works for the theatre. Son of the Irish painter George Bernard O'Neill. He married Adine Berthe Maria Ruckert, celebrated pianist and music teacher in her own right.
  • Substantial collection of autograph manuscripts.
  • Collection size: 3 boxes, stored on site.

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.

P-R

Pamphlets

  • Collection of pamphlets, 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

  • Clifton Parker (1905–1989) English composer, 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

  • Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848–1918) English composer, teacher and historian of music. Best known for Jerusalem, and his 1902 coronation anthem I was glad. Second Director of the RCM.
  • Manuscripts of musical compositions, lectures and correspondence of Sir Hubert Parry, 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 is listed 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

  • Dora Mary Powell, nee Penny (1874-1964) became acquainted with the Elgars and was characterised as 'Dorabella' in Variation X of the Enigma Variations.
  • Diaries and letters.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Mary Ramsay

  • Mary Ramsay, singer and RCM alumna.
  • Programmes and newspaper cuttings, etc, charting Ramsay's career from 1912–1956.
  • Collection size: 12 scrapbooks, stored on site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

William H Reed

  • William H Reed (1876–1942), violinist and composer who was a friend of Elgar, led the London Symphony Orchestra and taught at the RCM.
  • Collection of autograph manuscripts and a few scripts for talks.
  • Stored on site. 

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

William Leonard Reed

  • William Leonard 'Will' Reed (1910-2002), English composer and pianist, who studied composition with Herbert Howells and conducting with Constant Lambert
  • Collection of autograph manuscripts.
  • Collection size: 8 boxes.

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list.

Percy Rideout

  • Percy Rideout (1868-1956), organist and composer who studied at the RCM and played at the West London Synagogue for over 50 years.
  • Collection of autograph manuscripts, letters, programmes, articles.

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list.

Tony Roberts

  • Tony Roberts,  Wolverhampton-based composer.
  • Small collection of manuscript music.
  • Collection size: 1 box, stored on site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Jasper Rooper

  • Jasper Rooper (1898-1981), composer and former RCM student.
  • Small collection of autograph manuscripts.
  • Collection size: 4 boxes plus sets.

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list.

Dudley & Matilda Rothwell

  • Diaries, etc.
  • Collection size: 7 boxes and 8 books, stored on site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Frederick Rothwell

  • Frederick Rothwell (1853-1944) was responsible for rebuilding many organs connected with Walford Davies.
  • 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, stored on site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Royal College of Music History

  • Photographs and prints (views and events): c600 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

  • Leonard Salzedo (1921–2000), violinist and composer who studied at the RCM and had a number of symphonic works championed by Beecham in the 1950s.
  • Substantial collection of manuscripts, printed copies and performance material (including orchestral parts).
  • Collection size: 8 boxes and 22 folders, stored on site.

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

  • Albert Sammons (1886–1957), composer and violinist active in the Beecham orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra and Diaghilev's Ballets Russes.
  • Music manuscripts and cadenza for Beethoven's violin concerto.
  • Collection size: 1 box, stored on site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Malcolm Sargent

  • Malcolm Sargent (1895–1967), a protege of Henry Wood, became a renowned conductor of the Halle Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and, from 1948–1967, chief conductor of the Proms.
  • The working collection of Sir Malcolm Sargent, comprising full scores, vocal scores and orchestral parts, stored in the orchestral stack on site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Cyril Scott

  • Cyril Scott (1879–1970), English composer, writer and pianist, whose orchestral works received a number of performances in Britain and Europe up to the end of the 1940s.
  • Collection of piano pieces and songs.
  • Collection size: 1 box, stored on site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Marion Scott

  • Marion Scott (1877–1953), English musicologist closely associated with the RCM. Founder of the Society for Women Musicians in 1911, and led the Morley College orchestra for a number of years.
  • 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 2 scrapbooks, stored on site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Humphrey Searle

  • Humphrey Searle (1915–1982), English composer and writer on music. Searle was a music producer for the BBC from 1938–1946, and thereafter was associated with a number of British organisations for modern music.
  • Letters, papers and photographs.
  • Collection size: 6 boxes and 5 scrapbooks, stored on site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Christopher Shaw

  • Christopher Shaw (1924–1995), English composer who studied at New College Oxford and subsequently at the RCM with R O Morris. Shaw was an early British exponent of serialism after WWII.
  • Collection size: 2 boxes and 2 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: 9 boxes plus books, stored on site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

Victor Silvester

  • Victor Silvester (1900–1978) was an English author, musician and bandleader from the dance band era.
  • Collection of books, music and recordings.

An incomplete database is available on the main library catalogue.

Ethel Smyth

  • Ethel Smyth (1858–1944), English composer, author and member of the Women's Suffrage Movement, and the first female composer to be awarded a damehood (1922).
  • Letters and postcards.
  • Stored on site.

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.
  • Letters, SWM papers, concert fixtures.
  • Collection size: 5 boxes, stored on site.

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list.

Arthur Somervell

  • Arthur Somervell (1863–1937) studied at the RCM under Parry, and later became Inspector of Music to the Board of Education.
  • Small collection of autograph manuscripts.
  • Collection size: 5 boxes, stored on site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available

John Stainer

  • John Stainer (1840–1901), organist and educator, who had been Principal of the RCM’s predecessor, the National Training School for Music.  Pioneer of English musicology, it was through his initiative that the Musical Association was founded in 1874.
  • Small collection of autograph manuscripts and papers.
  • Stored on site.

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list.

Charles Villiers Stanford

  • Charles Villiers Stanford (1852–1924), Anglo-Irish composer who was the RCM's first professor of composition.
  • Collection of autograph manuscripts, principally full scores of operas, choral and orchestral works.  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

  • Edward Taylor (1784–1863), bass singer and writer on music, founder of the Norwich Triennial Festival in 1824.
  • Collection of autograph manuscripts and lecture scripts.
  • Stored on site.

Edward Taylor manuscripts handlist

Charles Sanford Terry

  • CS Terry (1834–1936) was descended from a family of doctors, but read history at Cambridge and studied music in his spare time. Known as a Bach scholar, he went on to found college choral societies at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Durham and Aberdeen universities.
  • Collection of research materials of historian and Bach scholar relating to various members of the Bach family. Includes reproductions of several works destroyed in the Second World War, copies of his editions and translations, and scores from his library.
  • Collection size: 1 box stored on site, 11 boxes stored off site.

This collection is listed on the Additional manuscripts list.

Thames TV Archive

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

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.
  • Collection size: 6 shelves of material, stored on site.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

V-Z

Vaughan Williams

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958), English composer, writer, teacher and conductor, and a key figure in the 20th-century revival of British folk music.
  • Collection of manuscripts, letters and papers.
  • Stored on site.

 

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 the Second World War and conducted by Reginald Goodall.

No catalogue or handlist yet available.

John Wilson Collection

  • Hymnology.

This collection is fully catalogued in the main library catalogue.

Stanley Wilson

  • Stanley Wilson (1899–1953), English composer who studied with Stanford and Adrian Boult and was appointed music master at Ipswich Grammar School, a post he held until 1945 when he was appointed Director of Music at Dulwich College.
  • Collection of autograph manuscripts.

No catalogue or handlist yet available

Nicanor Zabaleta 

  • Nicanor Zabaleta (1907–1993), Basque harpist considered one of the finest virtuosos of the 20th century, who did much to promote the harp and its repertoire.
  • The personal music library of Zabaleta, presented to the RCM by his widow. The collection of c 2000 items includes many works written for him. Collection includes both manuscripts and printed music, and orchestral parts.
  • 3 bays of material, stored on site.

Zabaleta solos A-M handlist

Zabaleta solos M-Z handlist

Zabaleta orchestra handlist

Zabaleta various handlist

Zabaleta various solos handlist

Zabaleta various orchestra handlist