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Collection name Basil Harwood Archive
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Description The executors of Basil Harwood lodged many manuscript and printed copies of his music with the RSCM. Reprints of the choral music under licence is permitted.

Manuscript music
Printed music
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Associated People and Organisations Harwood, Basil -
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Associated Content England Nineteenth century Twentieth century Composers Western Classical
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Royal School of Church Music

19, The Close Salisbury Wiltshire SP1 2EB United Kingdom Open Map
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Collections Overview The library of the RSCM originates with the personal library of Sir Sydney Nicholson, founder of the School of English Church Music. Large bequests were also received from the estate of Noel Ponsonby, organist of Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford, and from Lady Mary Trefusis, Secretary of the Church Music Society. In 1946 the library was named the Colles Library after H. C. Colles, music critic of The Times and former SECM tutor. Further significant gifts and bequests were made by H. Bacon Smith of Leeds and Dr. J. H. Arnold, plainsong expert and RSCM tutor. Following the 1954 move to Addington Palace anonymous donors gave the complete works of H. Sch├╝tz, Music Britannica and Purcell Society editions. The late Revd. Maurice Frost, noted hymnologist, bequeathed to the RSCM his collection of c.200 rare hymn books, mostly English, but some French and German also. In 1979 the library acquired the personal collection of the late Gerald Knight, RSCM Director from 1952 to 1973. The collection comprises printed music: church music (including early editions), organ music, hymnbooks, psalters, plainsong, vocal scores; Books: liturgy, hymnody, plainsong, plainsong accompaniment, church music history, choir training and choir management; Collected Editions: EECM, Tudor Church Music, Musica Britannica, Purcell Society, Handel.
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Accrual Status Closed collection
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Custodial History RSCM The executors of Basil Harwood
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