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Collection name Nicholas Kilburn Correspondence
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Description Nicholas Kilburn (1843-1923), a pump manufacturer in Bishop Auckland, was awarded the degree of B.Mus. from Cambridge in 1880 and received an honorary D.Mus. from Durham in 1914, in recognition of his contribution to the standard of amateur musical life in the North East of England. The collection consists chiefly of letters to Nicholas Kilburn, together with a few letters to his wife Alice, and several miscellaneous items. The letters are largely concerned with amateur music making, particularly in the North East of England, but also include accounts of music heard during travels on the continent and in America, news of Elgar, and a letter from Eva Wagner settling a point about the correct staging of her father's opera Parsival. Kilburn's correspondents include the British composers Sir Frederick Bridge (1844-1924), Sir George Henschel (1850-1934), and Hamish MacCunn (1816- 1916), and the Americans Horatio Parker (1863-1919) and Bertram Shapleigh (1871-1940)

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Date range 1880 - 1923
Associated People and Organisations Elgar, Edward - MacCunn, Hamish - Bridge, Frederick - Henschel, George (Isidor Georg) - Wagner, Richard - Parker, Horatio - Shapleigh, Bertram - Bishop Auckland Musical Society - Middlesbrough Musical Union - Sunderland Philharmonic Society - Kilburn, Nicholas -
Associated Places Durham
Associated Times 19th Century
Associated Content England Nineteenth century Performer Composers Choirs Orchestras Conductor Western Classical
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Durham University Library

Palace Green, Palace Green Library DURHAM Durham DH1 3RN United Kingdom Open Map
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Collections Overview Music materials form part of a large general academic archive. Music manuscripts include the Dame Ethel Smyth Papers - Early musical compositions of Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944); Durham University Music Exercises - Compositions submitted for degrees, 1891-1980; Else Headlam-Morley Collection - Scores, correspondence etc. of Else Headlam-Morley (1866-1950), composer; Pratt Green Manuscripts - Hymnology.
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Custodial History Purchased at Sotheby's sale, 9 February 1976
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