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Collection Title
Adrian Cruft (1980-1991)
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A miscellaneous collection of loose papers relating to the English composer Adrian Cruft (1921–87), including three folders of material concerning performances of Cruft’s music, seemingly organized by his wife Jocelyn and given at church venues in London on 11 February and 15 October 1988 and 14 October 1989.

The collection also contains a package of material – including a number of concert programmes – relating to the Royal College of Music, where Cruft was a Professor of Composition.

1. Concerts of Music by Cruft
Each of the folders includes multiple copies of the handbills with programmes, wordbooks (including translations where appropriate) and biographical notes on the performers (with photographs). They are accompanied by a large amount of handwritten and printed correspondence. The concert on 11 February 1988 was given at St. George's Church, Hanover Square. Those on 15 October 1988 and 14 October 1989 were held at St. Mary's Church, Church Road, Barnes.

11 February 1988: Recital in Tribute to Adrian Cruft, given by Brian Rayner Cook (baritone) and Antony Sanders (piano).
15 October 1988: Ionian Singers (directed by Timothy Salter) with the Albany Trio (Judith Fitton, Sarah Francis and Colin Parr).
14 October 1989: Der-Shin Hwang (mezzo) and Philip Thomas (piano) with the Victoria Brass Quintet. The handbill for this performance includes very brief contextual notes on the two pieces by Cruft included in the programme (Song of Good Counsel/Fantasia, The Horse Trough).

2. Royal College of Music
This parcel includes programmes for the President's Concerts given in the Concert Hall on the Royal College of Music on 27 November 1980, 26 November 1981 and 2 December 1987. Each performance began with a Fanfare by Cruft and each programme includes a list of the Patrons of the College and a record of those being awarded prizes.

Additional programmes are as follows.
7 November 1986: Gala Evening to mark the opening of the Britten Opera Theatre, featuring operatic excerpts sung by 'Celebrity Guest Artists formerly students of the College' and Act III of Benjamin Britten, A Midsummer Night's Dream, given by the Royal College of Music Opera School and Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by James Lockhart. This item forms part of a souvenir programme for three performances given between 5 and 7 November to mark the opening of the theatre, which includes detailed information regarding the programmes and their performers (including lists of the choral and orchestral ensembles and biographical notes with photographs), extensive programme notes and a list of Patrons and sponsors/donors.
13 February 1991: Concert in Memory of Adrian Cruft (proposed programme only).
Date range of collection
1980 - 1991
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Not Specific

Location Details

Royal College of Music, Library
Prince Consort Road London SW7 2BS United Kingdom
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020 7591 4323
020 7589 7740
Visiting Information
Loans of performance sets to individual societies or persons; binding; reprographics; photocopying; microform printing
Collections Overview
Founded in 1883, the RCM Library primarily supports the performance, study and research of RCM members. It is also open to the public for reference and research. It contains some 300,000 items, including significant collections of early printed and manuscript material from the 16th to 19th centuries, given to the College upon its foundation, specifically the Libraries of the Sacred Harmonic Society and of the Concerts of Ancient Music. Donations since have included autographs of composers of international renown, amongst them Beethoven, Chopin, Haydn, Mozart and Schubert, as well as manuscripts and archives of major British composers. Although a British bias is apparent, the collection also has significant German and Italian manuscripts and early printed holdings. Later acquisitions of printed music include large quantities of out-of-print material, and sizeable collections of performance sets. Audio-visual holdings and the RCM's own sound archive's are also extensive.
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council