Series RMCM/A/3 - College of Music minute books

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College of Music minute books


  • 1891-1904 (Creation)

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Preliminary minute book (1891-1892) includes letters, newspaper clippings, meeting notes. College of Music minute book: pp.1-97 Minutes of the meetings of the Executive committee (roughly fortnightly) and ad hoc subcommittees. Minutes of the foundation meeting of 4th May 1892 not included. Subcommittees were appointed on Jun 1st for the appointment of a Secretary; and Jun 14th for the appointment of the Principal (Withers and Halle appointed respectively). Dr A.W. Ward was the first temporary chairman until July 26th when he declined the offer of a more permanent appointment (he "felt himself compelled to decline....he was not a musical man"); Charles E. Lees was then appointed.. During June and July 1892 the committee considered staffing; the appeal for funds (draft circular p.16, final version p.33, press appeals p.31) and other financial matters; co-ordination with Owens College; a constitution (epitome of draft constitution p.39); premises - both Ardwick Hall and the Gentlemen's Concert Hall were rejected, before Charles Lees offered on 14th February 1893 to buy premises in Ducie Street and to present them to the College (p.93). Public meetings were also held in Manchester and Oldham (pp.47-49), Bolton (pp.59-64), and Kendal (pp.68-76 passim) during the summer of 1892. By the first meeting of the general committee (ie all subscribers of the College) on October 7th the Executive were able to report on their work so far (p.35). At the 2nd meeting on February 27th 1893 (p.94-) the College Council was appointed and the executive committee made its final report (summarised in a press cutting p.96). pp.98-101 Draft (pencil) minutes of the 1st meeting of the Council of the College of Music (not signed), 1st March 1893. Dr Ward was appointed Chairman (despite his earlier protestations), Charles Heywood the Vice-Chairman, Charles E. Lees Treasurer, and Gustav Behrens the Hon. Secretary. Subcommittees on premises and staffing were appointed, and fortnightly meetings were proposed. Minutes of the Council are continued by the Council Minute Book (RMCM/C/1/1). pp.102-150 General papers relating to the work of the Council concerning the early years of the Manchester College of Music, including: press (national & local) notices June-Oct 1893 (pp.102-115); samples of form letters: Council meeting, offer of employment as Professor, entrance examination invitation, timetable, subscription payment request; press cuttings (6) concerning the start of the second term (between pp.119-120); examination paper Feb 1894 (p.122); press-cuttings concerning the petition for a Royal Charter in early 1894, including the final version of the petition to Privy Council (pp.123-134); press-cuttings and a programme relating to Summer concerts, 1894 (pp.136-140, 142); advertisements for the second and third years (pp.141 and 143 respectively); assorted press-cuttings on the award of the first diplomas [1896] (p.143), the appointment of staff, (between 143-144), notice of the 11th AGM, 1904 (pp.143-4); examination papers in harmony, counterpoint & composition, July 1895 - papers 1-7 (2 copies of each of papers 4-7 inclusive) (between pp.149-150). pp.151-200 Blank.

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