Series NSM/1 - Council Minute Book

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Council Minute Book


  • 2 Nov 1943-13 Apr 1976 (Creation)

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approx. 75 ff. (unfoliated)

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Minutes of the Council of the Northern School of Music, and of Annual General Meetings of the Company. Meetings were held roughly quarterly. The Council was appointed in 1943 as per clause 29 of the Articles of Association. Ida Carroll was the secretary, and the minutes are (almost entirely) in her hand. The first meeting conducted such official business as the agreement of assignation of the Matthay School to the Association, opening of a bank account, arrangements for the first annual general meeting, and honorary officers. Thereafter business included: regulations and funds for scholarships; financial matters including investments, grants from bodies including the Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire Education Commitees, rates and pensions; election of Council members; premises and instruments; affiliation with the University of Manchester, and approval and inspections by the Ministry of Education; institution of the NSM Diploma; arrangements for the annual Distribution of Awards; award of Graduate Status by the authorities' panel of the Burnham committee (July 1952); possible amalgamation with the RMCM (Feb 1956-), relations with the Manchester Education Committee (Nov 1956-) and proposed scheme for support by the local educational authorities; hire of halls for performances; elections to Fellowship; regular reports on the progress of negotiations with the RMCM towards the foundation of the proposed New College of Music; staff; the interim governing body of the new College; the speech and drama department, including exploration with Granada Television over co-operation in an Art Centre; voluntary liquidation (passed Apr 13 1976). Some important letters were copied into the minutes, along with notes of other meetings.

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