Series RMCM/B/1 - General Committee Annual General Meeting minute book

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General Committee Annual General Meeting minute book


  • 1893-1972 (Creation)

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170 pp

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Minutes of the annual meeting of the General Committee - this included all College members (subscribers). Also includes minutes of the extraordinary or special meetings held in June 1898, February 1966 and March 1966 (both the latter on the sealing of proposed agreement for the establishment of the Northern College of Music). All are signed by the President (as Chairman) except for 1971 and 1972. The ordinary business included reports from Council and the Principal, followed by other constitutional and financial matters including tjhe election of members of the Council and approval of the balance sheet and annual account. The minutes include short summaries of the Principal's speech, 1936-1948; a lengthy summary of Chairman and Principal's addresses 1955 and 1956; thereafter there do not appear to have been addresses to the meeting except in 1965 when a distinguished speaker (no summary). A distinguished speaker was first invited in 1932 (Professor Dent 1932; Sir James Baillie (V-C of Leeds University) 1933; Sir Thomas Beecham 1934 etc); this speech was apparently combined with the Principal's speech in 1950. From 1896 lists of diplomas awarded and admission to Associateship are included in the minutes, although individuals cease to be listed by name between 1929 & 1935 inclusive, in 1957 and 1958, and from 1960 until 1972 (they are of course listed in full in the printed Annual Report). Winners of prizes, scholarships and medals were always individually listed in the minutes, as were those admitted to the Fellowship (from its creation in 1923). The meeting concluded with a short programme of music (the performers are usually recorded, but not the repertoire) until 1939; this practice was begun again in 1950 (the performers & repertoire being recorded) and ceased in 1953. Loose sheet of bank balances as at 24th April 1973, and undated apologies, between pp.167-168. The minutes are recorded in manuscript until 1955, and between 1956-1972 are printed.

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