Collection CR - Canon Ridgway (who was vicar of Bowdon): material relating to Thomas Pitfield

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GB GB1179 CR

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Canon Ridgway (who was vicar of Bowdon): material relating to Thomas Pitfield

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  • c1951-c1975 (Creation)

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10 items

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(1903-1999)

Biographical history

Thomas Baron Pitfield was born Apr 5 1903 in Bolton. He was a music teacher, composer, 'cellist, pianist, engineer, inventor, artist, calligrapher, woodworker, cabinet maker, book binder, lino print maker,writer, essayist, pacifist, conscientious objector and vegetarian. In his teen years he worked in engineering on leaving school at 14. In 1924 he entered the Royal Manchester College of Music for a year. He taught at Tettenhall College from 1935-1945, becoming composition tutor at the Royal Manchester College of Music in 1947 and latterly the Royal Northern College of Music, retiring in 1973. His numerous compositions included works for orchestra, brass band, chamber ensembles, piano solo, and choral. Pitfield published 2 volumes of autobiography: No Song, No Supper (1986) and A Song After Supper (1991), and many other works. Fuller details of his life can be found in these volumes. He married Alice Astbury, a fellow student at the RMCM, on December 26 1934, and died in 1999.

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Archival history

These items were donated to the RNCM archives by Audrey Ridgway (Canon Ridgway's widow) in May 2010

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Scores, letters and other papers mainly from Thomas Pitfield to Canon Ridgway. In the main the papers relate to Thomas Pitfield's morality play, 'Adam and the Creatures', which was published in 1968. It appears that Maurice Ridgway gave Pitfield advice on the work and the finished work has been dedicated to Ridgway by Pitfield.

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Open

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GB1179

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Final

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Davisom,10/05/2010

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