File DMJ/1/1 - Letters from Dennis Jones, chiefly to Thomas and Alice Pitfield

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GB GB1179 DMJ-DMJ/1-DMJ/1/1

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Letters from Dennis Jones, chiefly to Thomas and Alice Pitfield

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  • 1984-2000 (Creation)

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(c.1930-2003)

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Dr Dennis McKay Jones (d.2003) qualified as a medical practitioner in 1954, in London. He practiced as a coroner in Saskatchewan, Canada, and was a member of the British Association for Homeopathy, and the Royal Society of Medicine. He lived at Marden Mill, Marden, Devizes. Jones was working as a physician at the Harley Street Clinic in London when he first met Thomas and his wife, Alice, Pitfield at the UK Vegetarian Society's conference in 1984. A friendship was struck, and correspondence was begun in 1984 which lasted until the death of Thomas Pitfield in 1999. Copies of letters sent by Jones were retained by Jones and form a part of this collection. It appears that the last letter which Jones sent to the Pitfield home was to Alice, shortly after the death of her husband. Throughout the fifteen year friendship, Jones collected concert programmes, exhibition leaflets, published works (both literary and musical) by Thomas Pitfield, and biographical articles on Pitfield which were published in national newspapers and magazines; many of these items are contained in this collection. Jones continued to collect items after the death of Thomas Pitfield: items include an order of service for the funeral mass, and the obituaries from various national newspapers. Thomas Pitfield (1903-1999) was a composer (as well as a poet, artist, writer and teacher); he studied for a year at the RMCM in 1924 and at the Bolton School of Art from 1930-4. He returned to the RMCM in 1947 and taught composition there until 1973. The RNCM Archive already holds a Pitfield collection, which contains Music MSS, drawings, sketches, painting, poetry & other output of the composer. It can be surmised that it is Pitfield's connection with the RNCM that Jones requested that his collection of papers relating to Pitfield be donated to there following his (Jones's) death.

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Letters sent by Dennis Jones from the outset of his friendship with the Pitfields. Includes copies of newspaper articles; copies of Thomas Pitfield's music scores; and several copies of a form for the nomination of candidates for the Prime Minister's Honours List, with related notes.

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