Collection RHS - Roy Heaton Smith Collection

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Roy Heaton Smith Collection


  • 1943-2012 (Creation)

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71 items

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Name of creator


Biographical history

Roy Heaton Smith (1928-2014) was born in Middleton, Manchester. In 1950 he won a scholarship to study at the Royal Manchester College of Music with Richard Hall, with whom he had been taking private composition lessons. As well as composing, he became Head of Music at Queen Elizabeth High School, Middleton, in 1960.

Archival history

These items were donated to the RNCM Archives by Roy's wife, Mari Heaton Smith (nee Jones) in December 2012.

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Scope and content

The main body of the collection comprises virtually the complete works of Roy Heaton Smith in full score (RHS/01-RHS/67).
The collection also includes note books, musical sketches, concert programmes, computer printouts, and other miscellaneous items (RHS/68-RHS/71).
Where information about a work (e.g. opus numbers) appears in sqaure brackets, this indicates that such information has been inferred from the composer's works list (RHS/69).

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None expected

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Arranged by opus number

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The scores comprising the main body of the collection are mostly unpublished. Most are autograph MSs or photographic copies thereof. Several scores are typeset and printed and/or published. In many cases there are multiple copies of a single score. The miscellaneous items at the end of the collection comprise a mixture of manuscripts, photocopies, and printed originals.
Most items are annotated to some extent.

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Volunteer - William Marshall




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