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Williams, Grace, musical manuscripts

Reference code(s): GB 0210 GRAAMS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Grace Williams Musical Manuscripts

Short Title: Williams, Grace, musical manuscripts

Creation date(s): 1826-1997 (mainly 1928-1970)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.657 cubic metres (47 boxes, 13 volumes, 2 folders)

Name of creator(s): Grace Williams; Vivien Cutting


Administrative/Biographical history: Grace Williams (1906-1977), composer, from Barry, Glamorgan, studied music at University College, Cardiff, the Royal College of Music in London, with Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gordon Jacob, and in Vienna with the composer Egon Wellesz. She became a teacher at Camden School for Girls, as well as a visiting lecture at Southlands College of Education. After the Second World War she worked for the Schools Department of the BBC until retiring due to ill health in 1947. S he became a part-time member of staff at the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. She wrote songs, arrangements and incidental music, often as commissions. In 1966, she was awarded the John Edwards Memorial Prize. She died in 1977. She was a close friend of Vivien Cutting, teacher and poet, a fellow-teacher at Southlands College, Wimbledon Park. Her papers passed to her sister, Mrs Marian Glyn Evans.


Scope and content/abstract: Musical manuscripts of the composer Grace Williams, [1928]-1992, including orchestral scores of her works, [1932]-1973, concertos for solo instruments and orchestra, 1950-1973; scripts and scores for narrator and orchestra, 1946-1963; incidental and chamber music scores, [1930s]-1970; choral music scores [1928]-1975; film and incidental music, 1948-1970; personal and miscellaneous papers, 1826-1936; and poetry by Vivien Cutting, 1947-[1967]; note on the papers, by A. J. Heward Rees, 1997.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged by type and date.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed online.

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history: Some of the papers were held at the Welsh Music Information Centre, University College, Cardiff.

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Mrs Marian Glyn Evans between 1987 and 1997.


Related material: Further papers of Grace Williams are in NLW, Guild for the Promotion of Welsh Music Papers.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. The fonds contains some earlier papers collected by Grace Williams pre-dating her birth, and notes on the papers added after her death.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of the description: NLW, Schedule of Grace Williams Musical Manuscripts; Stevens Meic (ed.), The Arts in Wales (Welsh Arts Council, 1979). A bibliography and list of recordings can be found in Boyd, Malcom, Grace Williams (Cardiff, 1996).

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2 and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: April 2003

Ballets | Wales | 20th century
Choruses, Secular | Wales | 20th century
Composers | Wales | 20th century
Composers | Wales | Manuscripts
Concertos | Wales | 20th century
Dramatic music | Wales | 20th century
Music | Wales | 20th century
Orchestral music | Wales | 20th century
Poetry, Modern | 20th century
Williams, Grace, | 1906-1977 | Archives
Williams, Grace, | 1906-1977 | Manuscripts

Personal names
Cutting , Vivien
Williams , Grace , 1906-1977

Corporate names

Barry (Wales)
Cardiff (Wales)

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