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National Library of Wales
Groves, Charles, Sir, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 GROVES

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Sir Charles Groves Papers

Short Title: Groves, Charles, Sir, papers

Creation date(s): 1951-1993

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.058 cubic metres (2 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Sir Charles Groves (1915-1992)


Administrative/Biographical history: Sir Charles Groves (1915-1992) studied piano and organ at the RCM. In 1937, while still a student, he accompanied choral rehearsals of Brahms's German Requiem under Toscanini; the following year he joined the BBC as a chorus master. In 1944 he became conductor of the BBC Northern Orchestra, a post he held until 1951, when he he left to become musical director of the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra (Bournemouth SO from 1954). In 1961 he became musical director of the Welsh National Opera, then in 1963 was appointed musical director of the Royal Liverpool PO. From 1967 he combined that position with associate conductorship of the RPO, whom he led on a tour of the USA. From 1978 he worked as a guest conductor with many orchestras in venues around the world. Groves achieved a high reputation as a devoted traditional conductor of a wide repertory, refusing to concentrate on any particular sub-genre. He was particularly noted for his mastery of large-scale works, and was the first English conductor to direct a complete cycle of Mahler symphonies. Like Boult, he supported British composers and made many authoritative recordings, particularly of works by Delius, Vaughan Williams, Sullivan, Jones and Mathias. Groves was twice made president of the ISM, and was president of the National Federation of Music Societies and the National Youth Orchestra. He was knighted in 1973.


Scope and content/abstract: The papers comprise correspondence including letters, 1962-1991, from Daniel Jones to Sir Charles Groves, and letters, 1968-1974, from Grace Williams to Sir Charles Groves; presentation copies, 1954-1987, of Daniel Jones's music scores; printed material, 1951-1974, relating to Daniel Jones and Grace Williams; and press cuttings concerning Daniel Jones, 1984-1993.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged as follows: correspondence; presentation copies (facsimiles) of Daniel Jones music scores; printed material; press cuttings.

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 at NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries, 1999, pp. 41-43. The catalogue can be accessed online.

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All papers have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are unlikely

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Sir Charles Groves's widow Lady Hilary Groves, 12 Camden Square, London, in May 1998.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by J. Graham Jones for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries, 1999, pp. 41-43.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: July 2006

Musicians | Wales
Musicians | Wales | Archives

Personal names
Groves , Charles , 1915-1992
Jones , Daniel , 1912-1993
Williams , Grace , 1906-1977

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