Tag Archives: Letters

“Please send some cocoa”: Hans Keller’s letters from internment

In the summer of 1940, in the face of what seemed the inexorable advance of Nazi Germany across Europe towards English shores, bringing with it the fear of imminent invasion, the British Government decided that it would be expedient to … Continue reading

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Hans Keller, Robbins Landon and the K.543 finale: the “doodle-doodle” letters

Currently, I am having a most engaging time creating a handlist of the letters in the Hans Keller archive and have just reached the bulging file of exchanges between Keller and H. C. Robbins Landon – what a treat! On … Continue reading

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“My beloved spook”: Patrick Hadley and a celebrated anthem

Amongst the holdings of Gonville and Caius College library is a little known collection of archival material relating to three sometime Caian composers: Charles Wood (1866-1926), Geoffrey Shaw (1879-1943), and Patrick Hadley (1899-1973). A recent project to draw up a … Continue reading

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Charles Reynolds: glimpses of a life

Hidden amongst the papers of Lee Thistlethwaite, deposited by his son Frank, stored in the treasure house that is the Anderson Room basement at the UL, I came across a battered envelope labelled “letters to Mr. Reynolds, oboe player in the Hallé”.  … Continue reading

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