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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/047
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Full title: CITY GLEE CLUB
Date(s): 1853-1953
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 14 production units.
Name of creator(s): City Glee Club


Administrative/Biographical history:

The City Glee Club met at the New Corn Exchange Hotel, Mark Lane and then at the London Tavern, Fenchurch Street. After 1945 it met outside the City. The club met to listen to concerts given by eight professional musicians from the choirs of St Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and the Chapels Royal. It drew much of its early membership from the Civil Club. A glee club met to practice and perform glees and other songs. Glees are a form of English song, for three or more voices, which were usually unaccompanied.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the City Glee Club comprise: minutes, accounts, registers of members and performances, and records relating to the centenary.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The records have been sorted into an order which reflects divisions between the different functions and operations of the organisation and its administration.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information may be subject to access restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records deposited by the City Glee Club in 1954 and were catalogued in the same year by a member of Guildhall Library staff. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

For the Civil Club see CLC/053.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
June to August 2010.

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