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Elvey family and Skeats family

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS 944
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Elvey family and Skeats family
Date(s): c1815-1840
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 5 boxes
Name of creator(s): Elvey | family
Skeats | family
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Stephen Elvey was born in 1805 in Canterbury and was trained as a chorister at the Cathedral under Highmore Skeats. In 1830 he became organist at New College Oxford and then at St Mary's University Church and St John's College. He composed a few, yet significant, pieces of sacred music including Evening Service in Continuation of Croft's Morning Service in A (1825) and The Psalter, or Canticles and Psalms of David (Parker and Co, Oxford, 1856). He died in 1860.

Stephen Elvey's younger brother, George, was born in 1816 in Canterbury. Also an organist George attended the Royal Academy and graduated from New College Oxford in 1838 when he was appointed organist to St George's Chapel. George Elvey composed church music as well as teaching several members of the Royal family. He was knighted in 1871 and died in 1893.


Scope and content/abstract:

Compositions by Stephen and George Elvey as well as Highmore Skeats, the younger and the elder, c1815-1840?

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Access to the items in the collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the controlled environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room Uncatalogued material may not be seen. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

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Passed to special collections from the Music Library.

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Date(s) of descriptions:
2000-03-15 Joseph Gelfer

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