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RAINBOW, Bernarr (1914-1998)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0366 RW
Held at: Institute of Education
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Full title: RAINBOW, Bernarr (1914-1998)
Date(s): 1940s-1990s
Level of description: collection
Extent: 22 boxes; 4 packets; 1 roll
Name of creator(s): Rainbow | Bernarr | 1914-1998 | teacher and musicologist
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Bernarr Rainbow (1914-1998) trained at Trinity College of Music and was appointed Organist and Choirmaster of High Wycombe Parish Church and Senior Music Master at the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe in 1944. In 1952 he became Director of Music at the teacher training College of S. Mark and S. John in Chelsea, transferring to Gypsy Hill College of Education in 1972 and then becoming Head of Music at Kingston Polytechnic. He retired in 1978. Rainbow researched, wrote and published extensively on music education and historical musicology, becoming a distinguished scholar of the history of music education and gaining three postgraduate degrees from the University of Leicester. He wrote a biography of John Curwen (1816-1880), the inventor of the tonic sol-fa method of singing, and founded the Curwen Institute to promote his work. He was President of the Campaign for the Defence of the Traditional Cathedral Choir which resisted the introduction of women and in 1996 he established the Bernarr Rainbow Award for School Music Teachers.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Bernarr Rainbow, [1940-1998], including photographs, personalia, music manuscripts, sound recordings, drafts of published and unpublished works, and a small amount of correspondence.

Access & Use

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Conditions governing access:

Open. Apply to Archivist.

Conditions governing reproduction:

A reader wishing to publish any quotation of information, including pictorial, derived from any archive material must apply in writing for prior permission from the Librarian or other appropriate person(s) as indicated by the Archivist. A limited number of photocopies may be supplied at the discretion of the Archivist.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited by Professor Peter Dickinson, via the John Curwen Society, in 1999.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Bernarr Rainbow's collection of books on music education, including many rare volumes and his own publications, is also held by the Institute of Education Library.

Some family papers have been deposited at Hampton Court Palace.

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Date(s) of descriptions:
Created 12/2/1999, modified 12/6/2000

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