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HAVERGAL, William Henry (1793-1870)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1249 MS 4820
Held at: Royal College of Music
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Full title: HAVERGAL, William Henry (1793-1870)
Date(s): 1844-1870
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 file
Name of creator(s): Havergal | William Henry | 1793-1870 | composer of sacred music


Administrative/Biographical history:

William Henry Havergal, born 1793; educated Merchant Taylors' School, London, and St Edmund Hall, Oxford (BA, 1815; MA, 1819); ordained, 1816; curate at Bristol, Coaley (Gloucs.), 1820, and Astley (Worcs), 1822; appointed rector of Astley, 1829; rector of St Nicholas, Worcester, 1845; retired to the vicarage of Shareshill (Staffs.), 1860; commenced publishing cathedral music in the 1830s; in 1844 he began to produce a series of publications aimed towards the improvement of psalmody; wrote hymns, sacred songs and carols for the periodical Our Own Fireside and selected, harmonized and arranged vocal music; published two volumes of Sermons (London, 1853) and A History of the Old Hundredth Psalm Tune (New York, 1854) as well as other sermons and religious essays; died 1870.


Scope and content/abstract:

Correspondence to the Rev William Henry Havergal, 1844-1868, mainly relating to musical settings of Psalm 100, in particular the tune known as the `Old Hundredth', including correspondence from his son Henry E Havergal, with manuscript copies of musical examples. Includes a notebook of W H Havergal containing a series of short tunes, and a memorial card of W H Havergal, 1870.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Usual conditions of the Library of the Royal College of Music apply. See the RCM website or contact the RCM Library for details.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopying is permitted at the discretion of the Archivist for research purposes only.

Finding aids:

An entry is given in volume 2 of the Manuscripts catalogue in the library of the Royal College of Music.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Donated by Commander C R Havergal, 1976.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Birmingham University Special Collections Department holds miscellaneous papers of W H Havergal, 1816-1886 (Ref: CMS/Acc 95).

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Robert Baxter as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project. Source: article by William Barclay Squire/Nicholas Temperley, Grove Dictionary of Music.

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:
Sep 2001

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