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Royal College of Music: Vice Director

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1249 Vice Director
Held at: Royal College of Music
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Full title: Royal College of Music: Vice Director
Date(s): 1959-1984
Level of description: Sub fonds of the archives of the RCM
Extent: 47 files
Name of creator(s): Royal College of Music


Administrative/Biographical history:

The position of Vice Director of the RCM was established in 1978, and was frequently used alongside the offices of Registrar and/or Director of Studies. The post is presently called Deputy Director.
The Associated Board (AB) of the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) and the Royal College of Music (RCM) was established in 1889 following a proposal by Alexander McKenzie, the Principal of the RAM, to establish a joint body to conduct examinations in practical and theoretical musical subjects and publish music and pedagogical materials. In addition to the Principal of the RAM and the Director of the RCM, each institution appointed five other members under the chairmanship of Lord Charles Bruce. The Hon Secretary of the RCM became its Honorary Treasurer, and the Registrar of the RCM became Secretary of the AB. The Board became the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music followed the accession of the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama to the Board. The degree of Graduate of the Royal Schools of Music (GRSM) was introduced in 1930.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Vice Director of the Royal College of Music, 1959-1984, comprising minutes of the Keyboard Faculty, 1981-1984; Singing Faculty, 1982-1984; Wind Faculty, 1982-1984; Strings Faculty, 1982-1984; Theory and Composition Faculty, 1981-1984; Associated Board, 1984; general correspondence relating to the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, 1974-1982; minutes of the correspondence relating to the Finance Committee of the Associated Board, 1978-1980; papers relating to the degree of Bachelor of Music, comprising degree results, 1959-1979, and general notices and past examination papers, 1973-1979; entrance and scholarship examinations, 1977-1982; Graduate of the Royal Schools of Music (GRSM) results, 1959-1979; papers relating to the upgrading of the GRSM by the RCM and the Royal Academy of Music, 1975-1979; papers relating to the Junior Department: appeal and jubilee, 1977-1979, and Bursary Committee, 1980-1988; papers relating to Douglas Craig and Jack Forsyth in regard to the Opera School 1978-1980; Orchestral Board papers, 1976-1981; papers relating to the Students' Association, 1976-1983; Exhibitions, 1966-1984; scholarships, 1962-1984; graduation, 1974-1984; professors, 1979-1984; Department of Education and Science, 1977-1984.

Access & Use

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Conditions governing access:

The release of any material will be at the College's sole discretion to bona fide researchers who supply a letter which states their credentials and their relationship (e.g. biographer, genealogist, family member) to the individual concerned and which defines clearly the purpose of their research. Access to non-confidential material will normally be available at the College's discretion and under the supervision of library staff. Direct access to confidential records containing personal or private information will not normally be automatically granted until the death of the correspondents can be reliably established, or 25 years after their creation, whichever is later. Permission of the use of records for aggregate research (e.g. statistical data) will normally be granted provided that such research does not identify individuals. Access to other college records, including minutes and correspondence will normally be granted at the College's discretion.

Conditions governing reproduction:

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

Finding aids:

Researchers should apply to the Archivist for further information on these records.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Internal accumulation by the RCM during the course of business.

Allied Materials

Related material:

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. Sources: article on the Associated Board by David Allanson, Grove Dictionary of Music; The Royal College of Music: a centenary record by H C Coles and John Cruft (Prince Consort Foundation, London, 1982).

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:
Mar 2001

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