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University of Toronto Music Library Aldeburgh Connection fonds
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Aldeburgh Connection fonds

  • CA OTUFM 43
  • Fonds
  • 1979-2018

Fonds consists of the administrative, financial, and performance records of the Aldeburgh Connection. Most of the fonds consists of materials created for, and as a result of, each concert produced by the Aldeburgh Connection, including promotional materials, scripts, annotated scores, correspondence, research notes, and reviews. The fonds also contains textual materials from the production of the Aldeburgh Connection’s recording projects, promotional events, board minutes, complete financial records, and correspondence regarding their fundraising efforts.

Aldeburgh Connection

Governance and finance records

Series consists of the administrative and financial records of the Aldeburgh Connection, including newsletters; correspondence regarding private donations, corporate funding, and government grants; financial ledgers and budgets; and, board minutes. As a registered charity, the Aldeburgh Connection was dependent upon donations, funding, and grants, in addition to revenue from ticket sales, to support each concert season. Donations after the end of the Aldeburgh Connection concerts in 2013 were given in support of the organization’s archival project, which included the creation of an online archive of sound recordings, digitized programs, and a database of their performance repertoire. The series also includes the letters of incorporation for “The Aldeburgh Connection Concert Society” and early promotional material used to obtain funding.

Board formation

File contains the letters patent of incorporation for “The Aldeburgh Connection Concert Society” and related correspondence; documents pertaining to their tax exempt status as a registered charity; and board member lists from 1986, 1990, 1994, 2008, and 2018.

Fundraising : Royal Bank of Canada foundation

File contains correspondence regarding two grants for support of the Discovery Series (including performances at the Bayfield Festival of Song and recital in Walter Hall and at the Arts and Letters Club) and for support of the Archiving Project.

Fundraising : other foundations

File contains a list of possible foundations for funding, and correspondence from various one-time donors, including The Bel Canto Foundation, IBM Matching Grant, George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation, Morgan Bank of Canada, George Lunan Foundation, and Iain W. Scott.

Financial papers : various early

File contains the Aldeburgh Connection’s ledger, which contains records of their disbursements, receipts, bank debits and credits, ticket sales, donations, performer fees, venue rentals, promotional costs, grants, and budgets.

Financial : rental of performing space

File contains invoices, rental agreements, and correspondence with the Faculty of Music regarding the rental of Walter Hall, which was used for the Aldeburgh Connection's Sunday Afternoon Concert Series.

Financial : governments

File contains correspondence regarding funding grants with the Canadian High Commission (London, England); the Ministry of Citizenship and Culture (Ontario); the Ontario Arts Council; the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto; and the Toronto Arts Council.

Board minutes

File contains minutes for the Aldeburgh Connection’s Board of Directors’ bi-annual meetings (Spring and Fall), including the artistic directors’ (Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata) update and plans for the following season and financial reports. As part of one of the later meetings, the file also includes a report on the design and development of the Aldeburgh Connection archive.

Early promotional material

File contains two reports that include the history of the organization, expenses, and audience response analysis. The reports were used to apply for funding for the organization.

Fundraising : Canadian Aldeburgh foundation

File contains correspondence from the Canadian Aldeburgh Foundation to the Aldeburgh Connection. The Canadian Aldeburgh Foundation, a separate entity from the Aldeburgh Connection, was established in 1975 (letters patent obtained on September 4, 1975) under the patronage of Sir Peter Pears by Françoise and Marshall Sutton to provide travel bursaries to Canadian students to attend the Britten-Pears Young Artists' Programme in Aldeburgh, England. It was renamed the Art Song Foundation of Canada (ASFC) in 2015. The Canadian Aldeburgh Foundation contributed funds to support Aldeburgh Connection publicity and various concerts at the beginning of the Aldeburgh Connection's existence. The file also contains correspondence regarding charitable foundation sponsorship.

Promotional events and free concerts

Series consists of records pertaining to various promotional events and free concerts produced by the Aldeburgh Connection. The series includes materials for one concert by Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata prior to the official formation of the Aldeburgh Connection concert series, “Opera in the Drawing Room” (January 14, 1979). Each file consists of programs, scripts, scores annotated by Ralls and Ubukata, set and lighting designs, posters, and reviews.

Archive launch

File contains a record of donors, correspondence, guest list, invitations, and programs for the launch event of the Aldeburgh Connection archive, held at Massey College on October 17, 2015.

Opera in the drawing room

File includes a program, correspondence, speaking and research notes, and annotated scores for a concert by Barbara Ianni, Deborah Milsom, Theresa Lee Ryan, Robert Grenier, John Lehr, James McLean, Daniel Neff, Bruce Ubukata, and Stephen Ralls at Hart House. The file also includes one page of music with three handwritten measures of Franz Schubert’s Ständchen for alto, tenor, and bass voices.

Various free concerts

File contains correspondence, research, speaking notes, programs, posters, and annotated scores produced and used for the following concerts: Toronto Opera Club (February 24, 1991), ISO Christie Gardens concert (201-?); Christie Gardens (July 8, 2015); Archive Launch (October 17, 2015); A Celebration of Generosity (October 29, 2015); Shannon Oaks (December 2015); Bayfield Town Hall (June 11, 2016); and Country Gardens at the Benmiller Community Hall (June 2, 2018).

The food of love : Vancouver

File includes speaking notes, programs, and correspondence regarding a concert hosted by Pacific Contact 1989 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The file includes annotated, photocopied scores and a manuscript arrangement of Let’s do it by Cole Porter used in the concert.

Recording projects

Series consists of correspondence, rehearsal schedules, recording take lists, budgets, and research notes, regarding the production of the Aldeburgh Connection’s recording projects, including one cassette and six compact discs. The albums include recordings from various Aldeburgh Connection concerts, recordings with musicians featured in these concerts, and recordings of compositions commissioned by the Aldeburgh Connection.

Benjamin Britten : the canticles

File includes correspondence, reviews, and notes on the recording, which features Benjamin Butterfield (tenor), Daniel Taylor (countertenor), Brett Polegato (baritone), James Sommerville (horn), Judy Loman (harp), and Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata (pianos).

Schubert among friends

File contains budgets, correspondence, reviews, notes on edits, proofs for the CD case and booklet, and annotated copies of the music for the CD, which features Gillian Keith (soprano), Colin Ainsworth (tenor), Michael Schade (tenor), Gerald Finley (baritone), and Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata (pianos).

A quatre mains

File contains correspondence, recording schedule, take lists, and times for this CD, which features Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata performing piano duets.

A play of passion : Derek Holman

File contains reviews, recording notes, correspondence, research notes, CD launch notes, and annotated scores for this recording, which featured music by Derek Holman performed by Colin Ainsworth (tenor) and Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata (pianos). The file also includes programs and speaking notes from a Thursdays at Noon concert at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto with Ainsworth (January 19, 2017).

Concerts

Series consists of materials produced by the Aldeburgh Connection for each of their concerts, including the Sunday Afternoon Concert Series, held at Walter Hall, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto (1982-2013); the Recital Series at the Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto (1993-2013); the Discovery Series (also called the Young Artists Series), held at Walter Hall (1998-2011); the Bayfield Festival of Song (2007-2012); and various concerts performed on tour in North America and Great Britain. Each file contains the records created and used in the production of the concert, including promotional materials (programs, posters, and pamphlets); correspondence with musicians, sponsors, and venues; newspaper clippings of concert reviews; contracts with performers and venues; research notes; narrative scripts for the Sunday Afternoon Concert Series; scores annotated by Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata; arrangements and transpositions of songs; stage, set, and lighting designs; subscriber lists; and ticket sales records.

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