Fonds 34 - J. Churchill Arlidge fonds

German air : for voice, flute, and piano / [J.C. Arlidge] Minuet in Don Giovanni : [for keyboard] / W.A. Mozart, [transc. J.C. Arlidge] Variation no. 1 / [J.C. Arlidge] Air in Don Juan / W.A. Mozart, arr. J.C. Arlidge Mira o Norma : for flute and piano / Vincenzo Bellini, arr. J.C. Arlidge Water piece, op. 1 : arranged as a trio for three flutes / J.C. Arlidge Berkhampstead : hymn in C.M. : [for SATB and organ or piano] / J.C. Arlidge Alice was like a morn of spring, op. 1 : ballad : for voice and piano forte/ J.C. Arlidge Anticipations of America : burlesque variations on Yankee Doodle : for the flute, with an accompa... Ballad / J.C. Arlidge The Saucy Kate / words by H.S. Vince, music by J.C. Arlidge Fifine / words by H.S. Vince, music by J.C. Arlidge The queen's own : [for orchestra] / Theo Bonheur, arr. J.C. Arlidge Recollections of first annual smoker : medley / J.C. Arlidge Fantasie on Scotch airs / J.C. Arlidge [Untitled : for flute and piano] / J.C. Arlidge [Untitled : for flute and piano] / J.C. Arlidge Afton water ; The rowan tree ; The march of the Cameron men : [three Scotch songs for voice and p... Anthem : How amiable are thy tabernacles : [for SATB and organ] / J.C. Arlidge Belmont : hymn in C.M. : [for organ] The exile's home : for two voices / J.C. Arlidge French : hymn in C.M. [Hail thou resplendant star] / J.C. Arlidge Harvest home : [anthem for SATB] / J.C. Arlidge Hymn in L.M. : [My God accept my early vows] The jolly old friends : [for piano duet] The little fish : Schottische / J.C. Arlidge [Oh thou most high / J.C. Arlidge] Olivia gavotte : [for orchestra] / J.C. Arlidge Sing the dear old song again / H.W. Luther, arr. J.C. Arlidge To the evening by the moonlight : [for vocal quartet] / James Bland, arr. J.C. Arlidge [Untitled : for flute and piano / J.C. Arlidge] Within thy tabernacle Lord : [anthem on Psalm 15] / J. Churchill Arlidge Exercises on common chords and their inversions : [for keyboard] For the legato Harmonic studies : for the piano forte / [J.C. Arlidge] Scales for the flute God save the Queen / Louis Drouët Fantasia on Black eye'd Susan and The keel row : [for flute and piano] / R. Carte The celebrated echo song : for flute and voice / [Henry Bishop] Symphony no. 94, Andante / Joseph Haydn Lakmé : Où va la jeune Indoue? / Leo Delibes ; Dinorah : Shadow song / Giacomo Meyerbeer Along the path of life : for tenor and bass / words by Birdie Bell, music by Asa Hull April Showers / John L. Hattan Catch : [Frère Jacques] Emmanuel : [oratorio] / J. Eliot Trowbridge Fragments and sketches Grand concert flute solo / G.W. Strathy Kyrie eleeson[sic] Margareth chorus / C. Gounod
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J. Churchill Arlidge fonds


  • 1853-1913, 1997-2008 (Accumulation)

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18.5 cm of textual records and other materials (2 boxes)

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J. (Joseph) Churchill Arlidge, flutist, organist, teacher, and composer, was born in Stratford-on-Avon, England on March 17, 1849, and died in Toronto, Ontario on January 22, 1913. Arlidge studied flute with Benjamin Wells and Antonio Minasi, and made his debut in 1860 at the Crystal Palace in a concert given by Sir Julius Benedict. He continued to perform in London and studied with Robert Sidney Pratten (flute) and James Coward (piano and organ), before leaving London for Belgium in 1864 where he studied for two years with Jacques-Nicholas Lemmens (piano and organ). In 1874, he visited America and appeared as a solo flutist in Gilmore's 22nd New York Regiment Band. In late 1874 he moved to Toronto, where he married Olivia Mary Arlidge.

In Toronto, Arlidge performed as a solo flutist with F.H. Torrington, was the first organist and choirmaster at Toronto's Carlton Street Methodist Church, and taught. In late 1875, he returned to England for a teaching position, but permanently settled with his family in the Toronto area in 1885, participating in the First Toronto Musical Festival held the following year. He served as organist and choirmaster at the Carlton Street Methodist Church, as well as Christ Church Deer Park, Bonar Presbyterian, and St. John the Evangelist. He also continued to appear as a flutist with the Toronto Philharmonic Society, and provided accompaniment for singers, including Emma Caldwell, Lilli Lehmann and Emma Albani. In the late 1880s, he established the Toronto Flute Quartet with his students N. Lubraico, D. Glionna and Herbert Lye. Other students included Arthur Semple, Harold Wallace, and Oliver Foote.

Arlidge also taught music at the Toronto College of Music and the Toronto Conservatory of Music, and in 1902, established his own school the Toronto Academy of Music, following controversy with Torrington and Edward Fisher regarding the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (1899). Arlidge was also a composer, although most of his compositions remain unpublished.

In the Toronto community, Arlidge was also involved with the YMCA, the Independent Order of Foresters (IOF), was a member of the St. Andrews Masonic Lodge and the Saint George's Society. He was also a member of the newly-formed Canadian Guild of Organists.

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Assembled by Bob Arlidge and donated to the University of Toronto Music Library in May 2008. Second accession (A2021-06) by Bob Arlidge in July 2021.

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Fonds contains writings, family letters, photographs, photocopies of biographical documents, collected by Bob Arlidge, and manuscripts of Arlidge's original compositions, arrangements, and transcriptions of performed pieces.

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Fonds is arranged into 6 series: (A) Photographs); (B) Promotional materials and memorabilia; (C) Correspondence and family records; (D) Teaching and performance materials; (E) Research and biographical documents; (F) Music manuscripts.

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Box 1 of the J. Churchill Arlidge fonds is stored offsite at Downsview. To consult items in this collection, please contact the Music Library at least 2 weeks prior to your visit.

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Previously titled "Archives Collection 34 : J. Churchill Arlidge." Reference code (34) removed from the title of the fonds July 30, 2019.

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Updated with file- and item-level descriptions November 7, 2019. Series F added August 2021.




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