Series D - Concerts

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  • 1982-2014 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

4.65 m of textual records + 1 audio compact disc

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Scope and content

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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System of arrangement

Arrangement by the Aldeburgh Connection. Files are listed by the title and location of the concert and listed in ascending chronological order. Note that some files are made up of two or more physical folders, which divide the records into smaller portions based on type (i.e., promotional material and programs, correspondence, research notes, and music and scripts); if a file consists of two or more folders, the number of folders is noted under “Extent and medium.” File titles were transcribed directly from the folders, as labelled by the Aldeburgh Connection, which correspond to the titles and locations of the concerts. Concerts performed as part of the Bayfield Festival of Song (2007-2012) are grouped together as one file, following the file-naming convention of the Aldeburgh Connection.

Note that the performers, composers, poets, and songs are not listed in the description of each concert. This information is fully documented and searchable on the Aldeburgh Connection's online archive (see

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Language of material

  • English
  • French

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Language and script notes

Series contains one file for a concert performed in Caraquet, New Brunswick, which was delivered in French (see D-110); all other concerts were given in English.

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Uploaded finding aid

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Some concerts were performed more than once, so some materials created or used in the production of a concert may be stored in another file; in these cases, the concerts are cross-referenced in a “Related units of description” note. Also see the Aldeburgh Connection’s online archive (; each file is linked to the relevant page in their online archive, which includes a description of the concert; a list of the titles, composers, poets, and performers for each piece included in the program; a digitized program; and, for 79 concerts from the Sunday Afternoon Concert Series, a recording of the concert. Many of recordings for the Discovery, or Young Artists, Series recitals are included in the Music Library Collection of Faculty Events (CA OTUFM Faculty Events); relevant items in this collection are linked at the file-level. The Music Library Archives also holds the manuscripts of the composer John Beckwith, from whom the Aldeburgh commissioned two songs ("Stacey" and "A Man and his Flute"); concerts that include performances of these commissions, and other works by Beckwith, include references to the relevant manuscripts in the John Beckwith fonds.

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  • English



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