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Music Collections at Cardiff University

The Library of the School of Music holds modern collections of books, journals, scores, CDs, etc, while SCOLAR manages the historical collections related to the School’s work (listed below). The archives and related historical printed collections in SCOLAR range from famous modern Welsh composers, to very large collections of European music from the 18th century up to the 20th century. Scattered throughout SCOLAR’s rare books and archives collections will be other individual items of music acquired over the years. Most of SCOLAR’s collections can be found by searching either LibrarySearch, or SCOLAR’s Archives catalogue (coming soon).

SCOLAR launched the exhibition Music Collections at Cardiff University in March 2012. The exhibition will run until May. 

Music Collections

Mackworth collection
Aylward collection
BBC Music Library collection
Morfydd Owen archive
• Grace Williams archive
• David Wynne archive


Related SCOLAR Collections

Welsh Ballads
• Welsh Hymnology



JISC / Music £48,000 Cataloguing Project
JISC / Music Project blog
Online 'Music Collections at Cardiff University' exhibition


School of Music Related Research Centres

Central European Music Research Centre (CEMRC)
Centre for Research into Historically-Informed Performance (CRHIP)



Mackworth collection

The bird fancyer’s delight, or choice observations. London: Walsh & Hare, c. 1730

The collection was assembled by Sir Herbert Mackworth (1737-1791), with other volumes added later by various family members. It contains publications spanning from Thomas Mace's Music's Monument of 1676 to a copy of Mendelssohn's Elijah dated from around 1878; the vast majority of the published works, however, are from the 18th century. There are some 70 manuscripts, including full scores of operas by Giovanni Bononcini, Porpora and Alessandro Scarlatti as well as numerous operatic arias by Hasse, Vinci, Handel and others; there is also a volume of 18 Spanish cantatas and over 50 copies of Italian cantatas, including one unica by Alessandro Scarlatti. The printed music includes pleasure-garden songs, fashionable dance music and instrumental music by Corelli, Handel and Hasse.



Aylward collection

Édouard Lalo, Aubade. Paris: Boussod & Valadon, n.d.

Theodore Edward Aylward (1844-1933) studied with Dr. S. S. Wesley and worked as a cathedral organist at Llandaff and Chichester. His collection contains over 700 items but this number is misleading because many of the volumes actually consist of bound collections of individual publications within a common subject area, e.g. Songs. It includes a quantity of material on sacred works, songs and singing, dramatic music, orchestral music, solos and studies and music for organ and harmonium. The collection is interesting as a social document as well as for its music material.





BBC Music Library collection

Richard Wagner, Die walküre. Mainz: B. Schott’s Söhne, 1899


The BBC’s collection of 18th and 19th century printed music, first compiled in the 1950s to serve the needs of producers preparing broadcast material for Radio 3, was acquired from the BBC Music Library (London) to complement material in the Mackworth and Aylward collections.







Morfydd Owen collection

Miscellaneous lyrics and scores


Morfydd Owen (1891-1918) was a highly talented composer and mezzo-soprano, who lived a short but prolific life. An alumnus of University College Cardiff, she composed over 160 songs, operas, and orchestral, choral, piano, and chamber works, in just ten years. The collection comprises working and final drafts of these compositions, as well as the four volume Memorial Edition of Morfydd Owen's posthumously published works. It also contains much personal memorabilia - programmes of performances, images, a certificate of marriage to the psychoanalyst Ernest Jones, and a large collection of press notices.