Fonds BC647 - AH Ashworth Collection

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AH Ashworth Collection


  • 1927-1972 (Creation)

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Alec Ashworth (1895-1959), was born in Leeds, England. In 1902 the family settled in Kimberley. He was educated in Kimberley and at the South African College. From 1918-1920 he assisted Prof. WH Bell at the South African College of Music. He taught music briefly in Kimberley and then went to the Royal College of Music. In 1924 he returned to Leeds and joined the Yorkshire Post as a music and art critic. After World War II he returned to teaching. He composed vocal and instrumental music for piano and small orchestra. Amongst his vocal music are Afrikaans songs composed for poems by Jan Celliers, CL Leipoldt and AD Keet.

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1 -Photograph of A H Ashworth, aged 33.

2 - A Recital of Songs, Leeds, 19 Oct 1927.
Printed programme of the Concert, with extracts from the press.
Advertising poster about his recital.

3 - Some examples of Alec Ashworth’s writing, in the form of Music Criticisms, being press articles of his reports of concerts held during the Leeds Triennial Musical Festival, 1934.

4 - Correspondence of H G Ashworth (HGA) re A H Ashworth:
Letter from HGA to Prof. L Hugo, UNISA. 17 Feb 1972
Correspondence with Dr Jan Bouws. 1968-1970 (5 letters). Includes photocopy of article in Die Burger, 27 Feb 1970 (“Britse komponis toonset Afrikaanse verse”), with English translation.
Letter from Mr J H Potgieter to HGA. 6 Sep 1966.
Letter from HGA to Colin Taylor, 12 Jun 1968, and reply from Colin Taylor to HGA, 10 Jun 1968.


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  • English



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