Fonds BC76 - Colin Taylor Collection

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Colin Taylor Collection


  • 1900-1970 (Creation)

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22 archive boxes

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Biographical history

Colin Taylor (1881-1973) received his musical training in Liepzig, Germany, and at the Royal College of Music, London. He then taught music at Eton College where Aldous Huley and Philip Heseltine were among his pupils. In 1922 he joined the staff of the South African College of Music, eventually becoming vice-principal. He retired in 1941. Taylor composed more than 140 works, mainly piano pieces. He was a Fellow of the Royal College of Music.

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Donated by Colin Taylor

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The collection comprises letters to Colin Taylor from various musicians, artists and poets, and letters and autographs collected by him; letters from Prof William Henry Bell and his family and articles about Bell; letters from Philip Heseltine (Peter Warlock) dated 1911-1929; photographs of staff and students of the South African College of Music; and miscellaneous articles about Colin Taylor, newspaer clippings and photographs.


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  • English

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