CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3103
TitleReginald Barrett-Ayres, composer and musician: papers
Datec 1940 - 1988
Extent9 boxes: 2.97 linear metres
Creator NameReginald Barrett-Ayres (1920 - 1981), composer and musician
Administrative HistoryReginald Barrett-Ayres (1920 - 1981) was a graduate of Edinburgh University, where he studied under Reid Professors of Music, Sir Donald Francis Tovey and Sydney Newman. He taught music at the Quaker School at Ackworth and at Glasgow Academy, before joining the University of Aberdeen Music Department as a lecturer in January 1951. He became acting Head of Department in 1956, on the death of William Swanson, and remained in post until his death in 1981 (latterly, as Reader and Head of Department). During this time the department's reputation grew; and his interest in developing new courses and research interests prompted increases in both staff and student numbers.

His consuming research interest in the Haydn String Quartet brought international acclaim through his publication of Joseph Haydn and the String Quartet (London: Barrie&Jenkins, 1974). Throughout his working life he also wrote a wide range of musical compositions for operas, operettas, choral works, solos, duets, anthems, hymns, examples of which are preserved in this collection, and was actively involved in many of the University's most successful theatrical and musical productions.

For further details see obituary in Aberdeen University Review , 49 (1981- 1982), 299 - 300.
SourceDeposited in the University between 1981 and 1986, by Mrs E. Barrett-Ayres. Subsequent deposits of related material found in the Music Department, Powis Gate, and in the Chapel Choir Library during the 1980s.
DescriptionCompositions, personal and research papers of Reginald Barrett-Ayres (1920 - 1981), Reader and Head of Department of Music, University of Aberdeen. The collection comprises opera/theatre pieces, 1971 - 1973; operettas and student shows, c 1950 - 1977; choral works, c 1950 - 1979; plays with music, 1952 and n.d.; solo songs, 1940s - 1980; duets for Soprano and Tenor, 1975 - 1980; part songs and spirituals, n.d.; anthems, c 1965 - 1980 and n.d.; hymns, 1968 and n.d.; instrumental, c 1940 - 1979 and n.d.; correspondence relating to broadcasts, 1962 - 1973; correspondence with Haydn Society, 1980; correspondence with Faber Music, 1957 - 1970; correspondence with Barrie and Jenkins, 1969 - 1975; correspondence with H.C. Robbins Landon, 1964 - 1976; research papers, 1963 - 1970 (including Haydn research, 1963 - 1967); departmental lectures, Haydn lectures and public talks and lectures, 1971 - 1988 and n.d.; scripts of Aberdeen University student shows, n.d.; text, correspondence and other material relating to production of Hugh Miller , 1974; texts of various plays, pre-1964; texts and offprints of published articles and pamphlets, n.d.; compositions by Eric Reid and others, n.d.
AppraisalThis material has been appraised in line with normal procedures.
AccrualsNone expected.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsThe records are available subject to the signed acceptance of the Department's access conditions.
Physical DescriptionNo physical conditions affecting use of collection.
Related MaterialPapers of Eric James Reid (d 1970), 1950s - 1960s (GB 231 MS 3104). Eric Reid was the first PhD student in the Music Department of the University of Aberdeen, during which time he worked closely with Reginald Barrett-Ayres
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