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Theatre Reference Collection Halifax Regional Municipality (N.S.) Musicians
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Sound recordings by Frank Mills

File is an Ampex 456 audio reel with six master recordings for Frank Mills' 1998 album "Canada." Recordings were made in 1997 at Solar Audio Recording Studio in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Hayward Parrott was the recording engineer.

Mills, Frank

Rough mix of two sound recordings by Molly Oliver

File is a magnetic audio reel with rough mixes of two sound recordings by Molly Oliver. The recordings were made at Solar Audio on March 23, 1981 and mixed by Paul Northfield. The audio reel includes a reference tones track with 1000 kz, 1 khz, and 100 hz tone sequences.

Northfield, P.

Reel 864

File is a magnetic audio reel with mixes of two sound recordings by Molly Oliver. The recordings were made at Solar Audio on March 23, 1981 and mixed by Paul Northfield at Le Studio in Morin-Heights, Quebec in April 1981. The audio reel includes a reference tones track with 50 hz, 100 hz, 1 khz, 10 khz, and 15 khz tone sequences.

Tones at head : [sound recordings by Jimmy Cohoon and Ron Parks]

File is a audio reel containing sound recordings by Ron Doug Parks. The recordings were made at Solar Audio Recording Studio between September 20, 1985 and October 3, 1985. The recordings were produced by Ron Doug Parks and Barron. The recordings were commercially released by The Major Record Label (WRC3-4307) as a seven inch vinyl record.

Parks, Ron Doug

Alan Creighton fonds

  • MS-2-701
  • Fonds
  • 1845-2001

Fonds includes Alan Creighton's diaries, which cover many of the years from 1920 to 2000. Writings from the period 1920 to 1954 (many undated) are mainly short stories and poems. These writings include handwritten and typed, complete and incomplete, and published and unpublished works. There is also some correspondence throughout as well as copies of his two books of poetry. The fonds includes writings with titles such as "About Poetry," "Poetry Courses," "Thoughts," "Music & Art," and "Bedford Basin." His notebooks include evidence of a variety of courses taken, including French and Greek, music, poetry, and art (both practice and history, including Chinese art). There is also a record of his art sales from 1964 to 1999. Personal and family documents are included in the fonds.

Alan Creighton's artwork is extensive and primarily in the form of sketches and watercolours, with a few oil paintings. Many of his sketches are in albums, many of which are used exclusively for one particular aspect of his studies. For example, album labels include "People," "Trees," "Skies," "Rock Formations," "Buildings," "Railway Sketches" (scenes from train journeys), and "Outdoors." Others identify a place and time and include such labels as "At the Zoo," "Nova Scotian Sketches 1951," "South Shore 1982," and "Toronto 1996." Still others contain a mixture of styles and themes. There are also numerous loose sketches and watercolours which have been loosely arranged into similar groupings such as "Clouds," "Boats," "Flowers," and so forth. Photograph albums include photos of family and of scenes taken by Alan as a reference for future paintings.

Included with Alan Creighton’s personal items are papers, writings, art, and memorabilia belonging to his friend and roommate Christine Eyles, who died without heirs. Some relate to her employment as a violinist in England and in Toronto, Ontario and some contain her poetry, plays, and artwork (in sketchbooks and on loose paper). Published and handwritten music scores, mostly for the violin, are also included. A photograph album contains many formal portraits of family and friends taken in England in the early 20th century. Records also include papers by and about her father, Charles Eyles, a famous violin-maker. Such materials include advertisements, brochures, and letters attesting to the high quality of his craftsmanship.

Creighton, Alan

Love is and Beyond time, beyond space

Item contains recordings of two songs, "Love Is" and "Beyond Time, Beyond Space," by Divya Prabha with Prabha on vocals, Kevin MacMichael (guitars, synthesizer, cymbal); Chris Mitchell (flute); and W.C. Woods (congas). The recording was produced by Kevin MacMichael and Divya Prabha with J.B. Arseneault (sound technician) and Reg MacMichael (technical assistance) in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The recording was mastered by Kurt Hahn of Kurtis Keyboards, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Mitchell, Chris

The babbies upstairs

Item contains a recording with 10 songs: Open Seas, Halloween, Goodbye to Summertime, Very Clean, Water Music, Milton's Blues, Martin's River, Babbalonia, Midnight/Monday, and Fly me to the Moon.

Craig, David

Neighbourhood noise

Item contains seven contributions to the Neighbourhood Noise Project, presented by CKDU Radio, the Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), and Centre for Art Tapes. The contributions are all written, produced, and performed by Canadian subjects. The project was released as part of the People's Summit (P-7) event staged in Halifax, Nova Scotia during the G-7 Summit. The project invited people to submit audio-taped works on the subject of community and neighbourhoods and were compiled into a tape to play at the 00 Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Photograph of Harry Dean

File contains a photograph of Harry Dean, a Canadian conductor, pianist, organist, and music educator. He is known for founding the Maritime Academy of Music and the Nova Scotia Registered Music Teachers' Association in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Britain calls : [lyrics]

File contains a newspaper clipping and letters to Edith J. Archibald concerning her song "Britain Calls," which was written for the Royal Canadian Regiment during World War One. The newspaper clipping includes the text, but not the music, of the song. The letters are from G.A. LeCain, Lieutenant-Colonel of the Commanding 25th Battalion; George Murray, Provincial Secretary; and Evelyn Starr, professional violinist of New York City. An inscription by Edith J. Archibald at the top of the letters reads, "This song, dedicated to the Royal Canadian Regt. has made their 'marchpost' and I am told by an officer of that Regt. that is was played and sung daily during the war. He himself said it had keeped [sic] the men when on the tramp, 'over many a weary mile.'"

Archibald, Edith Jessie

Come unto me : [sheet music]

Item is the sheet music for a solo voice and piano composition in D Major by Molly MacDonald of the MacDonald Music Co. in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She published her music under the pseudonym of "Elza Doun."

In Flanders Fields : [manuscript vocal score]

Item is a manuscript of "In Flanders Fields" by Edith J. Archibald, which sets the words of the poem of the same name by Colonel John McCrae. The piece is for solo voice and piano in F Major and was written at Archibald's home on Inglis Street in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The piece is 5 pages long with extra blank pages.

Archibald, Edith Jessie

The town is decked flags today : [manuscript vocal score]

Item is a manuscript of the third verse of an untitled song that begins "The town is decked flags today." The song is for solo voice and piano accompaniment in d minor. The first two verse of the song are missing. The author of the text is not indicated, but may have also been written by Archibald.

Archibald, Edith Jessie

A Nocturne : [manuscript vocal score]

Item is a manuscript of Edith J. Archibald's song for solo voice and piano in F Major entitled "A Nocturne," including the score and a separate typed sheet with the poem in English and French, also written by Archibald.

Archibald, Edith Jessie

Exiled : a Serbian lament : [manuscript vocal score]

Item is a manuscript of Edith J. Archibald's song for solo voice and piano in C Major entitled "Exiled: A Serbian Lament." A separate author for the lyrics is not indicated, so they are likely also written by Archibald.

Archibald, Edith Jessie

Going West : [manuscript vocal score]

Item is a manuscript of Edith J. Archibald's song for solo voice and piano in G Major entitled "Going West." The text for the song was written by Rev. Mrs. Ross(?) of Hamilton, Ontario.

Archibald, Edith Jessie

Correspondence from Hilda Roberts

File contains a letter from the singer Hilda Roberts. The letter contains an overview of her performances to date in anticipation of a concert in Halifax. The file also contains a series of testimonials from Manlio Di Veroli, Musical Director of the Opera House in Rome and the London Opera House, who taught Roberts in London.

Lover's meeting : [lyrics]

Item is the lyrics for a song by Edith J. Archibald entitled "Lover's Meeting," which was written at her house on Inglis Street in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The music is not included. The lyrics are typed with edits added in pen.

Archibald, Edith Jessie

God bless our Canada : A national anthem : [choral score]

File contains the sheet music for Edith J. Archibald's "God Bless Our Canada" and a manuscript version of the English lyrics for the anthem by Archibald. The song is written in F Major for four-voice chorus (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass) and piano with lyrics in English and French.

Archibald, Edith Jessie

Song of the Maritimes : [sheet music]

File contains the sheet music for a piece for solo voice and piano accompaniment in C Major with words by Neil Herman of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and music by Forsyth de Fronsac of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The sheet music was self-published by Herman and Fronsac. The file also includes a note to Dr. Logan from "W.H.D." to review the sheet music enclosed.

Programs from the Academy of Music

File contains programs for performances by the Russian pianist Mark Hambourg (October 2, 1911); American soprano Victorina Hayes; Canadian bass baritone Edmund Burke; American tenor Allen McQuhae; and the Pictou County Philharmonic Society, directed by George M. McDonald and assisted by Suzanne Kenyon (February 15, 1924).

Programs from the Auditorium

File contains two programs from concerts given at the Auditorium on Barrington Street in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The programs are for a "Weekly Twilight Recital" given by the New Edison Diamond Disc Phonograph (April 30, 1920); and Frances Pelton Jones (harpsichord) and Rose Seguin (soprano), presented by the Halifax Ladies' Musical Club (September 24, 1919) (3 copies).

Programs from the Halifax Conservatory of Music

File contains programs for the following: a recital by Ernest Leslie Schofield, baritone with Harry Dean, piano (October 6, 1925); "The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to the Gospel of St. Luke," conducted by Harry Dean and presented by the Alumni Society (December 18, 1924); a lecture-recital by George M. McDonald, baritone, and Harry Dean, piano (October 4, 1921); and a pianoforte recital by Reginald Stewart, assisted by Luther Dickens Mott, bass-baritone, and Harry Dean, piano.

Programs from the Halifax Ladies Musical Club

File contains two programs with performances by members of the Halifax Ladies Musical Club: "An Evening with Canadian Creative Composers" with a lecture by Dr. J.D. Logan (November 1, 1921) and a "Debate" between the old masters and modern composers (November 21, 1922). File also contains two programs presented by the Club, for performances by the Hart House String Quartet (Geza de Kresz, Harry Adaskin, Milton Blackstone and Boris Hambourg) (November 28, 1924) and the Hambourg Trio (Greza de Kresz, Reginald Stewart, and Boris Hambourg) (January 11, 1924).

Programs from the Majestic Theatre

File contains musical and theatrical programs for performances by Florence Glossop-Harris company; The Dumbells; Halifax Choral Union and Conservatory Orchestra, directed by Ifan Williams; Boston English Opera Company; Martin Harvey and N. de Silva; F. James Carroll Players; Boston Symphony Ensemble, directed by Augusto Vannini; Madame Germaine Schnitzer and George M. McDonald, accompanied by Marjorie Payne; and the Halifax Philharmonic Society.

Program from Nelson Hall

File contains two copies of a program for a recital given by Mrs. Chester MacDonald (soprano), Julius Silverman (violin), and Mrs. H.W. Dodwell (piano), presented by the Local Council of Women. The date of the recital has been revised from November 25, 1924 to December 9, 1924.

Programs from Orpheus Hall

File contains the program and texts from the songs of "The Flower Queen" or "The Coronation of the Rose: A Cantata in Two Acts" by George F. Root, which was presented at Orpheus Hall on September 13 and 14, 1887. The performances featured Miss. B. Lownds, Mr. King Pooley, Mr. C.J. Ross, Mr. J.R. Forbes, Miss. Taylor, Miss. E. Pickford, Miss. H. Gossip, Miss. E. Wier, Miss. B. Salter, Miss. M. Partridge, Miss. Forbes, Miss. G. Taylor, Miss. Ward, Miss. G. Smithers, and Miss. A. Nichols.

Programs from the School for the Blind

File contains programs for the following recitals presented at the Halifax School for the Blind: Michel Sciapiro (violin), presented by the Halifax Ladies' Musical Club; Mildred Dilling (harp), with Rose E. Seguin (soprano) and orchestra (conducted by L. Dorothea Webb); and an organ and vocal recital with unknown performers.

Program from St. Mary's Cathedral

File contains two copies of a program for an organ and choral recital at St. Mary's Cathedral by the church organist, Edwin C. Helsby, and choir, directed by Rev. Gerald B. Phelan.

Program from the Universalist Church

File contains a program from a recital, "Gems from the Oratorios," given at the Universalist Church on Brunswick Street, Halifax by the church choir and various members of the congregation: J.A. Cumming, Miss. L. Collins, Mr. A. Penny, Mr. Ruffell, Mr. A.L. Smith, Mrs. T.L. Covey, Allan M. Reid, Mrs. S. Stead, Mrs. Croucher, Miss. Ouseley, Mr. Herbert Walker, Mrs. Covey, Mr. Abbott Cumming, and Mr. Alexander.

Donald Murray fonds

  • MS-5-10
  • Fonds
  • 1929, 1979
Fonds contains music and lyrics as well as a letter from Donald Murray.

Murray, Donald

Atlantic Symphony Orchestra fonds

  • MS-5-11
  • Fonds
  • 1952-1987
Fonds consists of records pertaining to the administrative, operational, financial, and artistic activities of the ASO. Included are materials documenting the Board of Directors, box office operations (including ticket sales), financial affairs, fundraising, general administration, guest artists, orchestra members, public relations and publicity, and the union. Also included is the photograph series which presents a visual record of various aspects of the orchestra's activities, including performances and women's auxiliary events as well as publicity shots of musicians, conductors, staff, and guest artists.

Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (Halifax, N.S.).

Janet Leffeck fonds

  • MS-5-13
  • Fonds
  • 1962-1995
Fonds is primarily comprised of artistic programs from musical and theatrical events held predominantly in Nova Scotia, specifically in the Halifax area. Fonds also includes some music school syllabi, event competition forms and regulations, newspaper clippings, and correspondence.

Leffek, Janet

Symphony Nova Scotia fonds

  • MS-5-14
  • Fonds
  • 1981-2006

Fonds consists of records created by Symphony Nova Scotia in the course of its regular business activities. The majority of the records were created during the process of concert-planning, including special concerts, annual concerts, tours, and concert series. These records include artist contracts, marketing and development documents, internal memos, and correspondence with artists and sponsors.

Records also consist of internal management records, including personnel records, office management files, and the files of the Board of Directors, Executive Director, and Chief Executive Officer. The financial administration of the Symphony is documented though budgets, statements, ledgers, and tickets sales data.

The fonds also contains concert programs and promotional material such as posters, advertisements, flyers, newsletters, and other publications. The final section of the fonds consists of audiovisual and graphic material. There are audio recordings of performances and interviews of Symphony personnel as well as video recordings of advertisements and performances. The graphic material includes promotional photographs and photographs of the orchestra.

Symphony Nova Scotia.

Records of the Symphony Nova Scotia

  • MS-5-14.2014.052
  • Accession
  • 2005-2013
This accession consists primarily of meeting minutes and agendas from the Symphony's Board of Directors and its Executive. There are also concert programs, rehearsal schedules, programming records for special events, annual reports and grant applications.

Symphony Nova Scotia.

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