I’m sure many of us learned how to play a musical instrument in school, whether we liked it enough to continue is a different story. Some of us might be or have been exceptionally talented, ever wondered if you were the only one in the family to be good at music?
I found a few interesting sites if you think your ancestor was in a band or orchestra or perhaps you have a photo of an ancestor in a band or orchestra and want to know more.
London Music Hall Database http://www.rhul.ac.uk/drama/music-hall/index.asp
Royal College of Music http://www.rcm.ac.uk/Research+and+Collections/Library/Library+Collections+and+Archives
Brass Bands http://archiveshub.ac.uk/features/jan08.shtml
Arthur Lloyd http://www.arthurlloyd.co.uk
V & A Collections http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/theatre_performance
East London Theatre Archive http://www.elta-project.org
Theatre Royal Edinburgh http://digital.nls.uk/playbills
Scottish Theatre Programmes http://www.nls.uk/collections/british/theatres
If your ancestor made musical instruments, have a look at the following sites.
Other interesting sites
British Library’s guide to musicians and composers http://www.bl.uk/reshelp/findhelprestype/music/findmusic/findmanuscriptarchives/findmanuscriptarchives.html
British Music Hall Society http://www.music-hall-society.com
Scottish Music Hall & Variety Theatre Society http://www.freewebs.com/scottishmusichallsociety.com
The National Fairground Archive http://www.nfa.dept.shef.ac.uk
Musicians’ Union http://www.musiciansunion.org.uk
Happy hunting 🙂