Musical ancestors

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.

http://www.historicaldirectories.org

http://www.npor.rcm.ac.uk/XB-DBOB_Intro.shtml

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 🙂

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