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

Royal College of Music    

Brass Bands                      

Arthur Lloyd                    

V & A Collections              

East London Theatre Archive

Theatre Royal Edinburgh

Scottish Theatre Programmes

If your ancestor made musical instruments, have a look at the following sites.

Other interesting sites

British Library’s guide to musicians and composers

British Music Hall Society

Scottish Music Hall & Variety Theatre Society

The National Fairground Archive

Musicians’ Union


Happy hunting 🙂

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