Fonds RC0021 - Herbert Menges fonds

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Herbert Menges fonds

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  • 1927-1966 (Creation)

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1.1 m of textual records

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Herbert Menges, conductor and composer, was born in Hove on 27 August 1902. He was educated at the Royal College of Music where he studied with Holst and Vaughan Williams. He became the leader of the Brighton Society of Symphonic Players. The group later became the Brighton Philharmonic Society. Menges also composed music and conducted for the Old Vic Theatre where he became music director in 1931. He wrote the music for all of Shakespeare's plays performed at the theatre. He died in London on 20 February 1972.

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The fonds is arranged into three series: correspondence, compositions, ephemera and memorabilia. The fonds includes some of the financial records and minutes of the Brighton Philharmonic Society.

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Fonds was purchased from an unknown dealer, possibly at auction, in 1979.


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