There are letters from the following (with two noted exceptions) in this collection:
William Arthur Aikin, born in 1857, an English surgeon, scientist and amateur musician who died in 1939.
Michael William Balfe, born in Dublin on 15 May 1808 and died in Rowney, Abbey Herts., 20 October 1870, a singer and the most successful composer of English operas in the nineteenth century.
John Francis Barnett (1837-1916).
Sir Arnold Bax, born in Streatham on 8 November 1883 and died in Cork, Ireland, 3 October 1953, a composer of orchestral and choral works.
Sir Julius Bendict, born in Stuggart on 27 November 1804 and died in London, 5 June 1885, a composer of operas and choral music and a conductor who lived in London beginning in 1835.
Sir William Sterndale Bennett, born in Sheffield on 13 April 1816 and died in London, February 1875, the most distinguished English composer of the Romantic school, composing orchestral, chamber, keyboard and choral music.
Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt Wilson, Baron Berners, born at Arley Park, Bridgnorth on 18 September 1883 and died at Farringdon House, Berks., on 19 April 1950, a composer of ballet, orchestral music and songs, and a writer and painter.
Sir Arthur Bliss, born in London on 2 August 1891 and died there on 27 March 1975, a composer of music for the stage as well as orchestral, choral and vocal works.
Edwin York Bowen, born in London on 22 February 1884 and died there on 23 November 1961, a composer and pianist.
Sir Frederick Bridge, born in Oldbury, 5 December 1884 and died in London, 18 March 1924, an organist, composer, and writer.
Sir Benjamin Britten, born in Lowestoft on 22 November 1913 and died in Aldeburgh, 4 December 1975, a composer, conductor and pianist. He is considered to be the outstanding composer of his generation. His Peter Grimes laid the foundation for a revival of English opera.
Alan Bush, born in London on 22 December 1900 and died in November 1955, a composer of music for the stage as well as orchestral and vocal works, pianist and teacher.
William Crotch, born in Norwich on 5 July 1775 and died in Taunton on 29 December 1847, a composer of vocal, orchestral and chamber music, theorist and painter. A child prodigy, he was one of the most distinguished musicians of his day.
W. Crouch was the uncle of Frederick William Crouch (c1783-1844), author of A Complete Treatise on Violoncello (1826) and his note is addressed to Frederick Crouch.
Sir Walford Davies, born in Oswestry, Shropshire on 6 September 1869 and died in Warington, Somerset on 11 March 1941, an organist, composer and educationist.
Edwin Evans, born in London on 1 September 1871 and died there on 3 March 1945, a music critic for the Pall Mall Gazette (1921-23) and Daily Mail, from 1933 onwards. There are no letters from Evans; only letters addressed to him from three people, including Osbert Sitwell (1892-1969).
Herman Fink, born in London on 4 November 1872 and died there on 21 April 1939, a composer of music for the stage and a conductor.
Gerald Finzi, born in London on 14 July 1901 and died in Oxford, 27 September 1956, a composer of orchestral, choral and vocal works.
Henry Balfour Gardiner, born in London on 7 November 1877 and died in Salisbury on 28 June 1950, a composer of music for the stage as well as choral music and songs.
Sir Edward German was born as German Edward Jones in Whitchurch, Shropshire on 17 February 1862 and died in London on 11 November 1936. He changed his name to avoid confusion with another Edward Jones. He was a composer of comic operas, incidental and orchestral music and songs.
Sir Eugene Goossens, born in London on 26 May 1893 and died at Hillingdon, Middlesex on 13 June 1962, a conductor and composer of stage, orchestral, chamber and vocal music.
Thomas Harper, born in London in 1816 and died on 27 August 1898, possibly also in London, a trumpeter and professor at the Royal Academy of Music. There are no letters from Harper; only letters addressed to him from several people.
Joseph Holbrooke, born in Croydon on 5 July 1878 and died in London on 5 August 1958, a composer of stage, choral, and orchestral music.
Charles Edward Horsley, born in London on 16 December 1822 and died in New York on 28 February 1876, a composer of oratorios.
Herbert Howells, born in Lydney, Gloucs. on 17 October 1892 and died in 1983, a composer of choral and instrumental works, teacher and writer.
John Ireland, born 13 August 1879 in Bowdon, Cheshire and died in Rock Mill, Washington, Sussex, 12 June 1962, a composer of orchestral, vocal, chamber and instrumental music, pianist, and teacher.
Constant Lambert, born in London on 23 August 1905 and died there 21 August 1951, a composer of ballets as well as choral and orchestral works, a conductor and writer.
Sir Alexander Mackenzie, born in Edinburgh on 22 August 1847 and died in London on 28 April 1935, a composer of stage, choral, orchestral, and instrumental music, and a conductor.
Sir August Manns, born in Stolzenberg on 12 March 1825 and died in Norwood, London, 1 March 1907, a conductor at the Crystal Palace, London from 14 October 1855 onwards. He became a naturalized British citizen in 1894.
Thomas Moore, born in Dublin, Ireland on 28 May 1779 and died at Sloperton Cottage, near Devizes on 26 February 1852, a poet, musician and composer of songs.
Alfred Novello, born in London on 12 August 1810 and died in Genoa on 16 July 1896, where he was living in retirement, an English music publisher, founder of Novello & Co.
Sir Hubert Hastings Parry, born in Bournemouth on 27 February 1848 and died in Rustington, Sussex on 7 October 1918, a composer of stage, sacred, orchestral and chamber music, oratorios and songs, a scholar and teacher.
Henry Hugo Pierson, born in Oxford on 12 April 1815 and died in Leipzig on 28 January 1873, a composer of choral and stage music and songs who lived most of his adult life in Germany.
Edmund Rubbra, born in Northampton on 23 May 1901 and died in Gerrard's Cross, Buckinghamshire on 14 February 1986, a composer, pianist, teacher and writer. He is considered to be the leading English exponent of the symphony in the mid-twentieth century.
Cyril Scott, born in Oxton, Cheshire on 27 September 1879 and died in Eastbourne on 31 December 1970, a composer of stage, orchestral, choral and vocal music, a writer and pianist.
J. S. (John South) Shedlock, born in Reading on 29 September 1843 and died in London on 9 January 1919, a pianist and writer on music.
Sir John Stainer was born in London on 6 June 1840 and died in Verona on 31 March 1901, while on vacation, a musicologist and composer of oratorios and sacred music.
Ralph Vaughan Williams, born in Down Ampney, Gloucs., on 12 October 1872 and died in London on 26 August 1958 a composer, teacher, writer and conductor. He was the key figure in the revival of twentieth-century English music.
Vincent Wallace, born in Waterford, Ireland on 11 March 1812 and died at the Château de Huget, Vieuzos, Hautes-Pyrénées on 12 October 1865, where he was living in retirement, a composer of operas and piano pieces.
Richard Walthew (1872-1951)
Samuel Webbe, born in London c1770 and died there on 25 November 1843, an organist and composer of glees, catches and songs as well as sacred music.
Samuel Sebastian Wesley, born in London on 14 August 1810 and died in Gloucester on 19 April 1876, a composer and organist. He is considered to be the greatest composer in the English cathedral tradition of the eighteenth century.