A W Kaye, Violinist: Research and Correspondence

Scope and Content

Research material gathered and created by Paul Wade. Includes photographs of orchestra, information on pupils etc. of the Huddersfield-based violin teacher, conductor and musician Arthur W Kaye.

2 x photographs of the Huddersfield Permanent Orchestra in Huddersfield Town Hall, c1930s

1 x folder of biography of Kaye by Paul Wade (manuscript). 1974

1 x folder of records used for production of biography in 1974.

1 x file of research material, including assorted clippings, letters and notes, gathered in 1974 and dating from the 1920s onwards.

2 x concert programmes, 1915 and 1925-1926

1 x Huddersfield School of Music syllabus 1908

3 x Photographs of Reginald Stead ('Reggie Stead').

Administrative / Biographical History

Famous Huddersfield violin teacher, musician and conductor researched by Paul C Wade.

Arthur William Kaye (1880-1945) was "a rarity" because of the range of his activities. Born 3rd February, 1880, to George and Anne Kaye (nee McGowan), he was known as 'Arthur Willie. His father was a labourer, and despite being from a family of limited means, Kaye became a distinguished violin teacher with pupils from all over Britain. As a boy he played in local orchestras, including the Lockwood Philharmonic Society and Longwood Philharmonic Society. Kaye studied under Adolphe Brodsky at Manchester as well as the distinguished Otakar Ševčík at his private school in Písek, Czechoslovakia.

Kaye began his teaching career at the Leeds College of Music, whilst also playing in the Leeds Orchestra. He taught at the Huddersfield School of Music. Several of his pupils went on to lead ensembles including the Hallé Orchestra and BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra. His pupils included Laurence Turner (leader of the Hallé), Reginald Stead, Jessie Hinchliffe (later Mrs. Rawsthorne), Douglas Mosely and Raymond Mosely.

Kaye became the leader, and later conductor, of the Huddersfield Symphony Orchestra and the Huddersfield Permanent Orchestra, as well as leading the Arthur W. Kaye Orchestra and A. W. Kaye Band.

Kaye died in February 1945, and was survived by his wife Daisy M. Kaye. Sir John Barbirolli, amongst others in the classical music world, paid tribute to him in letters to the editors of various newspapers.

Conditions Governing Access

Original available for consultation by appointment

Custodial History

Donated to Heritage Quay in March 2018 by Paul Wade. Wade started research as a child, and later expanded it.

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