Papers of Grace Williams (1906-1977), Welsh composer

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Manuscript music scores, including carols, folk songs, incidental music to radio plays, and music for BBC radio programmes for children. An extensive collection of autograph and typeset scripts written by Grace Williams for BBC radio (and possibly television), mostly 1940s-60s, in English and Welsh. Most are for children's programmes, but some contain autobiographical material or are clearly for adult listeners or music specialists.

UNCATALOGUED.

Administrative / Biographical History

Transferred to Cardiff University following the closure of the Welsh Music Information Centre.

The Welsh Music Information Centre (WMIC) was established in September 1983 to provide information about Welsh music, particularly 20th century music and to encourage performances of contemporary works. It incorporated the Welsh Music Archive which was founded in 1976 and was similar to the Scottish Music Information Centre in Glasgow and the British Information Centre in London with a role of collecting scores by Welsh composers. It received the support of the Welsh Arts Council. An exhibition of scores and memorabilia housed at WMIC was held at the Viriamu Jones Gallery, University College, Cardiff, March 1984. The centre closed in March 1997 after the Arts Council withdrew its funding in December 1996. Ty Cerdd – Music Centre Wales was formed by combining the Welsh Amateur Music Federation (WAMF) and WMIC in 2009. Its role is to promote all genres of Welsh Music by “bringing a world of music to Wales and the music of Wales to the world”.

Conditions Governing Access

Access is available by prior appointment, during 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.