Holst Foundation

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 1111 HOL/4
  • Dates of Creation
      circa 1981-2007
  • Physical Description
      34 boxes

Scope and Content

Papers and correspondence concerned with the company business of the Holst Foundation. This includes financial and administrative papers, and papers concerning company assets, including archival assets. Also included are files of correspondence with the Holst Foundation from individuals, organisations, and on specific topics. This series also includes papers, research materials and correspondence relating to the legacy of Imogen and Gustav Holst, Gustav Holst's life and works, the death of Imogen Holst, publications concerning the Holsts, Holst family associates, and other general enquiries submitted to the Holst Foundation.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Holst Foundation is a charitable company set up in 1981 dealing exclusively with charitable grants, primarily in the field of contemporary music. It is not concerned with business activities (publications, promotional matters etc) relating to the music and writings of both Gustav and Imogen Holst. These are handled by G and I Holst Ltd; a limited company formed for this purpose in 1968. This organisation ensures the continiuity of approach and ideals of Imogen Holst herself, who was one of its directors up to her death. The registered office for both companies is Finers Stephens Innocent, 179 Great Portland Street, London where the statutory books are held.


Files have been weeded with some files selected for archiving and some files destroyed.

Holst Foundation financial files have been weeded; annual statements and royalties papers have been archived, working papers, correspondence and bank statements destroyed.

Holst Foundation correspondence files with individuals have been weeded and general correspondence, general enquiries and pre 2005 research enquiries destroyed; correspondence concerning accessions and of research interest archived.

Duplicate papers have been destroyed.

Access Information

This material is made available under the standard conditions of the Britten-Pears Foundation. Readers will be required to produce proof of identity and to sign a Reader’s Undertaking form.