Tozer Papers

Scope and Content

Most of Tozer's works are present in manuscript and printed form. There are besides several manuscript works by other composers, and a small notebook diary for the year 1922.

Administrative / Biographical History

Dr Ferris Tozer (b 1857), organist, tenor vocalist and composer was born in Exeter in 1857, possibly the son of John Tozer, organist of Exeter Cathedral, one of whose musical books appears in this collection. He was a chorister at Exeter Cathedral, and a pupil of Alfred Angel and DJ Wood. At the age of eighteen he was appointed organist of St David's Exeter, and in 1882 at St Michael's Heavitree, Exeter. He graduated Mus. Bac. from Oxford in 1891, and in 1895 graduated with a Doctorate in Music from Oxford on the strength of his oratorio, Baalam and Barak. He later became organist at Exeter Cathedral. His day job was as an employee at the Devon and Cornwall Bank, Exeter.

Access Information

Usual EUL arrangements apply

Acquisition Information

The archive was given by the composer's family.

Other Finding Aids

The collection is unlisted

Conditions Governing Use

Usual EUL arrangements apply


Most of Tozer's named works appear to have been published. Published copies are with the manuscripts in the collection. His notes and minor compositions remain unpublished.