This collection comprises papers relating to the lives and professional careers of Nancy Evans and Eric Crozier, including;
Correspondence with composers, musicians, colleagues, agents, students, academics and other persons. The correspondents include Benjamin Britten (1946-c1972), Peter Pears (1970s and 1980s), E.M. Forster (1948-1970), John and Myfanwy Piper (1946-1949), Ralph Vaughan Williams (1953-1958), Malcolm Williamson (1965-1970s), John Mansfield Thomson (1970-1990), Leonard Thompson (1991-1992), Hugues Cuenod (c1982-1990), May Buckingham (1968-1993), Howard Ferguson (1954-1956), Gordon Crosse (1965-1968), Cissie Oppenheim (1965-1977), Edward Lowbury (1982-1991), Suzanne Danco (1985-1992), Mary Lago (1991-1994) and Winifred Ferrier (1953, 1987-1990).
There are drafts of Evans's and Crozier's biography entitled Ev'n so we met or After long pursuit, a transcript of an interview of Evans and Crozier by John Mansfield Thomson 1986, and photographs, programmes, press cuttings, printed and manuscript music, tape recordings, books and periodicals.
Notable items in the collection relating to Nancy Evans include press reviews (1933 onwards), diaries (1937-1998), programmes of BBC broadcasts (1943-1961), papers relating to professional engagements (1939-1997) including work with the Glyndebourne English Opera Group and the English Opera Group (1946-1953), notes and articles written by Evans including items about Britten, A Charm of Lullabies and The Rape of Lucretia, and papers relating to master classes, workshops and auditions including those held at the Britten-Pears School (1978-1996).
Eric Crozier's papers include diaries (1977-1993) and draft and printed versions of many of Crozier's articles and translations. These include notes and articles about aspects of opera production, Britten and Britten's operas, in particular Peter Grimes, The Little Sweep, Albert Herring, Billy Budd and The Rape of Lucretia. There are also transcripts of talks, interviews and BBC Radio 3 broadcasts including items about Billy Budd and Thomas Hardy, and a transcript of Crozier's interview with May and Robert Buckingham about E.M. Forster from 1971.